Spring time is competition time…
… for IT students and tutors across Central and Eastern Europe.
Slovakia’s first national IT Fitness Test, which kicked off early February, became a sounding success, with almost 40,000 students completing the online questionnaire. The IT Fitness Test was held as part of the European Union’s e-Skills Week initiative in Slovakia.
The test yielded some interesting data: 89% of respondents said they were regularly using social media and spend an equal amount of time using computers at school and at home.
Also during e-Skills Week, Cisco Networking Academy was organizing the national finals of the Cisco Networking Academy Games 2010. Winners will represent Slovakia at the Regional Networking Academy Games in June, as well as the international NetRiders competition. Congratulations to:
- Team from the Secondary School in Handlova (Tomas Drozda, Martin Rajnoha, Peter Halaska)
- Maros Kukan from the Secondary School in Nove Zamky
- Jakub Hromadik, from Zilina University
- and Vincent Vlk from Zilina University
In Hungary, Cisco hosted the national IT round of the EuroSkills 2010 competition. Following several pre-selections with the participation of almost 100 teams from all across the country, the six finalists got together in Budapest last weekend to face some real-life IT tasks.
During the two-days final, they had to design the network of a medium-sized company, prepare the cabling, configure Cisco networking equipment, deploy a Microsoft Windows 2008 server and Windows 7 workstations; next to completing project planning and monitoring tasks. They also experienced communication and collaboration in a borderless organization, as they received some of their project tasks at Cisco TelePresence sessions.
The winning team, “Freestylers” – David Kaplonyi, Tibor Horvath, Gabor Szabo and Laszlo Hajdu from Andras Mechwart Secondary School in Debrecen, will be representing Hungary at the European EuroSkills 2010 Finals in Lisbon, Portugal.
And while Cisco Networking Academy tutors are busy preparing their students for various competitions, it’s also time for them to get ready for iCompetition, a regional contest held with the participation of instructors from 30 countries.
Elena Domotenko, Cisco Networking Academy program manager from Ukraine says: „This competition is a wonderful opportunity to establish cooperation between Networking Academies. For the instructor community, it offers the possibility to share experiences, develop new ideas for teaching students, and most importantly, it’s an incredible source of energy for future work.”
Here is another Video of the Hungarian Final