“Dream it. Code it. Win it.” has been organized by Cristina Dolan, the MIT Club of New York, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, and TradingScreen to celebrate and reward the creative aspects of Computer Science education. On April 30th, 2014, college and high school students were awarded $70,000 in cash and prizes for their creations which ranged from computer software, phone apps, to robotics.
A panel of visionaries kicked off the celebration with a discussion of “The Future of Innovation in a Networked World.” Computer scientists are the center of innovation and are driving the evolution of entrepreneurship in a new way, with readily available tools across the internet at their disposal.
“The Dream it. Code it. Win it. event opens the door for young go-getter entrepreneurs – shows how
creativity and diligence is valued and rewarded.” – Jeanne Sullivan, Co-Founder of StarVest Partners.
48 Finalists out of hundreds of entrants came to New York City from across the country to receive $70,000 in cash and prizes. Over 50% of the entrants were women, while the average number of women who participate in hackathons is at a low 11%.
With over 400 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students in attendance, Dream it. Code it. Win it. hosted a successful inaugural Create-A-Thon at The Cooper Union Great Hall.
Cristina Dolan, Organizer
Amirose Ruge, Marketing Specialist
Carmen Cedeno, Marketing Volunteer
Cristina Dolan, Organizer |||| Amirose Ruge, Social Media || Carmen Cedeno, Marketing
People from over 45 different countries expressed an interest in Dream it. Code it. Win it., which was largely marketed using social media channels. The Facebook page hosted the
submission for the application, and with over one hundred applications on a global scale, there was an abundance of quality submissions from students all around the world.
“Hackathons and Create-A-Thons create excitement around computing because the emphasis is on teaming up with other people, sharing fun ideas, and then just making something. It shows people that computer science can be experimental, social, and fun!” – Teresa Dahlberg, Dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, Chief Academic Officer, The Cooper Union