ITA Tech Programming Hackathon Challenge (Sept 17, 20, 24 and Oct 12-13) – Cash prizes will be awarded!

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In its 9th year, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Tech Challenge is a programming and coding skills competition for current university students in the U.S.  Students may compete for the chance to make it to the Top 50 and be invited to Chicago for the Final Challenge, interview with top technology companies and a chance to win $5,000!

The ITA Tech Challenge has two phases:

Phase 1: Qualifying Challenge (September 17-24, 2018)

Starting in September, qualifying Challenges are held virtually with participating universities. This initial event lasts approximately two hours.

The Initial Virtual Challenge can be taken any time between September 17th and September 24th. Once students begin the test, they will have two hours and cannot stop and start again. They can code in any language and will need to upload a resume to access the challenge.  UIC will also be hosting a special on-campus Challenge on Thursday, September 20th at 5:30 pm.

To register:

To take the Initial Virtual Challenge and participate in Phase 1, Register Here to receive reminders and communication.

To participate in the UIC on campus September 20 challenge event, please also Register Here.

Reminder:  Students have until Monday, September 24 at 11:59 CST to complete the Phase 1 challenge.

Phase 2: The Final Challenge (October 12-13, 2018)

After all qualifying Challenges are taken, the overall Top 50 scorers are invited to downtown Chicago for the Final Challenge and interviews with area technology companies looking to hire interns or entry-level talent. ITA covers the cost of hotel and provides meals for the Top 50 during their time in Chicago.

In addition to interviews, the Final Challenge offers cash prizes. The #1 scorer and Ultimate College Coder receives $5,000!

Additional Prizes:

2nd: $2,000

3rd through 5th: $1,000

6th through 10th: $500


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