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FAST University Islamabad Software Competition
« on: April 18, 2010, 02:04:17 PM »
FAST University Islamabad Software Competition

Islamabad:A two-day All Pakistan Software Competition NasCon 2010 kick started here Saturday at FAST University with an aim to provide students with ample opportunities, not only to show their talent but also to learn from others participating in the prestigious event.

In all, 317 teams from 50 universities and educational institutions are competing in various categories of the event including 17 teams competing in software project, eight in business case simulation, 25 in business plan, 40 in dynamic programming, 25 in engineering problem solving, nine in marketing plan, 19 in hardware competition, 24 in movie competition, 32 in quiz, 28 in robotics and 90 teams are to compete in gaming.

The event stands as one of the prestigious annual software competitions and this year, two distinct categories have been introduced in the robotics competition - ‘robo war’ and ‘robo race’. Another innovation is that of the on-campus movie shoot in which each participating team would prepare a movie within a specific timeframe and all the work from shooting to editing would be done at the campus.

On the first day of the event, the teams participating in the dynamic programming competition faced real-world problems with a demanding five-hour deadline. Gathered around a single computer, competitors raced against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. The team mates collaborated in engineering solving problems to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds and simulate the results using software tools as LabView, MatLab, Pspice, Keil and ModelSim.

The problems were judged under the intense analysis of expert judges. During the simulation, the teams and participants were observed by a panel of judges, who will later determine the outcome of the event and will critically review the arguments made by the participants. The event provided an opportunity for future graduates to interact with professionals from different industries.

An exciting funfair is also part of the event and 30 stalls set up in the university campus by multinational and cellular companies have too much to offer to the students, who thronged these stalls in great numbers on the first day of the event.

Saira Alvi, President NasCon 2010, in her address at the inaugural ceremony emphasised the need to conduct these kinds of events across the country to provide a platform for young students to interact, innovate and share their knowledge and experience with one another.

Director Dr Aftab A Maroof said the event would provide an opportunity to the youth intelligentsia to get together and share knowledge, ideas and information that would help promote spirit, self-reliance and professional integrity among them.

Rector FAST University Dr Amir Muhammad said the event aims at promoting the talent of young students and encourages companies to help them nourish their professional brilliance.

Dean Dr Ayub Alvi and heads of departments Dr Waseem Ikram and Mobashir Sadiq were also present on the occasion. The news