Pittsburg State Team Wins 2019 Code-A-Thon Competition
In the school’s first year as a contestant, Pittsburg (Kansas) State University fielded the first-place team in the Kansas City Fed’s annual competition among computer science and engineering students.
The 2019 Code-A-Thon was the Bank’s fourth, with the virtual event kicking off Oct. 25 with 11 teams from nine universities across the country. The teams had 48 hours to come up with software solutions for a challenge presented by Kansas City Fed Information Technology and Community Development professionals: Develop a tool to help entrepreneurs create or support their small businesses. Finalists presented solutions to judges on Nov. 7.
The Pittsburg State team’s solution was a social media platform called “Entrepreneurchute,” designed to connect small business owners with mentors and entrepreneurs who can offer support for specific problems. A team from the University of Central Missouri won second place for a website called “Binder,” created to link business owners with potential employees.
“I was truly amazed at the professionalism, the depth of thought the competitors put into the subject matter and the polish on these applications in less than 48 hours,” said Brian Faros, Bank vice president and chief information officer.
Of the Bank’s nearly 2,000 employees, almost half are IT professionals. Through Code-A-Thon and other programs, the Bank supports STEM education efforts. Information regarding the 2020 Code-A-Thon will be announced at KansasCityFed.org.