Datacom is pleased to announce Dipesh Trikam as the winner of this year’s Imagine Cup Scholarship, offering a paid six-month internship working in the company’s Mobile Innovation team in Auckland.

Trikam will have the opportunity to put his skills to the test and gain practical, real-world experience within New Zealand’s leading IT services organisation. The scholarship is offered each year to a student who has taken part in either the Microsoft Imagine Cup or the Microsoft Student Accelerator programme and demonstrated exceptional business and technology acumen.

“We’ve been running this competition for five years and consistently see great applicants coming out of this programme,” says Datacom NZ CEO Greg Davidson.

“Microsoft Imagine Cup is a great initiative that helps students realise their creative ideas and encourages world-class IT talent. When we assessed the many applications we received we were impressed by Dipesh’s clear commitment, capability and promise,” says Davidson.

Trikam will complete his Computer Systems Engineering degree at the end of this year.

Microsoft Partner Business Evangelist for Developer Experience, Ryan Tarak says Trikam has also been a key part of the Microsoft Student Partner Program. “He has consistently been a top contributor and he is very well regarded by his peers both technically and as a person.”

Trikam is looking forward to the challenge.

“The journey I took to get to this point has been a great test of my character with a steep learning curve. To be awarded this scholarship means a lot to me after the hard work I have put in,” he says.

“I am extremely thankful to Datacom for giving me this opportunity and very excited to be part of the company.”

Datacom has offered this scholarship for the last five years and hires a large number of graduating students into permanent roles. Around 70 graduates have joined the company’s software division alone in the past two years.