pic7“Dream it. Code it. Win it.” has been organized by 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 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. Cooper Union is symbolic for ‘game changing’ events and this opportunity creates a similar effect for opportunity in the lives of entrepreneurs,” said 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. pic21