One of the way to prepare for the world of work is to develop competencies and soft skills. In addition to sharpening knowledge in the classroom, students can also take part in various activities outside the classroom which are facilitated by the campus, including Universitas Brawijaya such as Bangkit Academy. Bangkit Academy is a competency development program in the field of technology, a collaboration between the Ministry of Cultural Education and Google.
Under the auspices of the Independent Campus, Bangkit Academy has been running for two years. During that time, Universitas Brawijaya participated in sending the best sons and daughters, and became the university with the 3rd highest number of program participants in Indonesia.
Various achievements have been made. In 2021, for example, one of the best graduates of this program will come from the Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business. Meanwhile, this year, three of the 15 best capstone project teams are from Universitas Brawijaya. These three teams received funding of IDR 140,000,000 from Dikti and Google, for application development.
Dzakiyyah Rosyadi, Embracing IT from non-IT majors
Dzakiyyah Rosyadi is an alumni of Bangkit Program in 2021. He is the best graduate of ULIP Marketing Intern at Unilever. Dzakiyyah is an alumni majoring in Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya. “I don’t have a background in IT, so I feel this is a learning opportunity outside of my skill set in Management. At that time, I was the first batch of FEB, so I often consulted the Faculty of Computer Science,” she explained.
During this program, Dzakiyyah received various materials outside of IT. “For six months, I also learned about further career preparation, studying interviews and others to prepare for after graduation. After completing this program, I also had the opportunity to do internships in several companies,” she explained.
In Bangkit Academy 2022 graduation ceremony, Dzakiyyah was lined up as the host. In addition, she is also often invited as a speaker on public speaking or self-development. Dzakiyyah pointed out that the science of IT and technology is not only concerned with how to produce a program or application, but also how to influence a systematic mindset so that it can help solve problems properly.
Rigel Vibi Ramadhan, Nutrition Education in Raw Materials
The need for nutritious food is currently a priority. The number of applications that contain a variety of recipes makes it easy for anyone to learn cooking. However, what about the material shopping process? Rigel Vibi Ramadhan with Irvan Rizki Nugraha and Rifqi Hilmi Zhafrant from the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Brawijaya, and Ananda Ilyasa Putra and Sahdewi Bunga Safira from Sebelas Maret University and Syah Rizal Almedifa from UPN Veterans Yogyakarta initiated the BahanBaku application.
BahanBaku is an application that can make it easier for housewives, overseas students or those who like to cook to get raw materials with various recipe inspirations. “The Raw Material is equipped with categories and recipe recommendations, including recipes for complementary foods for babies, so that they can be a source of cooking inspiration as well as a complete reference for shopping places, at affordable prices and according to needs so as to minimize household waste,” explained Rigel.
Becoming a participant in Rigel 2022 provides Rigel and the team with various advantages. “We can build networks with great people, explore development science according to the learning flow with industry standards and improve soft skills and English language skills. We were also given the opportunity to develop projects, and received funding for qualifying for the top 15 best teams,” he explained.
Wulan Anjenita Kurniati, Recycling Waste Into Money with HerAi
Waste management is still a problem in Indonesia. The habit of mixing waste complicates the decomposition process and has a negative impact on the environment. Through HerAi, Wulan and the team invite the community to be able to make money from recycled waste. “HerAi helps educate people to be aware of sorting the three categories of waste, as well as making waste economically valuable by selling recycled waste to partner waste banks with a shuttle system,” he said.
HerAi was developed by Wulan with Muhammad Alfares from the University of Riau, Heri Irianto from the Telkom Institute of Technology Purwokerto and Ilham Gunadi from Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto. This application targets users from 18 to 50 years old, with a target of 10,000 users at the beginning of its launch period.
While attending Bangkit Academy, Wulan, who is also a student of the Department of Architecture, has experienced many advantages an obtained. “In addition to learning hard skills in the field of computing such as machine learning, cloud computing and mobile development, we also receive soft skills and self-development materials to prepare for entering the world of work,” she explained. Through this program, this woman who also works at an investment brokerage company in Malang city mentions HerAi as an alternative in solving environmental problems.
Sapphire Rahmahuda Machsun, Choose Hairstyles with Ambroise
Confused when choosing a hairstyle when you are at the barbershop location? Safir Rahmahuda Machsun, a student from the Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Brawijaya created Ambroise, a virtual hair application and smart barbershop. Through Ambroise, users can choose and try out hairstyles before going to the barbershop.
“Not all hairstyles are suitable for all hair types, some are only suitable for those with straight hair, curly hair, and so on. From there, we used machine learning technology for this hairstyle experiment feature,” said Safir.
Ambroise was initiated by Safir with Anas Agung C and Andika Irza Pradana from UB, Jeconiah Sugiyanto from Bina Nusantara University, I Putu Arya P. from Udayana University, and Alwan Fauzi from Surabaya State Electronics Polytechnic. Currently, the Ambroise team is conducting market research to prepare for the launch in November, along with the G20 digital MSME expo in Bali.
Becoming a part of Bangkit Academy gives Sapphire and her friends new knowledge. “My friends and I get practical knowledge in the industrial world, because the curriculum is not only theoretical but also has a lot of practice. We also had the opportunity to take part in Google’s certification and be recognized internationally,” concluded the 2019 batch student.[Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]