2016 T-Shirt Design Contest

Since its inception, the conference has offered shirts (tees and polos) featuring the CppCon logo, but this year we are producing a shirt specifically for CppCon 2016.*

Since we want the best design the community can produce, we are holding a tee shirt design contest.


The contest theme is Cold Logic and Hot Code.

The theme is for inspiration only and submissions are not penalized for disregarding the theme.

Contest rules:

  • The contest is open to anyone.
  • Designs must be original and submitted by or on behalf of the designer and with the designer’s consent.
  • Any use of any photo, drawing, images or elements created / copyrighted by any other person is prohibited.
  • By entering, contestants warrant that each submission is their own original creation and that no entry infringes on another person’s rights or copyright laws.
  • Entries must meet the technical requirements and design guidelines enumerated below.
  • Each contestant may submit up to three entries.
  • Submissions are by email:
    • Send to shirt-contest@cppcon.org
    • Email entries must include the words “T-Shirt Design Contest <submitter name> <submission #>’ in the subject line.
  • Entries must submitted by August 19th, 2016.
  • Designs that are considered offensive or defamatory or in violation of any person’s right to privacy or other personal rights are not welcome.

Technical Requirements and Design Guidelines:

  • We can accept the following file types under 10MB: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG, PDF, BMP, PSD and AI.
  • We require the logo to be at least 1000 x 1000 px.
  • Keep your design simple.
  • Photographs are not accepted.
  • While you are not restricted to use any specific colors, keep in mind that the theme might need to change to match the color of the shirt.
  • Be mindful of the details in your design, overly small design elements might not translate well to screen print.
  • Limit the number of colors and use solid colors – gradient colors do not print well.
  • Limit the size of your design, normally the printable area on a T-shirt is limited to a rectangle on the front and the back.
  • Your images should be high resolution and must be sharp.
  • Do you use any background color behind your image, unless it is consciously made part of the design.
  • Thin lines, very small font types, complicated tiny details do not print well.
  • You can use this shirt template.

Useful tips:


By entering to the contest, the contestants allow the CppCon Planning Committee non-exclusive rights to use the submission as is, or create a new design based on the original submission. Beyond that, the contestants retain the copyright to their designs, and all rights.


  • The contest jury will be selected and chaired by Zoltan Juhasz, the conference’s graphic designer.
  • His decision on the winning design is final.
  • Our hope is that there will be a number of appropriate, high quality submissions, but the CppCon Planning Committee reserves the right to not use the winning design.


Dinner with C++ Gurus

We’ll treat you to dinner for four at one of  Bellevue’s nicest restaurants.  You can bring your co-workers that are attending CppCon with you, but you can have dinner with them any time. Instead, select the CppCon presenters that you’d like to have a conversation with and we’ll invite them to join you. (This being a free country, we can’t guarantee that any particular presenter will be available, but what presenter would miss a chance at a lovely dinner — on us — with a C++ programer with mad design skills?)

* Every Early Bird registration will receive a free CppCon 2016 shirt. They are also available as a separate item through online registration so that non-Early Bird attendees can get one and so that Early Bird attendees can get additional shirts.