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MeDirect sponsors Malta’s biggest coding competition – CodeSprintMT

MeDirect, Malta’s first digital bank, will be the title sponsor of the Open Developers Category during CodeSprintMT, Malta’s biggest coding challenge, which is taking place later this month. Launched in 2018 as a coding contest for students studying computing in secondary schools, the event has now grown into a national coding championship with additional categories for post-secondary students and an open category for undergraduate, postgraduate students and established software developers.

Chris Portelli, Chief Technology Officer at MeDirect, said “Competitions like CodeSprintMT are a great opportunity for aspiring and experienced software developers, particularly young individuals wanting to enhance skills and test their abilities against peers. In addition to being a great learning opportunity, CodeSprintMT also creates an environment where hundreds of young people can enjoy being part of a like-minded community. As a digital bank with ambitions to expand our WealthTech business further across Europe, it is exciting for us to see so many young people acquiring software development expertise and we are all very much looking forward to seeing some great projects emerge during the competition.”

The main objective in all the competition categories within CodeSprintMT, including the open category, is to test participants’ problem solving, computational and programming skills. The challenge is an open book exercise, and the participants’ work is judged against a set of assessment criteria based on functionality and effectiveness. Contestants within the open category will have to overcome an 8-hour coding marathon. The top three participants in CodeSprintMT will be rewarded with prestigious study programs and mentorship opportunities, aimed at advancing their programming skills to a world-class level. Additionally, they will receive a cash prize as part of their well-deserved recognition.

CodeSprintMT is organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport, Research & Innovation together with ICE Malta. Josmar Borg, Education Officer Computing within the Ministry, and the coordinator of the competition, said “To see organisations like MeDirect appreciating the value of a national coding championship and taking the decision to invest in this event is a great validation of all our efforts to raise the game when it comes to teaching and enhancing computing and software development skills in Malta. As partners in Malta’s future economic progress, we are committed to making this year’s CodeSprintMT an even greater success.”

More information of CodeSprintMT is available at https://codesprintmalta.edu.mt/  The open category competition will take place on 15 July at the ICE Malta premises. This will be followed by a VIVA session for the top 5 on 19 July and an awards ceremony on 22 July whereby the top 3 winners across all competitions are announced.

Photocaption: (from left) Chris Portelli, Chief Technology Officer at MeDirect, Steve Ritchie, Head – Software Development at MeDirect, Josmar Borg, Education Officer Computing at the Ministry of Education, Nikolai Sammut, CEO at ICE Malta and Clinton Paul Borg, Enterprise Architect at MeDirect, discussing preparations for CodeSprintMT.

MeDirect jisponsorja l-akbar kompetizzjoni ta’ coding f’Malta – CodeSprintMT

Il-Bank MeDirect huwa l-isponsor ewlieni tal-Kategorija Open Developers waqt CodeSprintMT li hi l-akbar sfida ta’ coding f’Malta. CodeSprintMT ser isseħħ aktar tard dan ix-xahar. Imniedi fl-2018 bħala konkors ta’ coding għal studenti li jistudjaw l-informatika fl-iskejjel sekondarji, l-avveniment issa kiber f’kampjonat nazzjonali ta’ coding b’kategoriji addizzjonali għal studenti post-sekondarji u kategorija miftuħa għal studenti li għadhom ma ggradwawx, dawk gradwati u software developers stabbiliti.

Chris Portelli, Chief Technology Officer ta’ MeDirect, qal “Kompetizzjonijiet bħal CodeSprintMT huma opportunità kbira għal software developers, kemm għal dawk li għadhom qed jitgħallmu u anke għal dawk li diġa’ għandhom esperjeza fis-settur, biex itejbu l-ħiliet tagħhom. Minbarra li hija opportunità kbira ta’ tagħlim, CodeSprintMT toħloq ukoll ambjent fejn mijiet ta’ żgħażagħ jistgħu jieħdu pjaċir li jkunu parti minn komunità li jaħsbuha l-istess. Bħala l-ewwel bank diġitali b’ambizzjonijiet li jespandi aktar in-negozju tiegħu ta’ WealthTech madwar l-Ewropa, huwa interessanti għalina li naraw tant żgħażagħ jakkwistaw għarfien espert fl-iżvilupp tas-software u lkoll ħerqana li naraw xi proġetti kbar joħorġu waqt il-kompetizzjoni.”

L-għan ewlieni fil-kategoriji kollha tal-kompetizzjoni fi ħdan CodeSprintMT, huwa li jiġu ttestjati l-ħiliet ta’ soluzzjoni tal-problemi kemm komputazzjonalii, kif ukoll programmazzjonali tal-parteċipanti. Ix-xogħol tal-parteċipanti jiġi ġġudikat skont sett ta’ kriterji ta’ valutazzjoni bbażati fuq il-funzjonalità u l-effettività tal-proġett. Il-kontestanti fi ħdan il-kategorija miftuħa se jkollhom maratona ta’ coding ta’ 8 sigħat. L-aqwa tliet parteċipanti f’CodeSprintMT se jiġu ppremjati bi programmi ta’ studju prestiġjużi u opportunitajiet ta’ konsulenza, immirati biex javvanzaw il-ħiliet tagħhom għal livell ta’ klassi dinjija. Barra minn hekk, huma se jirċievu premju fi flus bħala parti mir-rikonoxximent mistħoqq lilhom.

CodeSprintMT hija organizzata mill-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni, Żgħażagħ, Sport, Riċerka u Innovazzjoni flimkien ma’ ICE Malta. Josmar Borg, Education Officer Computing fi ħdan il-Ministeru, u l-koordinatur tal-kompetizzjoni, qal “Li tara organizzazzjonijiet bħal MeDirect japprezzaw il-valur ta’ kampjonat nazzjonali tal-coding u jieħdu d-deċiżjoni li jinvestu f’dan l-avveniment hija validazzjoni kbira tal-isforzi tagħna biex inkomplu navvanzaw meta niġu għat-tagħlim u t-titjib tal-ħiliet tal-kompjuters u l-iżvilupp tas-software development f’Malta. Bħala msieħba fil-progress ekonomiku ta’ Malta, aħna impenjati li nagħmlu l-CodeSprintMT ta’ din is-sena suċċess saħansitra akbar minn qabel.”

Aktar informazzjoni fuq CodeSprintMT tinsab fuq https://codesprintmalta.edu.mt/ Il-kompetizzjoni se ssir fil-15 ta’ Lulju fil-bini ta’ ICE Malta. Din se tkun segwita minn sessjoni VIVA għall-aqwa 5, fid-19 ta’ Lulju. Iċ-ċerimonja tal-premjazzjoni fejn se jitħabbru l-aqwa 3 rebbieħa fil-kompetizzjonijiet kollha ser issir fit-22 ta’ Lulju.

Ritratt: (mix-xellug) Chris Portelli, Chief Technology Officer ta’ MeDirect, Steve Ritchie, Head – Software Development ta’ MeDirect, Josmar Borg, Education Officer Computing fil-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni, Nikolai Sammut, Kap Eżekuttiv ta’ ICE Malta u Clinton Paul Borg, Enterprise Architect ta’ MeDirect, jiddiskutu t-tħejjijiet għal CodeSprintMT.

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