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Winners of TradeKing’s $100K API Campus Challenge to be announced Feb. 15; Loyola students among finalists

| By Nick Alexopulos

A team of students from Loyola University Maryland will participate in a live online event with colleges from around the country to showcase investor mobile applications they created as a part of the TradeKing $100K API Campus Challenge. The live stream will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 and culminate with an announcement of regional and national prize winners.

Four teams from Loyola entered the challenge that included 23 other teams from McKendree University, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Villanova University. Loyola’s “SafeTrade” team, made up of Joe Eder, ’12, Tony Florida, ’12, DJ Krajewski, ’12, Brendan Lindner, ’12, and Chris Manley, ’12, was named school winner and awarded $3,000. The team is now eligible for a divisional prize of $5,000 and a national prize of $50,000.

The contest, sponsored by online broker-dealer TradeKing, challenged undergraduate finance and technology majors during the Fall 2011 semester to create unique investment apps using TradeKing’s Application Programming Interface (API). Loyola was one of the first universities to participate in this challenge last spring. The TradeKing $100K API Campus Challenge was created to drive collaboration between academia and a financial services industry leader to foster creativity and underscore the numerous possibilities enabled by APIs. 

To watch the live stream of the event, go to www.apicampuschallenge.com/media.

About TradeKing:
TradeKing is a nationally licensed online stock and options broker offering simple, low cost online trading fees. A pioneer in integrating new financial social media as part of its innovative online equities, options trading and fixed-income trading platform, TradeKing has received multiple discount broker awards from top industry sources and was rated best in customer service by SmartMoney Magazine, ahead of OptionsXpress, Scottrade, Fidelity, and TD Ameritrade. (June 2011 SmartMoney Broker Survey).

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