NTT DATA launches the International Technology Olympics in Portugal

An initiative for children aged 7 to 16, which will allow young people to develop a video game as they learn to program. Entries are open until January 21st at the site.

NTT DATA has just launched the International Technology Olympics in Portugal. An initiative organized through the NTT DATA Foundation, aimed at children aged 7 to 16, aims to develop digital skills and raise awareness of environmental awareness. It consists of a virtual competition, lasting three months, which will allow young participants to develop a video game, as they learn to program. The initiative takes place at an international level, through an interactive platform, where participants will receive training, mentoring, and challenges they have to overcome to advance in level.

The registration of participants must be done by parents or guardians, who can also follow the evolution of the initiative with their children. Registration can be done by filling out the form available here, until January 21st. Once enrolled, children will be organized into groups of 5 to 10 elements, to respond to the challenges that will be posed to them throughout the competition, in a course of 12 stages, and always accompanied by qualified mentors, who will guide them through the process. of learning, solve doubts and give ideas to overcome the challenges.

Mentors are NTT DATA employees, who volunteer to participate in the context of their workday and with hours supported by the company (pro-bono), doing group training and personalized mentoring. In addition to the skills demonstrated in terms of information technology, all volunteers attended specific training to qualify as mentors of the International Technology Olympics and provide didactic support to children and adolescents.

After completing the scheduled challenges, the performance of the participating groups will be evaluated by a qualified jury, which will have the mission of identifying the winners of the competition, in three categories determined by the age group of the participants.

Tiago Barroso, CEO of NTT DATA Portugal, states that “through the NTT DATA Foundation we also launched in Portugal and with great enthusiasm this initiative of the International Technology Olympics. We intend to contribute to digital training, introducing dozens of children and adolescents to logical and computational reasoning. We believe that putting the talent and competence of our people into a pro bono model and in support of a cause like this is significant support for a more sustainable and technological future, beyond what it will be for each of our people who participate in personal learning very rewarding.

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