Get ready for Season 4 of the Yarl Geek Challenge

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If you’re in the IT industry, chances are that you’ve heard of the Yarl IT Hub. The non-profit organization that aims to empower the next generation with the IT skills they need to face the future. With that aim they host periodic meetups every 3 months. Yet that’s not what they are famous for.

Nope, what they’re best known for is the infamous Yarl Geek Challenge. The annual competition that highlights the creativity and innovation of the young hackers of today. With each passing year it gets more intense, and this year looks to be no different.

On the 12th of September the Yarl IT Hub officially launched the 4th Season of the Yarl Geek Challenge. The launch event kicked off with Prajeeth Balasubramanium, a Director of Lankan Angel Network (LAN), introducing what exactly LAN is to the audience. Afterwards, the CEO of zigzag.lk, Dinidu, came up on stage to share his startup story and his journey with LAN. Next up was Prashanth, CEO of busseat.lk,who shared his journey with the Yarl IT Hub and the infamous Yarl Geek Challenge. The event concluded with Shafraz Rahim, from IdeaMart highlighting the power of IdeaMart API’s and it’s accomplishments over the years.

Photo credits: Yarl IT Hub
A snapshot of the launch event. Photo credits: Yarl IT Hub

So what’s everyone getting into this year? Well let’s take a look at the two categories the competition will be divided into.

For starters there’s the Yarl Geek Challenge Junior. This is a school level competition that’s open to any and all school students in the Jaffna Province. The goal of this competition is to motivate students to use their creativity to produce an IT based solutions, which are based on mobile computing, the web and custom hardware.

For the Yarl Geek Challenge Junior, the deadline for applications is the 25th of September 2015. The actual competition will take place at the beginning of October and the finals will be on 16th, 17th and 18th of October. If you’re interested in taking part, check out  the official event page.

That’s everything about the Junior challenge. Then there’s the main event: The Yarl Geek Challenge Senior. This is arguably the main event. This is the main grounds where the young hackers of Jaffna display their innovation and creativity. The competition will take place with a 3 day hackathon in Jaffna. At the end of 3 intense days of hacking, five or six teams shall be selected to take part in the grand finale which will happen in Colombo.

So how can you take part? Firstly you need an idea and a team that’s passionate about this idea which has 3-5 people including yourself. Once you’ve found said team, we recommend you get acquainted with the event format. send your applications to [email protected] on or before the 30th of September.

Then all that remains is getting ready for the selection round which will start on the 6th of November and end on the 8th of November. If you survive the selection round then it’s the Grand Finale which will take place on the 28th of November in Colombo.

That’s the basics of this year’s Yarl Geek Challenge. If you’re interested in the competition but can’t take part, worry not. We’ll be heading over to Jaffna and covering it every step of the way.

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