The Largest Cross-Academy Collaboration At Brainster

Working on real projects for actual clients is a long and complex process. Тhe constant cooperation with our partners for co-innovation is one of the main pillars of every Brainster Bootcamp.

This way, we create opportunities for learning through students’ practical work. With this type of learning, first-hand students have the chance to master real-world challenges in a particular field.

With this goal in mind, we organized an international cross-academy collaboration, which brought together the strengths and skills of students from our Bootcamps in Austria and Macedonia.

This time, the actual project we were working on was for the client VA Engineering, a company that operates globally with a significant focus on European countries. This company offers high-quality services in the construction industry.

To create this project, students had the task of branding, building a website, and coding it. The project was transferred from one Bootcamp to another, following the process of moving projects from one team to another like in the real world. 


How did the whole process start?



The entire process began with the briefing of the Graphic Design Bootcamp, where the design students submitted their solutions. 

 Petar Nicha came up with the winning solution that was later on handed over to the team from the UX/UI Design Bootcamp, along with a briefing and necessary resources. 



At the UX/UI Design Bootcamp, students worked in teams of two people, using their expertise to address the challenges in their own unique way. 

The winning team consisted of Tea Prpic and Anita Miskovic, who came out with the solution that best addressed our partner’s problems. 

Although it was a real responsibility to work on the project from start to finish, with several consolidations from the client and under the mentorship of the excellent instructor Damjan Obal, Tea and Anita were satisfied with the achievement after only 5 months of lectures at the Bootcamp.



The next step was a handover of the solution to the development team. The winning design team prepared style guides, a high fidelity prototype, and several instructions for the students from the Full-Stack Web Coding and the Front-End Programming Bootcamps.



Future developers worked on this project on a 48-hour hackathon. They were divided into teams to develop a web solution based on the design teams’ brief. 

The winning solution from the Front-End Programming Bootcamp belonged to Aleksandar Tushevski and Filip Krstevski. At the same time, the Full-Stack Web Coding Bootcamp winners were Filip Manev, Stefan Rubelov, Kristijan Stojchev, and Filip Arsovski. 

After the hackathon ended and the winning solutions were announced, the two teams worked together to link the two winning solutions, host the web solution, and make it public.


Here is what the students shared about their international hackathon experience:


What are your impressions of this international hackathon?

We had a great time! We went from a blank sheet to the most innovative team solution. It was a great pleasure for us to participate in such a big competitive event. It was really challenging that we had to work under a lot of pressure because the deadline was short. 

We can confidently say that the cooperation with the back-end team was extraordinary. According to the requirements and criteria of our client, with our perseverance and teamwork, our final product was declared the winner, explained the students from the Front-End Programming Bootcamp



What was the purpose of this project, and how challenging was the process to reach the final solution?

This project aimed to develop a functional web solution for a client in a short period. The only way to achieve this was through organized teamwork. The team was divided into two parts, front-end and back-end, where the front-end had a ready-made design for the layout of the page, which had to be flawless.

While the back-end team had the task of creating a practical and user-friendly admin panel with which the site administrator could easily manipulate the content of the page itself. Teamwork resulted in a winning solution that the client will continue to use. 

It is important to note that we experienced working on a real solution for an actual client during this work process. At the same time, we saw how communication with the client takes place.

Through this project, we had the opportunity to experience all stages of developing an idea into a functional prototype. We warmly recommend this way of cross-academy collaboration to develop a conceptual solution, shared the students from the Full-Stack Web Coding Bootcamp.



How long did it take to agree on a solution? Do you think research is a big part of the final decision about branding?

Making the branding and the logo design was really a challenge because the letters V and A in Latin had to be combined as one logo. It sounds easy in principle, but this type of logo design prevails in many companies worldwide. It was the main challenge to make a unique, minimalist logo representing and highlighting our client. 

In my opinion, research is fundamental no matter how confident you are and what your plan is. For a design to be remarkable, it needs detailed dedication and research, so this part of the procedure is inevitable, explained Petar Nica, a student from the Graphic Design Bootcamp.


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