Addressing the growing skills gap within software development, information technology value added distributor, Axiz has sponsored the Rocket APT Challenge and encouraged 39 students to participate in the regional round of the Rocket.Build coding challenge.
Colleen Becker, Axiz Pre-sales Engineer, said that the response to the challenge was exceptional and the company is excited to be part of this global initiative.
“This is a fantastic innovation challenge that provides students with an opportunity to hone their coding skills on a leading software platform,” she said.
“South Africa is by far the bigger pool of entrants and we are excited to see who is selected for the global Rocket.Build 2019 Hackathon.”
Participants are required to design an app on Rocket’s MultiValue application platform in support of the challenge theme, ‘Improve your Community’. Consisting of three regions: EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas, three winners from each region will be selected and awarded various cash prizes.
The nine developers will also be given an all-expenses-paid trip to Massachusetts, USA in June 2019 to participate in Rocket.Build 2019, where they will compete in teams of three to decide the global winner of the Rocket APT Challenge. The winning team will share a grand prize of US$24,000.
“We are committed to grow the number of young coders on the Rocket platform,” added Becker.
“There is a global opportunity for students to graduate into a developing industry and support the growing shortage of MultiValue-certified coders. Participants also stand the chance of receiving an internship from participating partners across all industry sectors.”
The Rocket APT Challenge is open to undergraduate students aged 18 and older who are currently studying engineering, science, or technology at an accredited college or university.