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Programming competition for students begins

A competition for student programmers, "Dream it. Code it. Win it.," has been launched by TradingScreen Inc., The MIT Club of New York, The MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, and NYCPromise. More than $50,000 in committed scholarships and other prizes will be awarded to students 18 years or older, and enrolled at accredited institutions.

This contest is not to be confused with a hackathon like Glamour's fashion hackathon in NYC.
Photo by Vivien Killilea

According to the sponsors, this competition was launched to celebrate and reward computer science as a creative tool, and not just as a coding exercise. This approach is meant to help encourage people of all backgrounds and genders to participate, particularly women, who make up just 23 percent of STEM workers, versus 48 percent of the total workforce, according to the National Math and Science Initiative.

"When we designed Dream It. Code It. Win It., the idea was to move beyond the traditional hack-a-thon format, giving contestants greater flexibility in the types of problems that they would solve using their own programming skills," said Cristina Dolan, a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and an officer of the MIT Club of New York. "The orientation of this contest is towards greater creativity and , making it more of a create-a-thon. This orientation is critical, to integrate new people, perspectives and skill sets that seem underrepresented in programming at the moment."

The selection of semi-finalists takes place over a period of three months through social media voting and a committee of judges. At the final, live event in New York City, the selected semi-finalists will present their creations before the judging panel.

To enter and for full details, go to www.dreamitcodeitwinit.com.

General Rules and Information

At time of submission, the contestant(s) must be 18 years of age or older, and must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution to be allowed to participate.

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize - $15,000
  • 2nd Prize - $10,000
  • 3rd Prize - $5,000
  • Best Submission by a Female - $5k (sponsored by Tekserve)
  • Best Commercial Innovation - $5k
  • Several other specalized prizes will be announced shortly.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Submissions may be done by individuals or teams, provided that everyone on the team meets the specified criteria for participation.
  • Applications that have been built during your time at an accredited institution are also acceptable for submission.
  • Creativity is a key aspect of the judging criteria--have fun!
  • Teams can be comprised of 1-8 members, no more.
  • All team members must be registered prior to their involvement in the competition.
  • The deadline to submit your form is Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. EST/8:59 P.M. PST.

Timeline:

  • January 9th-Sunday, March 30th 2014 11:59 P.M.: online submission is open
  • Social media voting will be enabled March 1st, 2014, and contestants will be able to tell their friends to vote for them.
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted sometime in April 2014.
  • Semi-finalists will present to a panel of judges in May 2014.