It gives us great pleasure to announce the 2016 10k Apart competition. Create a fully functioning website in 10 KB or less! Amaze your friends! Astound the world! Compete for fabulous prizes!
Why 10k? Why now? It’s simple, really. In the 16 years since we told you about the first contest to create a functioning website in 5 KB or less, countless aspects of web design and development have changed. And, year after year, A List Apart has marked those changes, even instigating more than a few of them ourselves. But in all those years, one thing has remained constant: the need to keep our websites lean. Indeed, in the age of mobile slash responsive slash multidevice design, keeping sites lean and mean is more important than ever.
In 2000, Stewart Butterfield launched the original 5k competition to celebrate the skill, ingenuity, and innovation of designers and developers who wring every byte of performance out of the websites and applications they fashion. Ten years later, Microsoft and An Event Apart launched the first 10k Apart—adding progressive enhancement, accessibility, and responsive web design to the competition’s requirements.
And now, An Event Apart and Microsoft Edge have teamed up once more to entice you, the makers of websites, to improve your performance game yet again by competing in a new 10k Apart that’s even tougher than the last one. Golly!
Ah, but there’s gain for your pain. Besides fame and glory, you could win $10,000 in cash, tickets to An Event Apart, the complete A Book Apart series, and a copy of Aaron Gustafson’s Adaptive Web Design, 2nd Edition, which I consider the unofficial successor to Designing With Web Standards. So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to the 10k Apart website for complete rules and details.
13 Reader Comments
Based on my own experiences, it seems impossible to have a website in 10 KB or less.
I’m old enough to have actually competed in the original 5Kb competition back then (reaching around 30th-40th place in the end)! It’s doable these days as well, but it might be harder than it seems. Or easier if you think the 10Kb limit is impossible. 🙂
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This isn’t super hard — the size is after gzip, also, and so right there that gets you a ton of breathing room.
Node.js would be a really natural server for this challenge, based on the FAQ and the no-script requirement.
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i think this is impossible to make website in 10Kb but, nothing is impossible 🙂
I guess it is really hard to do… I do not have any idea how to start
This is a really awesome idea. I’m excited to see what people will create!
How its possible, its very hard competition to achieved this task. I’m currently associate with a http://www.branex.ca/web-design-development/ a web design Agency in toronto & i never seen any web designer created a fully functioning website in 100 KB or less 🙂
Thank you very much for the information, it is always very good to know more !!
Building a web page well under 10 KB or less is a pretty bold talk. But we too achieved some decent load speeds with our Django based website development – https://webisoft.com/web-development/, even though its around 1MB in size.
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