Students get the chance to show off their creative and technical computer skills More than 800 students battled it out in multiple rounds of strenuous competition to win an IT visual arts design contest. The 21st Century Competence for Youth (IT in Visual Arts) Competition was aimed at arousing students' interest in IT and design. It was organised by the Education Bureau (EDB), City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation (HKIRC). The contest attracted more than 800 students from Primary Four to Secondary Three. In a design contest at CityU the students competed in round after round, creating designs on the spot. From designing a badge to fleshing out the contours of a human body, the tasks tested the competitors' skills of combining IT and visual arts. HKIRC has given each student a free .hk domain for a year where they can upload their works. Many local schools have set aside huge resources over the last few years to incorporate IT into education. Classes and workshops have also been held on campuses where internet-savvy students learned different kinds of IT skills. The competition allowed students to put what they learned to the test. EDB chief curriculum development officer She Mang said the competition would consolidate students' IT knowledge. CityU's computer science chair professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, said such competitions were a good way for students to learn IT. 'What matters ... is the software training of users. Taking part in the competition allowed students to hone their IT skills,' he said. HKIRC CEO Jonathan Shea Tat-on said it would boost students' confidence if they took the opportunity to share their work on the free platform. He said interactive Web materials drew attention from users and students would be more inspired to strive for excellence if they knew their work would be online.