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Mauritius to hold 3rd edition of Web Cup website creation challenge on 23-24 May

Mauritius to hold 3rd edition of Web Cup website creation challenge on 23-24 May

The competition for Mauritius was launched yesterday on the 13 April 2015 during a press conference in Port Louis with the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, gracing the occasion.  (Image: ION News)

The Web Cup 2015, a 24-hour website creation challenge, will be held on 23 and 24 May 2015 at Cyber Tower 1 Ebène Cyber-city.  Entries are open from now until Monday, 04 May 2015.

The Web Cup aims at rewarding talent in the ICT field particularly as regards the design and production of websites.  In line with regional cooperation in the ICT sector, the event will be held simultaneously across Réunion Island, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and Mayotte.  The international finals are expected to be held in Mayotte.

A maximum of 20 teams, out of which two will be from Rodrigues, will be selected within two categories namely professionals – 5 teams (competing in the name of their companies) and amateurs – 15 teams (comprising students and individuals).  Competitors are expected to come with their own equipment (materials and computers).

The organisers of Web Cup Mauritius are Outsourcing and Telecommunications Associations of Mauritius (OTAM), Mauritius IT Industry Association (MITIA) and Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France Maurice (CCIFM).  This national event is partnered by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation in collaboration with sponsors specialised in the ICT sector.

The competition for Mauritius was launched yesterday on the 13 April 2015 during a press conference in Port Louis. The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, said that “currently, structural problems of an economy are often resolved through innovative technologies.  Hence, government actions are focusing on the technology and innovation sector.”

According to Pravind Kumar Jugnauth,“It is within this framework that innovative ideas are being encouraged through, amongst others, the implementation of a National Innovation Programme to the tune of Rs 125 million, and by connecting Mauritius to a third submarine fibre optic cable to allow the island get better internet access and stimulate competition.”

“These initiatives will be beneficial for the economy at the level of enterprises and operators and will also help in reducing the digital divide,” he noted.

The holding of the Web Cup, added Minister Jugnauth, falls as such in line with the government’s philosophy, since the digital challenge remains at the foundation of this competition.

The aim is to bring to the forefront the myriad talents of the new generation who will be called to become stakeholders in a digital economy as bearers of hope, particularly in the quest of making the second economic miracle a reality, he concluded.

It may be noted that Mauritius hosted the international final of Web Cup 2014 on 11-12 October 2014.

Web Cup Mauritius

The first edition of Web Cup Mauritius was held on 18 and 19 May 2013 at the Cyber-tower in Ebène Cyber-city and the 24-hour website challenge event is now in its third edition.

Originality, creativity, design, content and technology are amongst the criterion taken in consideration to distinguish the winners.  Three prizes will be awarded to winners.

The competition is open to participants (companies, students, professionals, amateurs) who will be teamed up and assigned a topic with the challenge of staying awake during 24 hours to create a website.

ICT Webcup group

Image: Nirvan Pagooah

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