Last weekend, April 22-23rd, the IT-Eureka Hackathon was held in Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics. Twelve finalists teams were invited to Kharkiv to work on their projects non-stop during 24 hours and fight for the main prize – 30 000 UAH.
Previously the IT-Eureka contest ran twice, in 2014 and 2015, within the frameworks of international Tempus project supported by the Ministry of education of Ukraine, the leading European and Ukrainian universities, and businesses. Both, the program and the contest, were aimed at developing the spirit of entrepreneurship in students, and give young people the opportunity to feel what business is, to learn firsthand how the fresh ideas come to life, how they crystallize, develop, and become successful.
When the Tempus program came to its end in Ukraine, Sigma Software and Sigma Technology adopted the initiative to hold the event in Ukraine and be its main partners. The Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics became the main hosting partner of the competition.
Projects selected as finalists were supposed to be innovative, competitive, and solve the existing problems of education via IT means. The students` teams from Odesa, Lviv, and Kharkiv gathered to develop a working demo during 24 hours of live coding, and then pitch projects to the jury that was formed from the representatives of the leading technical universities, as well as Ukrainian and Swedish businesses. All the presentations were held in English.
Among the projects presented were solutions in different areas, including AR/VR, mobile, machine learning, and others. Some of the projects were remarkably mature, and young people showed them quite good at pitching, although for most of them this contest was their first experience of this kind.
The team from Kharkiv national university of radioelectronics, ARDex that developed an AR tool for creation of an interactive content for modern and effective education, became contest winners. The special prize the jury gave to a team of Kharkiv computer college that developed an educational game for learning history.
Mykhaylo Antonovych, Head of Sigma Software University, says:
“This was impressive. I used to take part in hackathons before, but those were events for mature specislists, who already had ready projects and only needed to polish them to present to the jury. IT-Eureka finalists, young boys and girls, students of universities and colleges, in just 24 hours managed to prepare a working demo of their projects, which were truly interesting. These incredible young people speak English quite well, have good presentation skills, talk about the business benefits of their applications: I`m sure they have great chances for success. Hope to see more talented students among the contest participants next year.”
Niklas Malmros, the jury member and President of Sigma Technology Solutions adds:
“This was a brilliant event. All the finalists made great proposals for the jury. The level of some projects and presentations was so good you may think these are ready products already. I think they learned a lot during these two days. Still, this is just first steps for their future success.”
Find how the contest ran at Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iteureka/
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