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Byte Jam competition at IHCC

Sep 30, 2013

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College computer software development students will host their first Byte Jam competition Oct. 7-10 in the Advanced Technology Center on the Ottumwa campus.

April Leahy, Kush Passi, Mitzui Echeverria and Ryker Garrison, all of Fairfield, are among the competing students.

The competition will involve students devoting three days to developing web applications that demonstrate the role of the software developer in business, opportunities for professional growth and the current job outlook.

The IHCC Byte Jam involves more than 70 students currently pursuing their degree in software development. Ten student-led teams will compete for prizes while working in a collaborative effort that uses their skills in software design, coding, quality assurance, project management and written and verbal communication. The jam will conclude with each team giving a 10-minute presentation on their application to their peers, college administrators and a panel of judges at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 in St. John Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the presentations or to view the competition during the week. Interested persons also can follow the competition on twitter at IHCCByteJam.

“The Byte Jam is a great opportunity for our students to interact in a team environment to develop their skills in designing and coding an application,” said Susan Wilson, Indian Hills computer software development professor. “Additionally, they will be gaining practical skills in problem solving, quality assurance, project management and communications. Skills that are greatly desired in our field.”

Students will be scheduling visits to each high school in the college’s 10-county area to present the applications they have developed. They also will answer questions regarding the transition from high school to college, paid internship opportunities available, job placement percentages and average starting salaries for software developers.

The Indian Hills Computer Programming Club will share information about club activities and renewable scholarships of up to $2,000 for students planning to enroll at IHCC during the 2014-15 school year.

Area clubs and organizations that would like a presentation can contact Susan Wilson at 641-683-5111, extension 1760, or Susan.Wilson@indianhills.edu.


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