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“Career in technology is fun with great opportunities.” – Garima Khakurel, President of CSIT Association of Nepal

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garima khakurel, CSIT Association of Nepal

Garima Khakurel is a final year student of CSIT who is actively participated in many communities and organizations. She is currently president at  BRIDGE CLUB Nepal, Head office member at Bridge Club International Organization, and also a President at CSIT Association of Nepal.

She is a multi-talented person with her own startup Kathmandu jobs. We had got a chance to interview her and asks her how she started at this very young age and active in multiple organizations in a leading position. she shared with us about the CSIT Association of Nepal. Let’s Know her with her own words;

1. Can you please Introduce Yourself

I am a final year student of B.Sc.CSIT who is just about to graduate. Throughout my years in college, I have involved in different organizations and communities one of which is the CSIT Association of Nepal. I am currently leading a startup called Kathmandu Jobs which works on Tech Recruitment. I have also been working as a President of the CSIT Association of Nepal since September 2019.

2. What is the CSIT Association of Nepal? Why was this established?

CSIT Association of Nepal is a non-profit, non-government, and non-political organization. It was established in 2011 AD by B.Sc.CSIT students with the aim of bridging the gap between university, students, and industry. Back then, there used to be many issues regarding the course and its execution. So, the organization was established such that it could be a platform for students and universities to come together to solve existing problems. CSITAN can also be considered as a tech community with a network of IT students all around Nepal.
We have our regional committees outside Kathmandu valley as Rupandehi, Chitwan, Pokhara, and Purbanchal committees.

3. What are the major activities done by the CSIT Association of Nepal?

Ever since establishment, CSITAN has been actively involved in organizing different events and activities with the goal of providing more opportunities for tech students to grow their skills and network. One of our major activities includes University-Industry tip up (UT Tie-Up). It is an event that brings students, university representatives, and industry together to discuss growing together and helping each other out. We have organized five volumes of UI Tie Ups and we’ve been planning for 6th UI Tie Up. We also publish a yearly magazine called ‘Voice of IT’ and entrance preparation book for a B.Sc.CSIT.

Apart from that, we organized different workshops, seminars, webinars, and hackathons throughout the year. Some of our remarkable activities include Girls in ICT Hackathon 2019, Hult Prize at IOST 2020, Career Conclave. We also organize National Executive Meetup where our executive members from all over the country come together to plan and create a framework to solve existing problems and achieve new goals.

4. How one can be a member of CSITAN? What’s the eligibility for membership? And how will members get benefits?

We open the forms for General Membership of CSITAN every tenure. Any student pursuing B.Sc.CSIT under the Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuwan University is eligible to be a general member of CSITAN. General Members will be then eligible to join the executive committee as an executive member.

As a General Member, one would be able to grab benefits like discounts in our paid events, discounts for training programs provided by our partner organizations, networking and internship opportunities, etc. We have been planning for more activities for General Members which will be announced at the General Members’ orientation for this tenure happening after the Lockdown is over.

5. Are you collaborating with tech companies and organizations? To what extent?

We have been collaborating with a lot of different partners such as IT companies, Training Centers, CSIT colleges, and other government and non-government organizations. We believe that the IT sector can be uplifted by developing skills of people in the field along with the ample number of opportunities for learning and networking. So, to make this happen, we are always looking for collaborations. Such collaborations may vary from annual collaboration to partnership for a certain project or an event.

We have been collaborating with different organizations and communities such as Neosphere, Texas International College, Asian College of Higher Studies, Genese Software Solutions, Robotics Association of Nepal, Sewa Nepal, etc. We have also worked with government entities like the Nepal Telecommunication Authority and the Department of IT.

6. What are the future goals of the CSITAN?

The future goals of CSITAN are to create platforms for our General Members and other students of technology in order to uplift their technical skills and help them explore the opportunities that are available out there related to internships, networking, and excelling in other important soft skills. Even though we have already been doing things like that, we are planning to bring more long-term and rigid plans to implement it.

Apart from our initial goals that have been to bridge the gap between university, industry, and students, our major goal at the moment is to provide as many opportunities as we can to the students connected with us and connect to more students while doing so.

7. Few words for everyone listening to you.

I would like to say that, pursuing a career in technology is a fun thing to do with great opportunities. So, don’t limit yourself while exploring it, connecting with people out in the community, or becoming better at it day by day.

There are a lot of opportunities, be it from CSITAN or any other community or organization. All you have to do is get yourself out there, attend that event, apply for that internship, or reach out to that developer you want to connect with.
CSITAN will always be there for you to provide such opportunities or to get your questions to be answered regarding these things.

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KU Hackfest 2022 | 36-hour Long International Digital-first Hybrid Hackathon

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ICT BYTE had some short chitchat with organizer of KU Hackfest 2022. Here is what you need to know

1. What actually is KU HackFest and why should one participate?

KU HackFest 2022 is a 36-hour long international digital-first hybrid hackathon that is being organised by Kathmandu University Computer Club from 5th till 7th August 2022, where more than 300 students will be participating through physical and virtual meetups. KU HackFest 2022 envisions bringing creative minds together to collaboratively create something that can spark a change in the future of technology. It is the best platform to showcase one’s coding skills, build impactful technological solutions and also win amazing gifts, prizes, swags, and cash rewards. Participants will gain tremendous skills and experiences in new technology, teamwork, and brainstorming solution-oriented innovative concepts along with proper mentorship and guidance.

2. What is the procedure for participants?  

First of all, you have to register for the event. The registration process is super easy! We have partnered with Devfolio, which is the one-stop platform you’ll use throughout the hackathon, from registration up until the project submission. If you already have a team, make sure you and each of your team members apply. 

Once registered, each team will have 36 hours to prepare a project relevant to at least one track in our Hackfest. Participants must build something that portrays their idea in the form of a Minimum Viable Product. The product built must communicate clearly the vision of the team and it must be relevant to at least one primary track. All submissions are to be made within the given deadline on the day of the Hackfest. Participants must also make and submit a short demonstration video of their project. The maximum length allowed for this video is 3 minutes.

In between the event, if participants encounter a challenge that they aren’t able to solve, they can take help from mentors through an ask-mentor ticket as well.

3. Do you have any messages to your sponsors? Why should this event be sponsored?  

We are a group of young enthusiasts organising a huge event on a global scale. For this, we need a lot of support in various forms, which we are seeking from the sponsors. Our last program was a huge success with 613 participants from 29 different countries worldwide submitting a total of 58 projects. We can assure you that we will advertise your company with banners and also market your company and brand to all the attendees at the event. There is a detailed document for sponsors which you can find here.

4. What is the plan after this event? What will be the outcome?  

After this event follows another event, IT Meet which will bring tech-enthusiasts from around the globe together for a change. An exchange of ideas could bring a massive upliftment in technology. Being able to work on challenges, explore creative outlets, collaborate with a community, take networking, learn new skills, meet great people and win cash prizes and swags are a few things that this hackfest helps you achieve. Young aspiring technology enthusiasts would learn a lot of things that could help them till the end of their journey in tech. People sharing similar interests get to connect through this event and the networking gets strong.

5. Some more words from the Organiser

The organiser believes that this is the opportunity no one should miss out on. This event equips you with the powerful skills and proper guidance that can be helpful for the rest of your life. You should give KU HackFest a chance if you are waiting for something to awaken the tech-bee inside you.

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Hult Prize at KUSOM | Interview with Campus Director Sadikshya Pandeya

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Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) is the best business school in all B-Schools ratings in Nepal. With a motto of ‘Ahead in Management’ KUSOM is leading the way in Management, setting quality standards and innovative trends for other business schools and providing high quality managerial, and entrepreneurial graduates every year.

Sadikshya Pandeya is the Campus Director of Hult Prize at KUSOM 2022, studying in 7th Sem, BBA Hons with finance specialization in KUSOM.

ICT BYTE had a quick conversation with Pandeya and here is its summary.

What is the main objective behind this year’s challenge “Getting the world back to work”?

The pandemic has hit us hard in every possible way. The data of the World of Work & Covid-19 even reveals that, as of January 2021, the world has faced 255 million job losses and more than 1.6 billion informal economy workers were also significantly affected. So, as so many people are currently struggling, it’s high time for us to Get the World Back to Work.

So, highlighting the necessity and addressing the SDG (Goal 8): Decent Work and Economic Growth, the Hult Prize Foundation came up with the challenge of “Getting the World Back to Work ” where the participants have to build a business idea that will employ at least 2000 people by 2024 while creating a positive impact on the world. And the word positive impact here is tied to the revenue of the business. Like, if you make more money from the business, you will have a greater impact. 

What is the main focus area that will be judged in the business idea of the participants?

The team presenting will basically be judged on the basis of identification of a real problem and the viable solution to the problem that will answer this year’s Call to Action of “Getting the world back to work”.  Further, the judges will be basing their decisions on the level of impact of the team’s business idea. And as said, the impact should be positive which means the existence of the business should benefit the employees and society at large.

Although we were planning to organise the Oncampus program in a hybrid-mode, with the traces of pandemic still hovering, we again opt. out for the virtual events. The event management team of Hult Prize at KUSOM 2022 have prepared a proper timeline of the event up to the On-campus Finals, and we would be moving accordingly. Apart from the orientation sessions, and the Briefing sessions for the Organizing Committee, the Hult Prize has KUSOM has also recently concluded the Info sessions in respective 5 schools, and the grand webinar on ‘The Entrepreneur in You’ in a virtual mode.

Is there any alternative plan created by the organizing committee for the participants if they are tested positive for covid-19 during the duration of the event?

As we are moving with virtual mode, I don’t think we will necessarily have to face this. But staying on a safe side, we will be contacting the registered team time and again for updates, if any such issues are to be found in any of the team members from the team of 4, the other 3 members of the team can handle it well as the minimum requirement for the team to be registered is to have 3 members and the max. 4 in their team. In case of the teams having 3 members, if one faces such issues, then the team themselves can opt.out for the alternative team member as a replacement of the member. 

And for those who really want to participate but do not have a team, the Hult Prize at KUSOM will soon roll out the registration form for the individual participants, and we will be forming the teams out of the individual participants.

How has the budget for the event been allocated and managed in comparison with the previous year event?

The very first thing I would like to highlight is, previously, our former CDs were titled under Hult Prize at KU and from this year onwards, to ease the participants, we are having the Hult Prize KU, Dhulikhel and the Hult Prize KU, School of Management (KUSOM) as two different Oncampus Programs.

Moreover, compared to the previous year’s Oncampus program, this year our team has come up with many virtual events, like Quizizz, workshops, webinars to keep up the zeal of the participants and to facilitate their personal & professional growth after joining the Hult Prize at KUSOM.

We have partnered with many organizations for the event, and for now we are really seeking sponsors. Our team has been constantly trying to reach out to different houses looking for sponsors. So, right after the sponsorships, the team will be segregating the budget in terms of recurring costs and emergency funds for the events.

What are you struggling most with planning a virtual event?

Apart from missing the fun of meeting new people and emotionally connecting with them, I don’t think I really had to struggle with virtual events. It has actually facilitated me with strong networking and connections. Talking about the events then, definitely, the technical issues come first in the list but the solutions to it are quite handy.

What are your expectations for the projects from the participants this year?

15 teams have already registered for the On-campus program at Hult Prize at KUSOM, still hoping for more. For now, I expect the teams of Hult Prize at KUSOM 2022, to come up with realistic business ideas that they could actually work on and create a high impact for themselves and the societies. Other than that, we will be guiding the teams to their vision, with the impact-focused events, training, workshops and for that, I suggest every participating team keep an eye out for it and don’t miss any chance to be part of every event we organize and keep on maintaining the zeal to change the world around them.

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Career Kickstart 2022 by Internzilla | Here is what Organizer, Internzilla says to you.

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Internzilla is a completely new startup, and in its borning phase, it is organizing an event. The event is named “Career Kickstart 2022” which will obviously of extremely useful for the students.

ICTBYTE talked with the team Internzilla, with Prashant Pandey; co-founder and CEO , Sujan Parajuli: co-founder and CTO , Sewak Gautam; co-founder and MD. Here is what they say about the event and Internzilla.

1. What is “Career Kickstart 2022”?

Career Kickstart 2022 is a three-day virtual event geared towards students. Throughout our event, we aim to help students develop a deeper understanding of job markets and career opportunities in the real world. Our goal is to provide students who attend the event with career advice, tips, and mentorship in order to help them grow professionally.

2. Why do you feel such types of events need to be organized?

Having expert guidance and mentorship is vital for a successful career in technology. College students often struggle with imposter syndrome and other issues, which makes learning more difficult. Students going through those issues will greatly benefit from events of this type, as they will be able to explore different career options, get guidance from experts, and meet other students with similar interests. 

3. How is Career Kickstart 2022 different from other similar types of events?

The career helper events are organized by various organizations and companies, but they usually only address a specific issue or target a certain segment of the student having a certain interest. During Career Kickstart 2022, there will be several sessions on topics that you find very important in helping you grow as a student. We will also cover several career opportunities in panels led by professionals from the field. A fortunate few will also receive gifts from our gift partner.

4. Who and how can people participate here? Why should they join the event?

Every student currently enrolled in a +2 or Bachelor’s level program is invited to Career Kickstart 2022. Additionally, dropouts and career changers looking to enter the tech and entrepreneurship fields can also participate. To take part, students simply need to fill out the registration form that is available on our Facebook Page

Because experts will be providing advice and sharing their experiences at this event, I am confident that the event will be extremely useful for all participants. If you’re someone who is interested in achieving something significant in the future, don’t miss this event.

5. Will you tell something on the organizer “Internzilla ?”

InternZilla is a startup founded by students for students. In InternZilla, we try to solve problems students face in their college years and after they graduate. As of now, InternZilla is still in development, and we will soon launch our platform.

6. Why is Internzilla for?

As I said previously, InternZilla is for students. Our goal at InternZilla is to act as a bridge between companies and students by connecting them with internships and jobs they will love. However, InternZilla is more than just a job and internship platform; we’re trying to be an online buddy for students who are want to succeed in their careers.

7. Who are involved in your events and who are supporting you?

Organizing this event is made possible by our event partners. Without our event partners, organizing this event would not have been possible. TCM security, a leading cybersecurity company from the United States is supporting Career Kickstart 2022 as a gift partner. Itahari International College is also supporting us as an education partner. As well, other numbers of other companies and communities like CryptoGen Nepal,  EventsNp, Tech Sathi, NxtGen, LanceMeUp, Nepdev, Pentester Nepal, and StreamersAlerts are supporting Career Kickstart 2022 in various ways.

8. Anything you need to add on last?

First of all, I and my team want to thank the ICT Byte team for their support as a news partner of our event. I would also like to extend an invitation to all students reading this interview on ICT Bytes to apply for Career Kickstart 2022. Lastly, stay safe from the Omicron virus.

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