Moldovan Students Win Tech Awards for AI, Calorie App

The National Competition "Tekwill Junior Ambassadors" celebrated the most innovative projects in artificial intelligence, programming, and graphic design.

Over 700 students and 250 teachers participated, having gained the necessary knowledge through "Tekwill in Every School" courses offered in more than 390 educational institutions across Moldova. These participants were tasked with developing innovative projects with a social impact, considering the specific needs of their communities.

Sixteen-year-old Daniel Țanga, passionate about IT since childhood, created a calorie-counting application. He explains, "I wanted to try something new and different from what's typically taught, because that's where the future lies. There were several categories, and I chose mobile applications. My app can be used for business or everyday purposes. It also features a database of products to help users find what they're looking for."

Corina and Margarita, two young women from Comrat, developed an application that leverages artificial intelligence. By positioning one's face in front of the camera, the application can identify the user's current emotions. "Artificial intelligence scans my face now, and in a square it shows me what emotions I have," Corina explains. "Right now, I feel both sad and happy."

The event organisers aim to promote such projects, fostering young people's interest in IT. "Our goal is to get more young people and children interested in information technology and STEM fields," said Ana Chirița, Director of Strategic Projects at the Moldovan National IT Agency. "We want them to understand what these fields entail, to try working in them independently, and to pursue further studies in schools and universities."

The National Competition "Tekwill Junior Ambassadors" was held within the framework of the Moldova Digital Summit, which took place in Chișinău from June 6 to 8. This year marked the third edition of the summit, and during the event, Moldova signed a memorandum with one of the largest innovation and research parks in the United Arab Emirates. The summit attracted over 4,000 guests and experts in digitalization from around the world, featuring presentations from more than 50 international speakers.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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