Summer Coding Hackathon

About the Competition

Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) invites all students aged 9 to 12 to join in our MCE Summer Coding Hackathon 2023! Themed Code the Ocean, students from around the world will be coming together to build, learn and create their own game projects from scratch.

In collaboration with our partner Koding Next, we aim to build an international community of young coders, and to raise awareness on marine conservation and sustainability.


Coding for Beginners

Develop your computational thinking and problem-solving skills using Scratch, a visual block coding platform.
environmental awareness

Environmental Awareness

Cultivate awareness on global issues such as marine pollution and conservation, which is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
rich culture

Rich Culture Immersion

Gain global exposure as you interact with a diverse community of students.

Prestige and Recognition

Add this prestigious achievement record to your portfolio which opens new scholarship and internship opportunities.

Congrats to our winners!

Lower Primary Level


De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines


St. Theresia, Indonesia


De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines


  • Aldinoa Luthfiansyah Raharjo,
    Integrated Islamic Elementary School Ukhuwah Banjarmasin, Indonesia
  • Alyna Ho, Concorde Primary School, Singapore
  • Andini Leanne Blooms Medina, BINUS School Serpong, Indoneisa
  • Chin Junjie Gabriel, St. Joseph's Institution Junior, Singapore
  • Elisha Lorraine P. Belarmino, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines
  • Hoo Yu Hao Zachary, Red Swastika Primary School, Singapore
  • Kenneth Khoo, Radin Mas Primary School, Singapore
  • Lucas Anbessa D. Castillo, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines
  • Ong Xin Yu Kylie, Xinmin Primary School, Singapore
  • Ranzel Lee, Radin Mas Primary School, Singapore
  • Sheliya Gail G. Mabilangan, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines

Upper Primary Level


De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines


De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines


De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines


  • Aden Ho,Westspring Primary School, Singapore
  • Bella Therese S. Manlangit, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines
  • Jovan Kee Bing Le, School of Science & Technology, Singapore
  • Jullian Thea Mallorca, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines
  • Karl Zechariah Aranda, De La Salle University Integrated School, Philippines
  • Richelle Lee, Radin Mas Primary School, Singapore
  • Skandavel Gokul, The Hillside Prep, India
  • Song Yancheng Mervyn, Punggol Cove Primary School, Singapore
  • Thanaphat Jenjirawattana, Satit Prasarnmit International Programme, Thailand


22 - 24 June 2023


Times Centre
(Google Maps)
Lifelong Learning Institute
(Google Maps)

Competition Fee


About the Hackathon

Maintenance of the Marine Environment


All contestants are required to create an interactive story game project using the Scratch 3.0 application.

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Hackathon Categories

Lower Primary: Age 9 to 10
Upper Primary: Age 11 to 12
system requirements

System Requirements

Internet Connection
Scratch 3.0 Software or Website
Supported Web Browser: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari.
Note: Internet Explorer is NOT supported.

Amazing Scratch games created by our contestants!

Event Agenda

Date Time Venue Activity
22 June 2023 9am – 12pm Multi-Purpose Hall (Level 4), Times Centre Training Session 1:
Introduction to Scratch Programming for Game Development
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 4pm Training Session 2:
Intermediate Scratch Programming for Storytelling
23 June 2023 9am – 12pm Hackathon Part 1
12pm – 1pm Lunch
2pm – 4pm Hackathon Part 2
4pm – 4.30pm Tea Break
4.30pm – 6pm Hackathon: Presentation to Judges
24 June 2023 10am – 1pm  Singapore Heritage Tour: Kampong Glam
1pm – 2pm Event Hall 2-2
(Level 1), Lifelong Learning Institute
2pm – 3pm Prize Presentation Ceremony

Judging Criteria

All projects will be evaluated by our panel of judges with the following criteria:

1. Quality of Codes (30%)
       a. Do the codes work?
       b. Do the codes have bugs?
       c. Are the codes well-organised and efficient?

2. Quality of Design (30%)
       a. Does the project have customised design assets?
       b. Is the project aligned to the topic on maintenance of marine environment?

3. Creativity (30%)
       a. Does the project have creative components?

4. Educational Value (10%)
       a. Does the project integrate at least one learning point?

Awards & Prizes

Gold, Silver, Bronze (Lower Primary)
The top 3 students of the competition will be awarded a trophy.

Gold, Silver, Bronze (Upper Primary)
The top 3 students of the competition will be awarded a trophy.

All other contestants will be awarded a medal.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to all students.




Do you need any coding background to participate in this hackathon?

This competition is open to all students, including beginners who have no prior coding experience. To prepare our contestants for the hackathon, they will undergo our training sessions to learn and practice coding in the Scratch application before submitting their game project for the hackathon.

Is this an individual or group hackathon?

This is an individual competition. Each participant is required to complete their own game project using Scratch 3.0 as part of the hackathon.

Will laptops or PCs be provided?

No. Each participant is required to bring their own laptop for the hackathon. Please ensure you can access the Scratch 3.0 software or web version.

What does the competition fee entails?

The one-time competition entry fee entitles the participant to gain access to our MCE Summer Coding Hackathon 2023, training sessions, lunch, and related materials. It does not include the contestant's personal travel expenses such as flight, accommodation, travel insurance and shopping.
All contestants are required to make their own travel arrangements for this competition.

Do you have a recommended hotel?

We recommend Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar (Google Maps.) The nearest MRT station is Paya Lebar MRT station.
Aqueen Hotel to Lifelong Learning Institute
By walking: 7 mins
Aqueen Hotel to Times Centre
By car or taxi: 10 mins
By bus (24, 43, 70, 76, 80): 16 mins

Is an accompanying adult a mandatory requirement for this event?

All participating students are encouraged to travel with adult company. We recommend either a participating school’s teacher or their respective parents to accompany the students. However, it will not be a mandatory requirement.

As an accompanying adult, can I join the event?

Parents and teachers are not allowed to sit in for the training session and hackathon on 22 - 23 June 2023. However, you are invited to join our lunch and prize presentation ceremony on 24 June 2023.

I have other questions. Who can I contact?

If you have any enquiries, please send us a message on our Facebook page.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Marshall Cavendish Education is the organiser of the MCE Summer Coding Hackathon.
  2. All information shared to us will follow Marshall Cavendish Education's data protection and privacy statements.
  3. By participating in the event, I understand that there will be photographs and videos taken at the event, and MCE has the right to edit and use the assets for media publicity including use in print, broadcast and online.
  4. Winners will be informed via email.
  5. Winners will be selected by the Organiser's panel of judges and the decision is final.
  6. All submissions for the hackathon are at the risk of the Contestant and in the event that there are technical difficulties experienced arising out of the internet or from any associated equipment or internet security is compromised, the Organiser may at its sole and absolute discretion disqualify the entire entry and shall not accept any liability doing so.
  7. The prize is as stated and is non-transferable and not-for-sale. No cash alternatives will be offered. If due to circumstances beyond the Organiser’s control, the Organiser is unable to provide the stated prize or any part thereof, the Organiser reserves the right to substitute the prize with an item of equal or greater value, to be determined at the Organisers’ sole discretion.
  8. Later submission will be automatically void.
  9. The registration / competition fee is non-refundable or exchangeable for products or services.
  10. The Organiser reserves the rights to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.

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