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ITA Tech Challenge Commemorates Ten Years with Gender Diversity Push

Monday, October 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Hotze
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This year's program was the first-ever exclusively all-female program in its decade long history


CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) held its tenth annual ITA Tech Challenge programming and skills competition on Friday, October 18.

The ITA #CodeLikeAWomanTech Challenge began in September with a qualifying exam shared virtually with a total of 46 universities. Students were challenged to solve an exam using their languages of choice, such as C++, C#, JavaScript, Python and PHP.

Of the 165 who took the initial challenge, 40 qualifying students accepted and traveled to downtown Chicago to take the Final Challenge and compete for the first place $10,000 prize. In the Final Challenge, the finalists were divided into teams while collaborating with mentors to solve a social impact case study around cyber bullying.

"ITA has been looking for ways to differentiate, expand and evolve the impact of our Tech Challenge," said Trisha Degg, ITA VP Talent Programs and Operations. "With a diversity charge in mind, we transformed this venerable program through six months of research and focus groups to be a first-of-its-kind, unique and empowering opportunity for female-identifying students here in Chicago."

For photos from the event, check out the Flickr album, here.


Congratulations to the 2019 ITA Tech Challenge 1st Place Team:

Adela D. - University of Chicago

Anna D. - Dartmouth College

Linnea L. - Purdue University

Maxine W. - Northwestern University

Ritika N. - Stony Brook University

This year's ITA Tech Challenge had 14 universities in the Top 40:

Boston University

Colorado Statue University

Dartmouth College

Georgia Institute of Technology

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

Purdue University

Purdue University, Northwest

Stony Brook University, New York

University of Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Minnesota Duluth

University of Missouri, Kansas City

University of Southern California

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