MONTREAL, April 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Jean-Marc Sauvé, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (MFEQ), along with his counterpart at the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MESRST), Mr. Jean Belzile, announced the winners of the Cégep Gérald-Godin mobile applications contest. The announcement was made April 17th during the closing event of the Mobile Applications Conference, which attracted over 550 participants to the Cegep.
Two prizes of $2500 were awarded to the two most creative, relevant and useful applications. One prize was awarded to the team made up of Cydrick Trudel, Caroline Briand and Yann Genest-Rioux for their application PJ mobile, which allows access to the events schedule of the Salle Pauline-Julien. Another prize was awarded to François-Olivier Leblanc, for Project Countdown, an application for portfolio project management which focusses on managing time use and increasing productivity. To see the applications, go to www.gappcgodin.org.
The jury, made up of Marina Frangioni, expert in innovation for the City of Montreal, Christian Perron, Director General for Economic Development of Ville-Marie and Nicolas Roy, Director General for West Island Economic Development (CLD) came to a unanimous verdict despite the tremendous quality of all of the presentations.
"This is great news for the entrepreneurial technology of Greater Montreal", they announced through their spokesperson, Nicolas Roy. CLD financed one of the prizes in order to encourage the young innovators. "The prize itself is a symbol. It is important to develop the capacity for innovation during the education process. The students of today will create the economy of tomorrow."
During her speech this morning, Ferroudja Cherief, honorary president of the Mobile Applications Conference, showed how teacher engagement counts in student success. "As a society, we must value education as well as the work of the teachers," added Christian Roy, the Director General of Cégep Gérald-Godin. "In this sense, the technical training offered at the college level is a key element allowing for a match between the needs of the job market with the training being offered. The fact that the two winners come from the technical sector clearly illustrates the importance of integrating mobile programming into the computer science diploma."
The contest, along with the conference, are the first steps in the creation of a true exchange network for mobile applications, between teaching establishments, industry and governmental organizations.
The Cégep would like to thank its principal partners for their contribution to the project: the Minister of Finance and Economoy, IBM, Desjardins, Bombardier Transport, City of Montreal and TECHNOCompétences.
Image with caption: "In the photo, from left to right : Nicolas Roy, West Island Economic Development; Marina Frangioni, City of Montréal; Christian Roy, Director General of Cégep Gérald-Godin; Ferroudja Cherief, Honorary Conference President; the winners François-Olivier Leblanc, Caroline Briand, Yann Genest-Rioux and Cydrick Trudel; Jean-Marc Sauvé, Assistant Deputy Minister, MFEQ; Jean Belzile, Assistant Deputy Minister MESRST. (CNW Group/Cégep Gérald-Godin)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130422_C7503_PHOTO_EN_25850.jpg
SOURCE: Cégep Gérald-Godin
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