2014 Business and Technology Contest Winners

Ewen Wang and Sky Li win Business and Tech Contest

Ewen Wang, a 9th grader from Belmont, and Sky Li, an 8th grader from Acton, won first ($1000 cash) and second ($500 cash) prizes respectively from KTBYTE's Business and Technology Contest on June 15, 2014. KTBYTE, a computer academy based in Lexington, runs competitions for aspiring computer scientists in addition to their camps and classes. All participants were challenged to produce computer applications with societal benefits. Students submitted rigorous and creative projects across a variety of subjects. These included educational games, media applications, robotics, productivity apps, and more. Four finalists were selected from 20 participants. The finalist projects are at downloadable the end of this newsletter.

In the first row from the left: Ewen Wang (1st), Sky Li (2nd), Lenny Zhou and Alex Banks. In the back row: Ben (Instructor), Luke Eriksson, Kenneth Rubenstein, Chi Bong (Instructor)

Ewen, who is a 2nd year KTBYTE student, impressed the audience with his project, Actions, which captures and replays computer and keyboard actions (see it in action here on youtube) . Ewen's presentation included a demo of his program being used to automate tasks on the computer such as sending e-mails, opening programs, and changing settings, etc. For example, if you have more than a few computers at home or at work, and a specific setting needed to be changed to be the same on all of them, Ewen's program could save more than a few hours of manual labor.

Sky, also a 2nd year KTBYTE student, had a project in robotics and computer vision. He built a robot that could detect objects of various colors with a webcam and move towards them. A program of his concept has the potential to be used in a wide variety of situations. It could, for example, be used in security. The program is set on a specific object of a certain color and if that object were to be moved, the program can produce an output that triggers consequential action.

Other finalists' projects were equally impressive. Lenny Zhou, who created a website to play and recommend music, and Rubicon, a conglomerate of students Luke Eriksson, Kenneth Rubenstein and Alex Banks, who made several Android and web games.

Contest

Kapparate 2014 Business and Technology Contest

The Kapparate Business and Technology Competition promotes the use of computer science and technology towards producing a positive impact on society. Through the competition, students either present innovations in scientific research, or they demonstrate novel applications of existing technologies.

First place winners will receive a $1000 cash prize. Second prize is $500. Additional prizes are to be determined. Prizes may increase with additional sponsorship.

Students may work independently or in teams of up to three students

Competition Schedule

Registration and Submission

Student Eligibility

The Kapparate Business and Technology Contest is open to middle and high school students across the United States. Students must be citizens or permanent residents, and they must be in good standing for the 2013-2014 school year.

Project Eligibility

Computer science or software must be a core component of the student's project. Both theoretical computer science (such as statistical machine learning, graph theory, etc) as well as applied software engineering (web services, analytical algorithms, web-based marketing) are permitted. Projects whose subject matter involves a traditional science, but whose experimental or analytical methodology relies on computer science, are encouraged.

Recommended topics for business include but are not limited to:

Recommended topics for computer science include but are not limited to:

Judging Criteria