Pearson Student Coding Contest Seeks to Encourage Students to Code

Pearson coding contestI’m happy to announce that I’m serving as a judge for the third annual Pearson Student Coding Contest and hope that you will help me promote it.

Being a judge in the contest is an exciting opportunity; it rewards undergraduates by giving them a chance to build, compete and bring their education apps to production. Students could win up to $5,000 as well as a chance to intern with Pearson.

For as long as software has been around, there has been a need for more talented developers. That rings true today where, despite consistent growth, there remains a huge deficit in programming talent and an even greater gap when it comes to the numbers of women in the field, who make up roughly 29% of the IT workforce, down from 35% in 1990. Pearson is keen on getting women to enter the contest.

The contest is currently open with proposals being accepted until October 9th. Students can propose an app of their choice and can work alone or in teams of up to five people. Contestants are expected to integrate a Pearson Application Programming Interface, (API) in coding, and must demonstrate learning outcomes of their app.

Wendell Santos is the editor at ProgrammableWeb.com. You can reach him at wendell@programmableweb.com. Connect to Wendell on Twitter at @wendell78 or Google+.

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