Senyeki Marebane, Faculty of ICT Academic Manager, eMalahleni Campus.
The Tshwane University of Technology’s ICT Faculty hosted a Programming Fest on 11 October 2023, at eMalahleni TUT campus. The Programming Fest concept came into existence in 2022 for all programming students at the eMalahleni Campus with the primary objective of extending invitations to programming professionals and other relevant stakeholders to come and talk to the students, with the intention of inspiring them and encouraging their enthusiasm for programming.
The programme is further aimed at increasing the interest of students and broadening their perspective beyond what is covered in class, by introducing them to the wider world of programming, as well as providing them with exposure to many career alternatives and opportunities available within this field.
Senyeki Marebane, Faculty of ICT Academic manager at the eMalahleni Campus highlighted to the students that eMalahleni Programming Fest is not just a conference, but a community. “It is a platform where you can connect with fellow developers, learn from industry experts, and get inspired by the limitless potential of code. Whether you are a top-performing student in programming or just taking your first steps into the world of coding, this event has something in store for everyone.”
“Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to attend informative sessions, engage in firsthand workshops, and network with like-minded individuals who share your passion for technology. This is your chance to explore the latest ideas, increase your passion, and expand your horizons. As we dive into the exciting agenda, we encourage you to participate actively, ask questions, and share your insights. It is your enthusiasm and knowledge that make events like these truly remarkable,” he furthered.
Programming festivals foster a spirit of collaboration. Attendees often work on projects in teams, which promotes idea-sharing and problem-solving. This collaborative environment not only leads to innovative solutions but also encourages networking and building lasting connections in the tech industry.
“Being an Alumni of the people’s university, I see it remarkably great that the current students in the faculty are fortunate enough to attend events like these as during our time such events contributed to the standard level of technology. However, the current generation is auspicious because there are significant developments in the tech industry, which simplifies access to information and facilitates rapid growth for students,” said Crues Xitsundzuxo Khumalo, Software Engineer.
Mfundo Ngcobo, an ICT student at the eMalahleni Campus attested that Programming festivals have become a cornerstone of the tech industry, offering a unique space for collaboration, innovation, and learning. “These events continue to shape the technology landscape by driving progress and inspiring students to push the boundaries of what is possible. Attending a programming festival is always a transformative experience that leaves us inspired and eager to be part of the ever-evolving world of technology,” he expressed.