The Cyprus Computer Society announced this week that the inaugural edition of the European Coding Challenge will take place in Cyprus next month.

The event, which is being held in collaboration with global technology company Huawei and the European association All Digital, will take place on May 20 at the Hilton Nicosia between 9:00 and 17:00.

The event is also supported by the Youth Board of Cyprus and the Young Entrepreneurs Organisation of the European Union (Jeune).

As the technology partner of this initiative, Huawei will power this inaugural edition with its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) platform.

Moreover, the Cyprus Computer Society will invite university students and young professionals from its community to join.

The participants can enjoy this one-day coding challenge with the support of professional trainers from the HMS European team.

They will teach the participants advanced coding skills with HMS capabilities, while participants can develop their own demos at the end of the training section.

The Cyprus Computer Society will also invite government representatives and selected role models who are coding masters to have an in-person exchange with all the participants.

“Coding is an essential skill in Europe’s digital era, since it is used everywhere for app and website development, software and hardware, and scientific research,” Huawei said.

“The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan projects the target for adults with at least basic digital skills to reach 80 per cent by 2030, in which there is a massive gap to be completed, especially for the coding,” the company added.

Huawei also explained that in modern times, both small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger companies use mobile apps for their business.

Applications are also widely used for public purposes, such as their use during the pandemic, where mobile apps played an essential role, enabling the government and citizens to alert high-risk contacts and trace their mobility in EU member states.

“According to the research, the total revenue generated in the app market will reach $465,655m in 2022, while in-app purchase (IAP) revenue in the app market is projected to reach $214,576m in 2022,” Huawei noted.

“As a result, building the coding skills for mobile app development can generate many business opportunities and benefit different sectors in our society,” the company added.

Interested parties can submit their application forms here, with a limited number of places being available.

Finally, the selection criteria, as well as the necessary steps and actions that must be carried out before successful applicants can participate at the event, can be viewed on the Cyprus Computer Society website.