The Appa-thon is the application development competition where the selected teams are required to develop a mobile or web application based on their idea. During the Appa-thon session, the teams can further refine their ideas, collect more information, as well as receive training from their Technology Mentors on Microsoft Technologies; these Technology Mentors (volunteers from members of the public) will be provided with training from Professional Trainers provided by Microsoft Cooperation and other Business and IT experts. The teams will work with their respective team for the development of the apps, after which the teams are expected to present their applications which will be assessed by a group of judges.
The Appa-thon session is divided into four (4) small sessions as follows:
The start of Appa-thon
Beginning of the Appa-thon is anticipated to be held in mid February 2017 in which the teams will be briefed about the Appa-thon and a number of activity under Appa-thon will be introduced. Mentor will work closely with the teams that are selected for the Appa-thon session.
2. Developer Training Day
Developer training day is where the Appa-thon participants will be given a training which contains the introduction and application of the following:
Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
- Internet of Thing (IoT)
The participant will be given guidance on how to build the foundations of mobile and web applications using the IT product mentioned above. Prior to that, the mentors will be trained by the trainer from Microsoft Corporation. As all the product to be used to train the mentors and participants are Microsoft product, thus E-Government National Centre will organized additional training for other platform of non-Microsoft products.
Appa-thon Day is the highlight of the Brunei National Hackathon where each group requires to develop the mobile or web application according to the idea. The Appa-thon day will take place for three (3) weeks, starting from 13 February until 05 March 2017. During this day, the participants will get help by their mentor whenever the participants have any technical or development problems. But the mentor are not allowed to help the participant to develop the application.
During presentation day each of the group required to present and explain their application in front of the panel of judges. The judges will be given a judging criteria that will be provided by the organizer in order to evaluate each group. Once all the applications are assessed, the judges will deliberate among them to give the final decision on the winners of the hackathon.
Presentation for each group must not exceed 10 minutes. Each features especially the special features of the application must be presented. The accuracy of the final working product with the idea will be assessed as well as improvement of the idea. The application is not necessarily 100% working but the determination of each group in providing the essential and special characteristics of the application are evaluated.
Each finalist group will be evaluated based on:
Overall presentation skills:
User friendly interface
Accuracy with the idea