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USP hosts Appathon 2017

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Mr Pradeep Singh, Managing Director, PACE technologies addresses the participants

Microsoft Initiative at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) under the School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences organised the inaugural Appathon event on 30 September 2017.

The event was organised in the form of an application development marathon for the whole day consisting of application building workshop and application development competition.

Around fifty (50) students from various programmes at the Laucala Campus took part in the event.

As part of his inaugural address, Mr Pradeep Singh, Managing Director of PACE Technologies pointed out that Fiji had evolved in the use of technology since 1970s.

Being a pioneer in bringing technology based services to Fiji, Mr Singh invited students to be industry ready and expect more competition ahead to secure a job in the Information Technology domain.

He advocated the need for programmes like the Appathon and its importance for students to learn new skills before they venture in to the industry to take up jobs.

Dr David Rohindra, Associate Dean Planning and Quality of the Faculty of Science Technology and Environment (FSTE) delivered felicitations and encouraged students to take this opportunity to learn new skills and create better opportunities to be employed.

Students were provided training in building applications by the training team from PACE technologies and had a theme of “Pacific Issues” to develop applications after the workshop.

Top four (4) teams were selected towards the end of the event and certificates and prizes were awarded.

The first prize was won by a team of second year students including Harsh, Shahil Pravind and Toa Silae who developed an application to address the eating habits in the Pacific in the form of a game.

Second prize was won by Kunal Singh, Muzammil Ali and Sumeet Chand who developed an application to address the language barriers in the Pacific.

Dr Dhenesh Subramanian, Coordinator Microsoft Initiatives at USP delivered the vote of thanks and thanked the participants for taking time to attend the event and the faculty and school for supporting the initiative.

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