1.GTPC.06 - We have a winner

1.GTPC.06 - We have a winner

In July of 2005, we announced The GhanaThink Foundation Invitational Programming Contest dubbed 1.GTPC.06. The main aim of the competition was to encourage and motivate graduating seniors of Ghanaian tertiary institutions to design and develop their senior projects for the Ghanaian market which would not be prototypes for their departments only.

The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by the GhanaThink community and we received donations for the prize money. Sadly, the same enthusiasm did not come from the target academic community.
Among the schools invited, only students from Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology (KNUST) registered for the competition. A total of 4 groups registered, with only one group completing the competition successfully.

After a thorough verification of the entry, we are proud to announce the winners of our maiden programming contest. Eyram Tawia and Francis Dittoh supervised by Dr. J.B. Hayfron-Acquah will receive a cash prize of $300. Their project was a 3D Computer Game called The Sword of Sygos. The game was implemented using the Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET programming language and utilised the Truevision3D engine.

The story line from the manual reads:

The King of Rome, Aribanis and his son Horutius, has their kingdom under attack by an evil dark force Antobis and his army. Antobis has invaded Rome and taken over the castle and held Horutius captive behind bars.

Horutius had the chance to escape into the woods with the help of Cyprus, an old wizard who knew about a prophecy. The prophecy of Sygos states ; "if a non royal should rule Rome for 5 earth days, Konkos, the invinsible dark demon would descend and rule earth and humanity would be gone forever."

Only He with the Sword of Sygos can destroy him.

In search of the Sword of Sygos, Horutius returns home to fight for his rightful throne. All within 5 earth days.

Francis and Eyram believe that 3D graphics is a good platform for teaching. They also believe that as Ghana's IT sector develops there will be a need to break out of the traditional sectors like databases and networking into 3D graphics development.

Congratulations to Francis and Eyram for winning the 1.GTPC.06. They will be receiving their cash prize of $300 within the next week and will be profiled in the GhanaThink newsletter Gong-Gong. Their thesis will be made available on Africathink in pdf format.

Again congratulations to Francis Dittoh and Eyram Tawia

We would also like to express our gratitude to the GhanaThink community judges for their support and patience.