Tertiary students in Singapore looking to be the next star programmer or code monkey should look at the inaugural PlugFest International Programming Competition (IPC), a programming competition targeted at tertiary students and individuals to create complete, usable web applications that utilize publicly-available datasets from the Singapore government through data.gov.sg.
Organized by the Google Developer Group (GDG) Singapore and IEEE Computer Society Singapore, the competition is divided into two categories: PlugFest IHL for undergraduate students studying at any Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) and PlugFest Open for individuals from postgraduates to workings professionals. Public data such as traffic light images from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and weather forecasts from National Environment Agency (NEA) – as well as more than 7,000 datasets from over 60 other government ministries and agencies – are all available for participants to create apps for social good.
Participating programmers will also get access to coaching from experienced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) mentors to help them work through their app creation process. “The rationale behind the competition is to motivate both budding and established software developers to build scalable web apps that work on mobile devices. With access to data from the Singapore Government, we look forward to the interesting apps and projects that come up.” says Dr Krishnan SPT, co-founder of the Google Developer Group Singapore. The mentoring process starts from 15 February till 15 March 2013, during which teams will work closely with their mentors to improve their web apps. All apps will have to be submitted to the judging panel by 15 March 2013.
The top 20 percent of each category will be selected as finalists and will present to a panel of judges including members from the ICT industry, the funding community as well as educators, with the top three winners walking away with a mobile device.
Registration is open till 8 February 2013.