IT Contest

The objective of the contest is to create an atmosphere of IT awareness among UAE school students to further trigger interests in this paramount discipline. The competition stimulates and challenges young minds to develop their general IT skills in prominent and most appealing areas, including solving simple programming problems, creating illustrative graphics, interactive web applications, and general computer knowledge. Three prizes (first, second, and third place) will be awarded

IT competition rules

Following are the general rules and regulations of the competition:

  • The language of the contest is English. All written contest materials will be in English.

  • A team is made of three students, coached by teacher. The teacher and the students must be from the same school.

  • Each team must be supervised by a school teacher.

  • A school can participate with maximum one team.

  • Team registration for this event will be closed on March 23, 2017 or when the maximum capacity of teams is reached (whichever comes first).

  • All the team members must be currently enrolled regular students of the participating school. At the request of the organizing committee they are required to show proof of valid student status.

  • Names of participants as well as the school name have to be clearly specified on the registration form along with the project supervisor name(s).

  • Names of participants entered in the Registration forms shall be considered final and no changes are allowed thereafter.

  • Teams are required to compete at the College of Information Technology, UAE University, Al-Ain on the specified date and time.

  • During the contest, participants are allowed to communicate only with their team members, organizers or judges. Communicating with other people (on-line or off-line or to any other team) is prohibited and may lead to disqualification. Organizers can help contestants solve technical problems, but are not allowed to help with problems connected with contest tasks. Only judges are allowed to answer questions connected with those issues.

  • While the contest is scheduled for a particular time length the organizers have the authority to alter the length of the contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

  • Each team uses one computer, provided by organizers. The computer contains all relevant software to solve contest related problems.

  • To solve programming problems, contestants use C, C++, Visual Basic, Java or Python.

  • Students might be given some relevant content (text) and objects (graphics, photos, audio, and video) to integrate into their design and/or the opportunity to create other or download content/ objects they feel more appropriate.

  • The IT competition is made up of 4 sub competitions:

    • Simple Programming
    • Graphic Illustration
    • Web Design
    • General Computer Knowledge
  • The competition is divided into two sessions.

  • During the first session, each team will be given a set of problems related to Simple Programming, Web Design, and Graphical Illustration. Teams can work on any problem at any time during the session.

  • During the second session each team will be given questions on General Computer Knowledge.

  • There is a judging committee for each sub-competition.

  • Each sub-competition is graded separately and then the grades are added together. The grades of sub-competitions contribute to the final grade as follow: Simple Programming (10%), Graphic Illustration (30%), Web Design (30%) and General Computer Knowledge (30%).

  • The use of portable computers and mobile phones is strictly prohibited unless requested and under the supervision of the organizers.

  • The Judging Committee is allowed to change the regulations in case of unexpected situations. Decisions of the Judging Committee are final and no appeals will be taken into consideration.

Some of the available software with their versions are Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Adobe suite CS3 (Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Front Page 2003, Microsoft expression Web, Microsoft Office 2010.

Judging Criteria of Website Design

  • Structure of the Web site (30%): Structure and navigation refers to the organization of content (Alignment of content, Font size, Colors, Background, position and size of images, etc.), the prioritization of information, and the method in which you move through the site. Sites with good structure are consistent, intuitive and transparent. They allow you to form a mental model of the information provided, where to find things, and what to expect when you click.

  • Navigation (30%): Good navigation gets you where you want to go quickly and offers easy access to the breadth and depth of the site's content. It allows the user to determine his or her current position. It makes it easy to return to an initial state (main page). For example put navigational links in each web page.

  • Visual Design (20%): Visual design is the appearance of the site. It's more than just a pretty homepage and it doesn't have to be cutting edge or trendy. Good visual design is high quality, appropriate, and relevant for the audience and the message it is supporting. It communicates a visual experience and may even take your breath away.

  • Functionality (20%): Good functionality means the site works well. It loads quickly, has live links, and any new technology used is functional and relevant for the intended audience. The site should work cross-platform and be browser independent.  It allow novice users to reach desired goals through a series of progressive steps, but allow expert users or frequent users to directly reach their destination

Judging Criteria Programming

Each program is tested on a set of inputs. Whenever the program works on a test the team will get partial marks. Once the program is tested on the whole test data set the partial marks are added up.

Judging Criteria Graphic Design

The graphic design is made up of two parts.

  • Part 1: The answers to the questions are either correct or incorrect.

  • Part 2: The contestants are usually asked to do some modifications to a given image. So the grading is based on to what extend the modifications are done.

Judging Criteria General Computer Knowledge

The answers to the questions are either correct or incorrect.

Available Tools

  • Windows 7 Enterprise

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

  • Adobe suite CS3 (Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

  • Front Page 2003, Microsoft Expression Web

  • Microsoft Office 2013

  • Netbeans


Jan 10, 2017