As an incoming intern, I was lucky enough to be part of Arcurve’s community even before my first day of work.
This past semester, I was one of the founding members at Tech Start, a new club at the University of Calgary, where I am a student in the dual degree program for Business and Software Engineering. Tech Start builds software and technology projects in teams with a focus on entrepreneurship and startups.Tech Start was founded by my friend, Joel Happ, a past intern at Arcurve. Arcurve was gracious enough to help the club launch by providing mentorship and being the club’s first official sponsor.
As it was the inaugural semester, I joined the team tasked with creating Tech Start’s website from scratch. I value my experience at Tech Start as I was encouraged to learn new technologies, such as React and Typescript, while collaborating with my team to create a high-quality product. As a new intern at Arcurve, I have already been able to take the skills I learnt from Tech Start and apply them to my job.
Aside from the web development team, there were three other projects this semester. One group created a resume tracker for software engineers, another group created an app that acts as a hub for all your social media apps, and lastly there was an app that tracks parcel and package transfers. At the end of the semester, a Project Showcase was held, and the projects were judged by a panel. Mike Bauer, one of Arcurve’s founders and the Chief Technology Officer, sat on the panel of judges. Mike provided incredibly valuable feedback for all the teams and suggested improvements the teams could make to continue their project development.
Another one of Tech Start’s initiatives is to host events ranging from technical workshops to panel discussions. These events presented another opportunity for Arcurve to be involved in the development of this new club and be part of the technical community at the University of Calgary. On May 13th, Tech Start held its first panel event where Jay Gohill, the President and CEO of Arcurve, sat as one of the panelists. Jay shared his experience in the technology industry in Alberta, including his transition to an entrepreneur and founder of Arcurve.
In my few weeks interning at Arcurve, I have already seen how community is extremely important and how we support current, present, and future Arcurvian students as well as the community around us. I am looking forward to staying involved in these initiatives throughout my internship!
Stay tuned to our blog to see some of the other community initiatives our student interns get involved with this summer.