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IDA and ITSC launch programming competition in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | April 24, 2014
The 24-hour hackathon aims to create greater awareness and interest in the use and value of standards in technology through stimulating, hands-on experiences.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) announced the launch of its annual programming competition, code::XtremeApps::2014 yesterday.

The competition is essentially a 24-hour hackathon that is targeted at amateur programmers; and this year, the theme is “Smart Living – Using Data To Enrich Communities”.

According to its media statement, the event allows participants to experience new technologies and work with new hardware to create a unique application.

More than just a competition, this event also boosts creativity and nurtures self-confidence. It encourages young budding entrepreneurs to think out of the box, test their ideas, and introduce their solutions to the public.

IDA said that the new edition is part of IDA’s grassroots activities aimed at developing technology skills and know-how in Singapore, one of the cornerstones of the Infocomm Media Masterplan proposal envisioning Singapore as a Smart Nation by 2025.

“Hackathons such as code::XtremeApps:: are key in IDA’s efforts in developing an ecosystem of technology innovation with the help of the youth. We hope to see some solutions from some of the best young programmers being implemented during SG50,” said Leong Mun Yuen, Chief Technology Officer at IDA. 

Held at the Singapore Management University, the competition will be split into two categories – Open Category (all ages and backgrounds) and Junior Category (12 years old and below). The Open Category will run on July 18 and 19, and contestants will stand a chance to win a grand cash prize worth S$9,000. As for the Junior Category, it will run on July 19 only, and contestants will stand a chance to win gadgets such as tablets, game consoles and interactive devices.


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