Presentation Night 2005

The Chief Executive Officer of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC), En Badlisham Ghazali, was spotted in Genting Highlands Resort recently to honour the nation’s most talented programmers.

APIIT undergraduate, Foong Sek Chee, emerged top winner of the eGENTING Programming Competition held in November last year. He beat more than 100 contestants in a gruelling 8-hour programming challenge, to clinch the top prize comprising RM5,000 cash and an opportunity to work with eGENTING Research & Development (Systems). Foong who was a distinction winner in 2004, successfully climbed to the top this time. He attributed his success to the lessons learnt during his first attempt. As he said, “I took a long time to figure out why I can’t solve some of the problems posted in the competition. Finally, I discovered the keyword is "to divide and conquer..."

The first runner-up went to Pok Chee Sing of Sunway University College who walked away with RM2,500 cash and a job opportunity with eGENTING Research & Development (Systems).

Phang Jeng Hui of Multimedia University Melaka was the second runner-up and walked away with RM1,500 cash and a job opportunity with eGENTING Research & Development (Systems).

Along with the top three winners, there were also one distinction winner and six others who achieved the level of merit.

The prize presentation ceremony was also attended by Mr Robert Foong, Principal Private Secretary to YB Dato’ Kong Cho Ha, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Mr Derrik Khoo, Chief Operating Officer of eGENTING Group and other senior personnel of the Genting Group, as well as academics including deans, heads of school, academic directors and lecturers, and undergraduates and graduates.

eGENTING has been actively searching for world-class talent and expertise in software development through its innovative recruitment programme. The eGENTING Programming Competition is seen as the ideal means to uncover young programming talent. It also exposes contestants to the practical skills necessary to excel in the software development industry.

According to Mr Jonathan Searcy, Senior Vice President of eGENTING Research & Development (Systems), "The question paper contains a variety of realistic problems that the contestants can attempt to solve. By entering the competition, contestants gain an understanding of the standards they must meet in order to undertake serious software development projects". The competition also provides feedback to institutions of higher learning about the quality of graduates they must produce in order to satisfy the needs of the industry, not to mention a check on the suitability and relevance of course contents.

The eGENTING Programming Competition is supported by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC). Since its inception, MDC has assisted in numerous ways including promoting the event to all MSC-status Institutions of Higher Learning.

The first programming competition was held in 2002. Since then, eGENTING has conducted similar competitions on an annual basis. The competition is internally administered by eGENTING. More details of the eGENTING Programming Competition, including reviews of previous years’ competitions and press clippings, are available at egpc.genting.com.my.



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