Bandar Seri Begawan: The Google Developers Group (GDG) DevFest 2013 Brunei with DST ended on a high note after a weekend filled with exciting ICT related activities catered for the demographic of over 300 creative Bruneians participating in various fields of programming and application development.
Among the main highlights of the competition held during the final day included the HackA-Thon competition, KidsFest: MADKids App competition and also a special TechWomen Basic Developer training session.
A prize presentation ceremony was also held for the winners of the aforementioned competitions.
Scoring the highest points in the Hack-AThon competition was Awang Mohammad Akif bin Haji Abdul Latiff, a student from Insititut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with the application, "Murah Jua Lai?", an app to find the cheapest retail items in Brunei. He took home a Samsung N9005 Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 & Galaxy Gear Smart Watch, courtesy of DST.
Presenting the prize was Awang Amir bin Pehin Dato Haji Hussin, Acting Assistant General Manager of Group IT and Multimedia Services in DST.
Meanwhile in the MADKids App Competition, Dk Nur Safia Ardini binti Pg Hj Sofri won the heart of the judges, which got her a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE T215 1 with her application, "FashionApp", where users can view the latest fashion trends.
Presenting the prize was Radin Sufri bin Radin Basiuni, Acting Assistant General Manager of Group Corporate Communications in DST Other creative ideas in this category included topics such as "Animals and Plants" and "True or False".
During the TechWomen Basic Developer Training Session, Pengiran Sarimah Pg Hj Abd Latiff of GDG Women Leader presented a topic on "Python for Beginners", which provided basic developer training on Python, a high level programming language used as a support language for software developers and widely used in commercial and hobby game development. Facilitating the Python Workshop was Simon Walker, a specialist in IT for over 20 years.
The GDG DevFest Brunei 2013 with DST wrapped up over the weekend with the anticipation for further ICT initiatives in the future that can develop a community of ICT enthusiasts and further specialised interest groups such as developers, designers, social media specialists and more, to contribute to the wider Vision 2035 of ICT development.
Hajah Safrina Pehin Dato Hj Abd Rahman, Manager. of Group Corporate Communications also elaborated further about DST's direction to invest heavily in these ICT platforms, "The step by DST to collaborate with existing interest groups such as GDG has allowed DST to focus on their objectives as a catalyst to help Brunei diversify its economy through targeted investments in ICT and to nurture domestic entrepreneurship and invest in human capital development."
GDG DevFest 2013 Brunei was a two-day event run by Google Developers Group Brunei and was powered under a wider initiative by DST under their corporate social responsibility programme called "Future Series". It intends to provide a platform that can assist in the nurturing of promising Bruneian ICT companies to generate business opportunities that are aimed to drive innovation and creativity in Brunei.