WITH the Covid-19 pandemic causing many to be unemployed, current and future working professionals need to reskill or upskill to remain relevant in their respective fields.
One such highly-sought after skill is coding.
Roche Services & Solutions Asia Pacific (RSS APAC), a key service organisation delivering end-to-end services and solutions covering finance, procurement and IT business for Roche, is inviting university students in Malaysia to co-create new ideas in its inaugural Code4Life Inter-University IT Virtual Hackathon 2020.
In addition to ideating services to help society cope during the Covid-19 pandemic, participants will also have an opportunity to work on creating digitisation services and solutions for healthcare.
“At Roche, we are guided by our purpose ‘Doing Now What Patients Need Next’. Every day, our work impacts the life of millions of patients all around the world. While technology is driving that innovation, we also recognise that access to healthcare is a multidimensional challenge and there is no one size fits all solution. This is why we value partnerships and collaboration.
“With this in mind we are eager to build the Code4Life Hackathon 2020 as a community event by driving collaboration among university students in Malaysia. The Code4Life Inter-University IT Virtual Hackathon will provide our emerging tech talents with an opportunity to work alongside Roche mentors from diverse IT backgrounds in a real-world platform to collaborate and co-create meaningful digital solutions to address today’s healthcare challenges,” said RSS APAC general manager Martin Kikstein.
Preparing university students for the working world
“We want our people to reach their potential, further their careers and make their mark. Hence, lifelong learning and development opportunities are an integral part of our organisation,” said RSS APAC People and Culture team head Yasodha Selvaratnam.
“The Code4Life Virtual Inter-University Hackathon held in collaboration with MDeC and TalentCorp which spans over three months, is part of our on-going efforts to immerse and upskill young emerging tech talent in Malaysian universities,” she said.
Advancing the healthcare industry with technology
Participating students can look forward to leveraging an array of technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, wearable technologies and more to tackle real-world healthcare problems and co-create solutions.
“In conjunction with the hackathon, we will also be hosting a series of free master classes featuring a wide range of IT experts giving university students a chance to discover how Roche deploys complex new technologies to bring a huge impact to society,” said RSS APAC Pharma Informatics head Fred Lu.
“The master classes will offer students a glimpse into the global Roche IT and Informatics organisations to discover how our teams develop and maintain integrated IT and software solutions for our business, and work on new ideas for tomorrow’s needs as well.”
The top three Code4Life Inter-University IT Virtual Hackathon winners stand to win prizes worth RM15,000, RM10,000 and RM5,000. The experience and knowledge sharing event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which students should not miss.
Registration ends on Aug15. To learn more about the Code4Life Inter-University Virtual IT Hackathon or to take on the challenge, visit https://go.roche.com/mycode4life.
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