Indian Hills Annual Byte Jam

Indian Hills Community College will host their 6th annual Byte Jam competition on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Byte Jam 2016Indian Hills is excited to open this event to area high schools, and it is our hope that we might build interest in this ever-growing career field!

This competition will help to introduce students to the coding and design processes that go into the apps and websites they use every day. Teams have a choice of making a mobile or web application.

What is Byte Jam?

Byte Jam is a team-based competition, with each team working on its own version around a central theme, with area schools competing against one another. Although students will be working from their own site, they won’t be doing it alone! Indian Hills Software Development Students will be able to respond to any questions that the teams may have via email at

Students can ask for help with any aspect of creating the mobile app or website application, from technical coding questions, to design issues, and anything in between. There are no limits on team size or the number of teams that a school may have.


Byte Jam's 2018 Theme: "Memes"

This year, our theme for high school and college students is: Memes!!!  They can be found all around. However for this contest, we are interested in clean and fun memes that are High School appropriate.

Student Teams

Teams typically consist of 4 students, but may have more or less if needed. Each team must come up with a team name. Team names used by past Indian Hills students include “Byte Me,” “Team 42,” and “Code Warriors,” so don’t be afraid to get creative or silly. Again, it is up to the teachers to decide what is acceptable.

T-shirts will be provided by Indian Hills for all participants. High School teams are able to work on their projects as much as their schedules will allow prior to the competition date.

High School teams are broken into 2 divisions.  Bits division are those teams with little to no prior programming experience and Bytes division for those teams that have had some programming classes or  experiences. It is up to the team advisor to make this determination.

Industry Participation

Representatives from different companies in our network will be in attendance to speak with students regarding many opportunities that are available in their business. The public is welcome to attend and see the amazing projects the students created.

Event Details

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hellyer Student Life Center
Indian Hills Community College, Main Campus (Ottumwa)

Team Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Indian Hills Community College Annual Byte Jam Competition. Registration for the 2018 6th Annual Byte Jam is now open! Please make sure to read the (**Instructions) section at the bottom of the form description before clicking Add to Cart, to ensure your registration is filled out properly.

All team registrations must be completed by Friday, October 12, 2018.

2018 6th Annual Byte Jam Team Registration


Projects are judged by company representatives, teachers/advisors and students. Each judge submits their scores on a website that can be accessed through their mobile phone.


First and second place teams are recognized at the event. First place receives a traveling trophy and both teams receive individual trophies and prizes that have been donated or purchased with money from fund raising events. Club scholarships of up to $1,200 are also awarded to high school students planning to attend IHCC in Software Development.


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Susan Wilson.

Susan Wilson, Computer Software Development Instructor
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5111 ext. 1760