S'pore Computer Society reaches out to young talent through app competition
- POSTED: 29 Sep 2013 01:12
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Grooming young talent for Singapore's developing infocomm needs - that is one aim of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), which recently planned an app-developing competition for students.
SINGAPORE: Grooming young talent for Singapore's developing infocomm needs - that is one aim of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), which recently planned an app-developing competition for students.
SCS said this comes amid growing demand for more local apps for Singaporeans.
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The award is organised by the Singapore Computer Society Student Chapter, with the support of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. The competition started in April, and entry submissions closed on July 19.
It has received 78 entries from over 200 students from secondary schools, junior colleges, centralised institutions, as well as Institutes of Technical Education, polytechnics and universities since April.
The aim is for them to develop apps that will benefit the public.
Bruce Liang, chairman of the Singapore Computer Society Student Chapter, said: "We want to develop a pipeline of people who are innovative... It actually creates some vibrancy right at the students' age. We don't want to catch them only after five years in the industry."
One group in the competition is a team from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).
Syahri Kiram, the co-developer of one of the apps in the competition and a student from NYP, said: "There's an increasing number of cyclists in Singapore, and also a lot of accidents involving cyclists. We also saw the government trying to promote the use of park connectors."
Thus, they have made an app to encourage cyclists to use park connectors. The team took two weeks to iron out details and conceptualise their ideas into a prototype.
Their app, "PedalLink @ Park", helps cyclists keep track of their timing and distance. Users can view maps of the park connectors, and create cycling events for fellow enthusiasts.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore is one of the competition's supporters, and it is also the organiser of the Apps4SG Challenge, a similar competition for all, including freelance developers and professional start-ups.
Lo Yoong Khoong, director of the data management and analytics division at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, said: "Through all these different competitions, we see more interest -- not just from the institutes of higher learning and schools, but also from the general public, developers and also from the private sector."
Launched in April, entries for Apps4SG will close in October.