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Talent Without Borders – Avslutning

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Åtta veckor har nu gått och CSR initiativet, Talent Without Borders, har i slutet på vecka 23 slutfört sin allra första omgång av Hackademy för nyanlända. 

Åtta stycken duktiga och engagerade nyanlända utvecklare har tillsammans arbetat som ett team enligt Scrum och varvat utbildningssessioner med praktisk arbetet i projektet Bikes vs Cars. Projektet är från början en dokumentärfilm från WG Film med tillhörande WEB samt mobila applikationer. Teamet har i deras praktiska arbete fokuserat på att förbättra den mobila applikationen vars huvudsakliga syfte är att beräkna hur mycket koldioxid du som cyklist besparar jordens miljö i förhållande till om du åker bil samma sträcka.

”Ingen i teamet hade tidigare arbetat med Scrum och få hade arbetat med Android. De hade ingen kännedom om varandra och några av dem hade aldrig tidigare arbetat i team. Det har varit en utmaning som var och en av de åtta teammedlemmarna klarat av mycket bra, både enskilt och i team” berättar Åsa Stark, ScrumMaster för Talent Without Borders.

För Softhouse har det varit självklart att delta i projektet med utbildningar, handledning samt att ta Scrum Master rollen för hela teamet. Målet med Hackademy är att öka nyanländas chanser till att få arbete i Sverige och efter åtta intensiva veckor har nu tre deltagare från Hackademy fått konkreta jobberbjudanden och de övriga är i processer för anställning eller har fått praktikplatser. Förutom jobb-och praktikerbjudande har CSR initiativet även uppmärksammats av Dagens EKO. I inslaget under söndagskvällen (12/6) intervjuas en av deltagarna i vår Hackademy samt en representant från Arbetsförmedlingen. För att höra inslaget klicka på ikonen nedan och spola fram till ca 7:50 minuter in i inslaget.

”Det har varit en spännande resa för oss på Softhouse och planeringen för nästa Hackademy, till hösten, kommer att starta inom de närmaste dagarna” berättar Mats Petersen, VD at Softhouse Consulting Öresund AB. 

 

3 questions – Ervin Djogic, developer

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Get to know us! This week you can read about Ervin Djogic, developer at Softhouse Bosnien AB.

 

1) Who is Ervin Djogic?

I am a software engineer with much enthusiasm and experience in wide range of software development areas. I am very positive, team player, client oriented and have experience of leading, organizing and successfully accomplishing software projects with high level of quality and performance. In the same time i am really dedicated to the team spirit and friendship prior to the project and technologies.

2) In your work – what is your current focus? 

It is a really big pleasure to work with cutting edge technologies, in positive team with great colleges, on exciting projects for customers with high level of reputation from all around the world. Mostly my daily work is based on tasks from IoT area where i am doing my best in order to make smart devices fast, efficient and their users very satisfied. My goals for the future are to put my knowledge in IoT area on the high level and share it with all my coworkers and friends.

3) What is the best/advantages with Softhouse? 

As a software developer in Softhouse i am able to work with real experts from different areas, to be respected from them, to be included in all discussions related to the software design and architecture and to share my experience with all of those. This kind of work is really helping me to build myself as a person and as a expert. I am really happy to be part of Sofhouse positive story, which is to have very smart, satisfied employees and clients we are working for.

 

Softhouse sponsors LEGO robotics activities for school children in Tuzla, Bosnia

LEGO Robotics

LEGO robotics activities for school children in Tuzla, Bosnia

Supported by local organisations, Softhouse initiated a LEGO Mindstorms project for school children in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, this spring. The plans for a follow up include permanent robotics classes and workshops for children as well as a future industrial R&D lab.

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, late 2015: Tanja Madzarevic from the international organisation EDC is making plans for a robotics project for school children. This CROPbotics initiative is just a test educational project for a future industrial R&D lab in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The problem is that the local organization “Laboratorium” who can provide teachers for the CROPbotics initiative is on a very tight budget and the cost of a LEGO Mindstorms box required for the first course equals more than half of a normal monthly salary in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“At that time Himzo Music asked how he and Softhouse could help and I said: ‘By getting the equipment!’” Tanja Madzarevic recalls. “Himzo took care of it immediately. It was Christmas time and suppliers in Scandinavia had run out of LEGO Mindstorm kits, but we managed to find two boxes in a toy store in Sarajevo.”

The whole story started earlier during 2015 when Himzo Music, CEO at Softhouse Consulting Bosnia, and Vijay Velu of Turret Lab met in Sweden. Together, they started forming a vision of a robotics lab in Bosnia which may serve as a distributed R&D contractor for industries in other countries.

“Both of us are also very interested in Corporate Social Responsibility issues, and as a spinoff, we had this idea of a robotics project for school children,” says Himzo Music. “Vijay was inspired by a American programme where school kids grow their own vegetables. And so the idea of CROPbotics was born!”

CROPBotics initiative is envisioned as an educational project where 10–14 year old school children create green, science-based solutions to improve the local community and environment. The prep course in robotics, based on LEGO Mindstorms, took place for the first time this spring in Tuzla, two hours north of Sarajevo. After ten weeks of planning, building, programming and testing, the primary school students successfully built their own robots and were awarded certificates. The course took place at the American Corner – a knowledge center which is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. This is a hotspot for all kinds of tech and science based courses and get-togethers.  This summer kids that went through the training in robotics will get education in working with Arduino for agriculture and kick off their first joint CROPbotics project in the fall 2016.

Tanja Madzarevic, Business Development Manager at EDC, grew up in Tuzla and then followed a career path with many foreign contacts, mainly in the USA. Now she commits her professional life to help the children of Bosnia fulfil their future dreams by learning science, tech and programming. But she is very humble regarding her own role:

“More than anything, I must acknowledge the local teachers, Leila Hadzic and Dejan Bojic, who are offering their time and giving away their knowledge without any compensation. I see it as an act of trust!” says Tanja Madzarevic.

”By organized play, these children will be introduced to the world of technology,” says Himzo Musić. “Hopefully, it will inspire them to explore further and eventually become skilled engineers when they grow up. We owe a lot to Tanja who has made a fantastic job and put down a lot of time and effort to turn ideas into reality.”

 

EDC – ”Learning transforms lives.”

EDC (Education Development Center) is an international organisation with HQ in Boston which “designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide”. The operations of EDC are funded from a number of sources, eg. governments, universites, public organisations and a number of corporations. Today, EDC employs 1,200 staff worldwide.

 

Leila Hadzic, school teacher from Tuzla and supervisor during the robotics course:  “The most rewarding thing besides the thrill of teaching is the opportunity to transfer knowledge, the love for learning new things and showing our youngsters that they too can take part in the robotics revolution today. Our children often perceive that living in Bosnia and Herzegovina does not provide them enough opportunities and chances to learn about new technologies like their fellows in more developed countries. By working on the robotics workshop I was very happy to show them that they could, that they are already a part of it. The process of teaching can be really transformative and rewarding. It is then that I feel I make progress as well.”