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  • The PCJ’s Website Development Competition invited students from tertiary institutions to redesign the Corporation’s official website.
  • The competition was aimed at improving the Corporation’s web presence.
  • The PCJ will now be working with a web developer to finalise content and data.

A five-member team from the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) has copped the top prize of $250,000 in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Website Development Competition.

The team of Jermaine McDonald, Darren Downie, Chantal Pryce, Orane Campbell, and Michael Brown were presented with their prize at an award ceremony held on October 1 at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston.

Launched in June, the PCJ’s Website Development Competition invited students from tertiary institutions to redesign the Corporation’s official website. Teams were given 12 weeks to prepare entries then make a 30 minute presentation on the site’s features to a panel of judges.

The winning team scored 80 points, while Christopher Gayle of the University of the West Indies (UWI) was a close second with 76 points, receiving $100,000 for his solo effort.

Chairman of the PCJ, Christopher Cargill said the competition was aimed at improving the Corporation’s web presence, by designing a site that would be fit for purpose, visually appealing, and technologically sophisticated.

He explained that rather than hire a firm, the PCJ’s Board of Directors decided to “throw the challenge out” to computer science and web design students at local tertiary institutions.

“This way, the PCJ could benefit from the innovation and creativity of the youth, while facilitating the development of Information and Technology (IT) professionals,” he stated.

Mr. Cargill commended every team and individual, “who had the diligence and commitment to see their entries through to the finish”.

He said that while there is still some work to be done, to get the site fully operational including finalising all the content and the data, “the students delivered by providing a working prototype that can easily be refined.”

The PCJ will now be working with a web developer to finalise content and data and merge features from the top two designs into a finished product.

State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, in his remarks at the award function, commended the PCJ on engaging the youth in the project.

“I commend (the PCJ) for taking this approach and allowing our youngsters, who have enormous talent to demonstrate that talent…it encourages innovation, it stimulates competition and it ensures that we get the best and the brightest ideas coming to the fore,” he said.