Led by Independent Software’s A100 Program and the Connecticut Technology Council, the Connecticut Skills Challenge is a coding challenge that connects talented, tech-savvy students to cutting-edge technology companies in Connecticut.
“The Challenge is an opportunity for students and employers to get excited about our assets as a state,” explains Koch. “It’s great for employers because it gives them a better appreciation for the great emerging technology talent in Connecticut. For students, it’s an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with great local companies working on innovative, exciting solutions to big problems.”
Students from Connecticut colleges and universities who participate in the Connecticut Skills Challenge take part in a coding skills test that lasts about 2 hours. After they take the Skills Challenge, students are included in an online directory that enables Connecticut technology companies to search for local talent. Top scoring participants are invited to a finals event where they compete in teams for cash prizes.
Koch encourages students to take part in the Skills Challenge because, “It’s good for a students’ professional development and it prepares them for the kind of interview process and programming challenges employers put their candidates through.” He emphasizes that students “get a lot out of that first experience.”
Skills Challenges are taking place starting in late September at many local schools:
- Central Connecticut State University
- Eastern Connecticut State University
- Fairfield University
- Norwalk Community College
- Quinnipiac University
- Sacred Heart University
- Southern Connecticut State University
- The University of Bridgeport
- The University of Connecticut
- The University of New Haven
- Western Connecticut State University
“Last year about 10 schools and more than 200 students participated in the Connecticut Skills Challenge. The goal is to double those numbers,” says Koch. “We’d be delighted to do more!”
Computer Science professors interested in hosting a Skills Challenge at their college or university can register their school for a Skills Challenge or find more information through the Connecticut Technology Council, Independent Software, or A100.
To register to participate in the Connecticut Skills Challenge, visit http://indie-soft.com/a100/ct-skills-challenge.