This was an interesting experience for me as it was the first time that I engaged in such an activity.
Irwin and I were the representatives from Teleios and we interacted with six different groups of children
for fifteen minutes each(approximately 8-12 persons per group). Overall they were responsive, receptive and did not hesitate to ask any questions.
As expected some children were not sure about which pathway they wanted to pursue in the future. However, they were still open to having a listening ear to see if what we do will peak any sort of interest in them. For those who had an idea of what they wanted to pursue, they had more questions linked to the pathway in getting to where we are. They were interested in the subjects I did in high school and what is the criteria or pre-requisites for getting a job in the software or Information Technology field.
Since the time per group was relatively short, those who had a genuine interest in the field were given the opportunity to interact with and use the Hololens to be exposed to a more practical view, of an example of things that can be done in this industry. One interesting thing that was noteworthy was the fact that the students who were not interested in going into the Information Technology field were still interested in knowing how the world of IT can fit into their career choice. Even after the entire session was done, I was approached by a student who said she did not get time to come to our station. She wanted to be a pediatrician and was interested in how technology can help her to have a competitive edge in that field. To me that was an amazing thing.
From this it was evident that we were not trying to impose what we do unto them but they understood the importance of Information Technology in the world we live in. So now they have a greater appreciation for the use of technology and apply it to their particular field.
Kerisha Stewart is a software engineer at Teleios. She’s worked with the Software and Solutions Group, Teleios Code Jam team, and MessageCentral.
Kerisha is proficient at web development and is developing expertise in observability and application telemetry.
She also brought the Blitz game to Teleios and has been seen dominating the table from time to time.