St. Augustine – March 19, 2010
Three final-year students from The University of the West Indies (UWI) developed an application for gathering and managing feedback on social equity issues and won a recent software development contest. Participating teams were asked to design creative, novel and useful SMS-based (Short Messaging Service) applications that addressed an assigned category from the Ministry of Public Administration’s National Information Communication Technology Plan goals.
Yudhistre Jonas, Craig Ramlal and Gyasi Ambrose won the $8,000 first prize in Code Jam, a team-based programming competition, now in its second year, which aims to promote software development in Trinidad and Tobago. Code Jam focuses on the creation of SMS-based applications using the Teleios Message Central mobile messaging service delivery platform, which was opened to facilitate the competition. This year, the four-hour contest took place on March 11th at Lecture Theatre Two, Faculty of Engineering, UWI St Augustine, and sponsored by software firm Teleios Systems, in collaboration with Microsoft, bmobile and the Ministry of Public Administration.
A team of first-year UWI students—Ramone Graham, Vincent Ramoutar, Darryl Grant and Azeem Mohammed—built an SMS Job Application service, and copped the $6000 second-place prize. The University of the Southern Caribbean rounded out the winners, receiving third place with a bus ticketing service designed by Alana Henry, Bryn Blake, Devon Wade, Dwayne McMillan.
Eight teams presented submissions, and event organiser, Teleios Systems, fielded a guest team. Submissions addressed a range of issues, including economic growth, improving education and improvements in public sector agencies. Submissions were reviewed for creativity by a panel of judges consisting of Nigel Sammy, Manager of Hosted Services at Teleios, Roger Peters, Services Sales Manager at Microsoft, and Nigel Forde, Senior Product Developer Advisor at bmobile.
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