This Year - Highlights
The Fourth Student IT Architecture kicked off on November 11, 2018 with teams from 4 states representing 9 campuses. The teams will develop an IT architecture in 5 stages over a period of about 16 weeks. They have already delivered the first two components as of February 14, 2019. The competition has a tradition of picking either a problem provided by one of the sponsors or a problem with a social context. This year, students ar working on developing an IT solution architecture for a system that will support targets as well as perpetrators of bullying in college and workplace environments.
- Project Scope and Assumptions Deliverable: December 09, 2018
- Business Requirements Deliverable: January 13, 2019
- Architecture Document Part 1: February 24, 2019
- Architecture Document Part 2: March 17, 2019
- Technology Stack: March 24, 2019
- Architecture Execution Plan: March 24, 2019
- Final Presentation: April 12/13, 2019
- Grand Finale and Award Ceremony: April 13, 2019
The students working in 36 teams are from information systems, computer science, information technology, software engineering and other non-engineering faculties. There is a healthy mix of graduates and undergraduates as well as representation of female students. Close to 50% competitors are women.
One of the key pillars of the success of the competition and the value add to students are the mentors who give their time and experience in helping students understand the nuances in developing an IT architecture. This year we have mentors from 20 different companies. We have also added a layer of reviewers. These professionals read through deliverables from multiple teams and provide feedback that will help the students improve the quality of deliverables. The final layer is the the set of three distinguished judges, who evaluate the deliverables and the final presentations.
We conduct multiple webinars (this year 8) for the benefit of the competitors. Experienced professionals and thought leaders deliver talks on aspects of architecture that the teams are working on and answer many questions. Feedback each year has indicates that the webinars are very helpful for students.