Capstone Projects are often the pinnacle of an Undergraduate Degree, where students work on an industry project in teams. This is commonly the case in computer science where students have an opportunity to apply their learning over 12 weeks with an assigned industry client.
But what if the industry partner was unknown or yet to be validated, and the project team was already in place as a passionate pair hard at work on a project with a startup company of their own?
This was the case of final year computer science students Kurt Invernon and James Cockshott, who were participating in Activator’s flagship pre-accelerator program LaunchHUB, and were keen to pursue an alternate pathway for their Capstone.
Given the hours they were putting into their startup project, and the learning outcomes or milestones which teams work towards with the guidance of a startup coach within the program, the viability of this opportunity to apply their startup project as a Computer Science capstone was proposed.
In consultation with their program supervisor and with a highly positive nod from the schools Associate Dean, the proposal was deemed a good fit with learning outcomes and given the go ahead.
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