Economies across the Indian Ocean region are being lifted on the ICT wave, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This ICT thrust will be reinforced by the Web Cup 2014, a 24-hour website creation challenge, to be held on 7 and 8 June 2014 across Mauritius, Réunion Island, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and Mayotte.

The WEF’s Global Technology Index Report 2014 has identified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as one of the main economic drivers across the globe.

Incidentally, island economies in Sub Saharan Africa like Mauritius and Seychelles have delivered outstanding performances on the index, coming first (global rank: 48) and second (global rank: 66) respectively in the region.

With two of the leading countries in the ICT sphere in Sub-Saharan Africa taking part in the Web Cup, the contest can be expected to take an exciting turn.

In Mauritius, the contest will be held at Cyber Tower 1 Ebène Cybercity. The event, in its second edition, aims at rewarding talent in the ICT field, particularly with regard to the design and production of websites.

Originality, creativity, design, content and technology are amongst the criterion taken into account to select the winners.  In the course of the challenge, three winners will be identified.  The competition is open to all categories of participants – encompassing companies, students, professionals and amateurs – who will be teamed up and assigned a topic with the challenge of staying awake for all of 24 hours to create a website.

A maximum of fifteen teams, with not more than four participants each, will be selected across two categories: professionals, competing in the name of their companies; and amateurs, comprising students and individuals. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment, essentially computers and other materials needed to compete.

The organisers of Web Cup Mauritius are Outsourcing and Telecommunications Associations of Mauritius (OTAM), Mauritius IT Industry Association (MITIA) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Maurice (CCIFM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

The first edition of Web Cup Mauritius was held on 18 and 19 May 2013 at the Cyber-tower in Ebène Cybercity. The inaugural event took place at the Conference Room of Cyber Tower 1(BPML), Ebene, with Orange Mauritius being the lead sponsor. The contest was kicked off at noon on Saturday 18th and ended at 1pm on Sunday 19th of May. The contest timings were exclusive of the time taken for the equipment set-up, which started at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

WebCup is a 24-hour non-stop Web Development Competition initiated by ‘WebCup Ile de La Réunion’. Founded in December 2009 in Saint Pierre, Reunion Island, the WebCup Association is a non-profit organization thataims to encourageand hone ICT skills of contestants from participating countries through this annual competition.

Image (Reunion WebCup): The Web Cup 2014 is a 24-hour website creation challenge to be held on 7 and 8 June 2014 across Mauritius, Réunion Island, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and Mayotte.

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