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Nov 14, 2018

A Competition for App Developers

Today, app developers from across the country gathered in Belize City for the first annual ‘Belizean Apps for Development Competition. The competition was organized by Directorate General for Foreign Trade and Belize Coalition of Service Providers and the Belize Association of I.C.T.  Ten groups from six different schools from across the country presented their developed app to a panel of judges and were evaluated on three basic concepts. Trade Economist at the Ministry of Trade, Berisford Codd, spoke to News Five.

 

Berisford Codd

Berisford Codd, Trade Economist, Ministry of Trade

“We gave them three problems that Belizeans would probably face sometime throughout their lives: public transportation, applications for certificates from government offices, and communication with local government agencies. So we basically just provided the problem and we left it completely open to them to determine the way forward in terms of approaching the problem to deliver the required solutions. The presentations are being done today. Judging is coming from support the association and CITO. It is an interactive day and they get to show off the fruits of their labor because they have been at it for about two months now. From what I gathered so far, the schools have taken different approaches, some going with mobile applications while others are going for the traditional web application functions which is sort of a modified website so to speak. The objective at the end of the competition is to continue working with the students to get them to a stage where their apps are ready to go live. Hopefully through some lobbying both from public and private sector we will be able to get the different agencies to take on the apps.

 

The winners of the competition were Delta from Belize High School for their transport app, Technocrats from the University of Belize for their vital stats app and DotSlash from Corozal Junior College for their local government communication application.

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