Microsoft’s new Game of Learners (GOL) programme, a virtual multi-week hackathon developed by the Africa Development Centre aims to spur innovation among university students across Kenya.
Game of Learners (GOL), to be executed by Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors, is a 5-week hackathon comprised of weekly sprints and at the end of the 5th week all participating teams will be submitting their final projects for judging.
Targeting undergraduate students, Game of Learners will give students experiential skills to help them hone their leadership skills through 3-minutes pitch videos, code repo and a shippable product.
University students who participate will learn technical skills in a fun competition while building awareness to all undergrad students. The competition was to be held on campus but due to the pandemic, Microsoft decided to take it virtual.
Winners will receive 1-year Azure credits, 1-year LinkedIn Learning vouchers and Digital certificate and digital badge for winning.
GOL will also provide one-on-one mentorship from preferred professionals as students will be able to interact and engage with one another not only locally but on a global.
There will be 13 volunteers from Microsoft to mentor the students throughout the 5-week engagement and judge each team’s final project submission.