Ready for the next run!

The time has come again, the planning for the next run has begun and we are all very excited about what we will experience and put together this time! Above all, we hope that next spring we will finally be able to organise a “Spring School” with the scholarship holders from Peru, Namibia, Indonesia and Germany and experience a personal intercultural exchange.

The first planning meetings will take place in mid-October to determine the content and tasks of the next project, among other things, so that the scholarships can then be announced promptly and the application phases in the respective countries can start.

We don’t want to give too much away at this point, but after projects for clients in Namibia and Indonesia in the last two years, it could well be that the trip this year will be to Peru.

Stay tuned and follow the progress here in the news section of our website, we will report on a weekly basis what is happening!

Mission accomplished!

In the past weeks, we have fixed some bugs, implemented change requests and prepared the transfer of the application to the client.

Now everything is ready and tomorrow we will have a web meeting to look back on what we have achieved and discuss the further development of the portal.

Despite the increased level of difficulty due to the COVID19 pandemic, which made it e.g. impossible for us to carry out the essential Spring School with all students at the beginning of the project, all agreed use-cases could finally be implemented. 

Thus, the students have every reason to be proud of themselves. Learning and using new and demanding technology in this setting was a real challenge, which the students tackled and mastered with great commitment.

Now we are already looking forward to the next round and are very curious to see which project will be the focus of attention and will be carried out there. We will keep you up to date!

Summer break

After making some minor adjustments to the solution in the last two days, a beta version has now been released for the client to test. In the next weeks, this test will be carried out by NCRST, during this time the GIPE – project will be in the summer break!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped to make this project what it has become, a real international and intercultural cooperation across continents and time zones.

Review and Handover

Today we had the final meeting of our project, together with our client we reviewed the last months and agreed that we could accomplish a lot, especially considering that we could not organize a “Spring School” at the beginning.

Nevertheless, a sworn community and a steadily growing team spirit formed, and we worked on the solution with motivation until the very end. That we got this was mainly because many students were willing to get involved with the technology stack and to go the extra mile.

Everyone involved can be proud of what was achieved here under unexpected difficult conditions due to COVID19.

It’s showtime!

Yesterday we had to pass a significant milestone in our project. For the first time, we were able to present our solution live to our client on a “real” web server and show him the different functions in the status we have realized so far.

The client’s feedback was very good, we could – as it seemed – positively surprise and impress him.

Of course, there are still some minor bugs to be fixed and not all features are fully implemented yet, but we are confident that we will be able to manage and improve a lot in the remaining days.

Therefore, we will continue to work on the solution at full speed, the students are still fully motivated. This is all the more remarkable considering the fact that unfortunately we still cannot say if and when it will be possible for our scholarship holders to carry out their mobilities due to the Corona Pandemic.

We are still confident that we will be able to find a possibility here, but we must wait and see how things develop in the respective countries… 

We need some more time

Once again, several days of hard work lie behind the teams and more and more functions can be admired in the solution. It is really remarkable that the students are not just trying to meet the client’s requirements in some way, but they are constantly looking for attractive solutions that make the application more valuable overall.

Since we don’t want to stop this process, we have agreed with the teams and our client to postpone the handover date and we will use the remaining time intensively to continue working on the components of the portal.

Halfway there!

Time passes and with it hopefully, one day the COVID-19 virus, which still has large parts of the world in its hands and makes life and especially travel more difficult or even impossible.

Therefore we still don’t know if it will be possible for our students from Indonesia, Peru and Namibia to come to Germany in October to work on the web portal together with their German team members and hopefully have a lot of fun with common activities. And if or when the German scholarship holders will be able to travel to Namibia, we, unfortunately, do not know yet either…

Nevertheless, everyone is working very motivated on the development of the portal and especially in the last week very good progress was made. We can therefore be proud that parts of the web application are ready to be installed on a “real” webserver!

We are happy to continue like this and we are confident that even the missing parts can be implemented within the project.

GIPE against racism

The death of George Floyd occurred on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the 46-year-old African-American George Perry Floyd was killed in a violent arrest.

Today he is being buried, a reason for us to send a strong signal against racism. 

Our project stands especially for the equal cooperation of all people in this world and the colour of the skin simply must not play a role regarding respect, appreciation, chances and social participation.

We are proud to be “Gipies” and condemn racism in any form, be it through violence, oppression, insults or other reprisals.

We’re on the way!!!

This week the development work has really picked up speed, so this news will be a bit technical!

The first entities are in the database, the homepage is taking shape and also the basic business processes like the registration process have been working on. 

The repositories have been set up, code conventions have been defined, and the types of documentation required have been determined.

Furthermore the second “Social Web Meeting” took place last Monday!

So it is fair to say that we can look back on an exciting and also quite successful week in our project, the milestones were almost completely reached!

The only thing that makes us a little bit sad is the fact that due to the worldwide Corona-Pandemic we still don’t know if we will be able to meet personally in Bocholt this autumn for the “Autumn School”, especially the situation in Peru causes serious doubts. But we do not give up hope that it will work out after all!