Curtains drop on Brunei Coding Conquest

Wani Roslan

The Brunei Coding Conquest 2019 came to a close at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) yesterday.

Held in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2019, the first Brunei Coding Conquest 2019 was jointly organised by the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), UTB in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), and Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).

UTB Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Hajah Noor Maya binti Haji Md Salleh was the guest of honour.

Dean of the School of Computing and Informatics and Brunei Coding Conquest 2019 Chairperson Dr Mohamad Saiful bin Haji Omar delivered a closing speech.

The judges summary was delivered by judge – Muhammad Fadhil bin Haji Abdul Kadir, Team Manager, Technology Delivery and Support, DARe (Darussalam Enterprise).

Muhammad Fadhil awarded prizes to the Track 1 winners; Managing Director of Separate Reality Nick Jennings awarded Track 2 winners, and the guest of honour presented prizes to Track 3 winners.

Track 1 winners receive their prize. PHOTO: WANI ROSLAN

Team Pseudocode emerged the winner of Track 1, while Team BSoD was the winner of Track 2, and Team Too Legit To Quit won first place in Track 3. The champions of Track 2 and Track 3 bagged BND1,000, while the first and second runners-up took home BND700 and BND400.

The Track 1 champion bagged BND600, while the second and third place winners took home BND400 and BND200.

The competition was sponsored by DARe, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd, Sprintville Technologies, imagine, Royal Brunei Catering, Ideal Food Industries Sdn Bhd, and AIA Br-Kelvin Pong.

The theme for this year was Smart Nation, which is driven by Brunei Vision 2035.

The coding conquest was divided into three major tracks comprising of problem-solving and project prototyping challenges. Seventeen teams participated.

The coding conquest is a competition that requires computing, programming and artificial intelligence knowledge for the tech minds to not only test their technical skills, but also to provide a platform to develop soft skills on how to work in a team, solve complicated problems, and manage time with minimal error in a fun environment. It is also an avenue for venture capitalists and tech companies to discover new talents.