6 May 2011 – CSC Lounge is a new web offering developed by young IT professionals that promises amazing possibilities. How does it work for young people interested in the IT industry? This NigeriaComputers.com interview is revealing and eye opening. Curious? Read on.
NigeriaComputers.com asks: What is CSC Lounge all about?
CSC Lounge is Computer Science (Course) Lounge. CSC is what we call computer science course in our school (UNILAG).
CSC Lounge is an interactive article based blog that bridges the gap between students and the industry. It ensures that students are equipped with hands-on practical experience that will enable them fit properly to the industry.
CSC Lounge ensures:
- Localized knowledgebase
- Guidance from experts in industry
- Platform exposition
- Student Business Exposition (SBE), to mention a few.
Expert put up articles on different topics at intervals and student subscribe to get notifications about articles based on experts and tags (topics).
NigeriaComputers.com asks: Why was CSC lounge created? Where is the need?
CSC Lounge was created to bridge the gap between student and the industry. While in school we discovered we had little knowledge of happenings in the industry, we were much into the theoretical concepts taught by our lecturers. We built CSC Lounge in order to enable student know what is happening in the industry while studying so that they would fit into the industry when their studies have being completed.
Most students don’t know where to get the right information. The internet is so vast that most students do not know where to get specific hands-on practical knowledge needed, so we came up with CSC Lounge. On CSC Lounge, Experts (good and trusted source of knowledge) dump technical stuff i.e. articles for student to consume and subscribe to.
NigeriaComputers.com asks: Which areas are covered?
IT – Information Technology.
We used tags to further sub-divide various aspects. Tags include: Software Development, Web Development, Computer Networking, Computer Hardware, IT How Tos, IT Business and Mobile Development. We also make provisions for registered members of the platform (students and experts) to request tags as needed.
||NigeriaComputers.com asks: Who is the target audience and why?
Is it developed for tertiary institution students?
Students and those interested in learning are our target. We developed CSC Lounge for young people interested in learning.
This is because we believe that youths are the leaders of tomorrow; if we build up the young people we would be building a strong capacity for the future.
Even though currently, we are targeting students in tertiary institutions and in technical and skill-based institutions, we hope to open-up to students in lower tiers of learning soon.
NigeriaComputers.com asks: Who is behind CSC lounge?
Celestine EZEOKOYE and Jide CLAUDIUS – COLE built CSC Lounge from ground up and are currently running and maintaining CSC Lounge.
Celestine has represented Nigeria twice at The Imagine Cup (www.imaginecup.com), an international software design competition organised by technology giants, Microsoft. In 2008, he was a member of the team that represented Nigeria in Paris, France and in 2009, he lead the team to Cairo, Egypt. Both times, his team brushed off stiff competition from other teams in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. He is a techie, avid facebooker and loves music so much.
Jide holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a graduate of University of Lagos. He started a software development center (EphraimSoft) in 2009. Jide got his interest and passion for software development while working on a team on his church website. He loves working efficiently with software and using the best tools available to do his work. Jide loves music and playing musical instruments.
NigeriaComputers.com asks: How has the response been?
The response has being quite good. A number of experts have being showing interest in the application. Currently, we have not done massive evangelism to students yet. This is partly because of little funds, partly because we needed experts to put up a sizable amount of contents. But most students who have heard of it and who use it express joy at the availability of such platform.
We have done a number of SEO though. This makes CSC Lounge easily accessible. When we launched our website (www.csclounge.com), we had over three thousand (3,000) hits within the first month.
We still have the VERY BIG challenge of funding though.
NigeriaComputers.com asks: What does the future hold for CSC lounge?
We are looking to be the one stop source for localized knowledge information to learners and skill information to firms. We are building a repository where IT enthusiasts can go and get specific knowledge on anything, from anywhere, at anytime.
We also plan on going down to the grassroot level. We want the whole idea of technology to be ingrained in pupils as low as primary school level. We believe that they should grow up knowing about technology during their carefree and creative years. When they graduate, they would have internalized all the basics that is needed to build and run the complex systems that businesses, and other aspects of life, require these days.
We hope to acheive this by engaging them on every platform available: emails, facebook, twitter, etc and telling them how interesting IT is and how they can get involved.
The future holds a lot for CSC Lounge, the sky is only the beginning.
What a brilliant vision! Kudos to CSC Lounge! Your efforts will not be in vain. With such young people driving change, the future is bright. The future is here.
(Interview conducted and published by Jidaw (Mastercomputers))