Published:  01:36 AM, 10 August 2019

Programming contest kicks off

Programming contest kicks off Editor of Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bangladesh Naser Ezaz Bijoy exchanging the documents of an agreement at a program held in the city on Wednesday. -AA
Standard Chartered Bangladesh and Prothom Alo has recently announced the launch of Standard Chartered Prothom Alo Inter School and College Programming Contest (ISCPC) 2019 for the second year with the first being held in 2018.

Standard Chartered Prothom Alo ISCPC is a computer programming competition that aims to provide a national platform for the youth, particularly for school and college students, of Bangladesh, helping them become problem-solvers capable of applying their skills to real life problems.

In the competition, programming workshops at 60 schools around Bangladesh for reaching around 15,000 students, eight district level workshops, reaching around 3000 students from rural and semi-rural communities, one online practise programming contest with 1157 participants, two preliminary programming contests with 437 teams, 122 teams to participate final contest and a three-day coding bootcamp with 50 top participants will be organized.

Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bangladesh Naser Ezaz Bijoy said, "It was inspiring to see talented youth from across the country and from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, showcasing their coding skills and competing on level footing last year. There was even a team that had learned coding without access to computers - we are delighted to note that we will be able support five schools with a donation of three laptops each. Their achievements last year just goes to show the immense potential of our youth, which is what I hope this initiative will continue to nurture."

Editor of Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman mentioned that Prothom Alo always tries to help the youth for developing their skills required for the 21st century. "Coding skill is a necessary element for today and this contest and workshops will help our young kids to be at par with the world," he said.  In 2018, the initiative reached rural, semi-rural and urban communities through a series of activations and contests, giving talented youths an opportunity to showcase their coding skills.

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