Ntwanano Rikhotso has been appointed as Wits’ first Google Developer student club lead. 

As leader of the club, Wits computer science and economics major, Ntwanano Rikhotso will facilitate the training of students on how to use Google technologies to make a difference. 

Google developer student clubs (GDSC) are community groups for university students that are interested in the search engine’s programming technologies. By joining a GDSC, students can grow as developers in a peer-to-peer learning environment. From web development all the way through to app development and cloud hosting, the club’s provide a front-row seat to the world of global technology.  

Rikhotso went through a two-month interviewing process after applying and clinched the position on Tuesday, August 17. His appointment means that he now joins a global community of student leads who work together to solve real-life problems. 

Rikhotso believes that having a GDSC on campus will give Witsies a chance to make an impact in the community. “As a technology and entrepreneurship enthusiast, I am thrilled to be appointed as the first Google developer student club lead at Wits. It will be a great opportunity for us to have a student club of a global leader of tech,” he told Wits Vuvuzela.  

“Google is more than a site we visit to find answers to our questions. It is a global leader in innovation; and we now have an opportunity to be a part of that community. We have a chance to work with them and solve real-life issues in our neighbourhoods,” said Rikhotso.  

“For example, a GDSC in Indonesia recently used Google Maps to design a flood alert app  – we also want to be at the forefront of coming up with solutions like this,” he added.  

Applications to join the Wits club will open at the beginning of 2022 to all students with an interest in growing as developers.  

Activation events will be held in the final quarter of this year. For more information and future announcements visit the Wits GDSC Facebook page. 

FEATURED IMAGE: Ntwanano Rikhotso, Wits’ first Google Developer student club lead. Photo: Provided