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Fall 2013  No.24
Android App Contest Sparks Computer Science Interest
More than 200 students and teachers from 40 secondary schools had the valuable opportunity to boost their computer science and presentation skills by taking part in the innovative Android Application Design Contest, co-organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers.
The annual contest seeks to raise students' interest in computer science and teamwork through designing Android apps. A series of workshops at HKUST is included to teach students about the relevant hardware, software, and programming language.
In the competition final in February, around 100 participants from 20 schools gave a brief account of their product to judges and the five best teams were selected to demonstrate their apps and give detailed presentations. Entries included apps related to mosquito repellent, artificial intelligence, and Chinese medicine. 
The champion award went to the "Little Painter" app by a team from Christian Alliance S C Chan Memorial College. This app also received the Best User Interface Award and the Best Presentation Award. Little Painter is designed to help children to paint pictures. Eleven awards were presented in total.