Following the final presentation of the students, the “Programmer Trainee Scheme” provided by CityU Apps Lab (CAL) has finally come to an end on 21st April 2016. The training lasted for 13 weeks throughout Semester B 2015/16 where students were able to first choose a topic they were interested in and expanded their ideas while creating the app. “It is about their passion and we aim to stimulate innovation and creativity in order to help them develop their passion,” said Nelson, one of the two program instructors who both are also the supervisors of Apps Lab.
As per Rayne, another instructor, “In this interactive learning environment, we also hope to foster relationships among students and encourage the exchange of knowledge.” Apparently this objective has been fulfilled. According to Elena from the team RiceBag, she has met people from other disciplines and learnt technical skills such as business planning, project management and especially coding using BitBucket, which were not taught in her course lecture.
A Year 2 Computer Science student, Dennis, mentioned that he participated in this training program because it was related to his studies, but he has earned more than that. “In particular, this program motivates me to go beyond my limits. For example, I realized my flaws during the weekly report presentation so I had to continuously polish the project. I really appreciate the opportunity to work on our Live Streaming project.“
“As an Information Engineering student, previously I did not know how to use Unity to create a game. But now, I successfully designed one, “Minion War”, and am able to present it confidently in front of the crowd. It is really an accomplishment,” said Erik from the Unity3D Game team. His teammate, Samson, also expressed his gratitude after his group won the “Best Performance Award”. “I really enjoy the process learning from my teammates and instructors. They never hesitate to contribute what they have.”
In light of the objective to empower youngsters with cutting-edge technologies, Dr Ray Cheung, Director of CAL, believed that this training marked another successful page of CAL.
The group enjoyed joining the exhibition in ICT expo to showcase their learning outcomes in this program.
“Albox”, a cloud based file sharing platform by Kevin, Charles, Tim and Eugenia ↓
City Hunt by Momo, Kenneth, Edmund and Franky ↓
Rice Bag: Coupon App by Jenny and Elena ↓
Live Streaming App by Dennis, Jason and Louis ↓
Indoor Monitoring System using Arduino by Leo and Kit ↓
Minion War, a 2D Unity Game built by Samson, Erik and Piu ↓