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Nithin Jilla (c) is presented with the 2013 Domino Award by Hal Stern (l), Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science

Nithin Jilla (c) is presented with the 2013 Domino Award by Hal Stern (l), Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science

Set Something Big In Motion for Your Student!

The Topplers Domino Award is an easy program to bring to your undergraduate students. Encourage them to “think big” by seeing how the work of computing professionals has significantly impacted modern society.  The goal of the program is to honor the past, and in doing so, inspire students to see the potential they have to make a difference through their future work.

Reaching 43,000 undergraduate computing students at 300+ universities across America, the 2016/2017 Domino Award competition provides winners an all expenses paid  trip to the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in March, 2017. Watch this short video from a previous year of winners at SXSW.

Share this opportunity with your students now!

Clayton Lewis, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been encouraging his students to enter the Domino Award contest since its inception in 2002:

“The best benefit the Domino Award has for our students is widening their view of themselves as computing professionals. Computers can seem like a very techy-bits-and-bytes, abstract kind of thing. For students to recognize the role of people – themselves and other people – in really bringing this technology into the world. And for students to be thinking about the impact that the technology has. And for students to be thinking about the impact that their own actions and relationships have on other people is really a positive. The students who have that opportunity to take that wider view, I think they don’t see themselves in the same way again. They are not just seeing themselves as ‘well, I’ll graduate I’ll go get a job and I’ll have a good life.’ But they are thinking, ‘gosh, I’m really going to make a difference in what I do.’”

Watch what Andre van der Hoek, chair of the Department of Informatics at University of California Irvine, has to say about his students participating in the Domino Award.

*The Topplers Domino Award is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with SXSW, LLC.