Happy graduation to the students in Apps Lab Summer Trainee Program!
The graduation ceremony on 5th September 2015 marked the end of the intensive training in Apps Lab’s first-ever Trainee Program. “The traditional way of teaching is not efficient enough to catch up the rapid changing technology,” said Nelson, the program initiator, and also a senior developer at CAL. In the program, each team was needed to coordinate the overall project progress, and the work distribution among themselves to prepare the presentation of the completed prototype. “We aim to foster an interactive learning environment in Apps Lab, where innovation flourishes and self-excelling thrives. For example, learning through team-oriented and project-based tasks was encouraged in the program.”
On the graduation day, all the teams presented the completed prototype, as well as the barriers and obstacles that they experienced throughout the whole program. “It’s really an accomplishment when I look back on what I’ve done in just 5 weeks this summer. I’m amazed by the efficiency of my group members as we’re able to complete a simple app in the limited time,” said Wai-kit, one of the students who joined the program.
“Being a biology student without strong programming knowledge, it is very difficult to communicate with my groupmates when it comes to the technical part, not to mention involving in the coding process immediately,”Maria expressed her excitement after being able to contribute to the app their group made, the CityU Run. “Before I can really start, a lot of self-study is required to pick up the basics of coding. I find this training program useful and I really appreciate it as it really drove me to learn new things even though it is out of my comfort zone.”
“Not only do I improve my programming ability, I also get my project management skills pushed to a higher level as these are not taught in lectures,” said Ping, a member from the team working on “CitySnap”, which functions as the CityU edition Instagram and won the ‘Best Performance Award’ in the program. “This is really a good chance for us to experience the real life of an app developer and also to have a clearer image about the future workspace”