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January 3, 2024 7:56 PM

Student capstone projects highlight IT Demo Day

On December 13, Conestoga’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology hosted IT Demo Day at the college’s Waterloo campus. The event showcased student capstone projects, which demonstrate the culmination of knowledge and skills that students have gained through the course of their studies.

Mobile Solutions Development students Konark Dave, Shashank Mistry and Tirth Patel were awarded Best in Program for their capstone project, which allows users to track receipts and spending.

Members of the local technology industry were present to serve as judges and to network with students. Conestoga employees assisted with judging and event execution. Best of Program awards were handed out to student groups presenting from three programs.

Mood Predict, a digital speech-to-text mental health analysis service, was awarded first place in the Digital Solutions Management category. Students Prabhnoor Kaur, Shivani Nalamati, Shalmonne Berson and Dhrumilkumar Panchal created the tool to help understand user needs and connect them with the appropriate professionals.  

In Mobile Solutions Development, the top project was crafted by Konark Dave, Shashank Mistry and Tirth Patel, who developed a digital platform for receipt storage known as Spendistry. By using a code during financial transactions, Spednistry is designed to allow users to easily and securely track receipts and spending, leading to better control of their financial well-being.

Taking top place in the Computer Applications Development program were Sumith Reddy Anugu, MarshalKumar Shihora and Jeffrey Smith, who created a social media platform that uses tabletop role-playing games (RPG) to help users learn a new language. Through using the tabletop RPG method, the platform aims to make the arduous task of learning a new language a creative and fun experience.

“IT Demo Day gives our students a great opportunity to connect with local employers and showcase the innovation and capabilities that they have developed through hands-on learning,” said Jim Edwards, dean, Applied Computer Science and Information Technology. “It also allows our students to practice business networking and presenting, which are additional practical skills that are crucial to a successful career in this industry.”

Other presentations included a meal planning application, a marketplace for those looking to issue or obtain private loans, and an application for rating and booking appointments with hair stylists.

Conestoga’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology is based at the college’s Waterloo campus, with access to one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in North America. Leading-edge programs offer a 21st-century education that prepares graduates for exciting careers in the innovative world of information and communications technology. With a strong connection to local industry, project-based and work-integrated learning enable students to solve real-world problems and engage in new technologies that empower a professional journey in a rapidly growing sector.