Infoware Systems’ annual ‘Digital Geekaship’ internship programme, which aims to help ICT students bridge the gap between their studies and employment, is offering students the chance to experience what the internship is all about by signing up to participate in their upcoming “Campus Battle”.
ICT cadets: Join Digital Geekaship’s Campus Battle
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The Campus Battle is a software development challenge that combines teamwork and application development and is open to ICT students from any South African University and Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) college. If you’re interested, and qualify, in any of the following fields, this one is for you: software, mobile development, web development, front-end development, systems design and engineering. The challenge is limited to three teams per tertiary institution and each team should consist of no more than five members from the same institution, at least two members of the team should be competent in digital design and development.
Participating teams will be briefed on the challenge and over the course of 36 hours you’ll need to develop a functioning solution. Each team will also be required to submit 30-second videos of the team’s progress in which they can share anything related to their experience of the challenge. There are some big prizes up for grabs to the top teams, so it’s definitely worth the time and experience.
The closing date for Campus Battle entries is 27 September 2016. Enter your team here www.digitalgeekaship.co.za/campus-battle.
Digital Geekaship Internship Programme
The Digital Geekaship programme is an eight-month fast track technical skills development and internship programme. Successful students will learn about software development and practises, get experience working on real-life work for clients, learn the software skills required to work successfully as part of a team and get to network with potential employers. The initiative is a real collaboration of all stakeholders working with post- and undergraduate students, the tertiary institutions and companies to bridge this widening skills gap.
The programme covers three development areas, outlined below:
Agile software development covers key aspects relating to the management of iterative software delivery using the Scrum methodology.
Technical software development focuses on technical skills development in a programming language of the participant’s choice and covers software development practices and principles.
Personal development – focuses on soft skills required to be a productive member of a software development team.
Applications for the Digital Geekaship programme are still open until 30 October 2016. Interviews will take place in Johannesburg between 1 September and 30 November. It is important to note that participating in the programme is free and the student will be paid a stipend to assist with travel costs associated with attending the programme.