Are you the next
student geek of the year?

KICK OFF October 16th 2017

January 8th 2018 DEADLINE

About student geek challenge

We love to see the talents of the next generation of internet professionals do amazing stuff. At Novicell we are geeks! We think it is cool to be able to build software that can handle thousands of visitors - at the same time. Therefore, the last four years, we have organized Geek Challenge (develop) where we challenge student to show us how nerdy it can be!

It's possible to take the challenge both alone or in a group of max 2 - 3 people. Just remember to write your teammates name when you apply for the challenge.


Implement any open source API data into your own project. It could be DST API, Open Data Aarhus or any other kind of open source API which you can use for free! There is lots of possibilities and your creativity is the limit here. You could for example build a map with all Aarhus parking garages, which displays how many free parking lots there is left in all the places.

The choice of solution, platform and technology is open. We don’t judge based on specific frameworks or languages. This gives you freedom to solve the challenge as website, a smartphone app or something crazy for your TV. Go ahead code something awesome. :)

The development challenge does not require any design or user interface design skills. In this challenge we are evaluating your coding skills, not your design skills. We recommend that you use a free template or copy-paste your layout/UI from somewhere nice. A good sense of aesthetics is however always appreciated.

Your solution should contain

  • Demo and code:
    Submit a link to your project and source.
  • Optional extras
    If you run out of ideas but have time, consider these:
    Store the data from the API, for more custom features. Make a dashboard with multiple graphs. Possibility to customize the data output. Functionalities which take use of the API.

By the way: It is ok to submit a half finished project. It is a whole lot better to submit something half finished than submitting nothing. In 2015 the 2nd place was a half finished project.

Project example

Dashboard with multiple graphs and features, which can manipulate and visualize data

Which leads us to what you can win

First of you would earn a money prize for your hard work. Secondly we would love to see you in our offices for an interview. Our doors are always open to young talents in our field. Do a good job, get a change to get a good job ;-)

Money Prize

The main prize. One thousand glittering euroes and a guaranteed jobinterview in one of our departments.

1.000 EUR

Money Prize

For your hard effort and almost a gold medal. You're close, but no cigar.
Well - a smaller cigar.

200 EUR

Money prize

You did good! Treat yourself nice...

100 EUR

The previous winners are saying ...

faq and behind the scenes

Any student/Anyone studying in Denmark, Spain or the UK can join the challenge.

If you want, you're allowed to submit your solution as a team.

Select a coding weapon of your choice: JavaScript, C#, PHP, Java, Rails or whatever.

And yes, you are more than welcome to use any kind of external library of your desire.

For all the design/frontend clueless coders: We recommend using a frontend framework like Bootstrap or Foundation instead of spending hours fighting HTML+CSS.

- Adam Peter Nielsen, Novicell.

- Martin Sørensen, Novicell.


Your submission will be scored in these categories:

- Overall solution quality
- Creativity
- Code structure and naming scheme
- Solution ruggedness (does it break easily?)

First of, you need to sign up. Scroll a bit up if you haven't done so.

If you're all set and ready to submit - do so by zipping you solution and sending it of to

Novicell is a digital consultantbureau, who creates online solutions to support the clients businesses - online solutions in every way you can think of it. No matter the type of solution, it's all focused on one thing:
Online Business.

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