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.
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.
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
Cristina Dolan, the founder of Dream it. Code it. Win it., has been honored by Traders Magazine with a Charitable Works Award for her work with Dream it. Code it. Win it. Traders Magazine celebrates accomplished women in Finance with its “Wall Street Women: A Celebration of Excellence” Awards every year.
Dolan, who started Dream it. Code it. Win it. in 2013, was responsible for creating and executing the contest, which awarded more than $70,000 to high school and college students for their work in Computer Science.
She plans to launch another contest in 2015. If you are interested in sponsorship or partnership opportunities, send an e-mail to email@example.com.