It is essential that MCIT Online students showcase their technical abilities to future employers as well as transferable skills from past academic and professional experiences. Side projects are a reliable way for employers to assess technical abilities, time management, enthusiasm, and creativity.
In 2021, Penn Engineering Online launched SPARC (Side Projects for Advancement, Refinement and Collaboration), a summer-long competition designed to help MCIT Online students take their side projects to the next level. This year, SPARC is sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Students will gain exposure to a top-tier tech company through a 12-week program that is supported by industry software development managers from AWS.
With SPARC 2022, MCIT Online students will work collaboratively in teams to solve a real-world AWS engineering problem over the course of the summer. Final projects will be presented at a symposium in September. The winning team will receive $500 each and will be fast tracked to an interview with AWS.
In round one, students will complete the SPARC 2022 prerequisites and submit their group application for consideration. Student teams will have four students each.
Each student must pass and complete at least four core classes by the end of the Spring 2022 semester:
Each student must pass and complete at least one MCIT Online elective by the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
Note: The following two hyperlinks are included for general information. Do not register or pay for the products using the links below. Registration details will be distributed to each participant after the interest form collection closes.
1. Complete the Real World Cloud Product Management Specialization
2. Pass the AWS Cloud Certification exam
|Thursday, March 3||Internal Information Session with MCIT Online and AWS (4:00-5:00 PM ET on Zoom)|
|Thursday, March 17||Interest Form Closes|
|Thursday, March 31||Internal Networking Session & Application Opens (Begin Peer to Peer Networking to Form Teams)|
|Saturday, April 30||Application Deadline|
During round two, the top teams will work with mentors to complete their projects. Final submissions are due at the end of August.
|August||Final Submissions Due|
During the Symposium, representatives from each SPARC team will be reviewing their project demos and answering your questions about engaging in side projects while completing the MCIT Online program. This event will also feature speakers from AWS, project mentors, and the EIR judging panel. Register for this event here.
Judges for the SPARC Symposium will be composed of representatives from the Penn Engineering Online Executives in Residence.
The members of the winning team will win $500 each and have a fast track to interview with AWS.