WhizKids- Makeistan Boot-camp for Underserved prepares youth for the technology-driven Economy-Umar Saif
WhizKids an initiative of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Information Technology University (ITU). PITB, ITU and Makeistan, a project of Information Technology University, are jointly holding a three-week Innovation Station Boot-camp from 03 to 20 July 2018, designed for the underserved kids/ students of Sanjan Nagar Public Trust Fund School at Yuhana Abaad, Lahore.
The aim of the Innovation Station Boot-camp is to inculcate the spirit of hands-on-learning and creative problem solving among young students. It will focus on skills development based on the need of today’s ever-changing technological landscape. The students will learn these skills by going through the preliminary stages of product development, in which they will learn to think creatively, build rapid prototypes, test them with users, and improve their designs through feedback-based iterations.
The camp will commence on 03 July 2018, with a session focusing on creative thinking. Introduction to robotics, programming, sketching, design-thinking and personal development will follow in the following days and weeks.
Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor, ITU; and Chairman, PITB, who attaches great importance for the underserved people, has been personally involved in the planning of the event. Dr. Saif sees the teaching of these technical and creative skills, and the program’s multi-disciplinary nature, as a precursor to the development of a multitude of similar programs across the country in the coming years. A widespread development of these programs would help Pakistan’s youth be better prepared for the technology-driven global economy, Dr. Saif remarked.