BRONX, N.Y. - Daniel DeLayo, Akshay Karve and Shane Riordan—members of the Lakeland High School Coding Team—took first place last month in the inaugural Tech Challenge hosted by Monroe College.

The competition took place Saturday, April 30, in the Mintz Auditorium/King Hall at the college’s Bronx campus. Thirty teams competed in one of four areas: Website design, cyber security, app development and robotics.

DeLayo, Karve and Riordan were supported by their computer teacher, Charlene Nigro. The challenge had two options for competitors: A library project or a calculator project. The Lakeland students accepted the latter challenge, creating a mobile app calculator. They had a very well-designed graphical user interface, which included the required menus, calculations and links to Monroe College social media Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The students worked as a cohesive unit, dividing the work and collaborating effectively. Due to a spam issue, the students had less than 24-hours to complete the challenge. At the end of the coding component of the challenge, the judges tested the products of each team and interviewed the teams.

DeLayo, Karve and Riordan earned first place in the Tech Challenge, each receiving a $16,000 scholarship to Monroe College, a Surface Pro 3 tablet, three months of premium access to Code Academy, a Raspberry Pi (single-board computers) and $50 to either the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store.

DeLayo is a junior and already looking forward to next year’s Tech Challenge competition.  Karve will be studying computer science at Stony Brook and Riordan will be studying computer science at Notre Dame next year.