Awards Ceremony on April 30, 2015

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“Dream it. Code it. Win it.” is a student coding competition that is judged based on the quality of the problem being tackled as well as the solution. We hope to promote creativity, diversity and literacy in the field of computer science.

The competition 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. The awards ceremony took place at the Cooper Union Great Hall in New York, NY on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

The ceremony featured visionaries that discussed how computer science education can be used as a tool to create many opportunities across various industries. We will celebrate with the brightest students who will receive awards throughout the event. The event will be moderated by Jason Pontin, the editor in chief and publisher of the MIT Technology Review. It is organized by Cristina Dolan – MIT Media Lab Alumna, Co-Founder OneMain (IPO & Acquired).

The panel will include:
  • Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and Chair of the Code-to-Learn Foundation (research includes development of SCRATCH Programming Software and Lego Mindstorms)
  • Georgia Garinois-Melenikiotou, EVP of Corporate Marketing at Estée Lauder
  • Philippe Buhannic, co-Founder and CEO of TradingScreen ($10K Technology Entrepreneurship Award)
  • Brian O’Kelley, Co-Founder and CEO of AppNexus
  • Erik Nordlander, Engineering Partner of Google Ventures
  • Janice Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education at The NSF
  • Bonnie E. John, Director of Computation and Innovation at The Cooper Union
Last year was a great success:
  • 45 countries and some of the most prestigious schools being represented at the global competition
  • 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
  • Women made up the majority of the diverse applicant pool
  • 4 teams have started their own companies
  • The event won the Charitable Works Award and was honored by the MIT Volunteer Honor Roll
  • Watch some of the highlights from last year

You can help benefit students by donating to the contest here.

Healthy Shopping App Wins Big in MIT STEM Competition

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, Philippe Buhannic, Mariel Tucker, Cristina Dolan== 2nd Annual Dream It, Code It, Win It, Contest== The Cooper Union, Great Hall, NYC== April 30, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Sean Zanni/ ==

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.”

Click here to read the full article.

Elizabeth Montalbano – DesignNews – May 14, 2015

Dream It. Code It. Win It. 2015 Winners Announced

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.

The winners and their solutions:

Click here to read full article.

IT Business Edge – May 6, 2015

“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.