Heriot-Watt to hold student programmer contest
Student programming competition to encourage young developer talent
Heriot-Watt University in Dubai has announced a programming contest to encourage young developer talent.
The 2013 Programming Competition will task students with creating to build a system that will output a set of instructions to two automated robot loaders (ARLs) to load an aircraft with aid packages in a hypothetical disaster scenario.
The challenge is open to grade 11 and 12 students in schools and colleges in the UAE, with each school eligible to enter one individual and one team of no more than four students.
The entries will be judged by staff of the Computer Science department in the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus. Winners of the competition will be awarded with an iPhone 5 as first prize, iPad 3 as second prize and Galaxy S as the third prize.
Registration is open till 10th February 2013 and the future technocrats will be announced and honoured during an awards ceremony at the University campus on 17th May 2013.
Dr John M Kanyaru, director of UG Studies, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences said: “Software development is essentially a problem solving activity. Through this competition, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus aims to offer students in the UAE an opportunity to get accustomed to solving real world problems by exploring their programming skills. The University’s BSc (Computer Systems) programme provides rigorous training to students in software design and development as well as fundamentals of computing.
“Software development requires aptitude and passion and the competition will inspire these attributes among participants. The participants will hopefully develop enthusiasm to pursue higher studies in computer science and use this opportunity to develop their skills further.”
Registration and competition details are available at http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/dubai_challenge/index.html