The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State has emerged the overall best at the just concluded 2013 National Software Competition at the Tinapa Business Resort in Calabar, Cross River State.
The annual software competition was organised by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) and sponsored by the Cross River State government.
FUTA emerged the winner, based on the quality of software solution its’ team presented for the competition that attracted over 70 students from 21 schools in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
Out of 24 teams from 21 schools that participated in the first round, 10 were shortlisted for the second round after which three teams emerged 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in the final round of the competition that saw Olaoluwa Aboluwarin, Oluwadara Oladapo, and Mofesola Banjo from FUTA, as the first prize winning team.
The winners, after showcasing their solutions before the judges, were determined based on the quality of solution presented, their relevance to the society especially in Nigeria, their capacities to solve local problems for the ordinary Nigerian in the society, and the extent of work and creativity demonstrated in the solution.
Pleased with the ingenuity of the winners in developing acceptable software solutions, the Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, donated N7.5 million to the organisers of the software competition.
Seventy per cent of the fund, it was learnt would go to the winners, while the remaining 30 per cent would be kept as seed fund for mentoring and innovation.
Accordingly, N2 million will go to the first prize winners, N1.5 million to the second prize winners, while N1 million will go to the third prize winners.
Team 1 from Covenant University Otto, with a software solution on Anti-cultism Social Education Media, won the second price with Active Raymond, Orogo Alanunioluwa as team members.
Also, team Efficacy from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife came third. Its team members are Moyin Adeyemi, Adegoke Obasa, and Adeyemi Olaoye.
Other categories of prizes for the national software competition 2013, included the ISPON prize for best mobile software application developer team of the year, Cleopas Officer Angaye cup for best open source software of the year, Dr. Ashiru Daura cup for best innovative software of the year, NEXIM Bank prize for emerging software export developer, Clement Ndukwe cup for best creative software of the year among others.
Imoke who was represented by the Special Assistant on Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mr. Odo Effiong, when the winners were announced, encouraged the students to always use software solutions that were developed for the contest to solve problems in their local communities.
While assuring the commitment of the state for the promotion of ISPON national software competitions and conferences, he said: “Everybody is a winner. You are the future of this country. We are proud of you all. We will continue to support software innovation, because no nation can survive without local software solution. Be your own boss. Your destiny lies in your hands. This is the time to determine it. Begin now.”
National Secretary of ISPON, Mr. Chinaenye Mba Uzochukwu, while announcing the winners, said the solutions developed by the students would change the world if fully applied. According to him, students could use the solutions that were showcased to become software entrepreneurs of the future.