Supporting young programmers, creation of opportunities for their
professional growth, implementation of their innovative ideas and
projects have become a catalyst for the development of domestic software
industry. This was mentioned at the ceremony of awarding the winners of
the annual youth competition on software development “Best Soft
Challenge – 2017”, in Tashkent.
The competition was organized by the ministries on development of
information technologies and communications, higher and secondary
special education, public education, Tashkent University of Information
Technologies named after Muhammad al-Khorazmiy, Inha University in
Tashkent, and the “BePro” programmers center.
This annual competition is held in order to identify and stimulate
talented young software developers, support their innovative projects,
promote training of highly qualified personnel and development of
domestic market of software products.
The competition demonstrated the increasing interest of youth of our
country in modern ICT and the growth of their technical literacy. The
number of applications for participation, as well as professional level
of preparation of projects submitted to the jury grows every year. This
year more than 300 applications from all regions of the country were
submitted for participation in the first stage of the competition.
Students of academic lyceums and professional colleges, university
students under the age of 25 tried their hand at developing software.
Some amendments were introduced this year in the format of the
competition. If earlier its participants presented only ready-made
software solutions, now projects and ideas within the framework of four
nominations: “Smart city”, “Computer and mobile games”, “Best projects
in the sphere of trade and services” and “Innovative idea in the sphere
of ICT” have been also submitted. The jury members assessed the
relevance, originality, used technological solutions and the convenience
of the interface of each proposed project. These nominations were
included in the program based on current trends of development of
software market in our country and in the world.
The team that presented the “VeloBОT” project, due to its skillful
possession of advanced engineering tools, allowing to create the most
complex mechanical parts, received the highest rating and became the
winner in “Smart city” nomination. In “Computer and mobile games”
nomination the first place was awarded to the thematic website “Mylab”,
allowing to conduct interactive chemical experiments. Best in the
nomination “Best projects in the sphere of trade and services” became
the “VR Tours” project, dedicated to the sights of Uzbekistan with the
use of capabilities of VR-technologies. The program for PHP source code
encryption specifically for a particular MAC address brought its creator
the first place in “Innovative idea in the sphere of ICT” nomination.
In Uzbekistan, educational programs aimed at studying programming
languages among children of school age demonstrated their positive
results. This year, the “Best Soft Challenge – 2017” prize was given to a
team of girls at the age of 12-13, who created the “Alpomish” computer
game based on the ancient Uzbek epic. For the past two years, these
schoolgirls have been studying in “Codecraft” programming courses at
Inha University in Tashkent.