Gone are the days of patching together forms and extracting attachments for competitions and testing as the Philippine Programming Challenge or PPC 2015 benchmarks programmers performance based testing with Proxor. This realization unfolds as Gurango Software, in partnership with DOST-ICTO and PSIA, spearheads the PHILIPPINE PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE 2015 which held its AWARDING CEREMONY last January 15, 2016 at the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) at NCC Building, C.P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City.

Proxor PPC 2015

PPC 2015 Benchmarks Programmers Performance Based Testing with Proxor [Graphic from Gurango Software]

The Philippine Programming Challenge 2015 is an inter-school competition which aims to identify which schools produces best programming talents in the country. The competition was open to all universities and colleges offering IT and Computer Science courses in Metro Manila where each school assigned 10 students (graduating or fresh grad) to form 1 team and took the certification exams individually. The 3 schools with highest average score generated from its 10 entries wins the competition. PROXOR was used to analyze contestants’ skills based on the quality of codes they submitted. (using JAVA programming language). Competition ran from November to January 8, 2016 as a collaborative effort between DOST ICTO, Philippine Software Industry Association, Gurango Software Corporation, and PROXOR.

Proxor is an authentic certificate examination platform developed by CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a reputable university in Pennsylvania; and it is used by different countries in North America, Europe, Africa & Asia Pacific. It analyzes the level of programming skills of entry level programmer.

The PHILIPPINE PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE 2015 AWARDING CEREMONY recognized schools and students who possess excellent talents and skills in IT programming as planned. Dir. Monchito Ibrahim – Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICTO, Mr.  Joey Gurango – CEO & CTO of Gurango Software Corporation and Event Chairman of PPC 2015, Deans , IT Professor, Team Coach and student competition participants from the 3 best schools University of Santo Tomas, Technological Institute of the Philippines and  Asia Pacific College graced the occasion.

Mr. Joey Gurango speaks before the Philippines Programming Challenge 2015 participants

Mr. Joey Gurango speaks before the Philippines Programming Challenge 2015 participants

In his opening remarks, Mr. Gurango explained what while this competition is limited only to Metro Manila for 2015, the collaboration team is working on also tapping other schools in North Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as they try to find out the best programming schools in the Philippines. The result however is the baseline of what we have today.

Dir. Mon Ibrahim, at the Philippine Programming Challenge 2015

Dir. Mon Ibrahim, at the Philippine Programming Challenge 2015

Fostering this, Mr . Mon Ibrahim expressed that the DOST-ICTO is please to collaborate on this kind of programs as they are geared to bringing the best programs to the IT industry. He also recounts that while Metro Manila may be best for programming , Mindanao is also promising in terms of tehnopreneurship, so watch out for the Philippine Start Up Challenge which is in the offing very soon.

UST won the 1st place , Asia Pacific College got the 2nd place, and TIP was the 3rd placer in the Philippine Programming Challenge 2015.

Competition participants had varied reactions on the competition as well as the platform used.

Technological Institute of the Philippines is 3rd Placer in the recent Philippine Programming Challenge 2015

Technological Institute of the Philippines is 3rd Placer in the recent Philippine Programming Challenge 2015

TIP Info Tech Department Head & Coach receives token and trophy as 3rd placer in the PPC2105

TIP Info Tech Department Head & Coach receives token and trophy as 3rd placer in the PPC2105

Ms. Cristina Aragon, Department Head of the College of Information Technology Education, Technological Institute of the Philippines found the competition cost-effective plus the immeasurable effect of a certificate to each student. She said regular examination rate with Proxor is P5,500 and since participation fee was P1,000 per student, the student programmers were able to save on the exam fee. Apart from that, they get to evaluate themselves, they get to use an authentic testing platform, and they receive a certificate on their performance.

Asia Pacific College | PPC2015 2nd Place

Asia Pacific College | PPC2015 2nd Place

Asia Pacific College receives trophy token as 2nd placer PPC2015

Asia Pacific College receives trophy token as 2nd placer PPC2015

Joseph Angelo Yonaha, student participant from Asia Pacific College , found the competition exam quite challenging. They were given 4 problems and were required to finish them in 6 hours. It was a test of what they know and what they have learned so far. Proxor as a testing tool was okay, it is fair and objective and he feels good that he is one of the first batch to have tried it.

UST coaches receive trophy and token as 1st Place / Winner in the PPC2015

UST coaches receive trophy and token as 1st Place / Winner in the PPC2015

The UST Programming Students team who bagged the 1st Place in the recent PPC2015

The UST Programming Students team who bagged the 1st Place in the recent PPC2015

Ms. Cherry Rose Estabillo, IT professor from the University of Sto. Tomas was pleased with the Proxor tool as it was a different kind of exam and fostering a new measurement tool. She says with Proxor, they have something to test their students aside from quizzes and projects. On top of that, the student gets a certificate which will be useful for them when they apply for jobs. Ms. Estabillo is happy with the results.

PPC2015 WinnersMr. Ricky Gumaru of Gurango Software sees Proxor as an authentic software developer examination tool which schools and companies can rely on in terms of testing the programming skills of their students or applicants. Using a 14point criteria , the ratings are reliable enough and is based on global standards. Examinees should be both creative and skillful enough to code, test and combine. He believes that this tool will once and for all resolve the issue between IT schools and companies as companies claim that schools do not teach the latest technological skills demanded by the industry, as the Proxor Rating is a globally-recognized rating that accurately reflects a developer’s readiness to program in the workplace.

Indeed Proxor is a promising tool in the IT industry, not only for schools who would like to test their students, but also for IT practitioners who would like to know the skills of their programming applicants instead of putting them on few days of testing. Proxor results determine whether the examinee can develop software on global standards. This will surely benefit developers, recruiters, and educators.

PROXOR Ratings

Proxor Ratings

Proxor Ratings and their evaluation comments that examinees get.

Philippine Programming Challenge 2015 Participants & Winners

Philippine Programming Challenge 2015 Participants & Winners

Visit this page for more information on Proxor.

This page gives information on the Philippine Programming Challenge.

Author: Clariza Nalam

Clariza Nalam is a web designer and a blogger. She is also the siteowner of traveltradephilippines.com ,  tyanggepinoy.com  and  creativeavenue.net .

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