Yesterday, the ‘2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off ’50-day development phase was kicked off with teams from schools like Purdue, IU, IUPUI, Rose-Hulman, Ivy Tech, and IPFW ready to start creating and competing.
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, we are going to KEEP REGISTRATION OPEN throughout this 50-day development period, which ends on April 18th, 2013. Many will enter for a chance at the $17,000 in cash prizes, but only three teams will walk away with a little more wealth and wisdom!
From the students’ perspective, the cash prizes are certainly enticing, but it’s also the opportunity to gain experience, showcase technical skills, and network with peers. Professors, instructors, advisors and more joined SmartFile in helping spread the word about the Bake-Off as an opportunity to expand their boundaries to learning outside the classroom.
“I teach a course in Competitive Programming at Purdue and encourage our students to participate in programming challenges, hack-a-thons, entrepreneurship competitions, and similar events. These competitions stretch their skills and are great motivators to go beyond what they learn in the classroom,” said Tim Korb, Purdue’s Assistant Head of Computer Science.
Some of us “SmartFiler’s” attended the Verge February Pitch Night at The Speak Easy last night, including myself. As I listened to two new start-up entrepreneurs pitch their concepts to a room saturated with eager, open-minded professionals; I started to get chills thinking about how exciting the “Bake-Off’s” final judging/pitch-party is going to be on April 23rd.
The location of that party will be announced soon! In the meantime, follow @SmartFile on Twitter for the latest and greatest! #SFbakeoff is the official hashtag for the ‘2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off.’
Here’s the link to view yesterday’s press release: “SmartFile Launches Programming “Bake-Off” for Indiana College Students”