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. Follow these simple steps to enter the $50,000 competition:

  1. Design a code or computer program that solves a problem
  2. Make a video and upload it to YouTube
  3. Submit the form

“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.  High School and College students can submit entries through March 29th, 2015. The awards ceremony will take place at the Cooper Union Great Hall in New York, NY on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

The awards ceremony will feature visionaries that will discuss 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.

“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.

“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