Pearson, a leading learning company, has launched its second Student Coding Contest, and the deadline for the idea proposal period has been extended. Entrants now have till Nov. 15 to submit their ideas, with the chance of winning first-, second- and third-place prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.
Pearson partners with faculty, institutions and students to create effective learning solutions that help students to achieve more. The company is committed to helping people achieve their goals and improve their lives with the power of learning. The Pearson Student Coding Contest is about recognizing students who take the tools and education they've received and develop original applications that integrate with Pearson APIs.
Along with the list of Pearson APIs already available for use in this competition, contestants will also be able to use the Pearson SCORM services, a set of technical specifications that define the packaging, tracking, scoring and sequencing of educational and training content. The winner will be someone who has used innovation and creativity to create something that is both relevant and unique. In addition to the cash prizes, the company will invite 10 contestants to apply for a Pearson summer 2015 internship, guaranteeing each one a telephone interview for that position.
In a video interview featured on Pearson's website, 2013 contest winner Mike Purvis has this advice for contestants: "Don't procrastinate. The people in the forum at Pearson were really helpful. I would not be bashful to ask questions in the forum. Lastly, 'think big' is a big part of this. I think it's kinda easy to think about a solution in your immediate sphere, but it's also very possible to think outside of that sphere ..."
The contest is only open to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States and Canada (excluding Québec). Further information is available here.