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Digital technology / specialisationDigital skills
Digital skill levelAdvanced
Geographic Scope - CountryMalta
Type of initiative
Launched in 2018, code.sprint is a national coding contest organised by the Ministry for Education and ICE Malta that has become a yearly calendar event. It was originally designed for students studying Computing in secondary schools, but it is now a coding championship widened to include challenges open to Computing secondary students, Computing and IT post-secondary students, undergraduate Computing and IT students, and software developers.
The prizes for the top three code sprinters in each category include world-class study programmes and mentorship that further their programming skills, and cash prizes. Moreover, students within the secondary category can also achieve an MQF level-3 accreditation issued by the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE).
The main objective is to gauge participants’ problem solving, computational and programming skills in an environment different than students are accustomed to in schools and during traditional exams. The challenge is an open book exercise, and the participants’ work is judged against a set of assessment criteria based on functionality and effectiveness.
MYER is constantly exploring new ways to minimise the gap between education and industry, seeking to ensure that what students learn in schools is contextualised with what happens in the workplace. Surely, Code.Sprint does this in the most effective manner.
Code Sprint 2022
Contestants within the secondary and post-secondary categories must qualify from the first round to the final round. A boot-camp session is held for all finalists to help them better prepare for the final round. In the final round the top three code sprinters in both categories will make it to the Code.Sprint hall of fame and be awarded!
Contestants within the undergraduate and software developers category have a two-day challenge and the top three will make it to the Code.Sprint hall of fame and be awarded!
Code.Sprint 2022 was another success. The organisers and judges were super impressed, the level of talent was sky-high. The top code sprinters are:
Kieran Agius (The Archbishop’s Seminary School)
Daniel Ciantar (Kulleġġ San Benedittu, Skola Sekondarja, Kirkop)
Craig Zammit (Kulleġġ Santa Theresa, Skola Sekondarja, Imrieħel)
Jenna Grima (Giovanni Curmi, Higher Secondary)
Aleksanteri Aho (Verdala International School)
Alan Grech (St. Aloysius College, Sixth Form)
Michael Vella (University of Malta)
Mariah Zammit (University of Malta)
Nathan Mizzi (MCAST)
Software Developers Category:
Chris Frendo (PorterPays Ltd.)
Nicole Bonnici (Greenroads Ltd.)
Georgios Goniotakis (Play’n Go Malta Ltd.)
The support of eSkills Foundation, FreeHour, and LeoVegas is surely an essential factor to keep on raising the level of this competition year after year.