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Wellington Summer of Code – Engaging the ICT Talent Pipeline

11:30am 16 September 2010

Peter Komisarczuk
Peter Komisarczuk FNZCS ITCP

Professor of Computing, Thames Valley University, UK

In 2005 the Wellington Summer of Code was brought to life engaging ICT undergraduates with innovative Wellington employers.

Since then it has developed into a thriving talent pipeline engaging all levels of tertiary students and providers in the Wellington region with over 150 students contending to be part of the “Summer of Code” working with over a score of innovative companies in a cooperative scheme.
 
Summer of Code engages the students during term time through industry led learning delivered through the year and a summer seminar and workshop series that are open to all. It has also worked with the NZCS to develop the Evening with Industry where undergraduates see young IT professionals starting their careers and discuss the move from academia to the real world using professional tools such as SFIA+. Around 70% of students are retained in full or part time employment, new products are developed and ICT career opportunities are explored.

The Summer of Code provides a template for other centres in New Zealand and a model for future growth and innovation that is essential for the growth of the ICT industry.

This paper explores the success of “Summer of Code”, it’s engagement models, which includes bootcamps, seminars and workshops, and the potential for the future.

About Peter Komisarczuk

Peter Komisarczuk ran the work experience programme at Victoria University from 2003 to the end of 2009 and worked in conjunction with the Wellington Summer of Code.

He researches and teaches in computer science, networking and distributed systems, specifically in cognitive radio, Internet security and Internet protocols. He is currently Senior Lecturer at Victoria University and Professor of Computing at Thames Valley University UK.