How hackathons are helping NZ organisations recruit - and train - future ICT staff
- 25 May, 2015 06:00
Mistry, industry and community engagement manager at MIT, is calling on both technology providers and ICT departments to support JHack as sponsors and mentors.
JHack will be held on July 4 at MIT’s new Manukau campus during the same week as GovHack.
She says JHack will allow kids to see a community hackathon with over 300 participants from the IT industry as they engage in their own hackathon event.
GovHack NZ is a multi-day community event held simultaneously across New Zealand and Australia to create working prototypes and mashups with government data, to find new ways to solve the challenges facing government.
GovHack NZ will be held on Friday to Sunday (the third to fifth of July). At the end of the weekend the hackers submit a video, team page, and code for government agencies to judge.
GovHack New Zealand will be hosted in Auckland and across the country including Whangarei, Wellington, Tauranga, Whanganui and Dunedin. JHack is being held in Auckland only, says Mistry.
JHack will bring together over 20 High Schools and 100 students in a series of programming challenges in a competition format.
“This will enable students to interact with IT professionals and learn more about the industry,” says Mistry.
She says sponsors for JHack include: Manukau Institute of Technology, LearnToMod, Propellerhead, Orion Health, Wynyard Group, EagleTechnology, Sovereign and HP.
The mentor organisations that have signed up include: Ernst & Young, BNZ, Auckland Council, Vodafone, Orion Health, Attract HQ Xero, Sovereign, Cognitel, Foodstuffs, Neotek, ASB and University of Auckland.
— Daniel Martushev (@dmVI) May 26, 2015
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