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And it’s a Wrap – Industry Insiders 2015

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Over the past few weeks students have had the opportunity to visit some of the leading ICT companies/agencies in Malta. The visits were conducted at ICTSA’s 5 Gold Sponsors: MITAKPMG Crimsonwing , ShireburnCCBill, and Bit8.

Through these visits students had the opportunity to see first hand the inner workings and corporate cultures at play. In these 6 Visits, students were also exposed to different careers within these organisations and the industry as a whole. ICTSA would like to thank all the students that took part and our sponsors for hosting us.

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Industry Insiders 2015

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Every year, ICT students get the unique opportunity to visit a number of companies operating within the ICT sector through ICTSA’s Industry Insiders.

This year, we will conduct visits to 5 different companies. Some visits will be targeted to students from specific courses, however all are welcome. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your CV with you. Please register for visits by filling the online form: http://bit.ly/IndustryInsiders2015. Places are limited!

The visits will be as follows:
Bit8
April 15, 1PM – 3PM.
Targets: Software Development, Computing and Business

MITA Data Centre, St. Venera
April 24, 12:15PM – 13:45PM
Targets: All ICT Courses

KPMG Crimsonwing
April 29, 12PM – 2PM
Targets: Software Development

KPMG Crimsonwing
May 8, 12PM – 2PM
Targets: Business & IT, Computing and Business

ShireBurn Software
May 8, 12PM – 2PM
Targets: Software Development

CCBill
May 13, 12PM – 2PM
Targets: All ICT Courses

Should you have any queries please send an email to info@ictsamalta.org

TMDI – Underway!

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TMDI is underway! Looking forward to tomorrows presentations. Following the draw earlier today, the order of pitches tomorrow will be:

RaG
Seracini
Vitenel
Horizon Push
And Yet It Compiles
Thunderbirds
One $olution
The Quadrant
Noviti

Technolawgical: The iGaming Conference

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Għaqda Studenti Tal-Liġi and ICT Students’ Association have worked together to put forward the event: ‘TechnoLAWgical: The iGaming Conference’.

The conference will take place in the morning, and will include two panels of esteemed professionals in the field of iGaming. The first will discuss ‘iGaming in Malta and Europe’, an introductory session explaining the background of the field. The second will revolve around a fictitious case-study, in order to bring practical aspects to the fore. There will also be an iGaming Job Opportunities Workshop, which will cater for law students and ICT students separately.

Malta’s iGaming industry has flourished over recent years, allowing for a significant increase in career opportunities in both legal and technological fields, and ultimately establishing the country as one of the front runners of iGaming.

The purpose of this conference is to bridge the gap between the two professions, making it relevant to both law and ICT students.

  • For Law students, it should be of particular interest to those studying gaming law, as well as those who lack basic knowledge of the topic and would like an introduction.
  • For ICT students, the conference will provide key insight into the gaming industry, placing future software developers in a more professionally advantageous position.

Below is how the conference will pan out:

10:00-10:05 Introduction
10:05-10:25 Foreword by Special Guests
10:25-11:10 Panel 1: iGaming in Malta and Europe
11:10-11:25 Coffee Break
11:25-12:10 Panel 2: Case Study
12:10-12:40 Reception
12:40-12:45 Introduce Workshop
12:45-13:15 Workshop
13:15-13:30 Conclusion & End

iGaming in Malta and Europe

  1. Chair – Paula Cauchi
  2. Lawyer–  Michael Frendo
  3. iGaming Expert
  4. Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority

Case Study

  1. Chair – Paula Cauchi
  2. Lawyer James Scicluna
  3. iGaming Expert
  4. Cyber Crime Expert

The workshop is to be jobs-oriented, and will be conducted in collaboration with Castille Resources. It will deal with what companies do, what they need and what they look for when looking for prospective employees. There will be two groups which will consist of the ICT sector and the Legal sector. Don’t miss out on this event! RSVP by e-mailing tecnolawgical@gmail.com by the 30th of November 2014.

ICTSA @ Science in the City 2014

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Make sure you visit ICTSA at Republic Street on the 26th of September! We have robots for you to play with, a game involving guiding a smartphone-controlled electronic ball through a maze, an educational treasure hunt using QR Codes with prizes to be won, and much more!

The local winning team of the Microsoft Imagine Cup will also be giving a demo of their app which combines exercise and a reward system.

ICTSA in association with Vintage Computer Club Malta will be showcasing an exhibition with the name: “History of Computing” at the La Vallette band club, situated right next to the ICTSA stands, where the audience may explore the history of computers, computer games and gadgets, and how they have evolved throughout the years.

Make sure to visit the ICTSA stands as we will surely make it worth your while!

Science in the City is an annual national event celebrating various disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths amongst others. Be sure not to miss this unique festival!

Windows 8.1 Dev Contest | second cycle submission deadline, April 30th!

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So you missed submission for the first cycle on April 6th, but do you really want to miss on the second cycle?

Microsoft extended app submission deadline to April 30th, make sure to submit your app.

Here’s what to do:

  • Apps registered in first cycle (till April 6th) will get feedback and support on design and UX and you will have a chance to improve the apps and re-submit the apps till April 30th.
  • All developers that haven’t managed to submit apps into first cycle, can still submit their apps into second cycle (till April 30th) and compete for prizes, but will not get benefit of help & support on application UX and design.

The Awards

16 Nokia Lumia 1520 will be awarded to winners of:

  • Best UX design local categories
  • Regional categories:
    • Best UX design
    • Mostly downloaded App
    • Mostly rated app
    • Highest rated app

30 Prestigio Multipad Visconte Windows tablets will be awarded to winners in the rest of the categories

You can find more details about competition and its rules at contest website. Please join FB group to receive latest updates and get answers to your questions!

ICTSA’s TMDI 2014 – Now Officially launched

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After last year’s success, The Million Dollar Idea is back, bigger than ever! ICTSA is proud to present its very own I.T. Start-up competition. This year’s edition will take place on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March and will be held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Skyparks, Luqa.

The Million Dollar Idea is a project that has been developed to increase and encourage students to take their innovative ideas and turn them into a business reality. Competitors are required to devise a presentation along with a basic business plan, market research and the overall strategy over the weekend.

All students attending University of Malta, MCAST, St. Martin’s Institute, St. Aloysius College, De La Salle, G.F Abela Junior College, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, St. Edwards and Sir M.A Refalo are eligible to participate and entrance is free. Work spaces will be set up at the Microsoft Innovation Centre and participants can work and sleep overnight. Students are encouraged to form teams (maximum of 4).

Applications, prizes and additional information will be published in the following days. Stay tuned!

This event is not limited to just I.T. students!

Interview with the GoC Winners

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  • We caught up with Team * a week after their victory to discuss Uni life and their victory.  The questions are in italics, while the answerer is indicated in bold.  Aaron Axisa is AA and Samantha Catania is SC.
  • Tell us more about you, who you are, and what you’re studying.
  • AA: I’m currently attending a software development course at the University of Malta. Personally I’ve always liked programming as it gives you the opportunity to create that which is not available to you. When you program you are in a state of total control over the machine you’re working on and have to find solutions for problems that crop up. I guess I always liked solving puzzles.
  • SC: I am a second year software development student; I had my first go at programming during secondary school and I realised that I find solving problems through programming quite fulfilling so I decided to pursue a career in Software Development. After my first year of JC I started working at HOB Software where with the help of my mentors I improved my skills and the quality of the code I write. I prefer to work on backends and apps using Apple technologies which is what I’m currently doing at work but I try to be flexible and choose the best tools for the given task as opposed to what I prefer personally.
  • Why did you enter Game of Codes? What attracted you to it?
  • AA: It was a possibility to test my abilities both against fellow students as well as industry-grade programmers.
  • SC:I entered Game of Codes to win and for the things that come with winning, mainly the reputation, exposure and last but not least, the prize.
  • What do you think of the challenge? Was it challenging enough, or maybe too much so?
  • AA: Typical programs revolve around solvable situations with criteria that allow for an algorithm of 100% accuracy to be created. In this case however we had to create the best approximation. Trying to come up with a 100% accurate method was more of a mathematical issue rather than a programmatical one.
  • SC: In my opinion the biggest challenge was deciding how good is good enough since we had to come up with an approximate solution. After deciding it was pretty straightforward.
  • In those 48 hours did you ever face an obstacle that made it tempting to pack your bags and count your losses? What was your motivation for pushing forward?
  • AA: Well for the first 24 hours we were still trying to find an algorithm with 100% accuracy for all situations, and seeing how none could be found surely lowered our hopes, however after giving up on such a high level of accuracy, we easily came up with a solution so it was only a matter of implementing it.
  • SC: When we couldn’t come up with an algorithm that would generate an accurate result for the examples we were given, we thought “this is impossible” but we are both very perseverant, proud of our programming skills and have a reputation to uphold. So we started working on an algorithm that is realisable albeit less accurate; after all the program specifications did say “approximate”.
  • What would be your advice to students signing up for Game of Codes next year? Any tips and tricks? Any hints? Do you think you’ll take part in Game of Codes next year too?
  • AA: While it might not be what you initially expect from a programming competition, give it your best. As for if I will participate next year, I guess we’ll see when the time comes.
  • SC: I think the most important things to have for Game of Codes are perseverance and a determined team. As with any programming problem you also need to have enough confidence to experiment with different approaches until you find the best one for the task at hand.
  • How do you approach university and your studies? Do you have any tips or strategies you would like to share?
  • AA: I have to admit that I am one of those students who tends to leave studying for the last couple of weeks, however when it comes to programming languages and techniques it all comes down to practice. No amount of lectures or research will make you better unless you actually try to be innovative and solve unusual problems yourself, and do not hold back on searching for solutions, as most probably someone has already come up with an idea which will help you along your way.
  • SC: Programming is not something you study, you get better at it with experience but in order to do that you need to learn the basics. I do encourage anyone interested in technology to give coding a try, there are a lot of resources online that will help someone get started, one can find a lot of very helpful tutorials on youtube and if you get stuck on a problem you can use google, most probably some one already had the problem you’re having and posted a solution. If that doesn’t work, post on sites like stackoveflow.com, there are a lot of people online that are willing to help. For those who have already started coding, experiment with different languages, paradigms and try new technologies. Ultimately, in my opinion the most important things in programming are perseverance and a creative approach to problem solving.