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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, 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 🙂

 

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 🙂

Geek Girl of the Week, Noluthando Pearl Majola

Meet Pearl Majola, IT varsity’s Geek Girl of the Week from the IT Technical Support class.

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Pearl Majola, Geek Girl of the Week from the IT Technical Support class.

Who are you?

I am Noluthando Pearl Majola and I am 18 years old. I was born in Kwasanti (St Wendowlins), Marianhill.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

IT Technical Support

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I love working with my hands and doing practical things such as fixing computers. Also, I feel that there should be more female IT Technicians in the world and I would like to prove to the world that not only guys can be technicians but girls can too!

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

I am feeling good about it but a bit nervous because I know that I have to work hard in order to achieve greatness and success. I’m also starting to feel the pressure because of exams and assignments but all in all, I am just loving the vibe of studying.

So, what are you currently learning in IT Technical Support?

We are currently busy with assessments and tests but I have recently been learning how to clean and fix computer components such as the Systems Unit (Tower) as well as the setting up and configuration of the router.

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

Yes, I do plan on furthering my studies next year by studying parttime toward a degree in Information Technology and hopefully to also be doing my internship with an IT company in Durban.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

IT varsity is like a family to me. I always feel at home when I am here. Unlike other campuses, we do things is a different way, where we share our own experiences and we even celebrate every student’s birthday with a party to them feel special. I also get a lot of motivation from the staff of IT varsity and as students, we have each other as a support structure as well.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? 

Probably working as an IT Technician in a huge IT company and I see myself developing new technology with my own hands. I would also like to have my degree in Information Technology and would be pursuing to do my Honours and Masters in Information Technology.

Well done, Pearl! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of the Week 🙂

 

Geek Girl of the Week: Ayanda Dlamini, App Development

Let us meet another one of IT varsity’s Geek Girls of the Week, Ayanda Dlamini and see what she has to say about her IT varsity experience.

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Who are you?

My name is Ayanda Dlamini and I am 20 years old. I was born in Mankayane, Swaziland.

What are you studying at IT varsity?

App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?

I knew that I had the potential to do it and I wanted to show the world that females can also excel in IT.

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

At first, I was totally blank when it came to coding but I quickly got the hang of it and now everything is good and I am very excited with my progress.

So, what are you currently learning in App Development?

At the moment, I have learnt how to build my own website, as well as giving functionality to our smartphones, and also the styling of 3 files into one file (CSS and JavaScript)

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

Yes, definitely! I want to further my studies by doing a degree in Information Technology.

Tell us more about your IT varsity experience…

My experience at IT varsity has been great from the start. I always get motivated daily by my lecturers and I really love being here. IT varsity feels just like a second home to me.

Where do you see yourself in say, 5 years from now?

I see myself owning my very own IT company or even being a lecturer in App Development 🙂

Amazing stuff, Ayanda! Keep it up always! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of the Week! 😀

Geek Girl of the Week – Asanda Kosani, App Development

Meet IT varsity’s Geek Girl of the Week, Asanda Kosani and see what she has to say about her IT varsity experience.

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Born in Kings Williams Town, East London, Eastern Cape

What are you studying at IT varsity?  App Development

Why did you choose to study this particular course?  I chose App Development because I wanted to find out what it was about.  Because initially I didn’t know what I wanted to study out of high school.  So I heard of IT varsity and I was quite keen.

Now that you are half way through the year with your studies, how do you feel about it?  I feel it quite challenging but it’s very intriguing and I really enjoy programming now.

Being a girl studying IT, what do you suggest to other girls about becoming interested in studying IT?  That they should really consider studying IT or in particular, programming, because though it is a male dominating environment, girls in matric should consider studying IT as it is a strong field and the highest paying field at the moment.  As well as the fact that, any qualification you look at has some basic knowledge of IT as a prerequisite requirement.

So what are you learning currently?

I am currently learning to build websites and database-driven web apps using PHP and MySQL. Next we’re going to learn to create mobile apps for Android and iPhone using JavaScript. It’s really exciting!

Do you plan to further your studies in the near future? Almost definitely.

What is it that you are considering to study further?  I’m considering to study towards a degree or a diploma in IT.

Where do you see yourself in, say, five years?  In five years, I see myself with a degree and working for a company that will put my skills to good use and to keep me on my toes.

Keep up the great work, Asanda! IT varsity is proud to have you as our Geek Girl of the Week!

 

CoderDojo Durban at IT varsity

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For the first time ever in Durban, IT varsity hosted a CoderDojo especially for kids! This super cool event took place on Saturday, 23rd August 2014.

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs (Dojos) for young people. At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable and awesome experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.  For more information about CoderDojos, click here.

At IT varsity’s CoderDojo, the little Power Rangers learnt to create their very own games using a game building app called Scratch. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

ScratchBlogLogoThe CoderDojo event started off with the excited Power Rangers getting to know each other and then learning how to install Scratch onto their computers.

Power Rangers getting to know each other while installing Scratch.

Power Rangers getting to know each other while installing Scratch.

After installing Scratch, it was time to get down to some serious game building. At IT varsity’s CoderDojo, we had an amazing 13 year old mentor in Scratch, Zakariyya Kathrada, who taught and inspired the Power Rangers on the finer details of building their own games and creating their own characters.

Mentoring from such a young age.. Meet Zakariyya Kathrada, CoderDojo Durban's 13 year old mentor!

Mentoring from such a young age.. Meet Zakariyya Kathrada, CoderDojo Durban’s 13 year old mentor!

It was super cool to see such young, enthusiastic individuals being so creative using technology and eager to learn more about Scratch. The CoderDojo Durban event concluded with the Power Rangers being treated to a snack after having had a thoroughly enjoyable session using Scratch.

IT varsity would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all the Power Rangers that attended the first CoderDojo Durban event. Be sure to catch the next CoderDojo Durban that will be taking place on Saturday, 06th September 2014 at the IT varsity campus in Durban central. Contact us for more information and to sign up!

To view more pictures of the CoderDojo Durban event, click here.

See you at the next CoderDojo Durban!

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