A job in IT often involves various interactions with different teams or departments. It is never too early to grant our juniors a look behind the scenes, allowing them to start working together in today’s cutting-edge sectors. Therefore, our Brussels AI and web development coaches challenged their juniors to push their boundaries by working together towards a common goal: the house mapping project.  

Working together with colleagues from different departments or teams can be challenging, but as different industries continue to embrace digital technologies, this type of collaboration has become paramount in every organization. As we see it as our responsibility to fully prepare our juniors for their new career path, we aim at introducing them to the various players in the field through hands-on student projects. 

With the house mapping project, our Brussels AI and web development coaches encouraged juniors with different backgrounds and technical skills to join forces. The goal? To create a website on which you can automatically predict the price of a residence by specifying its characteristics. As not all of us can be technical masterminds, you may wonder how it’s possible to carry out such a project. Well, in fact, it’s simple. If you engage the AI juniors for the back-end (server-side) and let the web development juniors focus on the front-end (website), you can’t help but get a kick-ass result. 

The start of a cross-departemental journey
But let us start at the beginning. Data is key in any digital journey, and that’s no different here. “First the AI students had to visit real estate websites, such as Immoweb, to extract the necessary information, namely characteristics of houses such as the number of bedrooms or the location. The collected data was, in turn, poured into a dataset containing information of more than 30,000 houses”, explains AI coach Maxim Berge. “Afterwards, the students had to clean and manipulate the dataset in order to create a AI model that is able to predict the price of the house, based on its characteristics”, he continues. Finally, they had to convert the mathematical model into employment by creating an API, a way of communicating with the server. 

To be able to effectively retrieve the estimated value of the property, the heavy task of creating a website rested on the shoulders of web development students. “We had to integrate the API into our webpage so that the user could obtain the estimated value of the property after having entered some of its characteristics”, explains web dev junior Cristina. “To create this interface, we used HTML and CSS. We added JavaScript so that the user would be able to interact with the form.”, she continues. 

In order for this cross-departmental project to succeed, open communication and teamwork were particularly important. “In my team, we communicated openly and everyone was very agreeable. If the web development students had any questions, concerns, or problems, they didn’t hesitate to reach out to me to work it out together. This, in turn, was really helpful for both of us.”, explains AI junior Dilara. “Building good websites works best when both teams are closely working together. I’m quite sure that if this wouldn’t have been the case, problems might have occurred in the long run”, she concludes. 

Tremendous growth 
The main purpose of this project was to introduce various domains of expertise to each other and according to Dilara, the coaches have more than succeeded in their setup. “We are working as script writers on the back-end and therefore do not always understand the impact of our code on the front-end side. Via this project, we were able to understand how both codes need to intertwine in order to obtain the hoped-for result. Without back-end, there is no front-end ; without front-end, there is no back-end.”

Nevertheless, this type of collaboration has many other advantages according to AI coach Maxim Berge. “It’s amazing for the juniors’ portfolio to have worked on a project that they have created from scratch. This kind of initiative might also be beneficial for their self-confidence as it shows them that various small actions can contribute to a big project.”

Thanks to this project, Maxim has seen his juniors grow tremendously. He would therefore like to conclude with a heartwarming message. “I’m really proud of my learners. They have done an amazing job and continue to impress me every day.”

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