Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Young programmers eye next big app in 42-hour 'hackathon'

Coders Of The Caribbean contestants listen attentively at a briefing ahead of the start of competition on Friday. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Coders Of The Caribbean contestants listen attentively at a briefing ahead of the start of competition on Friday. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Over 100 young programmers from across the region are now gathered in a lab at the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) in Kingston attempting to design the winning software applications in the Coders of The Caribbean competition.

The competitors, ranging from 13 to 27, are tasked with building four apps - three of which will satisfy the need of select local institutions and the other being a game – in 42 hours. They are in groups of two to four.

The event, organized by Next Gen Creators, aims to create an environment where participants can build innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

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The select local organizations which the solutions being developed should target are children advocacy organization, Hear the Children Cry, National Commercial Bank and Yello.

The ‘hackathon’ will end on Sunday at 10:00 am, after which the teams will pitch their projects to a panel of judges. The best teams will win cash prizes, tech gadgets and internships.

Before that, however, those who have the stamina will put in work for the full 42 hours.

But for those who need to snooze a little, there is a chill centre that, although not fitted with beds, have chairs that they can doze in and reinvigorate themselves.

Coders of The Caribbean is powered by NCB and sponsored by Loop News, Yello, Junior Achievement Jamaica, Konnexx and Sticker Giant.