LINKZ ICT challenge getting bigger
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The fourth annual Botho University LINKZ ICT challenge this year attracted a sizeable number of students from both the tertiary and secondary school students. The host University came out tops with Gaborone Secondary school coming second.
LINKZ ICT challenge is the only competition of its kind in the country which tests particpating individuals in disciplines such as network design, database design, IT innovation projects, website design, Animation, Photo editing, Paper Presentation, Code Debugging, Online puzzle, IT quiz, PC Assemble and debate.
Initiallty, the competition focussed on tertiary education institutions then the ICT challenge competition eventually opened its doors to secondary schools in a bid to develop Ict skills at high school level and help students choose their carreer paths within th ICT sector.
Speeking at the close of the 2014 competition, The Botho University Vice-Chancellor, Sheela Raja Ramtold the partcipants to be ICT role models and”shine” for their country. “Linkz is the best platform in the country for students to prove their ICT skills” she said students who have won in the previous Linkz chllenges have “gone places” and have aslo gained the confidence to particpate in bigger international competitions.
“Many of them have gone as far as proving to be inventors and entreprenuer by starting their own ICT businesses and many more are following in thrir fotsteps,” she added.
This year also saw the number of sponsors getting bigger as well. Amongst some of the sponsors were the likes of Teeside University, Tech stores, Impression House, a local printing and publishing company and many more. Dr. Andrew Bingham from Teeside University was part of the team that was presenting prizes to the winners. Besides the two winning schools, other individual winners include those who got prizes for paper presentation, debugging, network design to name a few.