On the 12th of October a team consisting of four students from Regent University College of Science and Technology came out tops at an event dubbed The Ashesi Code Fair which was organized by Ashesi University Student Council. The winning team from Regent University College consisted of Julius Tetteh (Computer Science, Level 400), Kelvin Kehinde Omolumo (Information System Sciences, Level 300), Akindo Precious (Accounting with Information Systems, Level 200) and Solomon Akoto (Accounting with Information Systems, Level 400). Solomon captained the group and also doubles as the Minister of Information Technology under the current administration of the Regent Ghana Students Parliament. The event was supported and sponsored by the DreamOval Foundation and Google.
This was the second edition of the code fair where participants were cracking their brains over codes with various programming languages. The event saw groups of programmers coming from various tertiary institutions. The participating institutions were the Methodist University College, University of Ghana, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ashesi University College and Ghana Technology University College.
Before the contest began there was a software exhibition from participants and non-participants of the contest. All kinds of great software ideas were exhibited and it was exciting to see how technology inclined Ghanaians have become. Solomon Akoto of Regent University exhibited VoIP software which is able to send and receive voice calls over the internet.
To win the competition, participants had to solve a problem provided by the DreamOval Foundation. The challenge was to create an electrocardiograph-like graph program that takes input from a network, displays it on a graph and produces separate beeps for positive and negative values. For those who may not know, an electrocardiograph is the machine that beeps and show patient heart beat. This device takes input (heart beat) from the patient bodies and translates it into an audiovisual. The program should listen for a stream of numeric data (positive and negative whole numbers) from the network and visualize it on a real-time series graph. The real-time series must capture both positive and negative signals.
Professor Emmanuel Kingsley Larbi, the president of Regent University, congratulated the team for a job well done and encouraged them to keep up the good work and aspire to do more great things.
Derrydean Dadzie, the CEO of DreamOval encouraged all present at the event not to think of the results as who is better or worse, but that we should strive to be the best in all our endeavors. The DreamOval Foundation exists to facilitate the Creation, Sharing and Utilization of knowledge to create a better society.
“It was really exciting seeing our application performing what was required of it,” said Solomon. He also said that “It made us feel really good. It’s the best feeling I’ve had in a long while and now I believe I’m on the right path. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this contest and I believe we will be able to defend the title next year and hold on to the title for a long time.”
The Regent team was presented with the Top Coder Award by a representative from the DreamOval Foundation which constituted a plaque and a cash prize of GHS600.
The entire Regent Community is proud of you and we say “Big Ups”.