Caribbean coders w...

Caribbean Coders Win Prizes at Hackathon

Two mobile developer teams from Jamaica’s University of Technology copped the first and second prizes at a Caribbean CodeSprint/Hackathon held in Kingston, May 24-25. They walked away with winnings of US$250 and US$150 respectively.

The CodeSprint/Hackathon brought together computer programmers and others involved in software and hardware development across the region to collaborate intensively on a range of software projects. The CodeSprint 2015 program is an initiative of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project, supported by infoDev and the government of Canada. In collaboration with Start-up Jamaica, the CodeSprint aim was to apply technology in finding solutions to real-life problems and to enhance growth in critical sectors particularly energy, tourism and agriculture.

iTech Hotel, the winning app is a hospitality based app developed by Avryl Francis, Che-Andre Gordon and Rasheed Andrews. It provides a way for guests at a hotel to check themselves in and order services using the app on their phone. The app was their response to a raft of scenarios presented at the start of the competition by Andrea Atkinson Perry, IT Director of Hendrickson Group who are owners of some of the top hotels in Kingston and other parts of the island. 

"This is 2015 so all the scenarios I have presented use technology that exists; however for me to put these in any of the hotels I must liaise with companies abroad. It is up to you to produce mobile applications that can work for the tourism industry here and at a price that will be reasonable". Perry challenged participants who proudly rose to the occasion. 

MobiCrop, the second winning app developed by Stephan Smith, Rickardo Hyde, Brian Thompson and Mikhail Grant of Team Squuuaaad allows farmers to predict weather conditions and plant the appropriate crops to make for an enhanced knowledge based better decision yield kind of result.  

CodeSprint attracted over 60 registrants and featured eight presentations - five from Jamaica, one each from Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis. The teams outside of Jamaica were virtual participants in the competition.

The top placed winners in the CodeSprint are automatically eligible to enter the Caribbean Pitch It Competition which is slated to take place in July.

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