Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cebu startup enables free IT education

Codetoki (, a Cebu-based tech startup, has just opened a free website for Filipino students to learn and develop IT skills in a real-world setting.

This website open to Filipinos —from hackers to developers—

who wish to improve their coding, developing, and programming skills.

The platform offers tutorials and resources on different programming and development languages, including Apache, C++, Java and Perl. Students can then hone their skills on real-life problems and challenges presented by partner companies —which, in turn, offer prizes, internships and job opportunities to those who present the best solutions.

Students and Codetoki mentors can also arrange events, meet-ups, and seminars where they can discuss issues relevant to the industry like how to build your own start up and working online.

Codetoki hopes to develop Filipino IT graduates that have all the necessary skills to enter the competitive international marketplace. The website also aims to serve as an avenue for employers to find the employees they need and arm them with the essential skills.

This free educational platform from Codeki was the winner of the IDEAS category Philippine Appbridge Challenge in 2011. This competition, sponsored by AppBridge and Globe Telecom, encourages local programmers and mobile app developers to provide and create solutions to local problems. For now, access to the platform is by invitation only and students must request an invite from the site administrators before they can use it.— TJD