iHACK 2015; a 24 hour Software Development Competition organized by the University of Colombo School of Computing – ISACA Student Group in partnership with Millennium Information Technologies, was successfully completed on Sunday with the enthusiastic participation of a number of teams of aspiring software developers from the University of Colombo. Intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their software development and problem solving skills as well as their ability to pitch their end product in a competitive manner, the competition was widely accepted for its breadth of focus. The event was held at the UCSC on the 5th and 6th of September 2015 under the theme “One Team, One Dream..” which was also reflected in the competition task.
The event commenced at 8 a.m. on the 05th of September 2015 with the handing out of the task which was to develop a comprehensive platform for team members of a team to collaborate seamlessly and securely. A comfortable environment was maintained ensuring the enthusiasm of the participants did not diminish throughout the 24hrs of the event. Refreshments were provided to all participants throughout the duration of the event. Certifications of participation were provided to all teams who completed the task successfully and cash prizes were awarded to the 3 top performing teams.
At the end of the 24 hour coding period, the teams were tasked with a 10 minute demonstration to be made to a panel of judges which comprised of individuals from the industry, the ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter as well as senior lecturers of the UCSC including the director of the UCSC; Professor Gihan Wickramanayake and Dr. Rasika Dayarathne; Senior Lecturer-in-charge of the UCSC – ISACA Student Group, who were a source of strength in realizing this dream. The objective of the presentation was for the team to pitch their solution to emphasize its significance over its competitors, an increasingly important skill in a competitive and ever evolving industry. The competition comprised of two rounds where the top performing teams of each cluster of teams in the first round, were to present in front of all judges. Evaluation of the code was another part of the appraisal.
The team “Raconteurs” with team members Kashyapa Deshapriya, Bhanuka Randeniya, Sandun Madola and Isuru Madushanka won the 1st place and was awarded a cash prize of Rs.20,000 as well as a trophy. The team “WhileLOOP” was placed 2st runner up, being awarded a cash prize of Rs.15,000 while the second runner-up team “Dial-up was awarded a cash prize of Rs.10,000. Certificates were awarded to all participant members of other teams in commendation of their efforts in completing the 24 hour hackathon.
The UCSC – ISACA Student Group is the first and currently the only registered ISACA Student Group (ISG) under the ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter. The purpose of the group is; to expand recognition of the IT Audit and Assurance, Security and IT Governance disciplines, through student empowerment; by extending education beyond the classroom on standards, practices and certification. This hackathon was the first of its kind organized by a student group of the university, for the university and is also the first of its kind under the patronage of the ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter. The success of the event and the commendation received from participant students, the ISACA Sri Lanka chapter and our judge panel have encouraged us to consolidate our vision of making this an annual event.
iHACK – 2015 being the first in the line, it was an excellent initiative for many other purposeful events that are expected to be hosted by the UCSC – ISACA Student Group (UCSC – ISG) by itself as well as in partnership with other organizations. The support received from Millennium Information Technologies; our Platinum Sponsor and Leapset, who was also a valuable sponsor of the event were instrumental in making this event as success. The support and dedicated guidance received from ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter and the University of Colombo School of Computing also played a notable role in the success of the event; the first of many…