SIGNAL 2019 - That's a Wrap!

Friday December 20, 2019

Welcome to the last publication of 2019 from your South Island ICT Grad School, and what a fantastic year it has been! Here is a snapshot of our highlights of our year at SIGNAL:

SHIFT Graduate Programme

Excellent results for both the Christchurch and Dunedin SHIFT cohorts has earned many of our graduates full-time tech roles soon after completing their industry projects. Our students continue to exceed industry expectations - well done to our 2019 graduates, you've set the bar high!

Christchurch February 2019 SHIFT Cohort

Congratulations to our Dunedin SHIFT cohort (below) who have mostly finished their 200-hour industry placements with fantastic results for themselves and their hosts. We're excited to confirm some students have already had full-time job offers with their project hosts, and we're excited to see where the new year takes them.

Dunedin 2019 SHIFT Cohort

The Christchurch SHIFT July cohort (below) have completed semester one studies and amazing collaborative industry projects, and are looking forward to jumping into their individual industry placements early next year. You can read about their recent Networking Event with industry hosts here.

Christchurch July 2019 SHIFT Cohort 

XTEND Industry Programme

XTEND recently celebrated success with three awesome graduates this year. Congratulations to Kyle FordGavin Dilworth and Michael McDonald, you and your organisations are already reaping the benefits of this in-work professional development offering that focuses on embedding a workplace project, process or innovation.  

Congratulations to Kyle Forde, Chief Executive of Health Systems Solutions NZ Ltd, who graduated from the Signal XTEND programme (Master of Professional Practice from Otago Polytechnic) with Distinction this month.   — Image by: Kylie Jackson

2019 XTEND Graduand Michael McDonald completed his thesis on implemementing value-based software development within the healthtech sector

Gavin Dilworth has had a busy 2019, becoming a father and completing SIGNAL's XTEND Industry Programme on cybersecurity considerations around Cybersecurity within Industrial Control Systems. 


SIGNAL has been a presenter, sponsor or supporter of many events this year, both on-site and at industry gatherings such as the Canterbury Tech SummitFuture of Learning conference and the IT Professionals of NZ national event ITx.  We have attended on-campus and city-wide careers expos, hosted tech community events such as GameDev Meetups, AGILE Meetups and been part of many events as part of NZ's celebration of innovation - Techweek19 festival.  

SIGNAL Team at Canterbury Tech Summit 2019  — Image by: Lauren Saker

SIGNAL's live online Techweek TV session, 'Shift to a tech career in less than a year', featuring SHIFT graduates Julia Pye and Jess Wren, and SIGNAL Deputy Director, Kylie Jackson.

Dunedin ImpactNPO Hackathon 2019

Finally we would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been a part of our year - our learners, teaching staff, industry partners, and collaborators - for all your efforts in 2019. 

It has been a fantastically successful and productive year and we look forward to even greater achievements in 2020.

SIGNAL ICT Grad School Team 2019 - (L-R) Lauren Saker, Kylie Jackson, Lenore Wright, Janelle Gee, Stuart Charters, Leisa Browne. Absent: Lufei Wang

Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas!

From the SIGNAL Team

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See also...

Events Shift + 2 More
Don't miss the next Tech Careers session to explore new opportunities!
Monday June 22, 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. And don't forget about our boosted Scholarships, available only for the July SHIFT intake.
Shift Cohorts News + 4 More
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.
Events Professional development + 2 More
Dunedin Business Analyst Meetup launches online
Wednesday June 17, 2020
Organised by Nicole Henke, the Dunedin Business Analyst Meetup is going online, continuing to provide face to face networking and support for our BA community.

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