Billy Bosworth

Are you the next great data developer?

By Billy BosworthFebruary 5, 2013

Are you the next great data developer? If so, you could win $10,000 from DataStax.

Today we are kicking off our “Next Great Data Developer Contest”. The contest offers two undergraduate or graduate-level computer science students the chance to win scholarships of $10,000 each for developing an application on Apache™ Cassandra.

Big data applications are one of the fastest growing and most impactful segments of the tech industry today, and there are more opportunities available for talented young developers than there are people who can fill them. So we at DataStax have decided to help bring attention to this hot field and encourage greater participation in science, technology and mathematics by highlighting the great work produced by our participants.

DataStax is also committed to championing women in technology, and we will award one of our two scholarships to a female developer. We’ve selected two of the best Cassandra developers in the industry, Kelly Sommers who is also a DataStax MVP, and Gwen Shapira, to judge the apps.

Fostering the open-source community is a huge priority for us, so we will evaluate contestants not only on their development skills, but also their ability to document and share their experience with the Cassandra community. Contestants must document the process of building a Cassandra application using tools such as an active blog, video recordings, a business case presentation and working prototypes of their program on GitHub. This will help other members of the community grow their skills and learn new things even if they can’t participate in the contest.

This is a great opportunity for students to get fired up and show off their skills, so sign up today and see if you are the next great data developer!



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