The Google Developer Group (GDG) Singapore and the IEEE Computer Society Singapore will be holding their inaugural PlugFest International Programming Competition (IPC) for tertiary students and individuals (postgraduates or working professionals) to develop web applications using datasets from the Singapore government. The focus of this year’s competition is on cloud and mobile technologies.
Inspired by “The Voice”, a reality TV series, PlugFest competition participants will be coached by experienced mentors to guide them through their development process. Dr. Krishnan SPT, the co-founder of GDC Singapore, explained:
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.
Here’s an overview of the competition timeline:
- Mentoring process: February 15 to March 15
- Submission of apps to judging panel: by March 15
- Presentation and Awards Ceremony: April 3
The top three winners of the Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) category for undergraduate students and the Open category for postgraduates and working professionals will each receive a mobile device. According to Dr. Yap Chern Nam of IEEE Computer Chapter Society Singapore, the date of the presentation and awards ceremony was specially chosen as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of when the first cell phone was made, April 3, 1972.
To better assist participants in their web app development process, the organizers have also planned several free workshops over the weekend between January and early February. The details for the next upcoming workshop, ‘Haptics on Android and Blackberry 10 Runtimes’ are as follows:
- Date: January 26
- Venue: Plugin @ Blk 71
- Time: 0930 to 1630
To register for the workshop and competition, you can see this site for more details.