20 April 2015 - Child Gameathon conducted, winners announced

Apr 20, 2015

DHULIKHEL, 20 April 2015 – A computer and mobile game that seeks to increase awareness about the benefits of healthy food such as fruits and vegetables and the negative impacts of junk food was declared the winner of the Child Gameathon that was held in Dhulikhel from April 17-19.

The game “Healthy-I” was developed by team “Enigma,” comprising of Softwarica College of IT and E-Commerce students Bhuwan Acharya, Amrit Sapkota, Basanta BK and Ankur Lamichhane.

Conducted second year in a row, the apps development event is a joint initiative of UNICEF and Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. The event aimed to develop innovative and fun web, mobile and desktop game applications that improve children’s learning outcomes.

More than 100 young developers, programmers and designers came together as 29 teams for the 54-hour game application development race. The participants were briefed about various issues concerning children in a series of college roadshows, boot camps and ideathon sessions to provide right skill sets to develop games as well as to create an idea with a basic proof of concept before the event. The participants also visited a local school and primary health care centre in Panchkhal in Kavre district to learn about the issues first hand.

Preparing for the final pitch to the jury panel on the final day, the teams focused on developing game solution prototypes for the problems they had identified including waste management, child marriage, birth registration, immunisation, child nutrition and health, disaster preparedness, etc. The teams were mentored by experts in the field to further enhance the game solutions.

A closing ceremony was organized April 19, marking the end of the competition. A motion-sensing game that enhances children’s creativity developed by Team “Creatu Developers” comprising of National College of Engineering students Raju Shrestha, Mohan Singh Thagunna, Rabi Shrestha and Nishesh Tamrakar was announced as second place winner. Similarly, team “Octavian” comprising of Kantipur Engineering College students Sangam Shrestha, Amir GC and Sunil Lama was named third place winner for the team’s three-dimensional interactive game about girl trafficking. The winners were awarded trophies for winning the first, second and third places.

All three winners, along with four other top performing teams of the Child Gameathon, will be included in a three-month intensive incubation period at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal to help them develop and scale up their game applications into sustainable business solutions. At the end of the three months, the seven teams will again compete against each other for cash prizes of NRs. 2,00,000, 1,00,000 and 50,000 as the first, second and third prizes respectively.

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About UNICEF:
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories, with a special focus on reaching those in greatest need. In Nepal, UNICEF has more than four decades of partnership and has contributed towards many of the development strides the country has taken, from the provision of basic services and immunisation in the 60s and 70s; early childhood rights, education and protection in the 80s; empowering communities, more so women, to be more self-sufficient in the 90s; and an emphasis on protection during the conflict period in the 2000s, and focus on reaching the poorest and most excluded in the following decade. To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Nepal, please visit www.unicef.org/nepal. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal:
Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, hosted in Nepal by Unlimited Technology P Ltd, is one of the state of the art technology facilities serving 45 nations for collaboration on innovation. MIC Nepal aspires to foster innovation and growth in Nepal software economies through providing access to world-class technology resources for students, software developers, IT professionals, academic researchers and entrepreneurs. Please read the blogs about the event at http://technetnepal.net/blogs/gameathon/. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For further information, please contact:
Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal: Tel 9802021067, b-altula@microsoft.com
Sharmina Manandhar, Communication Officer, Tel 9801007922, smanandhar@unicef.org