Today, Microsoft announced they are bringing back the 10k Apart contest in partnership with An Event Apart. This is a unique contest for web developers, with a catch: each page of the website that they enter into competition cannot be any larger than 10KB.
Aaron Gustafson, a Web Standards Advocate, writes on the Windows blog that this contest is a 16-year-old idea. Gustafson writes “Stewart Butterfield conceived of a contest that would test the mettle of any web designer: The 5k.” The idea was to see what kind of creative solutions developers can come up with when working against a considerable constraint of just 5KB of code for an entire website.
Microsoft and An Event Apart brought back the contest in 2010 for a couple of years and are bringing it back once again as the 10k Apart contest. The contest has been updated with considerations for modern browsers and currently technologies, allowing just 10kB for each page.
Here are all of the current guidelines for the contest:
- Entries should be accessible. In line with the philosophy of progressive enhancement, your entry should be usable by the broadest number of users possible. Accessibility is not a checklist, but if you’re clueless about where to start, these techniques can offer some guidance.
- Nothing comes for free. In previous years, we gave a pass if you wanted to use jQuery or load some fonts from Typekit. This year we decided to change it up, not because we don’t love these products (we do), but because we wanted to force every piece of code, every asset, to fight for its place in your entry. Anything you add should be added with purpose.
The contest is currently open and runs until 5pm PST on September 30, 2016. The top three entries will each receive $10,000 and other goodies such as tickets to An Event Apart, complete collections of A Book Apart titles, and Aaron Gustafson’s book. In addition to an official panel of judges, there will be a People’s Choice award based on public voting between September 5th and October 15th.
You can learn more about how to sign up for the contest and its requirements over at the official 10k Apart site. Let us know in the comments if you plan to participate.