SOURCE: TradeKing


September 13, 2011 09:00 ET

Calling All Undergraduate Students: There's Still Time to Enter the $100,000 TradeKing API Campus Challenge

Register by October 24 to Put Your Development Skills to Work Building an Investment-Focused App

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Students, what would you do with $50,000? Start thinking about how you'd spend that big check because TradeKing (, a leading online broker-dealer, just announced the call for registrations for the $100,000 TradeKing API Campus Challenge.

Born out of a groundbreaking pilot program conducted in Spring 2011 at the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland, the semester-long TradeKing Challenge provides undergraduate students with real-life experience developing an investment-focused "app" using TradeKing's Application Programming Interface (API).

Students will have the opportunity to compete in an "Open" division alongside students from universities across the country. In a separate category, universities such as Villanova, Loyola Maryland and the University of Nebraska are participating in the Challenge as a part of their academic coursework. Students may choose to form teams with students at other participating or non-participating colleges, or participate in the Challenge individually. The winner of the Open division will take home $5,000 in prize money and have the opportunity to compete against the other divisions for an additional $50,000.

The deadline for registering for the Challenge is October 24. The competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, and runs through midnight Eastern on December 12, 2011. There is no cost to participate.

Interested students can register for the challenge by visiting or emailing

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