CompuKids June 2015 Graphic Design Gallery

Take a look at what the Graphic Design students did at CompuKids during the June 2015 holidays:

Adem Teke

Adam_Snoopy

 

Adam_RedBirdAdam_Batman

Sanaa Suliman

Sanaa_Tree

Batman logo

Sanaa_BusinessCard

Lamiah Legodi

Lamiah_BusinessCard

Hannah Thandar

Hannah_BusinessCard

Layyah Kharwa

Layyah_Batman

Layyah_BusinessCard

Team Deep Blue – My Thoughts

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” — Steve jobs

DSC_0095There is an old saying that there are two people who are happier at someone else’s success than their own: a teacher and a father. I believe this is true because I don’t think winning the IBM Youth Innovation Challenge myself would have made me as happy as seeing my students win.

I am proud of our students who worked hard, put in the effort and work well as a team. I am excited about where this could possibly go; I mean, they won the first ever Hackathon held in South Africa by none other than IBM – this is no small accomplishment, and considering that they will now be offered internships at IBM, I am sure there are big things in store for these bright minds.

This is a realisation of our vision at IT varsity to produce the best developers in the country who will be comparable to the best in other countries. Our team is not happy to merely go through the motions of lecturing, giving exams and providing qualifications; we are aiming for much more. We live by the words of Steve Jobs quoted above. We want to do something that really matters. We want to produce the best. We want to make our little dent in the universe. And this week, we made a tiny little dent.

We have an awesome team, each of whom is passionate about technology and about empowering others. There is no substitute for a great team, and I am grateful to be working with such awesome people, and I sincerely hope we can do much greater things going forward.

Whenever our students go out there, winning awards, gathering accolades, becoming success stories of their own, we will always be here, working behind the scenes to ensure that they get all the support they need long after they’ve graduated and moved on. And we will be busy producing the next cohort of winners.

That is what IT varsity is all about.

IT varsity Produces Winners

IT varsity’s Team Deep Blue were awarded the top prize by IBM’s judges at the 2015 IBM Youth Innovation Challenge which was held at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban from the 25th to the 29th of May 2015.

The Youth Innovation Challenge is an initiative of ‘Innovate Durban’ in partnership with IBM, the eThekwini Municipality, the Sustainable Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) and the Government of Flanders. The focus of the competition is to support youth driven technology businesses.

See also: Team Deep Blue – My Thoughts by Bilal Kathrada, CEO of IT varsity

The theme of the Innovate Durban- ’Hackathon’ event was ‘Smarter eThekwini’. This supports the agenda of ‘Open Government’ and ‘Open Data’ and in this way supports engagement by the eThekwini Municipality with its citizens.

The event was booked to capacity, and attracted developers and students from around the country. Nine teams participated in the Challenge, and each team was tasked with developing a technology-based solution to one major challenge facing the city and its citizens.

IT varsity’s Team Blue developed WorkerBee, a social app that linked skilled artisans to potential clients. WorkerBee is like LinkedIn, but for artisans.

So what’s in store for the winners?

  1. A cash prize
  2. A 3 month internship with IBM at any of their facilities worldwide.
  3. Possible funding and incubation by the eThekwini Municipality and SmartXchange.

Well done to our winners!

Some pics of the event. More pics on Facebook.

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Maseehullah, Adrial and Simba having fun

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IT varsity CEO Bilal Kathrada with the winning team

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When the going gets tough…

Geek Girl of The Week, Hlengiwe Ngcamu

Say Hey to IT varsity’s Geek Girl of The Week, Hlengiwe Ngcamu from the App Development class.

App Development student, Hlengiwe Ngcamu is IT varsity's Geek Girl of The Week!

App Development student, Hlengiwe Ngcamu is IT varsity’s Geek Girl of The Week!

Tell us about yourself..

I am Hlengiwe Ngcamu and I’m 25 years old. I was born and raised in the city of Pietermaritzburg but I am currently staying in Durban.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I chose to study App Development simply because I wanted to upgrade my programming skills, explore website building and I have a great interest in mobile apps. Also, I have chosen this course as a new learning channel for myself and a I always wanted a career path in IT.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

Extremely happy and excited and rather impressed as well by the number of programming languages that I have learnt here at IT varsity.

So, what have you learnt so far in App Development?

Mobile apps, Java, CSS, PHP, HTML5, to name a few. I have also learnt to challenge myself when it comes to developing and to also broaden my creativity. 

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, most definitely! I would like to do my BTECH in IT soon.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

IT varsity feels just like a home to me. It is so great that each student gets one-on-one attention in the class and I feel that this creates a healthy mind and healthy learning environment as well. Our lecturers are amazing too; they are always helpful to us and are easily approachable .

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Probably in a managerial position in an IT company, with my MBA or Masters in IT. I have good business sense as well so I could also be in the field of business.

Wonderful stuff, Hlengiwe! Keep up the great spirit always. IT varsity is proud to have you as our GeekGirl of The Week.

Geek Girl of The Week, Nosihle Kuboni

Say Hi to IT varsity’s latest GeekGirl of the Week, Nosihle Kuboni from the Office Admin class!

Nosihle Kuboni, from the Office Admin class.

Nosihle Kuboni, from the Office Admin class.

Who are you?

I am Nosihle Kuboni and I am 21 years old. I was born and brought up in Umlazi, S-Section, Durban.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

Office Administration

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I love everything about the office environment and would love to have a career in the corporate world.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

I feel very happy because I am closer to reaching my goal of graduating.

So, what have you learnt so far in Office Admin?

Microsoft Excel. I also now know to to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and a bit of Microsoft Access.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I would actually like to become a paramedic and maybe study something in the IT field as well.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

For me, the best part about studying at IT varsity is that the lecturers are so friendly and helpful all the time. We always receive individual attention and extra assistance and the lecturers make sure we understand everything when we are studying.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Most probably working in an office environment such as banking or administration.

Keep it up, Nosihle! IT varsity is proud to have you as our GeekGirl of The Week! :)

Geek Girl of The Week, Thenjiwe Precious Ngcobo

Say hello to IT varsity’s Geek Girl of The Week, Thenjiwe Precious Ngcobo, from the App Development class.

Thenjiwe Precious Ngcobo from the App Development class.

Thenjiwe Precious Ngcobo from the App Development class.

Who are you?

My name is Thenjiwe Precious Ngcobo and I am 19 years old. I was born and brought up in Ntuzuma, Durban.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I find it interesting to create things that you see on the Internet and App Dev is a lot of fun.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

Really happy. I can’t wait for the year to end so that I can graduate, and move on to learn more in the world of IT.

So, what have you learnt so far in App Development?

Mobile apps, Java, Databases, SQL, PHP.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I would love to further my studies in anything in the IT field.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

I have connected with everybody really well and all the students feel like family to me. Even the IT varsity staff feel like our own parents here. I would love to still keep in touch with everyone here even after this year is over.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I simply see myself as an excellent App Developer.

Super cool stuff, Thenjiwe! IT varsity is proud to have YOU as our Geek Girl of The Week :)

 

Geek Girl of the Week, Nevashini Govender

Let’s say Hi to IT varsity’s latest Geek Girl of the Week, Nevashini Govender from the App Development class!

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Who are you?

I am Nevashini Govender and I am 19 years old. I was born and brought up in the wonderful city of Durban and I currently reside in Chatsworth.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

It seems fun and I just love the idea of creating my very own product/app. I also find it fascinating and intriguing to see how apps work and their functionality.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

Relieved, but I know that this is not really the end for me as I still have alot to learn because technology is always increasing.

So, what have you learnt so far in App Development?

Mobile apps, Java, Databases, SQL, PHP.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes! I would really love to further my studies in Game Development or even Tech Support as I also love experimenting with the practical and hardware stuff in IT.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

It has just been really amazing thus far! I have met so many cool people here and now it is like we are one big happy family. My lecturers are also very helpful and supportive all the time.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Most probably creating my own apps, owning my own company or being a multi-millionaire!

Keep up the great spirit, Nevashini! IT varsity is proud to have YOU as our Geek Girl of The Week :)

Geek Girl of the Week, Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane

Say hello to IT varsity’s new Geek Girl of The Week, Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Administration course.

Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Admin course.

Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane from the Office Admin course.

Who are you?

I am Hlengiwe Fortunate Simelane and I am 23 years old. I was born in Nongoma, but currently reside in Northdene, Queensburgh.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

Office Administration

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I wanted to excel at learning how to use computers and understanding how to use all Microsoft applications.

Now that you’re almost through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

So happy, because I am closer to reaching my goal and graduating.

So, what are you currently learning in Office Admin?

Microsoft Excel. I also now know to to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and a bit of Microsoft Access.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, definitely. I plan on pursuing a degree in Education.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

It is very nice; it is the most comfortable campus ever. Everything about IT varsity is so interesting. The best part about IT varsity is that I get to do more practicals and I feel like I am being trained properly for the workplace.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I see myself being a qualified teacher as well as owning my own internet cafe.

Well done to you, Hlengiwe! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of The Week :)

 

Beware: Your Social Media comments can have severe legal implications

Can your opinions and negative comments about individuals, companies and brands that you post on Twitter hurt you – legally speaking?

The short answer: yes. At a presentation at the Social Media Evening (@smevedbn) which was held at IT varsity recently, Social Media Law specialist, Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir)  explained that whatever you publish on social media could land you in hot water.

Ms Sadleir explained that Social Media law is “the law that regulates any conversation that takes place over the internet, called User Generated Content (UGC)”. She went on to explain that the instant you publish information (including Tweets, Retweets and Facebook comments) you are subject to the same laws that would apply to the traditional media. In short, every person who has access to the internet and publishes content is considered a publisher.

Ms Sadlier provided real-world examples of people who made statements on social media, only to meet disastrous consequences. One such example is that of Justine Sacco, the PR executive who was fired over her infamous tweet: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Ms Stucco published the tweet as she boarded a plane for a 11 hour flight, totally unaware that during her flight her tweet would go viral and cause an international outrage. Nontheless, she was subsequently fired from her job.

Freedom of Expression versus Defamation – where does one end and the other begin?

As far as freedom of expression on the internet is concerned, Ms Sadleir explained that while freedom of expression is a very important constitutional right, that right is not unlimited. “If your speech infringes on the rights of another, violates copyright or constitutes hate speech then your freedom is legally limited.” says Sadleir.

Are negative comments about your employer subject to defamation law?

Yes. Ms Sadlier provided examples of employees who posted negative comments about the companies they worked for on their personal profiles, resulting in dismissal.

In summary, Ms Sadlier compared social media to a billboard: just as you wouldn’t put certain types of comments next to your your name and picture on a billboard, do not do so on social media.

Geek Girl of the Week, Jenna Kendel Deeplal

Lets meet IT varsity’s latest Geek Girl of the Week, Jenna Kendel Deeplal from the App Development.

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Who are you?

I am Jenna Kendel Deeplal and I am 18 years old. I was born and brought up in the city of Durban, South Africa.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I wanted to learn something new and I wanted to go into a field where girls don’t usually venture into.

Now that you’re halfway through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?

I fell in love with IT. At IT varsity there is no stress when it comes to programming and although we are reaching a crucial point in the year, I feel hopeful that everything will go well.

So, what are you currently learning in App Development?

J Query mobile and Java. I am also learning how to create a database.

Do you plan on furthering your studies in the near future?

Yes, I’d like to pursue a degree in Business Informatics  and become an exceptional programmer.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

It has been amazing so far; IT varsity has become like a family to me and a home away from home. Being at IT varsity also taught me to grow and become more of an adult. I have experienced a lot of happy moments that I will always treasure.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I see myself having graduated with a degree and owning my very own company as well as travelling around the world.

Amazing stuff, Jenna! Keep it up always. IT varsity is proud to have YOU as our Geek Girl of the Week :)