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20 Students Competed Against 2,500 To Emerge Champions In The National Infocomm Competition

6 March 2008 - The largest infocomm competition in Singapore, the ‘National Infocomm Competition’, or ‘NIC’, garnered the participation of a record number of 2,500 students, who competed in 12 challenges over the year in 2007.

Singapore, 6 March 2008 | For Immediate Release

Winning for themselves a trip to USA to meet infocomm gurus from Google, Dreamworks, Pixar, Sun Microsystems, Adobe and Cisco Systems

The largest infocomm competition in Singapore, the ‘National Infocomm Competition’, or ‘NIC’, garnered the participation of a record number of 2,500 students, who competed in 12 challenges over the year in 2007.

The NIC is organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), together with the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Ministry of Education (MOE) and the industry. This competition aims to excite, inculcate interest and raise exposure in infocomm among students, so that they will ultimately choose infocomm as a career.

In the 2007 NIC, 20 students competed against 2,500 from more than 100 schools, to emerge champions, winning for themselves a knowledge acquisition trip to Silicon Valley, USA, to meet with, and learn from leading infocomm and digital media companies such as Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Google, Pixar and Dreamworks.  They also win for themselves infocomm and entertainment gadgets such as handphones, sponsored by the industry. (Please see Annex A (10.99KB)  for winners and prizes of the NIC 2007).

The winners of NIC 2007 are:

(a) Secondary School Circuit

Champion: Raffles Institution
1st runner-up: Hwa Chong Institution
2nd runner-up: Tanjong Katong Secondary School
3rd runner-up: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
4th runner-up: Catholic High School




(b) Junior College Circuit

Champion: Hwa Chong Institution
1st runner-up: Raffles Junior College
2nd runner-up: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)



(c) Polytechnic/ITE Circuit

Champion: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Infocomm Technology
1st runner-up: Singapore Polytechnic, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
2nd runner-up: Temasek Informatics and IT School



NIC 2008 Offers Next-Generation Challenges, Goes International

In conjunction with the 2007 NIC awards, the IDA, together with MOE, schools and the industry, now call for the participation of students in the 2008 NIC.

This year, the NIC challenges are focused on business IT, digital media, mobile technology, security and networking, in line with future infocomm growth areas. Some 2,500 infocomm students of Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, ITE and Polytechnics are expected to come forward to compete once again in the NIC.

Into its third year, NIC 2008 has expanded to offer more next-generation infocomm technologies in the challenges, including interactive digital media, programming and Web 2.0 applications. In addition, the winners will have the opportunity to represent Singapore in other regional and international infocomm competitions. For instance, the winners of one of the NIC challenges, the Splash Awards 2008, will enter automatically into the semi-finals of the Imagine Cup 2008 . Winners of the 11th National Olympiad In Informatics will represent Singapore in the International Olympiad in Informatics.

As with previous NICs, the students will compete in three circuits: (a) Seconday School, (b) Junior College (JC) and (c) Polytechnic / ITE over 12 challenges this year. Out of these 12, four are new ones, such as X-site which is an educational website design competition, and Schools Digital Media Awards for students to express creatively through the video, audio and animation. Points will be awarded to the top winners in each challenge. The school with the highest accumulated points will be the circuit champion.  (Please see Annex B (14.81KB)  for an overview of the NIC 2008 and Factsheets of the challenges).

Mr Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said,” We are raising the bar in this year’s NIC to challenge our students to use next-generation infocomm technologies to solve industry-related competitions. I am confident these students will do well, to become Singapore’s pipeline of infocomm talent, who needs to stay relevant in the fast-changing infocomm scene.”

The NIC is part of the Student Outreach Programme under IDA’s Infocomm Manpower Development Roadmap. This Roadmap is one of the foundational pillars of the iN2015 masterplan to drive Singapore’s efforts to develop an infocomm-savvy workforce and globally competitive infocomm manpower to drive national economic competitiveness.

Supported by MOE, the NIC is organised by IDA and the following organisations including National Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, ITE, Information Technology Standards Committee, Singapore Computer Society and Science Centre Singapore.  The industry partners include Adobe, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.


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