U of I Students Take 2 of 3 Top Spots at ITA Fall Challenge

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11/7/2011 3:57:00 PM

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By: Danyelle Michelini

Urbana, Ill.-(November 7, 2011) In early October, the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) and the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) hosted the campus round of the ITA Fall Challenge in the Siebel Center.

Last Friday, the Final Challenge took place in Chicago. Almost 40 of the 136 students who qualified to participate in the final round of competition were from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

The Final Challenge focused on real world issues faced by Illinois technology companies. The test gave students the chance solve these problems and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. 

While none of Illinois’ students took first place they did take second and third place. Coming in second place and winning $2,500 was Keunhong Park. Third place finisher, Sean Hurley won $1,000. Louis Wasserman from the University of Chicago was the first place winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000.

There were 136 students who qualified to take the final exam and of those 118 went to Chicago to compete and interview with sponsoring companies.

Students in attendance participated in just over 200 interviews with Presenting Sponsor, GrubHub, and Supporting Sponsors Allscripts, Backstop Solutions Group, Centro, GE, Groupon, Model Metrics, MPS Partners, and Redpoint Technologies.

The top 10 finalists’ average score was 141 out of 200 possible points. The students were given two hours to complete the exam, which was comprised of 3 questions focused on database architecture, algorithm development, and data rebuilding.

The 2011 participating Universities included University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Purdue, and Indiana University.

For more information about the ITA and the Fall Challenge, visit http://illinoistech.org.

About TEC
The Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Engineering  at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign engaging a vast pool of faculty, students, and alumni to provide the education, experiences, and resources that students need to become innovative leaders and empower them to change the world around them. Created in 2000 to highlight the University’s rich history and culture of innovation, the TEC continues to inspire its engineering students to become the next generation of world-changing visionaries, leaders and entrepreneurs.  This is accomplished through its courses, venture and product competitions, workshops, and other curricular and extra-curricular events that expose students to the complex concepts inherent in the simultaneous processes of technology innovation and market adoption. The Center offers on-site and online certificate programs for education and professional development and hosts outreach activities for students and alumni. The TEC also administers the annual V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition and the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize for innovation, among several other programs.

For more information about TEC and the programs they offer, visit their website: tec.illinois.edu or email Danyelle Michelini at dmichel2@illinois.edu.

About the ITA
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois’ vibrant technology industry. We are relentless in championing the development and application of technology, from start-up companies to industry leaders, leveraging the transformative nature of technology to revolutionize industries. ITA uniquely capitalizes peer-to-peer collaboration, networking, and access to experts across the breadth of business to cultivate the Illinois technology industry. The unique and powerful integration of these valuable and experienced resources differentiates the ITA as a source of accelerated growth for the technology industry of Illinois. For more information about ITA, please visit www.illinoistech.org

Contact the ITA at headquarters@illinoistech.org, follow the discussion on Twitter at @itabuzz, and visit www.illinoistech.org to find out more about how ITA supports the growth of the local industry.

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