To co-incide with the worldwide Microsoft Imagine Cup finals in Sydney, Australia on 6-10 July, Datacom has announced Mohit Singh as the winner of the 2012 Datacom Imagine Cup Scholarship.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition where students use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: ‘Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems’. Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition.
As winner of the Datacom Imagine Cup Scholarship Mohit receives a paid six month internship at Datacom and in doing so, have the opportunity to contribute to real-world customer solutions.
|Greg Davidson, CEO of Datacom New Zealand, said the Imagine Cup is a great way to celebrate the world-class software design talent coming out of the New Zealand tertiary institutions and the Datacom Scholarship award recognises this talent. Every year the company has hired a large number of graduating students into permanent roles with around 60 graduates joining the software division alone in the past 24 months.
“The scholarship is a great opportunity for a student to put their theoretical learning into practice in real-world situations”. “From day one they’ll be working with our talented staff and our customers who want us to make a significant difference to their business. They will be heavily involved in designing, building and delivering solutions. This is a chance to spend time in a leading company and work on real projects – and get paid doing it,”
“Mohit stood out with his strong academic record, practical work experience, excellent references, but above all, his demonstrable passion for creating solutions with the end user in mind.” said Mr Davidson.
Scott Wylie, Director of the Developer and Platform Group for Microsoft New Zealand believes the opportunity for the scholarship winner to work with industry-leading technologies delivering big business solutions will be excellent exposure to the industry.
“Datacom is offering Mohit a fantastic break into the industry and a great kick-start to his career,” says Scott.
Last year’s inaugural scholarship winner, Dmitry Selitskiy, said the six months he spent at Datacom were hugely beneficial to his career and personal development.
“It gave me the chance to work with a group of very smart people who have decades of experience in IT as well as in other fields. This was invaluable in terms of learning how the industry works and gaining some strong connections in the industry.”
Dmitry went on to apply his newly found practical skills to his personal start-up company Thought-Wired.
The world finals for the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup held in Sydney will showcase over 400 of the most talented students from 107 countries. New Zealand is represented by Team Mobile Eye.