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IIT Madras Research Park hosts ‘Techno Central’ contest for 2,500 Kids

February 16, 2023

Six gamified learning tournaments for kids were held at “Techno Central,” which was organised by the IIT Madras Research Park (IITMRP). India’s top-rated gamified education technology platforms, including HackerKID, DIYA laboratories, and Time2Chess, partnered on the event.

Using online coding games, robotics projects, and chess, HackerKID, DIYA labs, and Time2Chess worked together to enable kids to learn and develop important skills like problem-solving, cognitive thinking, creativity, and innovation.

For these six competitions, which also included a speaking contest, featured a python coding contest, robotics competitions, chess tournaments, quiz competitions, and poster-making competitions, more than 2,500 children registered. The HackerKID website, which is operated by GUVI, an EdTech startup founded by IIT Madras and IIM Ahmedabad, provided support for the Python coding competition.


Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, President of IIT Madras Research Park and IIT Madras Incubation Cell, commented after observing the enthusiasm of the children during the event, “I can see that children present here wanting to play coding challenges, make robot projects, win over chess or enjoy any such activities that are meant for them… The biggest part of GUVI that attracted me was they understood that programming and language were two different things. GUVI brought out coding classes in vernacular Indian languages and they teach programming in these languages.”

Speaking about this event, Mr. Arun Prakash M., Founder and CEO of GUVI, said, “It is great to see young kids competing to solve the game problems and happily learning through these fun challenges. I am amazed to see the kids coding with high energy levels. We are glad that techno-central events served their purpose.”

With its interactive code games like Turtle, Zombieland, Webkata trilogy, and Coding pirate, which concentrated on web development ideas with HTML, CSS, Python JavaScript, & fundamental coding with an algorithmic approach, HackerKID website has been effective in executing the coding contest among kids. On HackerKID’s scoreboard, current users were ranked according to how frequently they played and learned on the site. Exciting rewards were also given to these best kids.

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