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TradingScreen, MIT Club of New York, MIT Enterprise Forum NYC, and NYCPromise Launch $50,000 Contest to Promote Programmer Creativity, Diversity, and Literacy
NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TradingScreen Inc. (TradingScreen), The MIT Club of New York, The MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, and NYCPromise are proud to announce the launch of "Dream it. Code it. Win it.," a competition for student programmers. Dream It. Code It Win It. will award more than $50,000 in committed scholarships and other prizes to students 18 years or older, and enrolled at accredited institutions.
Dream It. Code It Win It. is designed to promote creativity, diversity, and literacy in the computer science field among college students. Competition submissions will be judged by successful computer scientists, entrepreneurs and investors, including Mike Perlis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media.
"'Programming has nearly limitless potential to transform our world, helping us solve problems, create new opportunities, and explore new boundaries," said TradingScreen CEO Philippe Buhannic. "Coders hold the key to this transformation, and it's critical for all of us to support young programmers to develop their skills, and help make this potential a reality. Dream It. Code It. Win It. helps recognize emerging talent, and shows others how exciting and creative coding can be."
Although there are many variations on hack-a-thons, Dream it. Code it. Win it. was launched to celebrate and reward computer science as a creative tool, and not just as a coding exercise. This approach is meant to help encourage people of all backgrounds and genders to participate, particularly women, who make up just 23 percent of STEM workers, versus 48 percent of the total workforce, according to the National Math and Science Initiative.
"When we designed Dream It. Code It. Win It., the idea was to move beyond the traditional hack-a-thon format, giving contestants greater flexibility in the types of problems that they would solve using their own programming skills," said Cristina Dolan, a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and an officer of the MIT Club of New York. "The orientation of this contest is towards greater creativity and diversity, making it more of a create-a-thon. This orientation is critical, to integrate new people, perspectives and skill sets that seem underrepresented in programming at the moment."
The selection of semi-finalists takes place over a period of three months through social media voting and a committee of judges. At the final, live event in New York City, the selected semi-finalists will present their creations before the judging panel.
"New York City has become one of the great technology capitals of the world. To maintain that primacy, the city needs to continually invest in education in STEM, to ensure that there are enough graduates to fill the ever-increasing demand for talent," said Dr. Harold K Goldstein, CEO of NYCPromise. "Dream It. Code It. Win It. increases both the depth of the technology talent pool in NYC and its breadth, by encouraging participation by a more diverse group of student programmers."
To enter and for full details, go to www.dreamitcodeitwinit.com.
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TradingScreen is the leading independent provider of liquidity, trading, and investment technology via SaaS to the financial community. TradingScreen's goal is to simplify the complexity of markets, by consolidating all investment workflows for exchange-traded and OTC instruments on a single platform. TradingScreen brings the major, global sell-side participants, leading regional brokers and the largest Buy side firms to a common environment, delivering market access, order- and liquidity-management and Investment services. The benefit to clients is an exceptional reach across counterparties, asset classes, and geography, and a full integration of services front to back. TradingScreen was named the Best Fixed Income Trading Platform in 2013 by Wall Street Letter. TradingScreen provides global coverage from offices in Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. For more information on TradingScreen, go to http://www.tradingscreen.com.
About MIT Club of New York
The MIT Club of New York is a professional organization serving the community of MIT alumni in the New York Metropolitan Region. The Club was established in 1892 and since then has provided its members with access to world-class professional, cultural and educational, service, and social programming. The charter of the Club is to extend the MIT experience beyond the walls of the Institute by leveraging its exclusive network of MIT faculty and leaders of innovation in business, science and engineering. (http://newyork.alumclub.mit.edu)
About MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City
The MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization part of a network of 27 chapters worldwide. The mission is to be the New York City-based leader in hosting networking and educational events focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. (www.mitef.org)
About NYC Promise
NYCPromise has been established to address two urgencies in America and, more specifically, in New York City: The one is the need for more scientifically trained students necessary to maintain global competitiveness; the other is the cost of higher education, increasingly out of reach for a large part of our student population. Our world is filled both with unlimited opportunity and with barriers to be met. We are living in an Age of Technology that conditions how we live and how we learn. There are many different opinions on how education should be delivered to today's students, but there is an inescapable fact that economic value will be largely created by the application of science and technology. This is a foundational fact supporting the NYCPromise platform - promoting STEM education and planning to provide unconditional four year scholarships for STEM students. (www.nycpromise.org)
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