Young IT experts built a digital city

EuroSkills 2016 national finals for IT teams

This year's Professional Star Festival had 15,000 visitors and as part of the festival the HTTP Foundation organized the Hungarian finals of the IT competition to select the Hungarian participants of the European championship of professions.The three member teams were competing for places in the 2016 EuroSkills competition. The Platina sponsors of the event was T-Systems Hungary Plc.

Next year the EuroSkills finals will be held in Göteborg while in 2018 in Budapest.

Young IT experts built a digital cityNext year Sweden will host Europe’s top ranking professional competition where bricklayers, cooks, hairdressers and several dozens of other professions - including the best IT experts - will compete with each other. The Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Profession Star Festival is known in Hungary as a competition for young skilled workers in the first place but this year several other areas were involved in the EuroSkills competition too. EuroSkills ( www.euroskills.org) is the biggest professional competition in Europe therefore it is a great achievement that the Y2018 competition will be organized in Budapest. Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister participated the opening ceremony of the festival where László Parragh, Chairman of the Chamber, signed the official documents for the Hungarian round of the EuroSkills competition.

Hungarian IT students are among the best at international level which is proven by the fact that the EuroSkills IT competition in 2012 and last year were both won by the Hungarian team. The main objective of this year's competition was to find talented young people who will follow in the track of last years’ winners.

Digital city information technology solutions in the finals

There were 82 teams, i.e. almost 250 young experts, in  the first round of the IT system administrator competition in January where they had to solve online tests and network simulation tasks. The best 12 teams got to the semifinals where they had to prove their skills in a live environment, with real tools used in everyday practice.

The best six teams got to the finals that was organized between April 27 - 29, 2015 in pavilion “G” of the Hungexpo exhibition center. During the two days there were almost 15,000 visitors at the event. In the finals the young experts had to install and set the IT solutions of an imaginary digital city.

The winner of the very close finals was the BruteForce team from Budapest (Dániel Gergely, László Kohajda, Bence Tóth). All three members of the team learned the basics of the profession at the Cisco Network Academy in the Pataky István Communication Technology and IT Secondary School in Budapest and two of them are currently studying at the Óbuda University.

In the coming 18 months the winner team will intensively prepare for the finals where they will meet Europe’s best as the representatives of Hungary.

Tibor Rékasi, T-Systems Hungary Plc.’s CEO said in connection with the competition: “as the leading Hungarian info communication service provider we think it is of key importance to support initiatives that contribute to the application of innovative solutions in our everyday lives (like digital city solutions) and to find young IT talents alike.

“Formerly Debrecen prevailed because the finals were always won by students coming from Debrecen.This series was put to an end this year.Dani, Laci and Bence have been working very hard for many years to prepare for this competition.Last year they were second behind the future European champion team but this year their tough work yielded results.Naturally, they do not want to stop at this point, their ultimate goal is to be successful at the international competition too.They have all talent and commitment that they need, as it was proven in the recent days” - said Zoltán Sisák, Chairman of the HTTP Foundation.

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