University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student Mike Purvis won first place in the Pearson Coding Contest and was awarded $10,000.

The software competition is open to undergraduate students in the United States. Contestants develop relevant, innovative, creative, functional and original applications that integrate with the Pearson LearningStudio Learning Management System and/or utilize the LearningStudio application programming interfaces (API).

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Mike Purvis, center, wins the Pearson Coding Contest (photo from the Pearson Coding Contest twitter account, @PearsonCoding)

Purvis developed a module that integrates with existing Drupal university websites and would bring information in about Pearson courses. He utilized a Twilio API’s to allow students to receive text messages when new course announcements or exams are created. Students could also set goals for their classes and professors could see how the class is doing at reaching their goals. Go the Pearson Coding Contest website for more on Purvis’ entry.

Pearson is a leading learning company that partners with faculty and institutions to create innovative solutions to improve student achievement and institutional effectiveness.

Purvis was also part of the UH Hilo team that won the 2013 Imagine Cup U.S. Finals. The team created an app called Help Me Help, which allows users to share photos and information about hazards they may encounter in emergency situations like fires, floods or roadblocks.

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