02 May 2012

"KidCAMP" Developers Hoped to Bring Honor to PHL

Imagine Cup 2012
There is a young team of Filipino developers who will try their luck in bringing honor to the country when they represent the Philippines in an international technology competition. Their secrete weapon is a software that aims to help autistic students learn better.

The team named Divided By Zero recently won in the Software Design Category of Microsoft Philippines' Imagine Cup 2012 local finals held last 23 March 2012 with their "KidCAMP" web and mobile application. They will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Imagine Cup 2012 World Finals that will be held in Sydney, Australia in July.

Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition.

The locally-developed application "KidCAMP" aims to enhance "special education to improve autism communication tools, assist teachers to create various learning resources, monitor student performance and support global statistics of progress in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)," Microsoft said in a statement.

Jason Josol, a member of the team said that "we are very happy and challenged to know that we will be representing the country in the Imagine Cup World Finals."

"Our project KidCAMP will truly help the families of Autism Spectrum Disorder children [to] receive the same kind of learning experience as other kids do. Microsoft has helped us achieve and address this problem through this competition and we will do our best in July," Josol said.

Josol said their team, composed of students from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, found their inspiration for the software through his cousin who was an ASD patient. His cousin was able to improve through the technology.

"We realized that the educational software being made available to these students were quite limited and expensive, which is why we started to think of a way to give equal educational opportunities for all," Josol said.

"With this program, educators and families will be able to tailor fit their programs according to the needs of these children," he added.

In 2010, the Philippines, represented by "Team By Implication", won the Gold Medal in the Game Design Category of the Imagine Cup World Finals held in Poland.

Another Philippine team, "Signum Fidei", won the Silver Medal in the Web Game Design Category in the Imagine Cup 2011 World Finals held in the United States.