Smartapps Internship 2017, is a six week training and work intensive journey organised by Microsoft Student Partners , revolving around the theme of Digital Transformation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), at the end of which participants were to come up with a digital solution, along with a business model and a digital marketing strategy.
The first weeks were devoted to training, where Tech and Business-Management participants were offered a total of 5 learning tracks, to help them develop competencies needed for the forthcoming projects:
- Mobile Development
- Web Development
- Design Thinking
- Digital Marketing
- Startup Venture
Soon the real life projects came in. Teams made up of Tech and Business-Management participants were set up, and started working on solutions as well as planning their pitch. Technologies like Microsoft Bot Framework, Xamarin, Azure Machine Learning , ASP.NET Core and PowerBI among others were on the menu. Development started, but along with it came the tedious process of bug hunting and troubleshooting , which sometimes brought much frustration amongst participants. However those hurdles are what make success more rewarding at the end of the day. BM participants worked on business models, and devising effective digital marketing strategies .
The Smartapps Internship 2017 was for sure an enriching experience on many levels. Six weeks flew by and out of it came not just brillant projects and minds, but participants who came out as fighters who learnt to never give up. This internship saw many ups and downs, many friendships born and memories that will forever last, all of which could not be better described by a friend of mine:
Its like a lifetime within a lifetime.
– Roukaiya Narkar
SmartApps Internship: 6 weeks where we learn from anyone, from any situation. Learn from the fool as well as from the genius! pic.twitter.com/TmW78pa9Zp
— MSP Mauritius (@mspmauritius) July 23, 2017