The Pearson Student Coding Contest is designed to reward Contestants who develop relevant, innovative, creative, functional, and original applications that integrate with the Pearson LearningStudio Learning Management System (LMS) and/or utilize the LearningStudio APIs. The Contest is open and limited to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate institution within the United States.

How can you use digital technology to develop an application that transforms education? For inspiration, we've provided a few example ideas that might get you thinking about the possibilities of what you could build:

  • Mobile Applications: Build a tablet or phone application for students, teachers, administrators, or learners of all ages.
  • Time-saving tools: Both students and teachers are pressed for time. Can you build an application that allows teachers or students to be more efficient, or to learn or complete tasks outside of the physical or virtual classroom?
  • Learning & Retention: Can you build an immersive, fun, collaborative experience to engage students, promote learning and retention, personalize education, or promote social learning?
  • Utilizing Technology: What non-traditional educational technologies might you integrate with an on-line learning experience? Would you use your X-Box to submit a homework assignment?


Begin by submitting your Idea Proposal from September 3, 2013 through September 30, 2013. Contestants will be notified by October 8, 2013 if their Idea Proposal has been accepted. Contestants with approved Idea Proposals have from October 8, 2013 to November 30, 2013 to develop and submit their Entry. Three Finalists will be announced by December 31, 2013. The three finalists will present their Entries at the Pearson eCollege office in Denver, Colorado on January 17, 2014, and cash prizes will be decided.


The top three (3) finalists will present their Entries at the Pearson offices in Denver, CO. First place will receive an award of $10,000, second place will receive an award of $5,000, and third place will receive an award of $1,000.

Internships and Interviews

In additional to the cash prizes three (3) Contestants will be offered Summer 2014 internships at the Pearson eCollege office in Denver, Colorado. Internship positions are offered in addition to, and separate from, the cash prizes. All Contestants who submit an Entry will be considered regardless of whether they have one of the three final entries.

All Contestants who submit an Entry and who are graduating in Fall/Winter 2013 or Spring/Summer 2014 will be granted phone interviews for the Pearson Leadership Development Program.