ZICT - developing the IT talents of Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00


Zamboanga ICT Council (ZICT), in partnership with industry partner Job and Esther Technologies, Elance and Smart Technologies, implemented a month-long mobile applications development training to Android and Multi-platform language, Eqela with participants coming from different colleges and universities in the city.

The company is the developer of Eqela which is a unified cross-platform development software meant to advance software engineering based on the principle of inter-operability. It is also a very active partner and support of the efforts of the Zamboanga ICT Council to develop the ICT manpower of the city and establish it as a technological power in the nation.

Participants from the ZICT school partners got a substantial discount while participants from non-partner schools paid the regular standard fee. The students and teachers who participated underwent rigorous training and at the end of the sessions, were able to create working mobile applications and games. The Android training was held for 8 days whereas the Eqela training lasted 5 days. Only students who submitted a running app at the end of the training were given Certificates of Completion. Exemplary students were given Eqela software licenses by Job and Esther Technologies(J&E).

The Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, AMA Computer College, STI Zamboanga, and Southern City Colleges were among the participating schools that took advantage of this rare opportunity where an established industry giant comes to the city and gives the same quality training at discounted costs. A typical training in Metro Manila would cost thousands but was provided for a fraction of a cost due to the confidence of the providing institutions in the Zamboangueno talent.

True to this, a number of mobile games have been borne from the short duration of the training. The participating students have enthusiastically used their new set of skills to come up with their own mobile game concepts which were presented during the 2nd Batch graduation last July 26 at the WMSU CTE Auditorium. It came as a wonderful surprise how creative young minds can be given the short amount of time. With the success of the second slate of trainings, ZICT and its partner industries are confident that it can further enhance the programming skills of the city’s youth.

A representative from ODESK-ELANCE also provided insights in inspiring careers online which consists mostly of IT professionals. Location no longer plays a hindrance in employment for as long as the worker is equipped with the right set of proficiency and skills to perform the job.

It shall only be a matter of time before these two newfound opportunities can be married: The latest mobile programming skills and a portal for employing these skills. Indeed nothing is no longer a far-fetched dream as EQELA has come and taught our very own students to DEVELOP THE IMPOSSIBLE.

Romans 12:6 “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them..”

By: Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 15:45