WSU Queen­stown cam­pus stu­dent vis­its In­dia

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Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity Queen­stown cam­pus stu­dent Ler­ato Tshefu re­cently vis­ited In­dia on a men­tor­ship and learn­ing trip.

The trip was the re­sult of Tshefu win­ning in a in­no­va­tive idea-pitch­ing com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents at a South African Tech­nol­ogy Net­work (SATN) 2018 Con­fer­ence in Durban.

Three stu­dents rep­re­sented WSU – Tshefu, Mx­olisi Zoko and Zama Nako – with the con­fer­ence theme, “The Im­pact of the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion in Ed­u­ca­tion”.

In line with this, stu­dents had to pitch an in­no­va­tive idea.

For the WSU, the idea was about an ed­u­ca­tion app for learn­ing and study­ing out­side the class­room.

The app seeks to pro­vide a plat­form for stu­dents to have ac­cess to teach­ing and study ma­te­rial to ul­ti­mately im­prove their marks.

The back­ground and ad­van­tage for this app is that most stu­dents are al­ready us­ing smart­phones for their con­nec­tion. Un­like other ed­u­ca­tion plat­forms, Study Buddy, as the app is known, will have live stream­ing and play­back of video and au­dio con­tent.

The panel of seven judges was im­pressed with the idea and the three-minute pitch.

Tshefu was cho­sen along with two stu­dents from Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TUT) and Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (CPUT). Part of the rea­son for the idea pitch­ing was to help these stu­dents de­velop them into prac­ti­cal busi­ness ideas.

Ler­ato found it to be a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to meet with app de­vel­op­ers and to ex­pand his knowl­edge.

“It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I now know more about app de­vel­op­ment and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing. I had a very knowl­edge­able team to help me to build our min­i­mum vi­able prod­uct [MVP]. SATN CEO Dr An­shu Pa­day­achee was also present.”

To make the MVP will re­quire about R600,000 if it func­tions ac­cord­ing to spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

App de­vel­op­ment re­quires a proper ex­e­cu­tion and a clear sus­tain­abil­ity plan. From the knowl­edge gained from his men­tors in In­dia, Ler­ato and the team will now take the app for­ward. Fun­ders within the tech­no­log­i­cal field have shown in­ter­est in the app.

Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Africa TIA has made a com­mit­ment to pro­vide sup­port as the idea fit in well with some of their ob­jec­tives.


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