Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Neobis - innovative way to gain programming skills
Explain your project in details:
More than 90% of students who study software engineering face the same problem which is a lack of practical programming skills. For the most part, students study theoretical essentials of development at universities and they know how to program, but they cannot create a product from scratch and bringing it to the public. I've opened a programming club at my University which aims to provide practical skills to students by teaching them commercial development based on the mentoring system. What does it mean? Beginners learn how to develop a project under the guidance of an experienced student. Projects are most often social projects aimed at solving vulnerable problems in Kyrgyzstan through an innovative approach which is a novelty for our country. A little later, when a beginner acquires necessary skills and experience, he becomes a mentor himself for the next generation. Mentoring teaches people to be socially responsible. Moreover, in order to mentor, it is necessary to know a lot, so student mentors grow much faster and efficiently. We do not just teach students, but also help them to be employed as already qualified and experienced programmers in local large companies right after graduation from universities. Through the gratuitous mentoring of students, we develop a new generation of creative people in the IT sphere, so we can build a Silicon Valley here, in Central Asia. We improve the established system of education for the development of the younger generation. We have big plans for the development of the IT sector not only in Kyrgyzstan.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Neobis has been successfully operating for 3 year and during this period we have opened clubs in 10 universities of Kyrgyzstan, trained more than 300 students, held 30 IT events, developed more than 50 projects and currently there are 94 active students in the clubs. We have concerned topics of involvement of rural areas, so we have organized series of events to acknowledge them about IT opportunities. Also we have hold many campaigns to encourage girls to study more menish professions. I know it is just beginning of our journey!
Sustainability and future plans
First of all, the main beneficiary is students. They have study plan on what is really used in IT companies, mentors to answer difficult questions. After the study plan, if they survive, they work on real projects. Projects might be either social (that we do for free) or commercial that are paid. Also, they all become mentors for newcomers. It is a requirement for sustainability of Neobis and cultivation of responsibility for the help that he had in their time. Our graduates get employed immediately either companies abroad or local mature companies. They are receiving a good salary since they had experience and great portfolio. Besides, each month we organize meetups on IT-related topics. Those events are for networking of experienced ones with newcomers and for keeping hype atmosphere in our community, so developers would not want to change their location to some Silicon Valley. We are now trying out different monetization methods. So everything we do we are monetazing, we are adopting membership fees, referral fee, event fess. In the future, I see branches of Neobis all over the world. We have established standards and stable income.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am 23 years old and I have graduated from American University of Central Asia majoring in Software Engineering. I love my country and I want Kyrgyzstan to become IT center of this region. I am planning to build an IT city, where all technology-related companies, organizations, universities, startups, courses and co-working hubs would be located. Currently, I am talking to President's advisor about government and World Bank support. On the other hand, Neobis is well-known among companies and universities, so it is possible to invite them to join. Also, in a team working on a project there is not only developers, but also other non-technical roles like Project Manager, Project Owner, Business Analysis, UX/UI designer, startuper and others that should be invited to this community. We are actively cooperating with English and programming courses since they help to grow the number of developers. Furthermore, we are going to have small sessions in high schools to tell more about programming and destroy stereotypes that only old geeky/nerdy/dorky/hairy men can code, so in the future they would consider this profession. I love what I do and I am excited to see how Neobis will change Kyrgyzstsn and a whole world.