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Final SHIFT Industry Showcase highlights impressive student abilities.
Thursday December 3, 2020
The final Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase event took place on November 19, with a great range of industry projects on show by this year's talented students.
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Connecting Chch industry with SHIFT students at Speed Networking event
Tuesday December 1, 2020
SIGNAL celebrates last successful Speed Networking event in Christchurch with 12 industry hosts onboard.
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SHIFT Profile: Farrel Burns
Monday October 26, 2020
From linguistics to web developer 'evangelist' - accelerated tech learning through SHIFT.
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Student presentations impress tech specialists
Monday October 26, 2020
"Impressive in the depth of their consideration, aesthetic and ease-of-use" - Industry Consultant, Rod Millynn regards the quality and professionalism of Christchurch SHIFT Studio Projects.
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Join us for the Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase - 19 November
Wednesday October 21, 2020
Employment, personal development and industry collaboration - hear first-hand from our SHIFT students and their hosts, the positive impact of their SHIFT Industry experiences. Join us to celebrate our Dunedin 2020 SHIFT cohort, with drinks, nibbles and networking opportunities.
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Industry Speed Networking - Meet the ChCh SHIFT Cohort
Monday October 19, 2020
SIGNAL is again connecting SHIFT students with industry for industry experience opportunities. Meet the July 2020 Christchurch cohort at our upcoming Speed Networking event, Thursday 5 November.
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SHIFT programme transitions to tertiary partners in 2021
Tuesday September 22, 2020
In 2021, the SHIFT programme will look a little different. SHIFT will be transitioning across to our tertiary partners; University of Otago in Dunedin, and Lincoln University and Ara in Christchurch.
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SHIFT Profile: Matt Hall
Monday August 31, 2020
From tourism to Hackathon winner and beyond - SHIFT career opportunities "a big draw card".
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Industry Projects go remote during lockdown
Tuesday August 25, 2020
Christchurch SHIFT students complete their 200-hour work placements virtually during Level-4 lockdown, with fantastic results.
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Chch SHIFT Mondays - Students make industry connections
Tuesday August 25, 2020
Communication, collaboration and connection; SIGNAL's industry engagement an "integral component of the SHIFT programme".
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"Blown away by the level of talent and motivation in the room."
Tuesday August 25, 2020
Dunedin Speed Networking event connects local tech industry with talented SHIFT students for October Industry Placements.
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SHIFT Dunedin present Round 2 of Studio Projects
Monday August 24, 2020
The Dunedin SHIFT cohort present the results of their second Studio Projects to their colleagues and industry hosts.
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July cohort our largest SHIFT student intake!
Wednesday August 19, 2020
We have welcomed new July SHIFT cohorts in Christchurch and Dunedin. These students joining the SHIFT programme makes 2020 our largest student intake since we started!
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Students expand industry contacts through Speed Networking Event
Monday July 13, 2020
The recent Industry Speed Networking event helped match SHIFT students with host companies for their Industry Placements.
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Welcome SHIFT 2020 July Cohorts!
Sunday July 12, 2020
SIGNAL welcomes two new cohorts of SHIFT students starting July in Christchurch and Dunedin.
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SHIFT Profile: Andi Fear-Ross
Friday July 10, 2020
"SHIFT has enabled me to enter the tech community with greater confidence and an increased skill set."
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SHIFT Dunedin students share their experiences of round one studio projects
Friday July 10, 2020
With the first of three studio projects now complete, the current Dunedin SHIFT cohort are racing ahead with their tech education.
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Industry Speed Networking - Meet the Dunedin SHIFT Cohort
Thursday July 9, 2020
Join us for your chance to meet the 2020 Dunedin SHIFT Cohort, Friday 21 August, 2pm-4pm with networking after, and see if you might be keen to host one of our talented students for a 200-hour industry project.
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Speed Networking - Meet the Chch SHIFT Cohort
Friday June 19, 2020
SIGNAL is back connecting SHIFT students with industry after lockdown - meet the 2020 Christchurch cohort at our upcoming Speed Networking event, Thursday 25 June.
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SHIFT students WIN Smart Cities Hackathon!
Tuesday June 9, 2020
Christchurch SHIFT students take out first place in the Smart Christchurch Hackathon @Ara, showcasing their innovative tech-based solution to 'smarter' water management, during Christchurch City Council Smart Cities Hackathon.
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Call for SHIFT Studio Projects
Tuesday June 9, 2020
The Dunedin cohort has been putting their new-found skills into practice with their first Industry Project, and are looking for more ideas for round two. Let us know if we can help you with a tech problem, or research solutions for you!
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SHIFT Scholarships up to $5000 - Apply before 3 July 2020!
Monday June 8, 2020
SIGNAL is pleased to announce an increased scholarship pool, offering even more substantial Diversity and Career Changer scholarships for SHIFT starting in July 2020.
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The Show Must Go On!
Tuesday May 5, 2020
Reflections on learning from home, SHIFT Christchurch cohort.
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From marine scientist to tech company - Rei Ishikawa shares his journey into tech.
Friday May 1, 2020
As part of SIGNAL industry engagement activities, the Dunedin SHIFT cohort recently heard from the Chief Operating Officer of BPAC who shared his experiences and insights into the tech industry.
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Remote working in the tech industry - tips from the experts
Friday May 1, 2020
Jason Leong, CEO & Co-Founder of PocketSmith shares tips on how he and his distributed team deliver their personal financial services to users in over 190 countries.
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SHIFT Profile: Foster Chinorinda
Thursday April 30, 2020
Adding tech to his neuroscience degree helped Foster secure employment during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
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Don't miss the next Tech Careers session to explore new opportunities!
Thursday April 30, 2020
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about a change of career in 2020, or wants to add tech to their existing degree, find out more at our next Tech Careers session.
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Industry Project continues over lockdown with growing tech company Lentune
Wednesday April 8, 2020
SHIFT student, Manpreet Narang, continues her 200-hour work placement with Lentune Software Solutions, a business going from strength to strength during lockdown.
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'SHIFT Fridays' go digital during lockdown
Tuesday April 7, 2020
From cyber security to design processes, students gain industry insights while chatting online with leading tech experts during SHIFT Fridays.
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SHIFT Profile: Christine Chambers
Monday April 6, 2020
"I would never have expected to get a job within the tech sector straight out of university!"
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SHIFT graduates help power Orbica to the 2020 NZ Hi-Tech Award finals
Sunday April 5, 2020
SIGNAL Industry Partner, Orbica, has been named a finalist for two NZ 2020 Hi-Tech Awards categories, including full-stack development work completed by two SHIFT graduates.
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SHIFT Profile: Mark Cousins
Wednesday March 18, 2020
Music graduate to IT professional - how SHIFT prepared Mark for a full-time tech career in less than a year.
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SHIFT industry event showcases student success
Wednesday March 18, 2020
Employment, personal development and industry collaboration - Dunedin 2019 SHIFT Cohort celebrate their end of year success.
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Industry engagement in the Garden City
Wednesday March 18, 2020
Students grow their professional network by engaging with Christchurch tech organisations.
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Introducing the 2020 Christchurch and Dunedin SHIFT cohorts!
Wednesday March 18, 2020
New decade, new career for our latest SHIFT cohorts, as students look forward to embracing new tech skills during the innovative SHIFT programme.
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Tech industry insights 'invaluable' for SHIFT students
Monday March 2, 2020
Students gain personal and professional insights from local tech experts during 'SHIFT Fridays'.
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Join us for the Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase - 26 February
Saturday February 1, 2020
Hear first-hand from our SHIFT students about their trials, learnings and successes, and the positive impact of their SHIFT Industry experiences. Join us to celebrate our Dunedin 2019 SHIFT cohort, with drinks, nibbles and networking opportunities afterwards.
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$2500 SHIFT Scholarships available - Apply today!
Wednesday January 29, 2020
Do you need a financial hand to SHIFT to a tech career? SIGNAL offers a number of partial fees scholarships for full-time February 2020 SHIFT intake. Applications close February 28th, so apply now.
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SHIFT Profile: Teo Bucutea
Tuesday January 28, 2020
From zero programming skills to full-time Graduate Software Engineer - Teo shares how SHIFT fulfilled her career dream in less than a year.
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Thanks to our 2019 Christchurch industry guests and partners
Thursday December 12, 2019
From guest speakers to industry mentors, workshop facilitators to professional etiquette coaching, the 2019 SIGNAL students have benefitted from some extraordinarily talented and generous people!
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Guest Speakers the Highlight of 2019 'Pizza Nights'
Wednesday December 11, 2019
SIGNAL's famous 'Tech Careers & Pizza Night' proudly featured 14 industry professionals sharing their experiences and insights into their own career in tech.
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Connecting companies with SHIFT students at Speed Networking event
Thursday December 5, 2019
Held recently in Christchurch, the Speed Networking event for SHIFT students and Industry hosts helped find matches for the early 2020 Industry Placements.
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SHIFT Profile: Lois Li
Friday November 8, 2019
From an English Literature degree to race car app development, find out how Lois has switched gears into a new career in tech.
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Nine new industry hosts onboard for the Dunedin SHIFT projects
Thursday November 7, 2019
Following the successful Speed-Meeting event in September, the 2019 SHIFT cohort are now embarking upon their industry projects, gaining experience and proving their worth to local employers. The project topics include product development, IoT integration, web development, machine vision, data scraping and visualisation, database design, digital marketing and cloud platform migrations.
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SHIFT Tech Portfolios - Project 1 Completed
Thursday October 31, 2019
The July 2018 Christchurch cohort complete their first full-stack web app development project through SIGNAL's signature 'industry-driven' SHIFT programme.
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Event Showcases Student Success
Tuesday October 1, 2019
The Christchurch 2018 SHIFT Industry Showcase demonstrated the breadth of project and learning possibilities within the tech space.
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SHIFT Profile: Jonathan Manning
Wednesday August 21, 2019
"SHIFT opened the digital door for me."
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New SHIFT students @ SIGNAL
Wednesday July 31, 2019
We have welcomed two new cohorts into SHIFT in the last few weeks, a full-time one in Christchurch and a part-time one in Dunedin. These new students are taking the plunge, shifting gears and learning relevant tech skills and exploring new opportunities in the tech sector, following in the footsteps of our dozens of successful graduates.
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SHIFT Profile: Thomas O'Leary
Wednesday July 31, 2019
In this series we are profiling our talented SHIFT graduates, who have joined the growing NZ tech sector.
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PROFILE: Julia Pye - Brewery Manager to Business Analyst
Wednesday June 26, 2019
We continue this series on our SHIFT graduates, this time featuring community minded Julia Pye.
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Another successful Speed Networking Event @ SIGNAL Christchurch
Wednesday June 12, 2019
Face to face networking between SHIFT students and Industry hosts helps to find matches for Industry Projects.
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Industry Engagement - Dunedin Events
Friday May 17, 2019
Signal's SHIFT programme is focused on positive employment outcomes. To help foster industry connections and networking, we welcome practitioners and tech experts to speak to our students during "SHIFT Fridays".
Introducing the 2019 Dunedin SHIFT Cohort!
Thursday May 9, 2019
Our Dunedin SHIFT cohort started in late February and is our third, and largest intake to-date.
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Speed Networking - Meet the Chch Cohort
Wednesday May 8, 2019
After the success and positive outcomes from our previous Speed Networking event that match Industry Projects to students, SIGNAL is hosting another one.
Join our mid-year SHIFT Intake (part-time or full-time)
Tuesday May 7, 2019
Reboot your career with Dunedin's part-time, and Christchurch's full-time SHIFT programme kicking-off in July.
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PROFILE: Jess Wren - Professional Services Delivery at Datacom
Thursday May 2, 2019
In this series, we meet some SHIFT graduates, and hear about their experiences of moving into a tech career.
Employed! Great outcomes from Industry Projects at the Christchurch Showcase.
Thursday March 21, 2019
An enthusiastic crowd of over 40 gathered at EPIC last week to hear about the projects that the Christchurch 2018 SHIFT Cohort had completed with support from their Industry mentors.
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Positive experiences for all at the Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase
Tuesday March 19, 2019
Congratulations to all students who presented their projects at the Showcase, and to those who are already employed in the tech sector in Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. Success, personal development, collaboration and industry support were on show as the 2018 SHIFT cohort shared their SHIFT industry experience.
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2019 SHIFT Cohorts & Industry Guests
Monday March 18, 2019
The 2019 SHIFT programmes in Christchurch and Dunedin are well underway, and students are already learning lots, meeting tech sector practitioners, and expanding their networks.
So you would like to SHIFT, but can't study full-time? Check out the new Part-Time option in Dunedin!
Monday March 18, 2019
We know that for many, taking a year off work to SHIFT career is very difficult, so we are delighted to announce that a part-time SHIFT Dunedin option will commence in July this year!
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Call for 2019 SHIFT Studio Projects in Dunedin - Submit your idea NOW!
Monday March 18, 2019
Has your organisation got a tech project, idea or piece of work that you've parked due to a lack of time or resourcing? Talk to us about having our SHIFT students work on it for you.
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Call for 2019 SHIFT Studio Projects
Monday March 18, 2019
Has your organisation got a tech project, idea or piece of work that you've parked due to a lack of time or resourcing? Talk to us about having our SHIFT students work on it for you.
OrbViz and the SHIFT Students
Wednesday March 13, 2019
OrbViz is the first SaaS product from Orbica and SHIFT students have contributed to its development.
SHIFT student behind the CCC Events App
Tuesday March 12, 2019
Bryce White has been working with Christchurch City Council for his Industry Project and Industry Experience Grant on their revamped Events App. He is now employed and working in the Digital Channels team on other apps.
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PROFILE: Harry Taylor - Software Developer at RCG Creations Limited
Sunday February 17, 2019
Harry started SHIFT in July 2017. He has now completed the programme and is working full time at RCG Creations Limited as a software developer.
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NEW: Shift video now online
Monday January 28, 2019
There is nothing like seeing and hearing real people talk about their experiences to help you understand a product and an organisation. Late in 2018, the Christchurch and Dunedin studios were the setting for professional filming to get the lowdown on SIGNAL ICT Grad School, and to find out more about what the SHIFT programme has delivered.
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From Snowboarder to Code Cutter!
Wednesday January 23, 2019
SIGNAL kicked off 2019 by hosting a Tech Careers and Pizza night with industry guest speaker and Software Engineer, Toni M James. Toni works for NZ company Orion Health, an international healthcare software company.
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Industry benefits from student placements
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Shift students have been putting their newly acquired skills to good use during their industry placements, providing organisations with tech solutions, while extending their own capabilities.
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Apply now for a SHIFT 2019 Scholarship
Tuesday December 11, 2018
Do you need a financial hand to SHIFT to a tech career? SHIFT 2019 enrolments are open now for both Dunedin and Christchurch, and so are 2019 SHIFT scholarship applications.
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Industry Showcase highlights SHIFT employment outcomes for 2017 Christchurch cohort
Wednesday October 17, 2018
Thanks and congratulations to Showcase presenters Harry Taylor, Felicia Sacramento and Sakinah Abdul who have all secured industry employment following SHIFT!
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SHIFT Industry Showcase - Christchurch Sep 20
Friday August 31, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the first Christchurch SHIFT cohort, on Thursday Sep 20 from 3 - 4.30pm.
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Action time! Putting the learning into action in the 'Real World'
Thursday August 23, 2018
Exciting times ahead for the Christchurch SHIFT'ers starting on their Industry Projects. In this photo, left to right are Orbica's Banika Sirohi (Orbica Full Stack developer - mentor) and Antonin Caen (Orbica Geospatial Architect - mentor), with two members of the 2018 SHIFT cohort, Arthur McGregor & Kiriana Brown.
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Lights......Camera......Action! Fun photo shoots @ SIGNAL
Monday April 30, 2018
Introducing the SHIFT 2018 stars of Christchurch and Dunedin, who were fantastic (if slightly reluctant at first) models for our now traditional photo shoot. Thanks team, great to see you all looking so happy and relaxed.
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Exciting industry projects commence for first Christchurch SHIFT cohort
Thursday April 5, 2018
Now into their second semester of SHIFT, Felicia, Dewi, Sam, Harry and Sakinah are well into their workplace industry projects with five Christchurch companies, from game design to air traffic control and location data intelligence specialists.
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New Shift 2018 cohort in Christchurch busy and productive!
Thursday April 5, 2018
The February Shift cohort of nine has been busy visiting local companies, gaining insight into various tech roles, and the skills needed to work in the growing tech sector. The students have also completed an intensive introduction to programming and further technical skills, and have begun working on projects in the studio to put their new found skills into practice.
Tap into the diversity and experience of the 2018 SHIFT cohort by submitting a studio project - and enjoy the results!
Thursday April 5, 2018
With a mix of backgrounds and experience including health, medical research, IT, arts, media, electronics, project management, defense force, commerce, marketing, education, product design and drafting, the incoming SHIFT cohort in Dunedin is a varied and talented group .
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Scholarships awarded to SIGNAL Educate & Shift learners
Thursday April 5, 2018
SIGNAL is pleased to encourage a high caliber and variety of learners by awarding a number of scholarships for study in 2018.
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SHIFT assists local tech industry in sourcing new talent
Thursday April 5, 2018
The Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase held earlier this month highlighted to the local tech sector how SHIFT is a "viable pathway to attract smart talent".
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'Christmas Gift' Industry award to SHIFT learner in Christchurch
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Synapsys NZ Ltd are pleased to announce the awarding of a $1000 'Christmas Gift' grant to Felicia Sacramento for her hard work during SHIFT in 2017.
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Dunedin SHIFT Cohort 2017
Thursday December 7, 2017
Meet the students completing SHIFT in Dunedin 2017
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Agile Workshop at SIGNAL Dunedin
Monday November 20, 2017
On the 16th November, SIGNAL Dunedin hosted an Agile Workshop for current SHIFT students and other IT Professionals in Dunedin.
SHIFT Dunedin working in industry
Tuesday November 14, 2017
After a busy and productive year of study, workshops, projects and work experience, the first SHIFT cohort are about to start their paid Industry Experience. This is the final part of the innovative SHIFT programme and further prepares the cohort to transition into a role in NZ's booming tech sector.
First Shift studio almost complete in Christchurch
Wednesday November 8, 2017
Shift students have been working closely with clients to develop a citizen science app about planting activities and a personal bus schedule monitor using Raspberry Pi.
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VR Flights with SIGNAL
Monday October 16, 2017
A popular activity at the 2017 Vogel Street Party
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SHIFT driving internal innovation at MTF
Monday September 25, 2017
An organisation works best when it has the best tools at its disposal, sometimes they need a bit of a tune-up ........
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SHIFT making a difference to local firms
Friday September 1, 2017
The Dunedin Shift Cohort are well into their industry placements, gaining valuable experience whilst working alongside industry professionals. Last week we visited Jonathan Manning, at The Tarn Group in Princes St Dunedin to see what he has achieved so far.
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Christchurch SHIFT cohort 2017
Thursday August 24, 2017
The 2017 Shift semester two students have a wide variety of backgrounds - here they introduce themselves.
The sky's the limit for Shift
Thursday August 24, 2017
Shift students start projects embedded with industry in Dunedin
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Shifting to a new career in Christchurch
Monday August 21, 2017
Christchurch studio welcomes its first cohort of Shift students.
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400 hours of free student time for your business! Dunedin & Christchurch EOIs now open.
Monday July 3, 2017
Industry Experience Grants provide a 400 hour internship opportunity for SIGNAL Shift students at the completion of their studies. Your organisation could host one - read on to find out more.
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Great ideas Hatched by Shift
Tuesday May 30, 2017
SIGNALs inaugural Shift cohort completed their first Studio Industry Project this month, working with Hatch, a children's creation and innovation workshop space in Dunedin.
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Shift forges ahead
Tuesday February 28, 2017
SIGNAL's Shift programme welcomed its first cohort to 123 Vogel St this week.