KODE IT, SPARKIES! - REGISTRATION CLOSED


is a national hackathon for children from primary 3 to 6. This competition is jointly organised by Kodecoon and Times Experience, a subsidiary of Times Publishing Limited. This competition aims to drive technical and design creativity in our young learners in Singapore.



WHY JOIN?


3 REASONS TO JOIN THE COMPETITION

1. Free workshop worth $120

2. Free Goodie Bag worth $50

3. Real-World Skills for life

BONUS: Stand a chance to win attractive prizes from our sponsors!

HACKATHON TEAMS ANNOUNCEMENT!


We are excited to announce the teams who will be competing at Happy Sparks 2018.

Here’s wishing them all the best of luck!

Group 1: Super Coders Group 6: P.B.S (Problem Brainstormers)
Group 2: D EXPERTS Group 7: Team Thriplets
Group 3: Team Code Group 8: Operation Life Savers
Group 4: The brainSTORMERS Group 9: Team Nature
Group 5: Future Techs Group 10: Hack Chicks


Join us at the Finals as the top 3 teams present their Smart Nation ideas and solutions at the Main Stage at Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza, on 24 June 2018 (4:30pm – 5:30pm).

REGISTRATION FEE


  EARLY BIRD
23 April – 31 May
NORMAL
01 June – 13 June
 Times Privilege members $10 $15
 Public $15 $20

Prices listed are inclusive of 7% GST. International students in Singapore are welcome to join the competition.

JOIN TIMES PRIVILEGE for FREE here to enjoy the special registration rates. Get ready for the competition with our awesome handbook here.



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COMPETITION DETAILS

  REGISTRATION STEPS

  1. Click on REGISTER NOW button.
  2. JOIN TIMES CONNECT: You need a Times Connect account to proceed.
  3. COMPLETE FORM: Provide all necessary details in the registration form.
  4. MAKE PAYMENT: Make online payment of registration fee.


  FREE BOOT CAMP

  • All participants get to attend a boot camp worth $230 hosted by Kodecoon.
  • Participants will be guided on the basics of building their own website. No prior knowledge is required.
  • The two-day camp will be held over the weekend on 16, 17 June 2018 at Times Centre. 8.30am to 5pm. Lunch will be provided. Overnight stay is not required.


  SCOPE OF COMPETITION

  • At the end of the boot camp, participants will be assigned to groups of 4 each.
  • As their team presentation at the finals, each group will choose a topic in the list given by the organiser.
  • Based on the topic chosen, participants will present a new idea on how technology can be used to make life better, in line with Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation.
  • Each team will present a solution that solves an existing problem, or improves a current way of doing things, based on the theme of “Mobility” or “Living”.
  • For presentation, each team will make use of a website that they have designed and jointly built with HTML and CSS using BSD LaunchBox, an educational platform taught at the boot camp.


  COMPETITION DAY

  • All participants who have attended the boot camp will be invited to the finals.
  • The finals will be held on 24 June 2018 at Our Tampines Hub, as part of Happy Sparks event organised by Times Experience.
  • The specific question for the hackathon will be released to the teams on the competition day itself.
  • One facilitator will be attached to guide two teams.
  • All teams are encouraged to be creative in making a compelling and engaging case for their solution.
  • The top three teams will be shortlisted to make their presentations on the main stage to the live audience at the event.
  • Our panel of judges will pick the best team as the overall winner of the competition.

COMPETITION CALENDAR 2018

APRIL
23     Registration opens
MAY
31     Early Bird closes
JUNE
13     Registration closes
16, 17     Boot Camp
24     Finals

COMPETITION OBJECTIVES

Adapt

To adapt in the digital age by embracing technology.

Transform

To transform by picking up programming skills and sharpening problem-solving capability.

Breakthrough

To create technological breakthrough that is impactful and relevant to the society.

PANEL OF JUDGES

Ken Hay
Head, IT (Times Publishing)

Ken is currently Head, IT with Times Publishing. He is responsible for overseeing the IT, digital and security systems for the company. He has more than 18 years of IT experience working in various industries - including media, publishing and healthcare - successfully transforming traditional businesses to digital space. A self-professed fan of Star Wars, Ken speaks fluent Yoda, and opens automatic doors using "The Force".

Kyong Jin Shim
Practice Asst Professor (SMU)

Kyong Jin is a Practice Assistant Professor in School of Information Systems at SMU. She has over 10 years of experience in Software Development and Data Science. Her recent work focuses on large scale social listening in popular social networking platforms and video games. Kyong Jin actively researches ways to make learning “game-like”, fun and engaging. Prior to joining SMU, she worked at IBM, Thomson Reuters and Ninja Metrics.

Alan Yong
Chief Executive (Nullspace Robotics)

Alan is Chief Executive of Nullspace, which specialises in tailoring technology programmes for schools and organisations. He worked as a derivatives trader and investment analyst for 3 years before deciding to leave the finance industry. Alan graduated with High Distinction from SMU in Quantitative Finance in 2013. He is a life long maker, having been in the robotics club from primary school to junior college.

Judging Criteria

 

For more details on the Judging Criteria, please click here.