Shaping future innovators through coding challenge

Hakim Hayat

A total of 31 coding enthusiasts between ages seven and 12 put their skills to the test and worked their way through a series of challenges during the December Coding Challenge of the ‘Brunei Kids Can Code’ at Riadah Hall of the Youth Centre in the capital yesterday.

Team 4 emerged as champions, clocking a time of 10.55, followed by Team 2 with a time of 13.95.

Dynamik Technologies Chief Executive Officer Haslina binti Haji Mohd Taib said the programme will continue with coding club activities and events in 2021 in hopes of inspiring youth to take up coding and be the innovators of the future.

“It is joyful to see the excitement in these kids and it is truly unbelievable what they can achieve when they are exposed to coding through these activities and challenges,” she said.

Dynamik believes that coding, its languages and platforms are the new literacy and will bring many benefits for the future, she added.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong with young coders. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

Held in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2020, Dynamik Technologies collaborated with the Brunei Tourism Board and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism to organise the programme aimed at teaching youngsters coding in a fun and rewarding way as well as expanding their creativity and critical thinking skills.

The programme kicked off in August with a coding competition which saw an overwhelming response from students across the country.

Prior to the event, the participants took part in two workshops to equip and familiarise themselves with the coding tools and skills under the guidance of student volunteers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong presented the prizes and certificates.