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Domino Award

Students Experiencing the Impact of Technology

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The Topplers Domino Award encourages students to “think big” by seeing how computer scientists have significantly impacted modern society. Inspiring them to see the potential they have to make a difference in the world through their future work. Inspired by Domino Theory, where one small action can set off a chain of events that leads to a much bigger impact, the Domino Award is designed as a small action that leads to a big prize. Established in 2002, a simple 500 word essay is all it takes for a student to participate, with the winners awarded a trip with their fellow winners to see the latest in technology and innovation first-hand.

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    Katie H

    The Domino Award and its connections keep surprising me: today, an old CU professor (and supporter of the DA) wrote an intro email between myself and a current student. The student is interested in bay area startups, and I happen to have a little experience there. :)
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    Katie H

    I recently hosted two women from a local high school to come to the Inkling office and learn about careers as an engineer and/or computer scientist. I hope they both consider it as an option when they head to college this fall!
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    Nathan F

    I graduated and followed my passions into web development where I had the opportunity to meet Herb and he gave me this domino!
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    Chris W

    I attended the Domino Award at the University of Colorado in Boulder where a few computer science students were recognized and two were awarded the prizes. Very cool. Inspiring.
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    John L

    In the beginning of May I met Herb for the first time. I heard what topplers was all about and how they're setting big things in motion. Enthused by what I heard, I grabbed a domino and decided to be apart of it all.
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    Carol R

    I met Herb at the Computer Science Senior Project Showcase on May 1, 2012. The event was held in the Engineering Center at CU-Boulder and I also met a lot of CU engineering seniors at the event, who are ready to go out and make a difference in the... (read more)
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    Scott V

    I met Herb the year we started the Telluride Tech Festival. It was 2000 and the festival's inspiration was Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse and Telluride's own, L.L. Nunn who built the world's first AC Power Plant in Telluride in 1891. This little... (read more)
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    Alex T

    With the help of Prof. Anderson at CU Boulder, I won for my essay about Richard Stallman. I can't wait to make a difference in computer science and pass some dominoes myself!
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    Nithin J

    As a student at UC Irvine, I found out about the Domino Award through my school and wrote a paper on how Grace Hopper was an influential role and how her work helped set in motion a lot of changes which shaped our world. I was chosen as a winner and... (read more)