CONCURRENT SESSION: 2B
Thursday 7 september 207
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
WICTGS/ Victoria University School of Engineering and Computer Science
Building for Business means building better graduates
By combining private industry with education we approached Kintal Apps about a project they had their pipeline that the students could build to have real world experience for a real world technological problem. Kintal Apps builds a mobile app called BluePrint App which is an app that allows High School students to keep track of their NCEA results. The WICTGS built an open-sourced CV builder for High School Students to use within the app so they could easily apply for summer time work.
This created a technical solution for Kintal but also gave our students a practical lesson in not only technology but frameworks, stake holder engagement, communication and teamwork which will make them ultimately more employable when they graduate.
Students are given a simple problem statement, any relevant data and a briefing from the Kintal stakeholders. Students must then break into squads and allocate scrum roles which will enable to deliver. They must then choose when to engage with stakeholders to gather requirements and understand what success would look like, ie MVP to finished product in a lean manner.
With a professional background at Trade Me, Karl has seen first hand the trouble business has with employing a more diverse tech team.
To become part of the solution Karl has joined the WICTGS which focuses on re-training individuals into tech fields by encouraging Maori/ Pasifika and women students to enrol, engaging with groups and private business to collaborate and help the WICTGS achieve its goals.
Karl also believes that private industry has a lot of value to learning styles in education as the large majority of their graduates need the skills required to make a quick switch from a graduate role to a junior role.