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Project SET Day–Insights and Observations

Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being able to participate in Conestoga College’s Software Engineering Technology project demo day as a guest judge, along with 4 other members of the IT community.

This event is held every year at the end of April, and provides graduating students the opportunity to present their group projects to those in attendance, discussing the business problem it solved, the challenges they faced, how they addressed those challenges, and the future direction they have planned for their product.

My first impression when walking into the room was a positive one. The students were dressed to the nines and were very enthusiastic about discussing their projects, as well as answering any questions. They stood at their project booths patiently, willing to discuss their projects one-on-one with passers-by, and to provide a working demo of their product.

Projects ranged from a mobile Android app that would serve as a mobile recording studio for guitarists to an inventory tracking application to an educational application with a web site that tracked the child’s progress which parents could log in to view details on.

During the formal presentation rounds, the students not only demonstrated that they had the technical skills necessary to hit the ground running in the workforce, but they also demonstrated collaborative team work, business acumen, and real passion for their work. They handled questions with ease, provided insights into the obstacles they faced, how they learned from them, and how they overcame them.

Along with the other members of the judging panel, I participated in deliberations and we had to make the difficult decision to select a winning team. After much discussion, we chose a team that had not only developed their intended project, a mobile app to serve data from an existing Health & Safety Watch web site, but had gone above and beyond to redesign the website to conform to the look and feel of the mobile app design, making it simple, clean, concise and easy to use. In fact, I have the site bookmarked and check it daily: http://www.healthandsafetywatch.com

All in all, each student that participated in this event proved that they are all winners who are more than well-equipped to join the workforce and make an impact. If you have the opportunity to mentor a new graduate, I hope you do so wholeheartedly. You may find that, in turn, you will learn from them as well.

Exciting Update!!!!

Health and Safety Watch has been featured in an online article, AND as of today is at the #22 spot in iTunes for Top Free Apps!

http://mobilesyrup.com/2012/05/24/health-safety-watch-iphone-app-gives-you-realtime-info-on-disease-outbreaks-consumer-product-and-food-recalls/

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Photo: HSW – #22 on the Top Free iTunes Apps today!

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Photo: HSW – listed in the What’s Hot section in iTunes!