App contest in Dumaguete aims to identify local talents in game development

By Roi Lomotan

Former president of ICT-Dumaguete Randy Bandiola. (PIA7-NegOr)


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The “InstaScram” mobile game app development contest, which was recently launched in this city, will be an avenue to identify local talents in the game development industry.

According to Randy Bandiola, former president of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental (ICT Dumaguete), most of the students and professionals in the city are more involved in software development and not game development.

“We don’t have a game development industry in the city in fact this will be the time that we go into mainstream game development competition,” Bandiola said, referring to the InstaScram mobile game app development contest which was launched at the City Hall on Jan. 19, 2016.

The contest is initiated by the City Governments of Dumaguete City and Alameda, California, U.S.A.

ICT-Dumaguete is the technical partner of the organizing committee of the contest.

Part of their job is to assist contest organizers in formulating policies and guidelines as well as evaluating the entries submitted by the participants.

Bandiola sees this as an opportunity to promote game development in the city which is regarded as a multi-billion dollar industry in ICT.

“It is thriving in our country and we would like to ride on that opportunity so that there will be other streams for our developers here to go to,” he noted.

“With InstaScram, this will be the first time that we can identify developers for game,” Bandiola added.

“InstaScram” game requires players to pick a picture from their mobile devices and then the app will divide the picture into tiles and scram the photo. The objective of the game is to solve the puzzle in a given time.

The preliminary judging for the submitted entries will be on Feb. 19, 2016 and the final judging will be held on March 4, 2016.

Only top three entries will be declared winners.

The champion will receive P40, 000, while the second placer will get P12, 500, and the third placer will obtain P7, 500 cash prize.

On the other hand, Bandiola disclosed that the ICT industry continues to thrive in Dumaguete.

“We have actually grown several years ago from 500 workers now were more than 20, 000 workers in various sectors not just in call centers but also in software development, animation, web design and a whole lot more,” he said.

Right now, the group is focused on doing province mapping of the IT companies.

He explained that some of the some companies are set up in individual homes but there are also some that operate in office spaces.

Bandiola noted that once the map is done, the ICT-Dumaguete will be able to identify the exact number of IT companies in the province as well as the number of workers and their location. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on January 26, 2015)


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