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margl1440margr1440vieww11500viewh11740viewkind0 pardtx566tx1133tx1700tx2267tx2834tx3401tx3968tx4535tx5102tx5669tx6236tx6803qlqnaturalpardirnatural f0fs24 cf0 Our Home Folder project is basically
a ‘dropbox-like’ solution except the files are kept on your computer
at home.
So this allows for medical solutions for example, sorry,
or medical, yeah, medical companies to use our solution because they don’t have to worry
about where the data is being stored. They have the data on their own hardware.
So the idea actually came from Dennis. His
family is actually located in Maldova in Europe and he always was sharing pictures with his
family over there and using Dropbox was just costing him too much money because pictures
take up a lot of space and Dropbox charges excessive amounts of money once you start
getting over a certain amount of data.
So he thought it would be a great idea to keep the files on your own computer at home
and then still be able to access them anywhere in the world at any time.
These students have worked for four months,
or for 8 months, depending on second or third year, to really bring a vision to light. This
vision is how to solve a complex problem using all the skills they have acquired or that
they are acquiring through the Software Engineering Technology program.
We sort of celebrate that annually with a
nice show, get them all up on stage and embarrass them a little bit,
but it gives them a chance to really sort of present in a professional way, which also
obeys the entrepreneurial goals that we have in the program and all the business skills
training that they get along with the coding as well.
To be honest, the biggest reason was location.
But Conestoga also has, from my understanding
one of the best reputations, at least in Southwestern Ontario.
And in the high school I went to, Conestoga
was one of the most popular, next to, or in line with Fanshawe.
To prepare for this kind of thing in the classroom,
it comes from a lot of different ways. We prepare them by giving them smaller scale
examples to work with.
We’ll give them really impressive and compelling challenges.
Like here’s a really big data problem, so use all these tools at your disposal and do
something in two weeks. And what they would learn in two weeks they
can instantly apply and bring into their 8-month long project, as an example.
So they’re prepared to meet a range of technical
challenges based on the coursework in their tech courses.
But in the program as well, they take entrepreneurship classes, communication skills classes as well.
This program, for one, has been super challenging.
For me, that’s great. I like challenges. I want to take them on
and get them done and prove that we can do something.
It requires lots of technical background,
or not necessarily background but – you’ve got to get into the technical side of things,
but once you’re into it, it’s a lot of fun because the things we build, the challenges
we solve, are stuff we can show off and people recognize the amount of work that goes into
this.

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