Samsung Electronics and PC Magazine have announced the launch of PC Magazine Technology Challenge 2008, a trivia-style competition open exclusively to primary school students in the UAE, which will be held on April 5, 2008 at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium of The Indian High School, Dubai. The computer science and technology trivia challenge will gather 50 competing schools to a fun and interactive activity to promote the development and education of the countryâ€™s next generation of technology users.
Fully supported by platinum sponsor Samsung Electronics and key sponsor Canon, the event will accept two nominated teams from each participating school, comprised of students aged from 8 to 12 years old. The Challenge will consist of three rounds of technology trivia on computer history, basic technology concepts, computer technologies, internet basics, and general knowledge. The three teams garnering the highest scores at the end of the three rounds will proceed to a final round to determine the final ranking and the overall champion. Cash prizes will be awarded to all three final-round contenders.
â€œHuman capital development is vital to ensuring the formation of a prepared workforce that will contribute to sustainable economic growth. This unique competition seeks to initiate development at the grass roots, by encouraging young students to gain both a deep appreciation and basic knowledge of key technologies and technological trends. These children will soon become the new users of technology; they should be both capable and eager to acquire technologically-oriented skills,â€ said Bud Keegan, the General Manager of DIT Publishing, the publisher of PC Magazine in the Middle East and GCC. The Technology Challenge champion will receive AED 7,000, the second placed team AED 5,000, and the third placed team AED 3,000; additional prizes will also be given through bonus round questions. The competition is open to UAE school students, with light refreshments to be served and lucky door prizes to be raffled off.