The IT student scholarship is something close to our heart - it is particularly important to CHECK24 to promote young IT talents, to give them insights into a company and to contribute to their personal as well as professional development through individual mentoring.
The name Code Club stands for the CHECK24 IT student scholarship. The program is aimed at IT enthusiastic 10th and 11th grade students in and around Munich, who are supported by us over a period of 12 months. In addition to monthly financial support, the scholarship also includes a CHECK24 software developer as a mentor, who provides advice and support throughout the scholarship. Every month, so-called tech sessions take place on various IT topics such as Git or Continuous Integration. In addition to the professional support, the program offers numerous other great benefits for the students, such as joint events like a hackathon, networking events, and the opportunity to gain further experience with us as a working student or intern. One highlight of the Code Club, however, are the self-developed projects that our current student scholarship holders have implemented independently over the past 3.5 months.
The ideas as well as the selection of the implemented projects come from the scholarship holders themselves. Each participant pitches his or her own project idea at the start of the project - from these, the best three ideas are then selected and implemented in small groups of 2-3 people each. In self-organised teams, the students worked together on their goals for the project and tinkered with the implementation, with the Code Club team providing support in case of questions or difficulties. Input on project management was also provided by one of our developers from the Code Club team to make implementation as easy as possible.
For example, this year a mood tracking and management app called "Sentimizer" was developed as a project. With this, one's mood and activities can be tracked - the app then supports the user by recommending different activities to optimise the mood. The app is even now freely available in the App Store. The projects were mainly implemented in the free time as well as on two afternoons, the so-called "hackernoons". At the end of the phase, the projects were presented at an event in the form of final presentations.
The scholarship is the perfect opportunity to put your interest in computer science into practice and to get to know the world of software development! You also meet a lot of nice people who give you helpful tips and advice.
Code Club, IT Student Scholar
The project presentation is something very special for our student scholarship holders. As part of their own event, they have the opportunity to present the ideas they have implemented. Teachers, parents, mentors, friends as well as former student scholarship holders and representatives from the German National Computer Science Competition are invited. After a short welcome and information about the scholarship, the Federal Competition for Computer Science was also presented, where additional funding from CHECK24 is possible. After the successful presentations, we celebrated together with snacks and drinks on the roof terrace.
Many thanks to all motivated students who planned and implemented such great projects. We are looking forward to more computer science enthusiastic young talents that we can support!