30 Sep 2016The Fruits of a Private-academic Partnership for Education in IT

Winners of the program Discover Your Call in IT 2016

The 3th edition of the practical education and mentoring program “Discover your call in IT” has come to an end. The winning application helps you unlock your door without a key if you were locked out of your house.

High school students, IT companies, mentors and teachers gathered at the closing ceremony of the current edition of “Discover your call in IT”, held at the end of September. Over 100 high school students, organized in 20 teams submitted and presented the projects they developed during the program, under the guidance of senior software engineers who acted as mentors.

The format of the program initiated by Fortech, evolved to an independent form. Today, it is organized by the FOR IT Association and it is implemented in conjunction with multiple IT companies which recognize that enriching and educating the next generation is neither a small task nor the sole responsibility of the academic institutions. The architecture of the program was designed to provide practical ways of engaging with young students in order to help them build a solid knowledge-base while exploring the possibilities that a career in IT could offer. The aim is to encourage them to pursue their career dreams in the field.

The winners of the first prize built an application that allows the user to unlock the door remotely. Called Lockee, it is a universal remote controlled locker. It allows users to register, login, share locks (by default or for a given period of time). We are exceptionally proud of them since they took everything from the scratch.

Lockee Application

VOMPi (Voice of Modern People) is a platform designed to facilitate the voting process at all levels: nation, school, corporate. VOMPi helps you to organize the election of the student council president or to express your option in the presidential elections with a single click, from your coach at home. The team got the 2nd prize.

The third prize went to “The Happy Coders Team” for the project DjShuffle. This is an application that allows users to act as Djs and choose their own music.

All the winners situated on the first 3 places got substantial financial prizes.

Other projects that caught our attention and got special prizes from the partners:

YouPizza is a mobile application for all pizza lovers. With an easy to use interface, the users can “bake” their preferred pizza from scratch or can chose and build on some suggested templates. All team members got Pebble smartwatches from the partners.

Go Purple is for those fascinated by dice games. The player throws the dice and is allowed to advance a number of steps if he meets a Bonus and to turn back if he meets a trap. Players can customize their pawn or the size of the playing surface. In addition, the team developed a web application for those who want to dine out and avoid full places. The application offers real-time information about most dining out places in the city, the number of available seats and pictures of the place. The team members got Noon VR Glasses from the partners.

Flashcards is a web application which allows the user to learn through a special technique, called “speed repetition”. The user inserts a series of questions and answers and the application helps him to verify his knowledge. The team was rewarded with SmartWatches and one-year support to continue the development of the application inside sponsor’s company.

EDUCKATION is a gamified learning platform that allows high school students to exchange information related to their homework or school lessons. It encourages peer to peer learning and a creative approach of knowledge building. The team members got Rasberry Pies with SD cards and power banks.

Discover Your Call in IT

The program was nominated in top 3 in the “Private-Academic Cooperation of the year award” category at ANIS Annual Gala. ANIS is the most representative association for the software industry in Romania. Read more about the concept, its cumulative results or how a successful private-academic partnership managed to establish a successful relationship based on co-opetition amid an environment dominated by competition.