March 4, 2012

IT Olympics 2012

Last March 1, 2012, the College of Computer Science of University of Makati (UMAK) hosted Intercollegiate I.T. Olympics 2012. I was invited by Ragde Falcis from JuAndroid and also a faculty member of UMAK to be one of the judges for the Android competition. The other judges were Chelle Gray from CodeFlux Inc, my co-manager of GTUG Philippines; Alfred Ocon, the developer of the Pinoy Henyo Android App and an alumnus of UMAK; and Ronillo Ang, my officemate and the developer of the BlueMine Android App.

The IT Olympics are for some universities from NCR and some from nearby provinces. There are two categories for the Android Competition: Game and Productivity. However, only 4 apps were submitted and presented to us. The apps in the Game category are Mnemosyne, a multi-player Memory game with a twist, and Bartendroid, an alcohol drinks mixing game (This app was started during the GADC Manila). For the Productivity category, the apps are TechnoDock, an app that can launch apps for easier access, and Monchi, a parental monitoring app for their student childrens.

It was my first time to judge in a contest and it was a great experience. The apps presented are great and promising. After judging the apps presented in the Android Competition and having lunch, I was also invited to join the Board of Arbiters in the IT Quiz Bee. With me are Johmar M. Requilman from Taguig City University and Marlon B. Castillo from Don Bosco Technical College.

The winners in the Android Competition are Jerone M. Altura, Jerard Joseph M Buencamino and Daryl Edward R. Dela Cruz of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Mnemosyne) for the Game category and Louis Michael Concepcion and Gabriel Antonio Aguila of University of Makati (Monchi) for the Productivity category. In the IT Quiz Bee, the champions are John Carlo M. Caruncho, Merrich Ann Maitim and Jordan Balintac from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig.