Please read below what is expected of your role, how & when you can evaluate the students.
As a partner for the Final Project, there are two options:
The students will be developing your own project.
The students will be developing a project brought by HackYourFuture Belgium.
All projects developed by the students must be open source and have a positive societal impact, meaning that we only work on projects that aim to build a better society (to put it blundly: we won't build a project aiming to map gaz station for cars, just an example).
Timelime of the project definition
2 weeks before the start: you - or the HackYourFuture team - fill in this form called "Project Template HackYourFuture Belgium" (below).
1 week before the start: we organize a sync call between the technical coach, the project partner and the HackYourFuture Team. During this call, we brief everyone on the project and remind the goals of the bootcamp (see below).
As a partner, your role will be to:
Be the point of contact for the students for the project by being present during 3 partner meetings.
Answer the questions prepared by the students (during the meetings or per email) and help them understand as clearly as possible what the project outcome should be.
Act as if you were a (nice) paying customer: be demanding and empathic at the same time.
Give feedback to the students each week (evaluation questions see below) and help the students to improve their communication skills with partners or future clients.
As a reminder, the goal of this Final Project is to:
Put the technical skills into practice while working on an open source project
Learn to collaborate and work in teams
Learn to scope a project and hold client meetings
Be the bridge between a technical 8-month training at HackYourFuture Belgium and the local labour market
The most important factor for HackYourFuture Belgium is the learning process. We aim big and aim to create working prototypes. Yet, the technical output is not what matters the most. Soft skills are.
We are all here to help the students getting better at collaborating and giving them the opportunity to work on a real project. Constructive feedback is therefore crucial for the students to improve.
Here's how to evaluate the students.
Before the meetings
Have the students reconfirm the meeting with you?
Have they send the meeting link?
During the meetings
Have they started the meeting by thanking you to be a partner?
Have they presented themselves professionnaly? Is it clear for you who does what in the team?
Are their questions clear and tougth through?
Are they listening to what you're saying?
Is there someone in the group taking note of the feedback you are giving?
Is there someone from the group summarizing everything that was said and reconfirming the next steps?
After the meetings
Have the students send you a follow up email?
Is this email clear regarding the next steps of the project?
Have they reconfirm the next meeting with you?
Do you feel that the students are well organized within their team?
Do you feel important as a partner? Are the students taking your project needs and input in consideration?
Is your role as a partner interesting for you? What is what you expected?
Evaluation with students
We ask you to send a short evaluation back to the students after each partner meetings. This feedback can be send to the students by email.
Example : "The meeting today was very rich and I think we managed to answer a lot of questions. However, as a partner, I would have liked to receive more questions on why this project is important to me, what problem the project tries to solve. There was also a point where two students were interrupting each other in the meeting, which got me confused. For the next meeting, I would like you to set a clear agenda and define the roles of who will do what during the meeting. Example: a student leads the meeting, another takes note. Being organized will bring clarity and save both of us time."
Evaluation with the HackYourFuture Team
During the bootcamp: the HackYourFuture team will be closely in contact with the partner to follow up on the project.
The last week of the boocamp: a member of the HackYourFuture team will hold a feedback session with each partner and technical coach to evaluate how the project went and what can be improved for the next one.
Again, thank you for being a partner. Saying that we are grateful would be an under-statement!