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code::XtremeApps contest returns with new tricks

Caroline Ng | June 10, 2013
ITSC’s annual programming competition is back for the seventh straight year. This year, with a ‘Smart Living’ theme.

The Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) has launched its seventh annual programming competition, pushing programmers to the boundaries.

Called code::XtremeApps, the competition aims to promote computer education and foster programming talent and interest in Singapore.

For the first time, contestants will make use of hardware, including Rasberry Pi, MaKey MaKey and Arduino Uno, to build innovative solutions for the 'Smart Living' theme.

Benjamin Gan Kok Siew, Associate Professor at Singapore Management University (SMU), said the theme aims to use technology to improve the quality of life of Singaporeans.

"Imagine you can build code and play with hardware devices to interact with the environment and develop creative solutions that improve our lives," he said.

This year's competition returns with an Open Category for the public to build solutions from scratch within 24 hours and a Junior Category for children 12 years and under to programme their own games.

For instance, children can make a simple booklet interactive through the use of conductive ink, a technology that has been in the market for professionals but is now available to them.

Children are also encouraged to use Scratch, a free educational software for kids programming.

Together with MaKey Makey, a new technology that was developed late last year, participants will be able to turn objects into interactive touchpads that can be controlled in the Scratch environment.

Participants who are unfamiliar with Scratch and MaKey MaKey can get acquainted with the technologies through two training sessions held at the Science Centre, on 10 and 13 June.

The Open Category will be taking place on 2-3 August while the Junior Category will be held on 3 August. Both categories will be held at SMU.

A cash prize of S$9,000 (US$7,155) will be awarded to the first team in the Open Category while winners in the Junior Category will receive gadgets. Winners for both categories will be announced at the prize presentation ceremony held on 16 August.

The competition has a long running record of breeding entrepreneurs in Singapore by providing adequate funding needed for them to commercialise apps.

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