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Want IT Street Cred? Enter NCC Contest Events

Monday, February 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kevin Jetton, NCC Coordinator

Want IT Street Cred?

Then Bring your IT Game Face and Skills to the

2012 AITP National Collegiate Conference

AND Enter the Contest Events!

For more info, visit

Speakers, breakouts, and workshops are great, but AITP NCC also offers a wide range of competitions for you to flex your IT muscles!

Whether you are a developer, an analyst, or the "fix-it” guy there is a competition for you. Register at

Thursday, March 29
6:30 – 10:30pm

Microsoft Office Solutions

Today's high tech office environment calls for sophisticated solutions for dealing with business data. In the Microsoft Office Solutions competition, teams will use Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access to create an end to end data management and analysis solution. Successful teams will demonstrate creative thinking to solve business problems and an in depth knowledge of the MS Office suite.

Systems Analysis and Design

Ensuring that enterprise systems are functional and reliable begins with good design. In the Systems Analysis and Design competition, you will take the role of a systems engineer designing a solution to address a real business need. Methodologies such as Object Oriented Analysis, Structured Analysis, Information Engineering, and Prototyping will be utilized to create your system design. Like in real life, the best design wins!

Friday, March 30
10:00am – 1:00pm

PC Troubleshooting Qualifying Exam

Test your IT knowledge against other NCC attendees in the PC Troubleshooting Exam. This 100 question/1 hour exam covers a wide range of hardware, software, and operating system knowledge modeled after the CompTIA +A exams. The top ten highest scoring competitors in the exam move on to the hands on PC Troubleshooting Final round on Saturday morning where they will pit their skills against each other in a head to head battle for IT domination!

Business Analytics

Leveraging computer systems to enhance business decisions has revolutionized the way companies approach problems and opportunities. In the Business Analytics competition, teams will use Excel's statistical functions, data analysis tool pack, and/or Excel Solver to create business recommendations regarding business financials, customer data, suppliers, geography, resources, logistics, and/or operations. Teams will create a recommendations document to be presented to senior management (really the contest judges) to address the presented business problem.

Security Scenario

As systems become increasingly interconnected, security is a rising concern among businesses and government agencies. In the Security Scenario competition, teams will utilize their network analysis and design skills in relationship to security so as to address a real business problem. Teams should consider network design, hardware considerations, security policies, risk mitigation, and regulatory issues that might impact their design. Deliverables will include network design drawings, hardware recommendations, process and policy recommendations, and an executive summary with a proposal explaining the direction to senior management.

2:00 – 6:00pm

Database Design

From Facebook to Kroger to the DVR in your living room, databases are everywhere! In the Database Design competition, teams will design and implement a database to solve a business problem. In part one of this competition, teams will design a database and submit an entity relationship diagram (ERD) describing their solution. In part two, competitors will write the SQL code to implement their design using Oracle, MySQL, or Microsoft SQL Server.

Network Design

Enterprises today depend on data networks for almost all aspects of their business. Being able to design a network that is efficient, reliable, and on budget is an invaluable skill. In the Network Design competition, teams will be required to critically consider business needs and create a professional network proposal that addresses both technical and business considerations.

Friday, March 30
6:30 – 10:30pm

Visual Studio .Net Developer

Commercial off the shelf (COTS) solutions are available to fill many business needs; however, companies frequently have very specific needs that can only be filled with custom, in house applications. The Visual Studio .Net contest gives participants a chance to fill these needs and give their company a strategic advantage by developing rich client applications using Microsoft's .Net platform. Competitors will use Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundations, or ASP.NET to create a useful database driven application to meet the provided system requirements.


The Demand for programmers with COBOL skills in Fortune 1000 companies remains strong and a resurgence of this language is again gaining interest in curriculum. In the COBOL competitions, students will connect to a live IBM mainframe to write a procedural application program in the COBOL language. You will be provided a set of program specifications which outlines the input(s), processes/formulas/functions and expected outputs. Emulation software and mainframe access will be provided to students at no charge, but please sign up early to finalize your mainframe access!

Graphics Communication

The Graphics Communication contest evaluates competitor's abilities in web site design and development. Students who compete in this contest should have strong skills with digital art software and web development tools. Contestants will be asked to produce several types of web and graphic assets. Product "prototypes” may be available on-site and a table provided for photo-ops so the team may want to bring a digital camera with them. Creativity, consistency, web site design, and documentation skills will all play a role in your success!

Saturday, March 31
9:00am – 1:00pm

Java Developer

Java provides a flexible platform for writing applications to meet a wide range of business needs. In the Java Developer competition, participants will use Java and JUnit to develop a GUI or CLI application. Participants will leverage technologies such as JSP, Servlets, Swing, CSS, HTML, JDBC (SQL), Java File I/O, JSF (Java Server Faces), and Spring MVC to create a solution to fulfill a business need.

Mobile Application Development

Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, mobile application development has soared in popularity. In the Mobile Application Development competition, teams will create an application to run on any one of three platforms: Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone. The solution may require use of some of the unique capabilities of modern smartphones such as on-device databases, network connectivity, location based services/GPS, accelerometers, and camera.

Enterprise RPG Web Development

The demand for students with RPG IV skills is growing in today's marketplace. Large and small companies have millions of lines of RPG code in use today and are seeking programmers to maintain, modernize and write new code. Significant changes to the language in recent year enable this latest class of programmers to deliver solutions to both the web and mobile devices using RPG. Emulation software and mainframe access will be provided to students at no charge, but please sign up early to finalize your mainframe access!

Click here for a handout about these contests.

To participate, contestants must bring their own computer (laptops/notebooks are recommended naturally)!

All competitions allow 1 or 2 person teams with the exception of PC Troubleshooting which is a solo/individual event.

ALL Teams are allowed one computer per person.

To ensure your computer works with our network configuration, or if you just have questions, please visit the NCC Contest Concierge desk, located just outside the contest labs, any time prior to your first contest event.

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