Dream it. Code it. Win it. awarded over 50 high school and college students over $20,000 in cash and prizes this year at the 2016 Awards Ceremony. Students’ ideas, ranging from computer software to app designs to health devices, were celebrated. Joining them on stage were panelists from technology incubators. This year we invited Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco, New York City’s first Chief Technology Officer. We also presented a Leadership in Computer Science award to Director of Education & Research at CSNYC, Leigh Ann DeLyser, for her outstanding work in strengthening computer science initiatives in New York City.
To view a full list of Dream it. Code it. Win it. winners and their submission videos, click here.
Two electrical engineering students at Cooper Union also won cash prizes, from the event sponsor Fiverr, totaling $10,000, for their project Wi-less Gauss Mouse. You can view the press release here.
“Dream it. Code it. Win it.” has been featured on NY1 News’ “It Ain’t Rocket Science” show, which is part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds $100M project to inspire young people to become the pioneers of the future:
Two women studying at Cornell University have won $10,000 for designing and developing a Web application that can help people make healthier choices while grocery shopping.
Claire Lambrecht and Rachel Wang — both MBA students at Cornell Tech, part of the Johnson Graduate School of Management — shared the TradingScreen Technology Entrepreneurship Award at the recent “Dream it. Code it. Win it.” student coding competition for an application called Epicure.
The contest — open to university and high school students and co-organized by the MIT Club of New York, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City and TradingScreen — is aimed at promoting creativity, diversity, and literacy in the field of computer science.
Epicure automatically analyzes online receipts from people’s personal grocery shopping and recommends healthier options to the items they’ve chosen, Lambrecht and Wang told Design News.
“Changing eating habits is hard,” Wang explained. “Existing products aren’t much help. They require you to count calories, log food journals, and buy specialty foods. Epicure makes it easy to change your eating habits. All you need to do is log in, and our system automatically handles the rest.”
When Cristina Dolan, MIT Media Lab Alumna and co-founder of OneMain, organized the first Dream it. Code it. Win it. competition in 2014, she ended up winning the Traders Magazine Charitable Contribution Award and an MIT Volunteer Honor Roll nod. Four of the 2014 teams of finalists went on to launch companies from their submissions.
The student coding competition is judged based on both the quality of the problem being tackled by the competitors and on the solution itself, with the aim to “promote creativity, diversity and literacy in the field of computer science.” The judging panel brings together experts from three tech-heavy sectors: finance, media and technology.
Winners of the 2015 competition were announced and celebrated at an “Unleashing Opportunities with Technology” event April 30, where speakers discussed how computer science education can create these new opportunities across industries. Winners worked on solutions in virtual reality, computer simulation and biological-related applications, among many others. Interestingly, as was the case in 2014, the majority of the applicant pool were female.
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.