The IT Showcase is an initiative aimed at creating a platform for South African Grade 12 IT learners to gain exposure for their matric IT projects. These projects are coded during the matric year and are of an exceptional standard.
The IT Showcase hopes to create a meeting place between Grade 12 IT students, businesses and tertiary institutions.
Programme - 19 September 2019
08h00 – 13h00 : Judging of Matric Performance Assessment Tasks
13h00 – 14h00 : Prize Giving
The IT Showcase is in its eighth year and has had over 20 entries each year. The competition had been judged by judges from the University of Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria, as well as industry leaders such as Microsoft South Africa and the IITPSA and top teachers from private schools.
Winners of three categories have enjoyed prizes ranging from laptops, modems with data, Bluetooth speakers, tablets, portable hard drives, Xboxes, online movie subscriptions and discounts at Universities for computer related degrees. Participants of the competition have all been given goodie bags for attending the competition The prizes and goodies are donated by companies and members of the school communities. Sponsors are able to exhibit their products and provide information about IT related careers in their industry. Learners from lower grades are encouraged to attend the IT Showcase in order to see the projects, speak to both competitors and sponsors, and hopefully be inspired to consider IT as a subject.
This year, the competition organisers hope to create more opportunities for learners for future studying in the form of bursaries and scholarships for tertiary level.
The competition was the brainchild of Delia Kench, HOD Information Technology of St Benedict's School for Boys in Bedfordview. Since its inception in 2011 it has developed and grown, to attract students from Independent and Government schools in Gauteng and even further afield. The strategic decision was taken in 2014 to rotate the hosting school, in order to drive interest in the dynamic field of IT. Crawford College Sandton hosted the 2017 Showcase and will do so again in 2018.