The year 2020, started on a high note as Botho University student from the Eswatini campus Khayalethu Ntshalintshali studying Bsc (Hons) in Network Security and Computer Forensics walked away with position 1 on the Code Afrique Eswatini competition sponsored by Google and Facebook from the 9th January – 10th January. The two days competition was organized by Cornell University from the United States in partnership with the Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP).
There were different categories under high school and university level where the participants were mentored on Python programming, a programing language which is object oriented which gave the students an insightful knowledge on computer programming. On the second day, participants were given 90 minutes to compete on a “Hackathon” competition which challenged them to use the knowledge obtained from the two days training.
With all the mentorship programme and participating in different categories, this equipped scholars with so much knowledge, Khaya testifies to say “This taught me that it is not the mobile devices that we have or all those fancy gadgets that we brag about which are important but the code that is running on those devices, also that on its own erupted an aggressive zeal in me to learn even more about how to program mobile devices and robots at large”.
“Further, my perception changed for good when they told me that the robot is only a modelling device, real robots are the programs that coders come up with”. Participants were awarded with certificates in the presence of Cornell University’s Computer Science Professors, Robbert van Renesse and Hakim Weatherspoon.
The competition was a great platform for students to exchange knowledge with other aspiring software engineers.