Students grab top three prizes in web development contest


Winners: Yong (second from left) and Ting take first prize in the competition. With them are Cahalan (left) and Richard (right).

KUCHING: SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor students took the top three and two consolation prizes in a web development competition organised by Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.

“First prize went to the team of Celine Ting Jia-Hui and Yong Chie Xian. Second prize winners were Jonathan Chung Yiik Hung and Low Wei Seng, while third prize went to the pair of Lai Peng Hung and Mok Chern Loong,” said a statement from the university.

The two consolation prizes were awarded to the team of Lai Yong Hao and Gillian Tan, and Nelson Chai Zhen Faan and Mandy Tan Hui Sing.

The prizes included trophies, certificates and cash.

“Each team had to re-create the Swinburne Sarawak website using Weebly, a web hosting service. The aim was to let participants get an opportunity to experience how to create a website, where they could experiment with their imagination and creativity but also to develop the soft skills that we know are so important to employers,” said

Swinburne Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor Prof Anthony Cahalan.

“We’re approached by employers all the time to give employment to our IT graduates. So if you’re interested in IT, design, website, multimedia, software, computer science, these are all things that Swinburne is really well known for. This is our area of expertise - science, technology and innovation. ICT sits right in the technology and innovation area.”

The competition was held following a two-day workshop the Form Five students attended in February.

The prizes were sponsored by Kuching based software company, Pasti Nyala Sdn Bhd. Its systems manager, Richard Wellis Sinyem, represented the company at the prize giving ceremony.

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