The Google Developer Group (GDG) Singapore and IEEE Computer Society Singapore issued a joint statement on Monday (January 21, 2013) announcing the launch of the inaugural PlugFest International Programming Competition (IPC), which they billed as "a competition for tertiary students and individuals to think out of the box and create complete web applications that utilise publicly available datasets from the Singapore Government through data.gov.sg."
Participants should expect "valuable coaching from experienced information and communications technology mentors to help them work through their app creation process," representatives from the GDG Singapore and IEEE Computer Society Singapore said in the statement.
There will be two categories in the competition: PlugFest IHK, which is specifically for undergraduate students at institutes of higher learning; and, PlugFest Open, which is open to all individuals.
"The rationale behind the competition is to motivate both budding and established software developers to build scalable web apps that work on mobile devices," said GDG Singapore co-founder Dr Krishnan SPT. "With access to data from the Singapore Government, we look forward top the interesting apps and projects that come up."
The registration period for the competition is January 21-February 8. The competition proper will run from February 15 through March 15, during which the mentors will be working closely with their chosen/designated competing teams. The name of the winners will be announced on April 3, 2013.
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