More than 12,800 entries were received from over 350 schools for the second round of the Computer Applications Olympiad, an initiative that seeks to nurture and reward computer application skills in High School students.
The event is sponsored by UniForum SA, the organisation that maintains the CO.ZA domain registry, through its 'CoZa Cares' Corporate Social Investment programme. The annual event is managed by the South African Computer Olympiad Trust (SACOT), an organisation established by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) specifically to promote and administer the annual South African Computer Olympiads.
In addition to the Computer Applications Olympiad, SACOT arranges and hosts the Computer Aptitude Olympiad and the Computer Programming Olympiad.
The Computer Applications Olympiad was introduced last year and drew more than 6,000 registrations. The Olympiad is focused on the usage of common application tools such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
Thirteen of the best performers will take part in the final Computer Applications round to be held at the University of Cape Town on 4 October 2011. An awards ceremony will take place on 5 October 2011.