Build an app that’s proven to help learners learn and you’ll be eligible to win up to $5,000 and an internship with Pearson. Pearson is a leader and innovator in educational technology, and we’re calling on you to create an original and functional application that integrates with our APIs. Together we can transform education!

Your app could include social interactions, adaptive learning, quizzing, polling, or experiential learning that collects real-time data. Maybe a mobile app or one that includes videos? Use your imagination! How would you demonstrate learning using a Pearson API?

The 2015 contest is accepting proposals until October 9, 2015, from students who are enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States and Canada (excluding Québec).

How can you use digital technology to develop an application that transforms education? Check out highlights from the 2014 contest below for some inspiration.

The contest homepage can be found here:


The Pearson Student Coding Contest is only open to those who have submitted an accepted idea proposal by November 13th, 2015. 

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$8,500 in prizes

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Terry Austin

Terry Austin
Department Chair, Biology at Temple College

Jeff D. Borden

Jeff D. Borden
Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University

Tim Bozik

Tim Bozik
President Pearson Higher Education

Seth Levine

Seth Levine
Foundry Group, Venture Capitalist

Susan Nesbitt

Susan Nesbitt
Head of Business Development at Make School

Emily E. Reid

Emily E. Reid
Curriculum Director at Girls Who Code

Wendell Santos

Wendell Santos
Editor at ProgrammableWeb

Judging Criteria

  • Design
    Is the Application professional, visually appealing, and easy to use?
  • Impact
    How useful is the Application to learners or educators? Does the Application resolve a challenge for the learner and/or educator?
  • Creativity
    Is the Application original and/or innovative?
  • Implementation
    How well does the Application meet the Contest objectives?

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