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Singapore’s IDA kicks off National Infocomm Competition

Jack Loo | April 7, 2011
The agency also unveils winners from last year.

SINGAPORE, 7 APRIL 2011 - The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA) National Infocomm Competition (NIC) was officially launched by Sam Tan, senior parliamentary secretary of the ministry of information, communications and the arts yesterday.

The NIC is an initiative by the IDA to generate curiosity, interest and passion among students. Tan also presented prizes to the winners of the NIC 2010, who will be provided with a prize of a one week knowledge acquisition trip to Silicon Valley, USA.

Meanwhile, IDA revealed that several of the students, who were part of the teams that top positions in the secondary school and JC circuits of NIC 2009, did well in overseas competitions.

They walked away with one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals from the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), the international round of the NOI, held in August 2010 in Ontario, Canada.

Gold medallist, Raymond Kang, from Raffles Institution, obtained 22nd position out of 300 competitors in the IOI by performing 10 programming tasks over two days. A silver medal was also awarded to Chin Zhan Xiong from Raffles Institution. Two bronze medals went to Shen Chuanqi from Raffles Institution and Daniel Wong from Hwa Chong Institution.

Use your imagination

Teams from Singapore also did well at the Imagine Cup, an international software skills competition for schools, in Poland, Warsaw, during July 2010.

Hu Zhengbin, from this year's NIC ITE/Poly category winner, Nanyang Polytechnic, won third place in the 'IT Challenge' category. Team Woolgathering from Singapore Polytechnic came in third in the 'Digital Media' category.

Temasek Polytechnic, 2nd position in the NIC ITE/Poly category of NIC 2010, were also among the top six out of 68 countries for the 'Software Design' category, the most coveted category of the Imagine Cup. The team prepared an application that leveraged on SMS technology to connect teachers in under-developed parts of the world such as Africa with teachers in developed countries so that they could seek help and resources that would enable them to teach better.



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