During the first decade SEARCC focused on the organising of biennial conferences in the region. Between 1976 and 1988 a total of 7 regional conferences were held. From 1988 SEARCC decided to embark on annual conferences. These have become the high points for information technology professionals in the region.
An exhibition of information technology, products and services is organised for every SEARCC conference. This is a showcase of the latest and most relevant of technologies for the host country and the region and is strongly supported by both local and multi-national vendors.
Regional Schools’ Software Competition and Micromouse Competition
To foster the development of computer competence among the young in the region, SEARCC initially instituted a regional schools’ software competition in 1989 which is held normally in conjunction with a SEARCC conference. The competition which is run under international competition rules is opened to students no more than 17 years of age. The competition also provides opportunities for the young people of the region to acquire better understanding of the culture, life-style and aspirations of each other’s country, thereby contributing to better understanding and relationship for future generations.
In the recent years SEARCC instituted a Micromouse Competition for programming small robots to find their way through a maze in the shortest possible time. Teams of two students under the age of 23 are eligible to enter this competition.
In order to provide a more focussed approach to technology utilisation, SEARCC commenced forming SRIG’s in 1990. To date many SRIG’s have been formed: Education & Training, Telecommunications, Health, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Banking and Finance, Asian Languages and Management Systems. More SRIG’s will be formed progressively.
IFIP Technical Committees and Work Groups
In order to provide opportunities for experts in specialized areas to work with a wider group of experts from around the world SEARCC commenced making representation in IFIP Technical Committees and work groups in 2004. This activity virtually replaces the SRIGs which were in operation since 1990.