Sixth grade students of Minoh Programming Camp, Winner of the Grand Prize in the OSAKA Kids Programming Contest 2023 Developed "Ie-Pay," which allows users to receive pocket money
Selected as Tech Kids Grand Prix Finalist
Minoh Programming Camp (Head Office: Minoh City, Osaka; Representative: Yuzo Abe) is pleased to announce that Tomoya Ogawa (6th grade elementary school student), a student at our programming school "Minoh Programming Camp", won the Grand Prize at the "OSAKA Kids Programming Contest 2023" and was selected as a finalist for the Tech We are pleased to announce that Tomoya Ogawa, a 6th grader, won the Grand Prize at the OSAKA Kids Programming Contest 2023 and has been selected as a finalist for the Tech Kids Grand Prix. The final will be held on February 25, 2024.
About Tomoya Ogawa's work "Ie Pay
Tomoya Ogawa created "ie-Pay," an application that enables cashless money exchange for children receiving pocket money and small businesses. When a child receiving pocket money or a store reads the user's 2D code, a transaction request is sent to the web server (Apache & PHP) and the data is updated, which also updates the balance and history in the user's app. In addition to its simple and intuitive design, the web application can be used on older smartphones, making it suitable for a wide range of users.
Comment from Tomoya Ogawa
My joy at winning the Grand Prize
Last year, I was very close to missing out on the Kinki region representative, so I am very happy to have been able to make up for it.
Background and reason for creating this work
I had promised to help out during the summer vacation and receive an allowance, but I often didn't get it right away. I thought this was due to the progress of cashless payment, so I wanted to create a system that allows cashless payment even in the house.
What were the challenges in creating this system?
I changed the barcode of the member ID to a two-dimensional code, but the mechanism for reading the two-dimensional code was more complicated than I thought, and I had a lot of trouble.
We would like to develop additional features to make it easier to use, such as linking with external applications and displaying a graph of monthly usage.
Tomoya Ogawa's blog: https://ogatomo.net/
■Comments from Mr. Abe, the instructor in charge of the project
Congratulations on winning the Grand Prize!
I thought that last year's work was also technically excellent and fully deserving of the award, but it was just one step away from being selected.
I am very happy to have won the award this year, building on last year's disappointment.
What is great about this work?
Tomoya's work is always born from the idea that "something like this would be useful" in everyday life. It is wonderful that his work incorporates the latest technology, which is as good as that of an adult engineer.
Tomoya Ogawa's episode
Tomoya stands out for his ability to identify and assemble what is needed to complete his work. If necessary, he can easily research on English-language technical sites with a translation engine in hand.
I am convinced that these children will be the ones who will go beyond Japan and spread their wings to the world.
Outline of the Osaka Kids Programming Contest 2023
In preparation for the Osaka-Kansai Expo in 2025, Osaka Prefecture is aiming to realize an "Osaka Model" smart city, which will be achieved through initiatives that utilize cutting-edge technology unparalleled anywhere in the world, as well as initiatives that enable residents to experience the convenience of advanced technology throughout the entire prefecture.
With programming education becoming compulsory from FY2020, the "OSAKA Kids Programming Contest 2023" was held with the aim of further increasing children's interest in programming and fostering the next generation of human resources who will support Osaka's smart city.
Let's design! Our City Osaka's Future Society! the contest called for original works developed using programming. The contest was open to first to sixth graders (including children in grades equivalent to first to sixth) living or attending school in Osaka Prefecture, and one Grand Prize winner and 10 Excellence Award winners were selected.
Contest special site: https://techkidsschool.jp/grandprix/regions/osaka/
Overview of Tech Kids Grand Prix 2023
The Tech Kids Grand Prix is a programming contest for elementary school students throughout Japan who will lead the 21st century. Under the slogan "You are the creators of the 21st century," the contest is judged from three perspectives: vision (dreams and worldviews you hold), product (creative ideas and works that embody your dreams), and presentation (attitude toward communicating your vision and products to society). Since its inaugural event in 2018, it has become the largest programming contest for elementary school students in Japan, with a total of more than 12,000 elementary school students participating.
The Tech Kids Grand Prix is open to all elementary school students and calls for original computer programming works. 47 prefectures in Japan are divided into 6 areas (Hokkaido-Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku-Shikoku, Kyushu-Okinawa), each of which will host an "Area Qualifier". At each Area Qualifying Round, the area representatives will be selected through a multi-stage judging process. The top 10 representatives selected from each area will make a presentation at the finals in Shibuya, Tokyo, to determine the No. 1 elementary school programmer in Japan.
Contest special site : https://techkidsschool.jp/grandprix/
Contest scene : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOJNCNcqttY&t=2101s (Presentation by Tomoya Ogawa from 33:01)
Minoh Programming Camp Course Introduction
Course for Adults
This is a course to learn programming from basics to application. We offer both small-group and individual classes, so you can choose the one that best suits you. In addition to learning programming, we also offer courses such as application production support and business improvement.
Courses for children
This course is designed for elementary and junior high school students. Students can enjoy learning programming through games, drones, and other activities. Based on a standard schedule, the content of the classes will be changed according to the progress of each individual.
Company name: Dokodemo Study Co.
Phone number: 072-723-7667
Representative ： Yuzo Abe