DUT ‘brings own flair’ to Microsoft event

2014-04-14 00:00

THE Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted the KwaZulu-Natal leg of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Live in Durban, the second biggest event the university will be hosting this year (after graduation).

Matt Cavanagh, a Microsoft Windows phone app developer who was featured in The Witness recently for his successes in his field, addressed crowds at the event and said he saw keen interest from those who attended.

“You can always gauge how interested a crowd is in what you have to say by the amount of questions that are asked afterward.

“We actually had to stop taking questions because those who attended were so interested in what we had to say. It’s the first time I saw that much interest from a crowd,” said Cavanagh.

The developer added that through the event they managed to help students set up DreamSpark accounts that allowed them to access various software tools.

The software package for learning, teaching and resources purposes, worth about R100 000 was given free to all students to help them get started.

The technology giant has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Durban University of Technology to encourage youths in the region to pursue careers in the computer and information technology field.

The event forms part of a countrywide roadshow, where talks take place around not only opportunities in the IT field but also to bridge the gap between those who have the skills and training needed, and those who do not.

It was aimed at attracting pupils, aspiring developers, unemployed graduates, social entrepreneurs and young leaders of community-based organisations and NGOs.

DUT co-ordinator of YouthSpark Live in Durban, lecturer Cassim Vanker, said, “We are very excited to host the event at DUT.

“The YouthSpark Live in Durban is going to be very different from the other events hosted across the country. DUT brings its own flair to YouthSpark.

“We have a dedicated a ‘need to know about computers’ track. This track will be hosted by the Information Technology Department’s third-year students.

“A number of our IT partners will also participate in the event by conducting presentation in their respective tracks,” the event’s co-ordinator said.

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