IT Department Marks 2nd Junior Architecture Excellence Challenge

Prof. Odhiambo presents the winners gong to Group 4.1, winners of the Cloud Architecture category

The Junior Architecture Excellence Challenge that is aimed at developing young talent as future transformation practitioners in the IT industry marked its second edition of the awards, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The challenge saw IT students compete for top honours in four categories.

The awards, borne out of a collaborative initiative that brings together JKUAT, Pearl Touch International (PTI) Consulting and Archangel Interactive Agency, provides a vibrant platform for students to share industry knowledge, geared towards channeling them to become world class professionals in the ever dynamic ICT industry.

The Excellence Challenge attracted 62 contestants who participated in 4 categories namely; Application Architecture, Integration Architecture, Architecture for Public Sector and Cloud Architecture subjecting them to a thought process that produces an array of solutions.

The partnership implemented through the Department of Information Technology has elicited a strong desire for students to understand how best to position themselves in the industry armed with the technical and soft skills to provide solutions to a rapidly changing enterprise.

A cross section of the students during the award ceremony

Speaking during the Awards ceremony, Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, lauded the students for their efforts saying the contest was designed as an alternative tool from the traditional classroom style to foster JKUAT’s vision of becoming “A University of global excellence in Training, Research and Innovation for Development.”

“The integration of industry experience in our classwork will strengthen the value in knowledge and skill uptake of students, hence preparing them for the ever dynamic ICT industry,” attested Prof. Odhiambo.

Co-founder of PTI Consulting, Mr. Peter Muya, hopes that the contest will sharpen the minds of the students to apply the theoretical enterprise architecture learning into real world practice and produce elegant solutions to complex problems that are usable in the market.

The architect of the initiative, Ms. Grace Mugambi, Lecturer, Department of Information Technology, acknowledged that the academia-industry linkage in this project will aid in driving new discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace thus propelling JKUAT to develop itself as a centre of excellence on the subject of enterprise architecture in the region.

Out of the 4 groups in the Applications Architecture category, Group 1.2 comprising of  Eddy Mbanga, Catherine Mikal Sira, Moses Mwirigi, Kevin Masese, Joseph Njenga and Tandon Masiba emerged winners with their Census Information System Solution Project.

In the Integration Architecture category, Group 2.4 comprising of Mary Gladys Waweru, Daniel Gateri, Njoroge Daniel Mburu and Aluoch Mghenja with their Magari Application Integration Project toppled the other four groups in the category.

Integration Architecture Category winners, Group 2.4, receive their price from Mr. Oyier

The Architecture for Public Sector category saw Group 3.3 comprising of Wafula .K. Mwangi, Kinyanjui .S. Kiguru, Gideon Mbugua, Kithome .K. Henry and Rackel Wagah emerge winners with their Government Pension System.

Of the four participating groups in the Cloud Architecture Category, Group 4.1 consisting of Cosmas Ochieng’ Musis, Collins Gary Obwam, Muibu Kevin Njenga, Moses Gacuca Kariuki and Bronson Smith Muma emerged winners with their Maua Governance Portal.

The award ceremony was also addressed by CEO and Design Director of The Archangel Interactive Agency, Mr. Micheal Mwaura and Chairman, Information Technology Department, Mr. Philip Oyier.

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