Regional winners will receive a cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Boston
London, UK., November 2018 – The 2018 Rocket APT Challenge launches in universities across EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Entrants will have the chance to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Rocket HQ in Boston in June 2019, where they will compete in the final against other teams from around the world for a share of the grand prize of $24,000 (US).
The Rocket APT Challenge, jointly supported by Rocket Software and APT Solutions, aims to address the technology industry’s growing skills gap by introducing students to new application development techniques in preparation for careers in coding or as an entrepreneur. Students are encouraged to innovate to the limits of their imagination around this year’s theme Improve Your Community. Partner companies are already signing up to offer internships to entrants.
Stuart Shepherd, Managing Director at APT Solutions added, “Businesses everywhere are crying out for skilled developers, yet many computer science graduates are struggling to find jobs. We hope that the Rocket APT Challenge will help to bridge the gap between the academic subject and the real world.”
This is the first year the Challenge will be open to students across the world, having originated in the UK in 2017. Registration is now live and the competition will run from 1st of December through to the 15th March 2019. The Challenge is open to undergraduate students 18 years of age or older who are currently studying engineering, computer science, or technology at an accredited college or university in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Entrants will be equipped with the technology and guidance necessary for them to develop their applications using the Rocket MultiValue application platform.
“The Challenge is more than just a competition - it’s a way of linking up successful global companies with a fresh pool of talent. There are many young bright students out there who have so much to offer but aren’t always aware of the potential of all the technologies that exist in the business world,” said Andy Youniss, President and CEO, Rocket Software.
Last year’s winner, George Christian, a student at the University of Sheffield commented, “The competition enabled me to gain real-life coding experience. Being at Rocket Software’s HQ meant I got to learn from leading industry figures and offered me a glimpse into a career as a developer - which I believe will stand me in good stead for life after graduation.”
The Rocket APT Challenge
- October 2018 - Registration opens
- December 2018 - Competition begins
- 15th March 2019 - Development window closes
- April 2019 - Judging and announcement of regional winners
- June 2019 - Winners travel to Massachusetts for Rocket.Build 2019
About Rocket Software
Rocket Software (www.rocketsoftware.com) is a technology company that helps organisations in the IBM ecosystem build solutions that meet today’s needs while extending the value of their technology investments for the future. Thousands of companies depend on Rocket to solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their existing infrastructure and data, as well as extend those assets to take advantage of cloud, mobile, analytics, and other future innovations. Founded in 1990, Rocket is based in Waltham, Massachusetts with locations in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
About APT Solutions
APT Solutions is a specialist supplier of membership software and services to a wide range of clients predominantly in the not-for-profit sector. We specialise in systems for Trade Unions, Professional Institutions, Sporting Bodies and Charities ranging from 1,000 to 1.5 million members.
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