Year after year, Romanian students gather the laurels at Infomatrix, the only IT project competition dedicated to them.
64 medals, out of which 14 golden medals, 16 silver medals 22 bronze medals and 12 honors – this is the impressive record reached by the Romanian students at the competition of this year, organized in Bucharest, from May 27 to 30, by Lumina Educational Institutions (Lumina Institutii de Invatamant).
For the second year in a row, Romania is the great winner of this contest, gathering 14 golden medals at all categories. Our country was followed on the podium by Turkey and Mexico, while the 4th and the 5th places were taken by Macedonia and Azerbaijan.
Moisil High School’s team from Bucharest won the golden medal at the Programming category, with the new website of the High School, while at the Hardware category two Romanian projects won the gold medal – the intelligent remote controlled house and Mixerbot, which is a hybrid between a coffee automat and a coffee machine, a project designed by the ICHB students. Turkish humanoid robots have also won the golden medal, as well as the Bosnian airboat project.
President of the IT Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Varujan Pambuccian, attended the awarding ceremony, sending an important message to the participants: “Keep going on what you are doing. Maybe next year we’ll have two competitions, out of which one for the robots, considering the development of this branch. I would like to ask organizers not to forget the handmade part, namely 3D printers. We must prepare for a total different world. We have to understand it. Keep up with technology, create, grow yourself, and most important, create new things. I hope you will become friends here, it’s important, don’t forget to write each other, to keep in touch, to tell each other about what you are doing, what are your dreams and, who knows, maybe in the future you will be business partners, which is equally important”.
INFOMATRIX, the international competition for IT projects dedicated to pupils and students, gathered more than 500 participants from almost 50 countries in Bucharest; they were ailing to present their projects and to enter the competition in one of the following categories: Computer Art, Hardware Control, Programming, Short Movie and Robotics.
After two days of intense competition and one relaxing day, in which participants could visit a small part of Romania, the awarding ceremony brought all the participants’ heartbeats.
The competition held humanoid robots that teach students programming languages, robots which are designed to rescue animals from the wood in case of fire, intelligent headphones which adapt the music volume so that your health will not be affected, a T-shirt which warns you if your health status is poor, a device which helps you to use the ATM by scanning your iris (so we don’t need anymore cards and pins and so on), and even a hybrid between an automatic device and a coffee machine (for a personalized coffee). Also, in trend with the great companies, the Romanian students have prepared their own version for the intelligent controlled residence, while their Bosnian colleagues have made a wheelchair designed for disabled people, which may be handled by using commands created by brain or face muscles. These are only a few of the extremely interesting projects which entered the Infomatrix 2016 competition.
The first winning project of each of the sections Programming, Computer Art, HardwareControl and Short Movie was rewarded with EUR 500, prizes being offered by Avira, a company producing antivirus software. At the same time, the first winning project of each of the four categories within Robotics was rewarded with a mini iPad, prizes being offered by iStyle. Not least, all the participants, either students or professors, received an Avira antivirus software.
This year, the official partner of the Infomatrix competition was IBM.
INFOMATRIX is an international competition held annually in Romania starting from 2003. The competition was created in order to allow the best worldwide students in the IT field to know us and to exchange ideas by presenting IT & C projects. INFOMATRIX national stages take place in Mexico, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Poland and Romania.
The objective of the competition is to encourage young people to use their imagination, passion and creativity in order to design technological innovations that could bring a positive development of the society.