Programming competition attracts more teams

The Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) hosted a two-day programming and coding competition which aimed to raise interest in programming among young people around the country. Coding is a technique that makes it possible for computer programmers to create software, applications and websites.

This year, nine teams, consisting of four NUST (year 1, 2 and 3, four students each) and five high school teams, participated in the challenge that was held for the second consecutive year.

Dr Shawulu Nggada, a Senior Lecturer in the faculty, officially opened the competition and said it offers opportunities for participants to display their individual skills, while it is also an avenue to strengthen knowledge in this field. He highlighted the importance of coding and said: “Information Communication Technology (ICT) is seen as an enabler for digital transformation, and a number of professionals globally believe that ICT is a driver of such development.”

The teams coded over two days, which gave them ample time to finish their projects. Joel Eelu of the Organising Committee, said this year’s competition differed slightly from the previous one because the questions presented to the teams were much more complex. “This year, the teams were mixed, consisting of at least one student from each level of study, and the questions were much more hands-on and fascinating for the participants,’’ he said.

A team of Computer Science students who called themselves “Code Geeks,” and the team from Karibib Private School won the University and High School categories respectively. Profile Investment Holdings and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund sponsored the event.

Date: 
Friday, August 12, 2016
for Month: 
August, 2016

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