Monday, April 16, 2012

Infocomm students to get IDA support for international competitions

SINGAPORE: Recognising the importance of exposing students to international competitions, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will be giving support to Singapore infocomm students taking part in international legs.

This new format of the National Infocomm Competition (NIC) was announced Monday by Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing.

Speaking at the launch of this year's annual competition, Mr Chan who's also the Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, highlighted one such project by a group of Temasek Polytechnic students that competed internationally.

The students invented an application that seeks to complement current methods of stroke rehabilitation.

The application, which can be installed at home, comes with games that aim to make rehabilitation fun and interactive, and less costly.

The project emerged as national champion at the Singapore finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Competition (Software Design Category) and represented Singapore in the worldwide finals in New York in July 2011.

Mr Chan also said the competition will now be introduced at the Primary School level to develop interest of infocomm students early and allow for greater participation.

Prizes were presented to winners of last year's competition (NIC 2011) at the launch event.

Top winning teams will go on a one week trip to Silicon Valley in the US.

Nineteen students were also awarded the JC Computing Award.

These awardees, who will take up H2 Computing as a GCE 'A' level subject (or equivalent), will be provided exposure to the infocomm industry through industry attachments, workshops and company visits.

Winners of the nationwide "Can't Live without Tech!" contest, which saw contestants submitting one-minute videos demonstrating the importance of technology in their lives, were also announced.

The year-long competition allows students to showcase their talent across 15 "challenges" in infocomm domains such as programming, mobile application development, networking, games design and creation.

- CNA/cc

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Source From Channel News Asia

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