Transforming Jaffna into the next Silicon Valley is an ambitious goal. To facilitate this goal, one must first develop Jaffna’s IT landscape. It’s a daunting task but this is the mission of the Yarl IT Hub. This group of enthusiastic members is tasked with developing and propagating the use of Information and communication technology in Jaffna. One such way they do that is by the Yarl Geek Challenge.
What is the Yarl Geek Challenge?
The Yarl Geek Challenge is an event organized by the Yarl IT Hub to encourage developers and entrepreneurs to come together and team up to put their skills to good use. In addition, the Yarl Geek Challenge Junior competition is also held. This is a school level IT competition organized by Yarl IT Hub in Collaboration with Northern Province Education Department to encourage school children to use their creativity and create IT solutions. The competition is in its 6th season and thus far we’ve seen some pretty interesting ideas.
For this year’s competition, students from schools in and around the Northern province will compete based on the following areas:
- Mobile Computing – Students will have to develop mobile based applications that satisfy the need of the community and/or help solve social issues found in your society or even globally. While any technology is accepted, Yarl IT Hub encourages free licensed technologies and tools such as Bootstrap, html5, PhoneGap and Android.
- Hardware – Here, students can make use of devices such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi and include IoT while building their products for the hackathon under hardware development.
If you’re a student taking part in the competition, you are free to select any of the above areas to develop your applications. Students are also encouraged to form teams within their own schools and use their creativity to develop applications.
When does Yarl Geek Challenge Junior kick off?
Speaking of applications, here are a few important dates to remember if you’re taking part in this year’s Yarl Geek Challenge Junior. Applications were sent to schools and registrations opened from the 28th of April 2017. From there, workshops will be conducted around the Northern province from the 10th to the 14th of May 2017. This is to get students familiar with new technologies. Following that, registrations will end on the 28th of May 2017. Once that is done, it’s time for the regional competition which will take place on the 8th, 10th and 11th of June 2017. Participants will compete in their respective regions and the winners of each region will proceed to compete in the grand finals.
When are the grand finals, you ask? Well, that will be on the 24th and 25th of June 2017. This is where teams will develop their application prototypes with help from a pool of mentors. On D Day, (AKA the second day), the teams will showcase their prototypes via a presentation. The winners will be chosen by the judges based on the presentation or demonstrations done by each team.
If you are looking to register, then you can do so by clicking here. If you want to have a look at the rules and regulations, you can do so by clicking here. With that being said, we wish all participants good luck for Yarl Geek Challenge Junior Season 6. May the odds be ever in their favor.