International software solutions firm Steltix sponsored the end-of-term Hackathon at codeX Coding Academy at the V&A Waterfront where 40 young coders applied their skills to create innovative enterprise software web and mobile applications and components using Oracle JET.
The four-day event marked the conclusion of this year’s coding calendar for the Academy’s junior software developers who are now available to work as coders within South Africa. By using the Oracle JET toolkit the developers built applications and components in only two days, some of which can already be used by Steltix.
According to Fritz Hölscher, Managing Director of Steltix South Africa, “The Hackathon rounded off this year’s ongoing collaboration between Steltix and codeX in the best possible way. We are proud that we could be part of this event that positively impacted these young coders prior to beginning their long and fruitful careers. Some of them will join the Steltix internship program in 2018, where they will continue to apply the skills that they learned. We are looking forward to continue the relationship between Steltix, codeX and Oracle in 2018.”
“The year-end Hackathon mirrored a workplace team environment and thus reinforces the codeX approach to coding which favors collaboration over competition,” said Cara Turner, codeX CEO.
She explains that this approach brings out the best coding skills each person has developed over the past year. Rather than aiming for an overall winner, it sets a vital precedent for success in the working environment. “Collaboration, consultation and negotiation are all key skills that our employers need, and don’t find with other graduates.” she says.
Steltix South Africa and codeX have previously collaborated on a ‘Code Bootcamp’ program which assisted aspiring student developers in kickstarting their careers. The program saw a team of six codeX junior software developers spend a week on-site at the Steltix LABS Product Development hub in Hermanus where they experienced an immersive taste of the daily tasks of an Enterprise Software Developer.
Steltix is a global company with headquarters in the Netherlands and offices in 7 other countries in Europe and South Africa. They specialise in Oracle’s JD Edwards (JDE) ERP software to provide cutting edge IT solutions for their customers.
The codeX Coding Academy trains software developers in a way that enables them to quickly transition into a rewarding career. Commerce and industry has long raised concerns about school leavers and graduates being poorly equipped. When it comes to the kind of software development that grows modern economies, codeX believes it is producing well-rounded, employable talent.
“We’re all about providing our aspiring developers the best start to their careers. The Hackathon provided that final source of inspiration to our young coders as they prepare to enter the workplace,” concludes Ms Turner.