Trend Micro’s big data programming challenge for students, pros

  • For innovative applications with market potential and positive social impact
  • Cash prize of US$20,000 and 2mth student internship programme for winner

Trend Micro’s big data programming challenge for students, prosTREND Micro Inc has opened up its annual Codinsanity programming contest to both working professionals and students for the first time in 15 years.
 
The Trend Micro Codinsanity 2014 Asia Pacific Programming Contest will run across 12 markets in Asia Pacific including Malaysia, and challenges talent to creatively solve algorithmic challenges in big data.
 
Today’s mobile, social, and collaborative lifestyles have transformed the way people use technology at home, at work, and everywhere in between, Trend Micro said in a statement.
 
With the rise of big data, the challenge to secure devices, personal information, and business data has become even more complex, it added.
 
Whether it is optimising existing algorithms or formulating new algorithms, the Trend Micro Codinsanity 2014 Asia Pacific Programming Contest provides the ideal testbed for contestants to think big, push boundaries and explore alternative solutions to better link data sets, refine recommendation engines or add intelligence to existing processes, the company said.
 
The contest provides a platform to showcase innovative applications with market potential and positive social impact, it added.
 
“Today, we are living in the cloud era and a data-driven world, which is reshaping the way enterprises, government agencies and individuals operate,” said Goh Chee Hoh, managing director for Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, Trend Micro.
 
“As a company, we are approaching security with a data-centric framework. Our annual programming contest brings together like-minded individuals with the same passion to solve real-world problems in big data which will form the basis of innovation, productivity and competition.
 
“By working with students and working professionals, we gain unique perspectives and new ideas that can help us approach and tackle challenges differently,” he added.
 
To help contestants prepare for Trend Micro Codinsanity 2014 Asia Pacific Programming Contest, the company is offering optional coaching services to participating teams from the time of registration to the finals. All coaches are Trend Micro experts based out China, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
 
The winning team of Trend Micro Codinsanity 2014 Asia Pacific Programming Contest will not only receive a cash prize of US$20,000, but will also undergo an exclusive two-month student internship programme with the company.
 
The first runner-up, second runner-up and finalist teams will receive US$10,000, US$6,000 and US$2,000 respectively.
 
The format of this year’s contest comprises two stages, beginning with an online test and ending with an onsite final held in Taiwan. The programming languages for the contest are C/C++ and Java.
 
Participating teams will be scored against three key criteria – accuracy, performance and speed – for the online test and the 10 highest-scoring teams will embark on an all-expense paid trip to Taiwan where they will pit against one another in the finals.
 
The judging criteria for the onsite final include creativity, completeness of solution, technicality and presentation.
 
Registration for Trend Micro Codinsanity 2014 Asia Pacific Programming Contest is now open for undergraduates and young professionals in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
 
For more information about the contest, visit http://contest.trendmicro.com/2014/
 
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