For the 3rd consecutive year, the Faculty of Computing of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) teamed up with the Ministry of Education to organize what is possibly the largest coding competition in Sri Lanka. Around a thousand students, both from schools and universities, were present – over 750 from various schools and the rest from universities and tertiary education institutes.
We dropped in for the Grand Finale, accompanied by great weather, and made our way into auditorium echoed with finalist gossiping about what happened all long in the competition. We heard from different speakers, who talked about the importance of this kind of competition – Amongst them Prof.Lalith Gamage, President/CEO at SLIIT and Upali Gunasekara, Principal of Royal College Colombo, who was the Chief Guest there. (photos by Sajith Konara)
The award ceremony kicked off to a quirky quote from Bill Gates: “If General Motors had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has; we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.” We saw three categories in play:
ICT QUIZ COMPETION
In the quiz competition, which was mostly based around an O/L and A/L understanding of IT, there were 255 students representing 85 schools. Among these students, the following schools were declared as winners and received LKR 20, 000, 15, 000 and 10, 000 respectively: Sripalee College (Winner), Musaeus College (1st Runner Up) and Kg/Kegalu Vidyalaya (2nd Runner Up).
SCHOOL CATEGORY SOFTWARE CODING CONTEST
Participants were expected to develop a computer game that provides an educational value to the player. 96 teams showed up, representing 65 schools from around the country. Among these students, following were declared as winner and top three teams received awards and cash prizes of LKR 70, 000, 50, 000 and 30, 000: Central College, Piliyandala (Winner), Zahira College, Kalmunai (1st Runner Up / People’s Award) and MR/Telijjawila Central College (2nd Runner Up).
While the schools threw themselves into the competition, the universities went against each other in a 24-hour hackathon based big-data analytics. The challenge was for participants to discover and predict useful patterns using a given dataset. The top three teams of the competition were awarded with cash prizes of LKR 70, 000, 50, 000 and 30, 000, and the whole event was held at the SLIIT Malabe Campus parallel to the finale of CODEFEST.
The University of Colombo managed to grab this one, with Team Falcons emerging as the winner. Next in line were teams Khazad (University of Moratuwa) and Hack Street Scorpion (SLIIT). With that, CODEFEST came to a very successful close.