Participants of the Hackathon for Teens posing for a group photo. Image: AITI

A total of 51 students and 26 teachers from 14 different government schools participated in the four-day Hackathon for Teens which was recently organised by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI).

The programme which was run with the support from the Ministry of Education (MoE) aimed at teaching students the importance of technological application to everyday lives and prepare them to face challenges brought by the fourth industrial revolution.

Through the Hackathon, students were presented with challenges that require them to build a mobile app prototype to address the assigned theme of “environmental” issues.

At the end of the programme, students were told to pitch their app ideas to a panel of judges who will be selecting the most promising teams to be given a one-month mentorship to mature their apps.

Following the mentorship, participants will then present their final applications to representatives from MoE, AITI, Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and selected local ICT players.  From there, the top three mobile applications will be uploaded to Google Playstore, allowing them to be used globally.

Facilitating the event was GroMinda, a local ICT company who coordinated Brunei Hacks – a nationwide open hackathon held last year.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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