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BothoExpotees 2017

Another successful BothoExpotees event was held on the 14th of February 2017. Hosted by Botho University for the fourth time, the spectacle featured a wide range of students exhibiting their final year projects.

The event was adopted from one of our partnering Institutions, Teesside University in the United Kingdom. Botho University and Teesside University joined forces to offer the Teesside top up degree, BSc (Hons) in Computing. The first Expotees event was held in 2014, and favoured students doing the Teesside top up degree. In 2016 Botho and Teesside agreed to open up the event to other Faculty of Computing Students pursuing local Botho University degrees, paving the way for the BothoExpotees 2017.

Botho students took the opportunity to showcase the skills they have acquired through their time at the University. Some of the projects on display included software development, web based applications, mobile applications and even networking solutions for small to medium companies.

The 2017 event was organized by the Faculty of Computing with assistance from the Marketing, Learning Resources and the Technical Departments. The Committee comprised of Dr. Srinath Doss, Mr. Kendra T. Makoni, Mrs. Thokozile Dumedisang, Mrs. Maiwa Motsamai, Mr. Herman Moseki and, from the Administrative team, Dean of Computing Mr. Chandrasekeran Nammalware, Assistant Dean of Computing Mr. Amarendar Thangenda, Head of Department Post Graduate Studies in Computing Dr. Narayanan Sreekumar, Marketing Manager Mr. Tebogo Matebesi, and IT Manager Mr. Sampath Kumar.

A total of 24 students exhibited their products to the public under the theme, “IT Innovative Solutions for a Future Generation”. The attendees included representatives from various companies, media outlets and government departments, such as University of Botswana, The Voice, BOPA, BIFM, BIH, Botswana Police Service, Ripples Pty. Ltd, The Patriot, Century Office Supplies, Solid Care Services, and the Ministry of Administration of Justice, to name a few.

From the company representatives, three judges were selected to single out the best projects from the lot. The judges were Dr. G. Malema, Mr. Omphile Sediti from University of Botswana and Magistrate Galaletsang P. Ramokate from the Ministry of Administration of Justice. The keynote speaker was Mr. Jay Ramesh, the chairman of the Board of Directors for Botho University, who challenged the students not to stop at acquiring academic skills, but to also tap into their entrepreneurial skills to create employment for themselves and others.

Miss Tapiwa Maphane won first place with her web application, which notes and stores a user’s medical history for easy access during doctor’s consultations. Second place went to Mr. Tebogo Ishmael, who developed an application called Property Spy which helps real estate companies look after their properties, rentals and potential clients. Third place went to Miss Oteng F. Molefi for her chemistry tutor app to help students studying for exams.

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