CoderDojo schools of programming
In order to provide primary and secondary school students, opportunity for learning programming and other IT skills, Bit Alliance organized free programming schools and CoderDojo IT clubs in cooperation with partners. CoderDojo is a movement established in Ireland that has created a global network of developers based on volunteer work of mentors and other staff. CoderDojo community believes that understanding of programming languages is becoming increasingly important in the contemporary world, that it is better and easier to learn these skills in early adolescence and that everyone has the opportunity to learn these skills. Over the course of the year, more than 38.000 children attended CoderDojo workshops in more than 60 countries around the world. Within CoderDojo School, participants can learn to code, create a website, application, or game and learn about technology in an informal and creative environment. Bit Alliance shares the vision of CoderDojo movement and Bit Alliance organized the first CoderDojo school in Bosnia and Herzegovina during August 2017 which attended more than 130 primary and secondary school students from Sarajevo Canton. In the future, Bit Alliance aims to organize the same or similar activities across BiH, and include IT professionals, teachers, students and other people who want to participate in this very useful and interesting projects.
The software industry is the fastest growing and very dynamic industry and offers a lot of learning opportunities because acquired knowledge at the university is just the beginning of a long journey of professional development. In order to better prepare students for their job in software industry, Bit Alliance organizes lectures BITA4students held by employees from the Bit Alliance members. These lectures are a great opportunity for students to get familiar with current industry trends and learn more about the technologies used, the types of projects they can work on and the best practices in the field. BITA4students lectures are held regularly at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo, and it is planned to extend this initiative to other faculties in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bit Alliance seeks to achieve good quality of cooperation with educational institutions and provide students with new opportunities for learning current technologies and methods of work in order to improve the on-boarding process from university to the workplace.
Conference On The Development Of Software Industry in B&H
Bit Alliance, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Transport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organizes the Conference On The Development Of Software Industry in B&H, which aims to present potentials that can be achieved in the software industry and to propose steps and solutions to decision-makers in state institutions. The first conference was held on April 25th of 2017, presenting trends in the development of this industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, countries of the region and the world, the challenges it face and the potential of employing a large number of young professionals in this sector of the economy. The conference was attended by 450 participants, including representatives of state institutions of all levels, company directors and software industry professionals, as well as representatives of educational institutions, NGOs and the media. In addition to presenting the potential of software industry development in B&H to the wider public, the organization of the The First Conference On The Development Of Software Industry in B&H has sent a message of support to the software industry, as the official commitment of B&H and its institutions at all levels, with the aim of strategic development of this branch in B&H. The Bit Alliance will continue with the organization of similar events in order to better present the software industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to present proposals for the continuous development of this prospective business branch.