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Coding contest draws ideas with impact

Fascinating ideas are flowing into the #ChangeWithCode competition, which offers a coding scholarship for sparks of inspiration



Self-driving cars, the blockchain, 3D printers; all these ideas started with a spark; an a-ha moment or a big plan scribbled on a small post-it note. Greatness often has humble beginnings. This October you can share your big tech idea and stand in line to win a coding scholarship up to the value of R45,000 in the #ChangeWithCode competition.

It’s common knowledge that the skills gap in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector is a global concern, most notably in South Africa. IT is a sector in the job market that continues to be one of the highest in demand. Because of this, HyperionDev is offering three scholarships to three inspired South Africans with great tech ideas.

Fascinating ideas are already flowing in, as these Tweets show.

“Few industries offer job security like a career in coding,” says Riaz Moola, founder and CEO of HyperionDev. “This is a result of the global tech skills gap, and the ever-growing demand for industry expert coders.” Career Junction recently reported that IT job vacancies sit at 30% and supply level is at only 8%. Moola says that research amongst HyperionDev graduates showed that 95% of graduates had reached their career outcomes since graduation. This might include successfully moving to a career in tech, starting their own business, upskilling in their current tech role or using their newfound skills in a non-tech job.

Bill Gates, Tim Cook and Larry Ellison, all mavericks in their own right, have said that getting a degree that takes four years is not necessary for coding. Statistics South Africa reports that many students drop out without completing a qualification or take up to six years to complete a three-year qualification. As a result, very few students progress to advanced National Qualifications Framework (NQF) levels of study.  Moola says that to succeed in coding the requirements are as simple as the ability to learn independently, critical thinking and problem solving and access to the internet.

Click here to read about how to apply for the programme.

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