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o you know what job you want to do? If you don’t, that could be a good thing. Digital technologies are likely to create whole new career paths in the future. Digital technologies, like the internet, smart sensors and automation, contribute about 8% of economic output in New Zealand, while in Australia that contribution is set to grow from 5% to 7% by 2020. Most of this growth will happen outside the areas traditionally associated with tech – like agriculture, health, and education. It’s no wonder there’s a focus on equipping the next generation with the digital skills needed for this economic shift. Careers are no longer as straightforward as they used to be. It used to be that if you studied medicine, you’d go on to become a doctor, or if you studied accounting, you’d join the professional services. Today, those traditional outcomes aren’t always the norm. Digital disruption is creating a workforce with a greater intersection of disciplinary skills. Areas like finance, advertising, law and agriculture, for example, are increasingly overlapping with core skills in computer science. At Google we talk about “Computer Science (CS) + X” as a driver of innovation and creativity. The X is the problem you are trying to solve, your passion or another discipline. You’ll find CS + X in every industry, creating breakthrough innovations like smart contact lenses to monitor blood glucose in real time alerts to your phone.   Throughout this guide you’ll find individuals from every walk of life combining CS + X to innovate and bring creative solutions to the world – no matter what industry they are in. We hope that you’ll be inspired to expand your vision for your career and take up the call to embrace technology to change the world.   Sally-Ann Williams Engineering Community & Outreach Manager Google Australia & New Zealand 3

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X-factor Add computer science to your goals, ideas and interests to equal planet-changing awesomeness

CS+Health =Instant diagnosis

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CS+Music=Spotify

What do you get when you add a peer-to-peer network to your playli st? On-demand music strea ming services like Goog le Play Music, Apple Music , Spotify and Pandora let you easily access your favou rite songs. Unique playli sts are created by a global community of users, wh ile algorithms and collabo rative filtering suggest songs a user might like based on their ‘taste profile’.

CS+Fashion =Smart clothes

Take a smartphone GPS and anime sidekicks and make an addictive new activity Originally launched on Nintendo Game Boy in the 1990s, Pokémon has made a comeback as an augmented reality mobile app that became more popular than dating app Tinder just two days after its release. Pokémon Go lets players capture creatures in real-life locations using a smartphone’s GPS and camera. Different types of Pokémon appear onscreen depending on where you are – so it’s time to head outdoors!

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ogle’s Edwina Mead makes Go her th wi products better skills software engineering , hen I was in high school I took a wide range of t sure subjects because I wasn’ at uni. what I wanted to study ter I had no idea that compu until I took science was an option during my it as a compulsory unit degree. electrical engineering of fun I ended up having a lot writing learning how to code, like generator a colourful fractal flame puter! that ran fast on my com a Since joining Google as worked software engineer, I’ve e Docs, on products like Googl e Chrome. Google Keep and Googl product It’s great developing a watching from nothing and then millions it grow into something g we do of people use. Everythin science at Google has computer to the in it, from the products m. tools we use to build the new Computer science is the comes literacy as our world be nected. smarter and more con the best Coding is about finding of different solution by solving a lot wledge kno problems. Even a basic re of it will make you a mo any field. competitive graduate in

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Computational thinking Learning to code will eq uip you for a future where digital te chnologies will drive nearly every aspe ct of daily life

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hinking of a career in computer science? You’ll be in great company. Across the world, computer science graduates are already working in the jobs that will be in high demand in the future – from creating games and movies, to delivering life-saving health programs or revolutionising the banking system. An estimated 40% of roles people do today (about 5 million jobs in Australia and 1 million in New Zealand) will be replaced by technology in the next decade, according to a 2015 report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). “Technology is going to dramatically reshape our workforce in coming years,” says CEDA chief executive Professor Stephen Martin. Computer scientists combine their coding skills with interests in business, finance, health, art, science, politics, fashion and law – to name a few! They are working on developments like the first human mission to Mars, a vaccine for Ebola, ways to explore the ocean’s depths, tracking tsunamis and cyclones, and designing clothes that automatically adjust to the weather.

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KPMG demographer Bernard Salt says while many jobs will disappear through automation, other opportunities will arise. Machine-learning algorithms will replace jobs in bookkeeping, retail and finance, but demand for people to design 3D-printing templates and create agricultural solutions will be high, Bernard says. Technology investment guru Annie Parker, who heads Telstra-backed business start-up accelerator muru-D, says the next few years will

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see huge growth in wearable technology (think Fitbit) and the ‘Internet of Things’. She believes agriculture is also ripe for digital disruption. “If you can prove your technology works in a farm here in Australia, you have pretty much proven it can work anywhere,” she adds. Annie is the founder and chair of Code Club Australia, part of a free global program teaching kids to code. “Coding gives you experience in problem-solving and collaboration, and helps to build your confidence,” she says.

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ern at Macquarie investment banking int hile I was working as an studying law and by data analytics. After Group I became intrigued to use my skills in rsity of Sydney I wanted commerce at the Unive solve problems. analytics to help people amount of data that’s where there’s a massive Now I work at LinkedIn, esses. We help clients unities for growing busin creating amazing opport knowing which markets ed on global trends, like s. make tough decisions bas make effective change to open offices, so they can the ut to advertise in and where abo nk lytics, thi e the world of data ana If you’re keen to explor e your skills to meet it. hon and – in ’re interested skillset of the area you tand how to apply data people so you can unders Build relationships with analytics to real life.

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In New Zealand, Caitlin Duncan is doing her PhD in computer science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, where she works in the Computer Science Education Research Lab. She also volunteers for Code Club Aotearoa. Caitlin says it’s important that we make sure that computer science industries are as diverse as the population. “With tech driving pretty much everything in the future, the way technology is built is going to affect our cultures,” Caitlin says. – Fran Molloy

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Get with the program As the world goes digital, doors open to opportunities across a diverse range of industries including aviation, mining, engineering, finance, creative industries, networking and communications. QUT’s IT degrees are designed to be flexible so you can build a qualification supporting your interests and career aspirations, but also enabling you to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Single degrees Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Computer Science or Information Systems Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments.

Double degrees Bachelor of Information Technology with: • Business • Creative Industries • Engineering • Fine Arts (Interactive and Visual Design) • Laws • Mathematics • Science.

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‘QUT encourages you to think big. It is never enough to just solve a problem; you are taught to go above and beyond. I completed an internship with Google at their global headquarters in California where I designed and developed test infrastructure for a large software system. I now work there full time and as you would expect, it’s amazing. Not bad for a first job! Knowing that your work can impact on millions of Google users around the globe leaves you with a great sense of accomplishment.’

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s e l t i t b o j h c e t 10 Top n a e m y e h t t – and wha #1 User experience designer You are responsible for testing and changing the interface of a program, app or website to make it as easy to operate, accessible and useful as possible for future users. >3000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: *61% male 39% FeMale

This is an important data management role that requires a good understanding of both business processes and data systems. A BI consultant sets up software and data management strategies to improve existing processes so they are efficient and easy to use, as well as to deliver reports and information to maximise good business decisions. >6000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: 75% male 25% FeMale

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You must understan any tware and data) from systems (hardware, sof grams pro and n atio rm info to breach, control access right right data get s to the and make sure that the e. els one any to er e, but nev people at the right tim . age ant adv ong str a you Coding skills will give s job >6000 people have thi e s: 86% male 14% FeMal ter rui rec by d Contacte

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Your job is to web maintain websites and applications. You might plan a big project from s scratch, design variou ite par ts of the project, wr ms, gra pro tom cus and test t ten con e nag ma and n pla ent fer dif and program par ts of the site. >10,000 people have this job ters: Contacted by recrui e al FeM 78% male 22%

#3 Business intelligence (BI) consultant

#5 enterprise resource planning consultant

In this specialised role, you manage the links between different computer systems and databases in a business and make sure they work together to run the business efficiently. >1000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: 68% male 32% FeMale

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#2 High achiever

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> CS + RETAIL Develop an online shopping app that lets you design and buy a complete outfit – and virtually ‘try it on’.

> CS + CRIME PREVENTION Combine security camera networks with police alerts to react to burglar alarms in real time, tracking intruders and sending their location to on-ground police.

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> CS + MUSIC Design and organise playlists for runners, where the music matches their optimal heart rate.

> CS + AGRICULTURE Create a wide area sensor system for crops that can track changes in temperature, wind speed, air pressure and humidity – and apply the right amount of water.

cher in the USA y high school maths tea programming, encouraged me to start uni, I left school but instead of heading to board industry for and worked in the snow me to New Zealand. 15 years, which brought y have included a Several fails on my journe te mid-term lab test soul-crushing 90-minu survived, and passed where I scored 0%. But I fail fast and often the course. You learn to you aren’t failing, in computer science; if en you figure you aren’t trying. But wh , you can combine out what you want to do absolutely anything! computer science with Bachelor of Science in Computer science, University of Canterbury

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> CS + CHILD DEVELOPMENT Establish a reading app that tests a child’s progress and their preferences – and delivers books and stories to entertain, engage and educate. Google student ambassador and borg scholar

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#6 SAP/ABAP specialist

In this role, you work on the widespread corporate software system SAP, using the programming language ABAP, to resolve database or report-writing requirements tailored to the business. You need a solid understanding of coding in this programming language. >6000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: 72% male 28% FeMale

LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand analysed the frequency of profile views for different IT job roles by professional recruiters during August 2016, by gender (based on first name analyses). *Addendum: These figures are different from the figures in the print version. We have amended the figures for the digital version based on corrected LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand data.

#7 Software developerhnical

This is a highly tec any role that could include n, atio cre are tw sof of aspect ign des from research and to programming and/or ter testing of new compu sof tware programs, rk applications or net wo ing sof tware. High-level cod ial. ent skills are ess >98,000 people have this job ters: Contacted by recrui e al FeM 18% le ma 82%

#8 Information technology auditor

This role involves ana lysing the structure of a com pany’s computer systems, tes ting the authorisation chain, sec urity and accountabilit y. You need to understand enterpris e process analysis and design, business information systems and project managem ent. >500 people have thi s job Contacted by recrui ters: 70% male 30% FeMal e

#9 Technology manager

You’ll be charged with implementing and maintaining the tech infrastructure of an organisation. You’ll monitor research strategies, operational requirements and technology solutions, building the most cost-effective and efficient system to achieve those goals. >42,000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: 80% male 20% FeMale

#10 Database developer

Your main focus is planning, managing and maintaining database management systems and customising databases. Often you’ll also develop security procedures. You’ll need strong technology skills and an in-depth understanding of data structures. >1000 people have this job Contacted by recruiters: 80% male 20% FeMale

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his is an exciting time to be involved in tech. I recently had the pleasu re of helping build a dig ital bank. I worked with my banking client to get the ir mobile development team unde rway and helped create their android app, which has had millions of downloa ds. I studied cognitive scien ce and computer science, a combination that let me explore a broad range of areas in technology, psychology and philosophy. After un i I moved to Scotland, joined a tec h start-up and worked in mobile development. Eventually I launched my own con sultancy. My biggest fail? Shutting out my colleagues. I used to think I needed to concen trate quietly on my own. Now I see that a collaborativ e environment, where co de is written as a team, produ ces better software, allow s knowledge transfer and is way more fun.

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espite starting out as a journalist, I got a tech job in product management at Yahoo! Now, working at The Iconic is my dream job. I get to be around amazing fashion and work with some of the most talented engineering minds in the industry. I’m also writing a book. People are often surprised that I’m interested in cooking as much as tech! My advice: Don’t let anyone get in the way of what you want to do, even if you’re the only girl. As long as you love it, you belong there.

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Want to create your ow n goal-scoring robot? The FIRST (For Inspirati on & Recognition of Science & Technology) Ro botics Competition could be your chance! Th e worldwide comp puts students together wi th mentors to design, build, program and drive their own robots. In between figuring ou t how to design a robot that can shoot a ball or turn 360 degrees like a shop ping trolley, students learn valuable skills such as team building and publi c speaking. Michelle from the Chica go Knights community tea m was worried that she didn’t have the know-how required . “At first I didn’t know anything and I thought, ‘Robotics? How am I go ing to build a robot?!’ But every body has a role in this amazing en vironment and nobody is turned aw ay,” says Michelle. bit.ly/2aBCpT l

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Who knew you could make history while learning how to code? On the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Moonhack brought together 10,207 Australian school kids to break the world record for the highest number of children coding at once. In the online workshop, organised by after-school coding network Code Club Australia, students created animations and games based on an image of the Moon, celebrating the Australian landscape, and used Scratch and Python to animate and land on the moon! They also got a glimpse of what it was like for the Australian programmers who helped make the Apollo 11 mission such a success, says Kelly Tagalan, general manager of Code Club Australia. bit.ly/2axVhip


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From astronomers using online programs to study space, to musicians creating tunes on apps, professionals in a wide range of careers use technology to collaborate, create and invent the tools of the future

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ho is the brainpower behind your favourite video game? A team of programmers would have written its code. It may also have relied on artists for the scenery, graphic designers for the fonts and styles. Musicians may have been tasked to compose the music and writers employed to sculpt the scripts. Then people had to test and troubleshoot any problems. And at least one person had to keep the team organised. Technical know-how such as writing code and arranging buttons is just part of the story. Creating technology requires diverse teams to join forces and talents. Luke Tomes is a New Zealand-based software developer who has managed the production of a variety of digital programs. For starters, there’s IntoScience, which engages students by giving them a customisable avatar, research lab and access to more than 120 unique science environments. He was also responsible for VoiceQ, which allows film producers to easily match dubbed voices with movements. For the past seven years, Luke and his team of developers, artists, writers and designers have created resources for 3P Learning, a company


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responsible for the online program Mathletics, which makes learning maths easier for kids. No matter what you’re making, the challenge, Luke says, is to make something useful. “If the end user can’t easily use the software, then as a software designer you haven’t done your job properly.” Not everyone uses software in the same way. Knowing where to place the navigation menu, or how to save game progress, means being aware of the many ways people could use the product you’re creating. It helps having a diversity of people on your team because people from different cultural and language backgrounds, for example, may use different words to describe the same functions. According to research by business management consultancy McKinsey, companies are 15% more likely to make more money if they employ above average mixes of men and women. They are 35% more likely to earn more if they have a higher diversity of people from different cultural backgrounds. Bringing together the right skills and experience relies on good communication. Luke suggests using different methods for collaboration, such as team meetings and shared workspaces, to make sure everyone

has a voice and gets their ideas heard. This includes taking into account team members with varying levels of technical experience. “It’s better to talk an idea through as many times as needed before starting software production,” he says. Technology needs to suit a variety of people, whether it’s researchers in the field collecting temperatures for analysing climate change, or kids using Minecraft on an iPad to design the perfect village. “I’m a huge proponent of diversity in IT,” says Luke. “Because technology can go global so quickly it really needs to have diverse input during its creation.” – Mike McRae

Collaboration Scientific research + educators In 2014, 3P Learning’s IntoScience and the CSIRO created a virtual excursion to the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Government + the public Every year, teams of students and coding enthusiasts in Australia and New Zealand compete in an open data competition called GovHack using pools of data from government sources to create a game, art piece, app, or some other amazing tool or presentation.

Understand the digital world. Digital Humanities studies how digital technologies shape culture and society. It combines applied, critical and creative approaches to computing and digital media, and develops knowledge and skills essential in today’s workplace.

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d belonging for female sense of community an ging coffee dates employees, such as arran co-workers. with randomly assigned m with all ages “Working on a diverse tea rtant because we and backgrounds is impo that everyone can are designing products loper Fraser Cobb use,” says software deve a Olrich). “We come (pictured here with Andre s when we approach up with the best solution t angles.” a problem from differen g to work on an For staff who are itchin about, Atlassian runs idea they’re passionate e projects can be an event called ShipIt. Th pages load faster in anything from making coming up with a Atlassian’s software, to employee's bikes. new storage solution for software developer, Andrea Olrich, a graduate g her first week at took part in ShipIt durin her team built a clever Atlassian. In 24 hours, nal activity across sidebar that shows perso as issues spotted Atlassian products, such JIR A. on bug-tracking software t to the entire Sydney “We presented our projec learnt the things you office,” Andrea says. “I far better than those can create in a group are – Gemma Conroy you create on your own.” TO GET THERE: Atlassian careers bit.ly/2c192ZV

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ivia believes that true innovation begins by being open to change, and group collaboration leads to better ideas and solutions. “Companies have always innovated, but change is happening much more rapidly these days, which is why it is important for companies to activate change from within,” she says. During her studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, she initially interned as an accountant but discovered her passion actually resided in IT. “What I love about IT is that you get to create something new with each project,” she says. “IT can be combined with pretty much everything – it’s not all about coding!” As a Commonwealth Bank innovation solutions manager, Livia manages a wide variety of 12-week projects, from creating banking solutions for farmers to helping planners build smart cities. She says that collaboration is key to project success. “Exploring different viewpoints leads to better ideas.” – Gemma Conroy

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o matter what they’re working on, whether it’s creating games and apps or providing support for an IT network, computer scientists need to come together as a team, says Professor Tim Bell at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch. “Diverse teams are highly valued because this leads to better products that represent the diversity of customers who will be using the software,” Tim says. Two groups which are still under-represented in the technology field are young women and students from Māori and Pasifika backgrounds. So UC is committed to advancing the education of students of Māori and Pasifika backgrounds. UC now offers six engineering scholarships ranging from $1000–$5000 to Māori and Pasifika students. Increasing a student’s confidence in their identity and abilities is another way to help boost diversity in the technology areas of study. “A large part of the problem here is the

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ongoing stereotype of who a computer scientist is,” says Jill Pears, a doctoral candidate at UC who is researching ways to encourage girls into computer science. She suggests something as innocent as a Star Trek poster on a computer classroom wall can make a girl feel as if computing isn’t for her. “Early exposure can influence a student’s concept of self and they may be more likely to see themselves as a ‘computer scientist’,” Jill says. Computer Science (BSc) student, Toni James, runs the UC club Computer Chicks (pictured above), which provides support for women in computer science. “My five-year-old daughter asked me what a software engineer was,” Toni says. “When I told her I could make the games she loves to play on her iPad, her response was: ‘Can I be a software engineer?’ “We need supportive environments,” Toni says. “With Computer Chicks, we meet up for a free coffee provided by our sponsors, and have time to connect and support each other.” – Mike McRae


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Students at the University of New England get teamwork sorted earlier, helping them to get real-world experience of how computer science works

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omputer science is not just about sitting in a room by yourself writing code,” says Dr Mitch Welch, a computer science lecturer at the University of New England (UNE). Computer scientists solve real-world problems and need to collaborate with other people to get results, he adds. “They need to collaborate to develop solutions, but also to have the communications skills to be able to approach non-technical people,” Mitch says (pictured above left with Will Billingsley). UNE recently redesigned its computer science degree so it now includes studio teaching styles – where learning is focused on the creative process and assessment is project-based. Dr Will Billingsley, a lecturer in computational science at UNE, is a huge fan of studio teaching styles. “It reflects more closely what software development is like, being a professional programmer and seeing all of the different issues,” he says, adding that it gets everyone, on or off-campus, involved in one project and lets them see what their classmates are doing. Last year, second-year students collaborated on an open world game, with some working on the chat systems and others working on monsters. Students

received an initial description of the project, then it was turned over to them. “Suddenly the whole class starts talking, really early on, because they need to negotiate with each other,” Will says. “So the level of interactivity in the class is enormous.” In third year, students take the skills they have

The level of interactivity in the class is enormous” learned and collaborate on projects for a client from another discipline, such as exercise science or agriculture, making a device or designing a system to solve a problem. Most projects focus on science and technology: for example, designing software and sensors for a system for allied health students to help monitor the elderly, so they can better understand how to improve their quality of life. Mitch says working with students from different disciplines is really important. “This collaboration theme is all about preparing students for the workforce. It demonstrates to employers that they can undertake a software development task by working with others.” – Laura Boness

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Future proof From food security to climate change, computer science can solve many of the world’s sustainability challenges

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lobal food supplies and access to water go hand in hand, with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reporting that more than 80% of the damage caused by drought affects agriculture. Predictions from organisations like the FAO suggest that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity, making the search for solutions very real. “Systems thinking that comes from learning computational skills, and skills in other fields of science, are fantastic tools to bring us to a more sustainable world,” says RMIT University environmental engineering student Dianne McGrath. Dianne (pictured here) is on the board of Open Food Network, a not-for-profit charity that uses open source software to build new food systems to simplify the process of finding, buying and selling local sustainable food. It licenses its software to non-profit partners who collaborate through an ecommerce marketplace and logistics platform. “It’s about ensuring livelihood and bringing the societal benefits of good quality food,

while highlighting food as a cultural and community issue,” Dianne says. Other innovative businesses are taking a tech-led approach to sustainability. The team behind the Yume app have created a platform that allows excess food to be redistributed rather than go to waste. Businesses use the app to manage stock planning and ordering and, if they find themselves with too much food, they can sell it for a reduced price. The FAO estimates one-third of all food produced is not eaten. Dianne’s research aims to examine how food is wasted from “paddock to plate”, while championing “awareness, commitment, resource and change”. “Technology is a fantastic tool in the evolving sharing economy,” she says. As part of her PhD, she cofounded Watch My Waste, which utilises an app and web platform that lets businesses in Australia’s hospitality sector record how much food they throw away. As the first national review of hospitality food waste, Watch My Waste has the chance to dramatically reduce the 1.4 million tonnes that Foodwise estimates is thrown away by the Australian food industry every year. – Rachael Oku

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ith the world’s population tipped to hit 8.5 billion by 2030, the race is on to find technologies to feed and clothe the growing number of people on the planet. The challenge: find high-tech solutions to revolutionise farming techniques so agriculture becomes more reliable, higher yielding and more efficient. Dr David Lamb is professor of physics and precision agriculture at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, where he also runs the 3000 ha SMART Farm project. He says that as technology becomes easier to operate and coding skills more widespread we will see a revolution in agriculture. “Mass-market, cheap price-point gear speeds up the adoption of technology because it encourages people to experiment,” David says. Tasmanian farmer James McShane turned to computer science to run his sheep and cattle farm, teaming up with programmer Tim Bendall to create Farmware, a smartphone app that lets farmers record information such as livestock records, grazing and paddock usage, animal treatment records, crop performance and storage inventories. Scientists at James Cook University and the CSIRO are trialling a Digital Homestead platform that will let cattle producers reduce costs by an estimated 20%. Using technology like walk-over weighing scales, satellite images, GPS collars and weather stations, the system integrates data from in-farm wireless sensor networks with external information from the weather bureau and livestock markets. Revolutionary agri-tech businesses include South Australia’s Sundrop Farms, which produces more than 15,000 tonnes of vegetables a year for domestic consumption in Australia, using highly engineered sensor-controlled hydroponic systems. – Brendan Fitzpatrick

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ure, computer science is about numbers and code. But it’s also about creativity. Skills in coding and computational thinking are essential to make movies, music, educational tools, performance art, and countless other real and virtual outcomes. Miranda Emery, a software engineer at New Zealand company Serato, works on an Apple music-player app called Serato Pyro that mixes and transitions your songs just like a DJ would. “It analyses the tracks and different sections of the song and then it matches between the outgoing song and the incoming song so that you get a smooth transition,” she says. Miranda is a long-time fan of ambient electronic music and loves bringing her computer science skills into play. “I’m really into problem-solving and logical thinking, but there’s also a strong creative side to it, where you have to be innovative and think of new ideas,” she says. She also gets to spend her working day listening to music using the very app she helped develop.

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Computers and software have transformed our world in recent years. Try and imagine movies without computer generated animation and you can see just how big an impact they’ve had. They’ve certainly changed how James Hutson communicates scientific ideas at his company Explanovision, where he uses animation to explore our world. “It’s about visual translation: I think about it as being like a storybook, so it’s engaging and entertaining,” he says. James got to where he is in a roundabout way: studying computer science and law, then working on the science show Beyond 2000, taking it from television to the internet. “I could write and research, and I had a fairly untapped art interest as I have always been an inveterate doodler,” he says. These skills meant he could illustrate and animate stories like boring camera shots over shoulders as people typed into a computer. “Computer science can be fun because it is a general problem but you need to latch some part of your passions onto it.” – Bianca Nogrady

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computer science Laura Naylor is usingYouTube more fun to make your time on ered some amazing y career to date has off ng user experience opportunities, researchi ning eo games to air-conditio on everything from vid team my , sco nci Fra e in San systems. Now, at YouTub l tua vir like s gie olo techn is working on exciting new reality and smart TVs. ing tform that is transform YouTube is a fantastic pla rld. wo the r ove all eo vid e online the way people consum ces and stories with huge audien People can now share t. ten con al ion cat t of edu access a limitless amoun school, h hig in ck ba d rte s sta My love of creating thing s drawn to and programming. I wa where I excelled in art bining it was a great way of com a major in multimedia as mmer, and eer as a games progra the two. I began my car e. chology and art in my rol now I use aspects of psy earch res ) (UX e enc eri user exp I first got interested in the web design projects for when I was working on it by d ate cin fas en . I’ve be Queensland Government m tea ct du pro ole wh bling the ever since, because ena the user makes a lot of to focus on the needs of sense to me. nity field with huge opportu Computer science is a lution are seeing the most evo because it’s where we the e, enc sci ter pu to com and innovation. Thanks d than ever. cte ne con re world is mo

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ave you ever found yourself in a digital maze, endlessly clicking through irrelevant pages to get to what you want? Or have you had to wait forever for a page or app to load? The resulting frustration is called a bad user experience/interface (UX/UI) and companies now know such things can make-or-break their product. So they are turning to UX/UI designers to blend creativity, technical know-how and people skills to win over and keep new users. These designers need to understand both the company and the customer so they can create clever solutions – and then test them. “My job involves building products that matter to people,” says software designer Felix Lee (pictured), a University of Queensland graduate who works for Brisbane-based software company NetEngine. “My typical day consists of usually pretty fun tasks such as designing user interfaces, conducting user experience workshops and coding up designs; sometimes even pair-programming with co-workers to learn from each other.” Felix grew up in Sabah, Malaysia, before moving to Brisbane five years ago to complete a three-year Bachelor of Information Technology (BInfTech) from UQ. “It was pretty awesome to study at UQ,” he says. “What I liked most was the people – I stayed back at workshops where we were all passionate about building our product and ate pizza while we were at it.” UQ’s BInfTech is highly project-focused, developing students’ teamwork, project management and presentation abilities. Industry input also ensures students are career-ready by the end of the course. Felix majored in UX Design, which gives students the skills needed for human-centred design professions. The course helps students understand the UX design process, including research, testing and prototyping. “Good UX designers need the ability to empathise with users,” Felix says. “We think of the users first and make decisions based on how they use the product, instead of what we think is cool.” – Ben Skuse

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Body of work Computer science, design and engineering graduates are combining forces to create futuristic fashion

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irtual reality glasses, powered exoskeletons and motion control are just some of the ways we’re adapting wearable tech to our needs. Innovators are creating an explosion of new products by making everyday items ‘smart’: connecting them to the internet, adding sensors and integrating them with our natural physical gestures so they transform as we move. Applications of wearable technology can be found in diverse industries from manufacturing to military, fitness, medicine and finance. James Alexander, founder of student start-up accelerator INCUBATE and adviser to wearable tech brand Tzukuri, believes we’re about to see a “tipping point where more than 15% of fashion items have tech embedded”. Market research firm IHS Technology estimates the wearable tech market will approach $6 billion in 2016. Sydney-based Tzukuri is testing its first 100 ‘unloseable' sunglasses, which will use an app to track the location of Bluetooth technology embedded into the frame. James says the technology used is “extremely complex and they’re pioneers in this space”. Even jewellery is being taken to another tech level. The stylish Ring ZERO is filled with motion sensors to detect hand gestures and wirelessly sync with other smart devices through Bluetooth. Launched in 2015, you can now purchase the ring and use it to do things like skip to the next audio track on your PC by drawing a music note with your index finger. Taking a selfie, turning off the lights or writing a text has never been so much fun! – Rachael Oku

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hoes of Prey is a global brand that allows women to design their perfect shoes through its website, and as such, it relies heavily on code to make the process easy and intuitive. Bel Teh (pictured) joined the company as an intern back in 2010, where she played a pivotal role in prototyping the first 3D designer, which lets users interact with 3D shoe models online. Her employers were impressed, luring the multi-awardwinning student away from a US-based position at Microsoft. “Bel’s coding abilities are secondto-none and without brilliant engineers like her, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” says Shoes of Prey co-founder Mike Knapp. Bel credits her career success to the core programming concepts she learned at UNSW Australia in Sydney. Now she uses her software engineering skills and advanced mathematics understanding to craft creative and efficient solutions to problems across the business. It’s these foundation skills that make continued learning easier, whether that’s designing software systems and writing maintainable code, or learning new languages, Bel adds. “I never thought I’d be working for a shoe company, but that just shows how applicable computer science is. It’s so much fun to combine tech and fashion,” Bel says. – Rachael Oku

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adley Boks-Wilson, who graduated with a Master of Design Innovation from Victoria University of Wellington, is an expert coder. He now works as a flight engineer at industrial aerial robotics company Aeronavics, where he’s got one of the coolest jobs ever: Hadley gets to design and fly drones for a living. Victoria is the only university in New Zealand to produce experts in coding for media design and puts a strong emphasis on creative coding. Students can integrate design with algorithms, theory and programming, and explore how new technologies like 3D-scanning could change manufacturing in industries ranging from healthcare to sportswear. “The job market can be tough, so my advice would be to use the time and opportunities available at Victoria to make new connections and learn all you can,” Hadley says. Senior lecturer Tom White thinks design and computer science will draw closer as new tools

emerge to empower designers to challenge traditional models, and as data becomes more accessible and more relevant to design. Anne Niemetz, senior lecturer and program director of media design at Victoria University, says computer programming skills are transferable and beneficial for a number of design areas. “They give graduates a competitive advantage in industry.” Robbie Fordyce, another Master of Design Innovation student, had no experience in design or computer science when he started his undergraduate course at Victoria, but made it onto the Dean’s List in each year of his media design degree. He also gained invaluable industry connections. “Wellington has a thriving visual effects industry on the doorstep, which means many exciting opportunities and prospects for students and graduates alike,” he says. – Rachael Oku

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money on hand Fransiscus Setiawan helps customers do their banking on the go oftware engineer Fransiscus Setiawan may have three degrees, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to stop learning.“I love problem solving,” he says. “I love the challenge of figuring out how to leverage technology to solve problems.” His role at Commonwealth Bank is looking at how CBA can embrace wearable technology like smartwatches. “People are really dependent on their mobile phones, and now with smartwatches they want to be able to do things quickly without even touching their phones if possible,” Fransiscus says. The rise of wearable technology means that new opportunities are constantly arriving. For Fransiscus, that means more opportunities to get creative. – Chloe Walker

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hrinking technology has paved the way for powerful computers we can hold in our hands – and now we can even wear them on the back of our wrists. “The trends suggest that we have only just begun to scratch the surface on wearable technology,” says University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Annette Mills, whose research explores how technology is adopted and used. It’s a field ripe with opportunities and at UC, students can explore one of the most exciting new industries going. Wearables are small fashion and fitness devices that give instant feedback on our activities and collect a lot of data. Making sense of this data is the domain of big data, a growing field in information systems. “There are huge opportunities for businesses, from developing marketing campaigns based on location and shopping preferences to transforming industries like insurance and healthcare,” says Annette. Researchers at UC’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab NZ) have been leading an effort to create wearable interfaces that are effective without being distracting. Professor Rob Lindeman, the research leader at the HIT Lab NZ, and his students draw on UC expertise from psychology, physical education and digital humanities. “The most interesting problems need multiple viewpoints to come up with the best solutions, while always keeping the user in mind,” Rob says. Creating secure and efficient ways to collect information will be important as we think of new ways to build computers into our clothing. A major in Information Systems through UC’s Bachelor of Commerce covers the skills needed to help new wearable technology businesses use information quickly and efficiently. There’s no limit to where tiny tech may go in the future. – Mike McRae

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Artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality and data management are transforming healthcare and legal knowledge. Amy can also be interfaced with apps like the Mental State Tracker, which analyses speech and language to identify signs of depression and mood disorders. Other AI developments include work Google’s DeepMind is doing with the British National Health Service and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to help prevent blindness by enabling early diagnosis using machine learning. Companies like IBM and Microsoft are also applying AI to healthcare, from patient health management to robotics. Dr Anjali Jaiprakash, from Queensland University of Technology, received the Advance Queensland Research Fellowship for her project developing a robotic aid for surgery. “Gone are the days when you only learn about science, medicine or computer science. Now all these fields are integrated and interdisciplinary," she says – Sue Min Liu

CAREERS App developer, medical device engineer, biomedical researcher, medical robotics engineer, bioinformatician, biostatician, health economist + more!

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eet Amy – an artificial intelligence or AI. It’s also a psychologist. It can analyse speech, language and emotions to suggest treatment strategies for mental health problems. This virtual psychologist was created with the help of researchers from the University of Queensland, RMIT and the University of Melbourne by the Psychology Network, a group of practitioners specialising in anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. Professor Jo Diederich is a clinical psychologist with two PhDs – in computer science and computer linguistics – and founder and director of the Psychology Network. “We’re looking at a future where the frontline service in clinical psychology is done by machines,” he says. Available 24/7, machines can store enormous amounts of clinical, ethical

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Making hospitals smarter young people bring a unique perspective to digital technologies

tudents at the University of Adelaide are investigating how computer science influences our lives, from health and education systems, to how we support an ageing population. “Computer science can help health professionals make better decisions in smarter ways and with better results for their patients,” says Associate Professor and Head of the School of Computer Science Katrina Falkner. One recent project saw the university’s computer science students work with a team of radiologists to build intelligent tutoring systems that could help train radiology students. They also helped build a software system that automatically writes diagnosis reports from radiology machines so patients can quickly get access to results. Computer science is about being curious and having an open mind, says Katrina. “Some of our most innovative ideas and applications of technology have come from young people just entering the field. Their imagination, and their own experience in the problems of their communities, makes for a powerful combination.” – Rachael Oku TO GET THERE: School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide bit.ly/2aDVMIW

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ne of the health conditions that continues to be a concern for our our ageing popultion is Alzheimer’s disease, with over 350,000 Australians living with dementia. But Olivier Salvado, associate professor at CSIRO, is developing brain-scanning software and imaging technology that can detect the disease up to 30 years before a patient gets sick. “Over 1000 people get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) scan every 18 months to measure how far the disease has progressed,” Olivier explains. “This can help us see whether someone is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease down the track.”

Doctors currently rely on interviews to diagnose and assess the disease. But by 3D imaging the whole brain, Olivier can measure how much the brain is shrinking and the concentration of protein build-ups called amyloid plaques, a classic sign of Alzheimer’s. While Olivier began his career as an electrical engineer, he says that he wanted to apply his technical know-how to help people instead of fixing machines. “Computer science is a great extension of what you’re passionate about,” he says. “I became fascinated by the possibilities of medical imaging and how it can be used to help others.” – Gemma Conroy

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With modern technology, everybody can share a personal story igital humanities are where tech meets people. As a digital sociologist, you could look at how people interact while out playing Pokémon Go. A digital philosopher might explore the ethics of trolling on Twitter while a digital historian could explore which people we think are important enough for a Wikipedia page. One pathway into a digital humanities career is through a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Digital Humanities minor at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch, where digital tools are used to collect and understand our stories, so we can preserve, adapt and protect cultures and lives – even in times of disaster. Under Professor Paul Millar, the UC team is collecting and studying personal accounts of the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, to better understand how we deal with natural disasters. CEISMIC is an online library containing more than 300,000 digital media items produced in response to the earthquakes. “Out of an appalling disaster, we’ve created a digital cultural heritage archive that collects images, stories and media about the earthquakes for the purposes of teaching, research and commemoration,” Paul says. Some of these stories have been collected using a shipping

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container fitted out as a recording studio. Called QuakeBox, the studio is used to record high-definition video from people in the most damaged parts of the city. “The 750 stories collected so far have been used by the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour to analyse voice and gesture as people talk about disasters and trauma,” Paul says. “I’m pretty lucky,” says Rosalee Jenkin, a UC graduate and digital content analyst with CEISMIC. “I get to immerse myself in all the interesting research and projects that have come out of post-earthquake Christchurch as we collect and archive them.” Another project – the Kōmako database edited by Dr Bridget Underhill – focuses on digitising a bibliography of writing by Māori. “Open access is a key principle of the project,” says Dr Chris Thomson, a Digital Humanities researcher at UC. He says Kōmako records Māori literature in English from the mid-19th century to today, and lets researchers measure and analyse various features, add notes, and create easy ways to search through the library. The project is supported by the contemporary Māori writers’ group Te Hā. – Mike McRae

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1 Ancient future

Journey back in time and experience pre-settlement Australia through Indigenous eyes with Virtual Songlines. The game-like software package creates an immersive 3D-virtual reality, letting you explore the culture, arts and heritage of Australia’s first peoples with stunning detail and accuracy. You can hunt for a kangaroo or collect firewood as instructed by your elder.

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Learn about the Indigenous heritage and culture of your location with the Welcome to Country iPhone app. Be greeted by an elder with a traditional ceremony video before learning about tribal customs. The app covers 30 tribes across Australia and can be used by tourists, schools, tourism organisations and government departments as an educational tool. bit.ly/2aLHgDp

5 Cashed up

You can easily manage and grow the contents of your piggy bank with online educational program KidsCoin! Complete the lessons online and deposit your virtual dollars into your virtual bank account. KidsCoin was developed by Ngai Tahu entrepreneur Brittany Teei, who launched it shortly after winning the DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge in late 2015.

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Whānau Tahi’s global sof tware was originally developed for the Māori communit y to con nect individual s and familie s and their suppor t net works wit h health and social ser vice professio nal s. The company recently received recognition as one of fou r leading providers in the global health sof tware space in the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year awards. bit.ly/2awogJm & bit.ly/ 2aJ0QhT

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Straker Translations makes clear communication quick and easy whether you’re grappling with Punjabi or Icelandic. Founded by Māori tech entrepreneur Grant Straker, the web-based service offers translation of more than 80 different languages for a range of sectors such as business, legal, television and tourism, and assists clients from all over the world. bit.ly/2aLIcrE

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Using innovative computer science technology, iWork Jobsite improves employment opportunities for disadvantaged and ‘digitally excluded’ Indigenous people, connecting jobseekers, from high schoolers to professionals, with potential employers. In its first three weeks of going live, iWork had almost 10,000 unique visitors.

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Staying cyber safe Puzzle-solving skills and some creative thinking can help keep the digital world a safer place

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yber attacks through hacking, malware infections and email scams are on the rise and can affect every single one of us. “In today’s interconnected digital world, we’re only as strong as our weakest link,” says Ben Heyes, chief information security and trust officer at the Commonwealth Bank. Cybercrime can have a major impact on business, such as banking, governments and critical utilities like water and electricity. And even though the digital economy in Australia is worth around $70 billion, and predicted to double in the next five years, cybercrime can make a big dent in that, costing Australians an estimated $1.2 billion in 2015. As a result, cybersecurity experts are in demand with giant tech firms like Google, Microsoft and Facebook looking for graduates with high-level coding, encryption and forensic investigative skills. Yet such people are difficult to find because of a shortage of highly skilled graduates with hands-on experience, says UNSW Australia’s Richard Buckland, associate professor in computer security and cybercrime. His students are taught cybersecurity through simulated attack scenarios based on well-known global hacking cases from the past five years. For example, one group of hackers took control of a Jeep and drove it down a US highway,

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prompting Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million cars for a security upgrade of its software in July 2015. In the same month, a dating site promoting extramarital affairs was hacked by a vigilante group that threatened to release the details of members unless the website’s owners complied with their demands. Cybersecurity students study computer science and develop a deep understanding of coding as well as practical work skills. Just as hackers think strategically and tactically, students are taught to work along these lines, too. Students also examine the rise of cyberterrorism, cyber policing and cyber intelligence. Universities such as Macquarie and UNSW are setting up specialist cybersecurity research centres with computer laboratories that study a wide range of areas, including web services security, mobile security, wireless security, peer-to-peer computing security and much more. University courses are evolving quickly to be relevant in this rapidly changing area. “You need to be a good attacker to be a good defender,” Richard says. “We really believe in applied skills, we don’t teach theoretical skills where students pass exams and graduate. We want to teach them real-world skills so they can be effective in the workplace as soon as they graduate.” – Susan Hely

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he whole field of cybersecurity is fascinating,” says Paige Brown, 19, who is studying a Bachelor of Software Engineering and a Bachelor of Criminology at the Australian National University in Canberra. She wants to work on the Holy Grail of cyber safety: how to make hack-proof computer systems. “I want to look at how we can develop and write code to build safer programs to stop people from hacking in,” Paige says. “It is a set of skills that you can take to any industry both in Australia and overseas.” She says stereotypes of male software engineers who never leave their desk couldn’t be further from the truth. “There is a diverse range of people studying software engineering at ANU.” Her advice? “Imagining what skills will be in demand in the future is a really important part of planning your degree. Although it’s unusual, when I tell people about my double degree they can always see the future growth.” – Susan Hely

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hen it comes to fighting cybercrime, Ryan Ko is passionate about enabling people to take control. “When faced with a cybersecurity situation, most people don’t know what to do,” says Ryan. “My focus is creating do-it-yourself cybersecurity so users can help themselves.” While working as a researcher at Hewlett-Packard’s Cloud and Security Laboratory, Ryan noticed a lack of postgraduate opportunities in cybersecurity research and training. To fill the gap, he was instrumental in establishing New Zealand’s first Master of Cyber Security programme at the University of Waikato in 2013. “The University of Waikato has a rich history of pioneering computer science innovation, including bringing the internet

to New Zealand,” he says. “So introducing a more systematic way of teaching cybersecurity was a logical step.” Ryan also launched the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato lab, which focuses on developing tools that help users fight cybercrime without needing help from an expert. When posting pictures on social media, for example, users are able to see if someone is secretly accessing their information and effectively resolve the issue themselves. Ryan encourages students to focus on building game-changing solutions that can change lives. “There is more to cybersecurity than hacking. We need to focus on smart inventions that can change the world.” – Gemma Conroy

TO GET THERE: Master of Cyber Security, University of Waikato bit.ly/2aI0kSW

And at the University of Waikato we’re answering that call by helping students like Sjoerd de Feijter turn their interest in computers into a successful career. With the support of a $25,000 scholarship, our internationally-recognised Cyber Security programme, and the invaluable practical experience he gained through his software development internship, Sjoerd is now working as a Software Engineer in the mobile development team for award-winning technology company Gallagher. Visit waikato.ac.nz/go/computerscience to find out how our world-ranked computer science programme can set you up for the future.

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Filling the cyber gap La Trobe University are building their computer science portfolio to meet the industry demand for cybersecurity professionals

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he power of modern technology brings some unwanted results, says Dr Naveen Chilamkurti from La Trobe University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in Melbourne. “There will be bad people trying to do bad things, and we want to help protect against that,” Naveen says. “Organisations need graduates – this is not something you can outsource. You don’t want to give away your secrets.” The newly unveiled Master of Cybersecurity is a career-focused combination of computer science fundamentals with business and law units. “The strength of the program is that it is not just technical, it gives a broader understanding,” says Naveen. “You have to know the business part, and have exposure to the law. It’s not as simple as calling a plumber. For example, if you are doing a forensic investigation, there are privacy protection laws you need to understand.” The first step on the journey is either La Trobe’s Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Information Technology. The strength of the degrees is their focus on the fundamentals, says Naveen. “Every year there are new things that come up, so we train students in concepts that will make them flexible.” Part of that flexibility is the new CS + X stream at the Department of Computer Science

and Information Technology. Students are encouraged to combine computer science with other passions, such as health, arts or psychology. “These days everything is electronic and there is a computer everywhere,” says Naveen. “With the population increasing, data from the internet is multiplying, but no one’s tapping in to see the real value of all this data.” Victoria is developing into Australia’s cybersecurity hub: the University of Oxford has set up a Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre alongside the cybersecurity arms of CSIRO and the National Broadband Network. And La Trobe University is part of the new colocated Oceania Cyber Security Centre. In this dynamic environment, students in the Master of Cybersecurity program complete their two-year course with the ultimate industry experience: a live cybersecurity project for an industry partner. Working in groups, the students meet fortnightly with industry to develop solutions. The best of these are implemented. The program gives students excellent exposure to potential employers, says Naveen. “Industries are now realising how important cybersecurity is, but they can’t get graduates with experience – they are pulling people from other fields, such as maths.” – Phil Dooley

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2 Atlassian

Where: Sydney, Australia (and San Francisco, Austin, Amsterdam and Manila) Mission: To advance humanity through the power of software. X Factor: Atlassian staff have amazing freedom and perks. Goodies in the kitchens, yoga classes at work, shares in the company and heaps of annual leave – plus a fully paid week each year to go and volunteer for their favourite cause! Opportunities: bit.ly/2aRZ0gi

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3 Commonwealth Bank

Where: Australia and New Zealand (and Europe, USA and Asia) Mission: To secure and enhance  the financial wellbeing of people, businesses and comm unities. X Factor: Tuck into a juicy smorgasbord of jobs acr oss 14 business areas, inc luding data analytics, sof tware engineering, informati on science and web design , with a renowned graduate pro gram. Opportunities: bit .ly/ 2avRPoB

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stralia hen I first moved to Au ng about from Iran, I knew nothi a degree in computers. I completed and now information technology projects to le ltip mu on I am working d improve re-imagine, redesign an ogle for customer support at Go ate about on ssi pa are Work. If you , think about another area in your life puter science how you can apply com ently I joined to it. For example, rec alia hackathon, the Techfugees Austr help solve creating technology to an refugees – problems for Australi linking like building a free app rs who cto do y arb ne refugees to Find your speak their language. world. passion and change the

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Where: Wellin the Mission: To work with and ive eat t cr bes ’s world technical talent on digital ar tistry. nded X Factor: Weta was fou director gs Rin the by The Lord of on, cks Ja ter Pe o her al and loc to re who resisted pressu relocate to Holly wood. s The best visual effect vie you’ve ever seen in a mo e. her of ut e o am probably c 2awV K7E .ly/ bit s: itie un ort Opp

5 PikPok

Where: Wellington, New Zealand HQ Mission: To make high-quality mobile games for the whole world to enjoy. X Factor: They pay people real money, not virtual currency, to make games! PikPok’s creations range from games featuring virtual reality zombies to the famous Flick Kick series, with games for all sorts of football codes. Opportunities: bit.ly/2awW0U6


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Where: Melbo Mission: To build bet ter client ser vices and improve execution. X Factor: A multi award nt nde epe ind g, nin win digital marketing agency a with technical smart s, philanthropic heart and . Our data underpinning it all s. dog ice off fit: ene fave b 2aV HUv3 Opportunities: bit .ly/

7 Envato

Where: Melbourne, Au stralia HQ (+ global) Mission: To enable cre ators to earn a living doing what they love. X Factor: Australian-b orn worldwide marketplace for the use ful things clever people make – WordPress the mes, PhotoShop action s, video footage, plugins and more. Lots of ben efit s and the ‘core hours’ are 10am –4pm. Opportunities: bit .ly/ 2awcJKk

9 Deloitte

Where: Australia and New Zealand (+ global) Mission: To make an impact that matters. X Factor: More than 225,000 Deloittians use computer science to do things such as improve business efficiency and cybersecurity for their clients. The graduate induction program, D.Academy, is a cool mix of party and purpose. Opportunities: bit.ly/2aw8yhF (AU) or bit.ly/2aDCUtr (NZ)

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Where: Sydney across Australia stralia’s digital and Mission: To promote Au data-driven future. eloping things X Factor: Data61 is dev about. A division t am dre n we haven’t eve was born), it of C SIRO (where Wi-Fi super-smart and connects start-ups Australian re mo ng bri p hel people to ne Nicholls Ja – . inventions to the world aV ns 2cb .ly/ bit Opportunities:

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hat amazes and excite s me about this industr y is that my dream job is something I probably haven’t even considere d yet. I am fascinated by the challenges of simplifying and makin g smarter the technologies of today – wearables, the internet of things, vir tua l reality – and of the future. My advice: Do what you love – and do it well. Don’t know wh at you love? Try all the things! Don’t know how to do it well? Learn – which also inv olves trying. Try. Fail. Try again. Take risks an d opportunities and embrace the challenge s you find. The best courses I’ve taken or thi ngs I’ve built are the ones where I sat there pulling my hair out with an hour to submi t still not knowing if it was working or even correct. Frankly, if you’re not failing now and again, you’re probably not pushing yourself enough. Bachelor of Commerc Bachelor of Science,e UNSW Austr alia

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olly Ade-Simpson knew straight away she wanted to apply for an internship with the tech giant Google after they visited Victoria University of Wellington, where she was studying. She never thought she’d be accepted – but two preliminary interviews and two technical interviews later, the Electronic and Computer System Engineering student found herself with a summer placement in Google’s Sydney offices. Now, Holly is preparing for her third Google internship, this time at the company’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California. It’s a long way from Holly’s first week at university, when she was afraid of being out of her depth. “I came in with no coding at all. I hadn’t done any tech stuff through high school or growing up,” she says. “On my first day I had to put together a desktop computer… many classmates had their computer assembled in half an hour and I would be there for three.” But something one of her lecturers told her stuck. “He said, ‘Although you might not know everything now, you’re going to be OK because you’re asking all the right questions’,” Holly says. “That gave me a little bit of hope.” Holly says one of the best things about her internships has been learning from other Googlers. “They have such a honed knowledge, so meeting all the people there is really interesting,” she says.

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Ready for anything

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To prepare for your first job, you need to think beyond just getting good grades

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hen data scientist Tinlok ‘Tiny’ Pang graduated from the University of Sydney with a double degree in Science and Information Technology, she skipped the graduate program and went straight into a full-time job. “I picked up the skills I needed for the workforce during my internships,” she says. It can be hard for new graduates to stand out from the crowd, but work experience, internships, volunteering and side projects can all help make your resume shine. They also provide opportunities to learn new skills, build your network and find out more about the industry. As well as completing an Honours year and being the first female president of the University’s IT society, SUITS, Tiny did three internships. The first two were at large corporates, KPMG and Deloitte, while the third was at a smaller, more agile business called Freelancer.com. The internships also helped Tiny decide what kind of workplace suited her. “I didn’t enjoy the corporate lifestyle,” she says. “It’s good I was able to figure that out early on.” Her time at Freelancer.com led to a full-time job, and she has since moved on to another start-up, the DIY design portal Canva. Her advice is to do as many internships as possible. “It gives you a leg-up over other candidates.” Julia Wong’s first internship made her realise she needed to change direction in her studies. “It showed me that information systems wasn’t for me,” she says. Julia transferred from the University of Technology, Sydney, to the Bachelor of Information Technology at the University of Sydney, where she is now majoring in computer science. She has done several internships with Google, including one in California. “It was so exciting to travel overseas and work with some of the latest technologies,” she says. But internships aren’t the only ticket to overseas travel. Nick Armstrong recently visited Chicago to present a paper as part of his Honours project. “It’s one of those ‘take the opportunity when you see it’ kind of things,” he says. Nick was also part of the Talented Students Program (TSP) offered by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science. The TSP gives undergraduates the chance to do a self-directed research project. Nick looked at running physics applications inside Linux containers. “It’s a good opportunity to get an idea of what research is like.” There are plenty of opportunities to add value to your degree, Nick says. “Take any opportunity you can. Just get stuck in and try it out!” – Chloe Walker

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UT student Danielle Vaz has a dream job lined up for when she finishes her double degree in business and IT. “I’m going into a business analyst role at Deloitte Digital,” she says, thrilled with the opportunity. “Getting to meet the team there and work on a client project through my internship was amazing.” Danielle has undertaken a number of internships in technology consulting as well as social media and digital marketing. Doing internships has been incredible, she says, as she’s been able to put theory into practice. She’s also learned ‘soft skills’ such as how to network and socialise in a business situation. “I made it my mission to try as many different things as I could, to discover what types of tech roles and activities suit me most,” Danielle says. An internship with tech start-up Clipchamp, the world’s first in-browser compression software, gave Danielle a taste of what it’s like to work at the cutting edge of video. “All of the online video applications for shows like Shark Tank and The Voice are powered by the Clipchamp API, which I think is pretty cool.” There are already many different types of roles to consider under the umbrella of technology.

Combining tech with another area, as Danielle has, makes the opportunities virtually endless. Graduates can look at roles ranging from product management to web programming, big data analysis, information security, enterprise systems and client modelling. “Even though computer science isn’t my major area, I’ve absolutely loved the programming subjects I’ve done. They really pushed me in ways that my other subjects haven’t. I’ve also tried to do a wide variety of electives from my IT degree,” says Danielle. Ross Brown, senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment, QUT, says internships can help students explore less obvious career paths. “The skills gained in electronic engineering and computer sciences are quite transferable,” Ross says. “With gaming, for example, it’s not just about creating games like the ones you see on iTunes. Graduates may go on to work on high-level industrial 3D visualisation systems for major infrastructure projects. Or others with a passion for animation might work in web, TV and media-style jobs. “There are lots of career paths and doing an internship can help you work out where you want to be.” – Alison Stieven-Taylor

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ocational programs can give students the practical skills that can land them a job in many areas, from cybersecurity to film and television, says Karen May, assistant director, ICT & Media – Creative Arts & IT Faculty at Sydney TAFE. “The vocational pathway is very broad and we encourage students to consider how they can use their skills in different areas,” she says. “Vocational students get picked up by the industry quickly because they’re job-ready.” To get students up to speed with the fast-growing tech industry, TAFE offers a range of opportunities in addition to their standard programs. These include short courses and master classes with industry leaders, 24-hour cyber security challenges and the opportunity to compete in global competitions like WorldSkills. Recently, Sydney TAFE ran the Limelight Project, an eight-week collaborative venture where IT students worked with other faculties to create an online shop. “We encourage teamwork and skill-sharing with students from other backgrounds, like business and marketing,” Karen says. Unlike a degree pathway, vocational training allows students to start at any time and work at their own pace. It can also fast-track your career without the need to spend years studying for additional qualifications. Jonathan Romer, a computer systems engineering student in the advanced diploma program at RMIT University in Melbourne, says one of the best things about vocational training is that industry leaders help design programs to equip graduates with the skills to meet the demands of the field. “Vocational training is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as quickly as possible,” he says. “You gain a competitive edge because you get hands-on experience with new and innovative technology.” – Gemma Conroy

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Here are just some of the courses where you can study computer science and build skills in another field at the same time. This is a partial list; for up-to-date info go to careerswithcode.com

New Zealand CS + be creative

CS + be a scientist

arts, visual arts, digital design…

physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology…

Auckland University of Technology >>>Creative Technologies (Hons) University of Auckland >>>Music/Science University of Canterbury >>>Arts (Digital Humanities) University of Lincoln >>>Arts (Animation Hons) University of Otago >>>Arts (Computer Science) University of Waikato >>>Computer Graphic Design Victoria University of Wellington >>>Design Innovation

Auckland University of Technology >>>Mathematical Sciences/Science (Astronomy) Massey University >>>Science (Computer Science) University of Auckland >>>Computer Science >>>Information Systems University of Canterbury >>>Computer Science University of Waikato >>>Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science) Victoria University of Wellington >>>Science

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CS + work in health

design, software, mobile apps, interactivity… Auckland University of Technology >>>Computer and Information Sciences (Computational Intelligence) University of Lincoln >>>Science (Games Computing)

CS + work in law and business

finance, management, systems development… University of Auckland >>>Commerce/Science >>>Science/Laws (Hons) University of Canterbury >>>Commerce in Information Systems University of Otago >>>Commerce/Science (Information Science)

medical, bioinformatics, laboratory science…

University of Auckland >>>Science (Bioinformatics)

CS + build or engineer

robotics, systems, mechatronic… University of Auckland >>>Software Engineering University of Canterbury >>>Computer Engineering >>>Electrical and Electronic Engineering >>>Software Engineering University of Waikato >>>Engineering (Hons) (Software Engineering) Victoria University of Wellington >>>Engineering (Hons)

Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology also offer CS: >Ara Institute >Bay of Plenty Polytechnic >Eastern Institute of Technology >Manukau Institute of Technology >Northland Polytechnic >Open Polytechnic >Otago Polytechnic >Tai Poutini Polytechnic >Whitireia Community Polytechnic >Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) 53

>Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) >Universal College of Learning (UCOL) >Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) >Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) >Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) >Unitec New Zealand

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Australia CS + be creative

arts, visual arts, digital design… Australian Catholic University >>>Digital Media Australian National University >>>Software Engineering/Arts Charles Darwin University >>>Creative Arts and Industries (New Media Design/ Information Technology) CQ University Australia >>>Digital Media Deakin University >>>Information Systems/Arts Griffith University >>>IT/Multimedia Murdoch University >>>Games Software Design and Production (BSc) QUT >>>Creative Industries/ Information Technology Southern Cross University >>>Media (Media Design) Torrens University Australia >>>Digital Media (Interaction Design) University of Canberra >>>Web Design and Production University of Melbourne >>>Design (Digital Technologies) University of Tasmania >>>Information & Communication Technology (Games & Creative Technology) University of Wollongong >>>Creative Arts/Computer Science Victoria University >>>Creative Arts Industries Western Sydney University >>>Design and Technology >>>Industrial Design

CS + make games and apps

design, software, interactivity… Bond University >>>Interactive Media and Design Charles Sturt University >>>CS (Games Programming) CQ University Australia >>>IT (Mobile Application Development and Security)

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Edith Cowan University >>>Design (Games and Interactivity) Federation University Australia >>>Information Technology (Games Development) Murdoch University >>>Science (Mobile and Web Application Development) QUT >>>Business/Games and Interactive Environments >>>Games and Interactive Environments RMIT University >>>Information Technology (Games and Graphics Programming) Southern Cross University >>>Information Technology (Interactive Media) Torrens University Australia >>>Digital Media (3D Design and Animation) University of Melbourne >>>Science (Computing and Software Systems) University of Queensland >>>Information Technology (User Experience Design) University of South Australia >>>Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design) University of the Sunshine Coast >>>Serious Games Design University of Wollongong >>>Computer Science (Multimedia and Game Development/Mobile Computing) Victoria University >>>Interactive Media

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CS + law and business

finance, management, systems development… Australian Catholic University >>>IT/Business Administration Australian National University >>>Information Technology/Law Charles Sturt University >>>IT (Business Services) CQ University Australia >>>Business (Information Systems) Deakin University >>>Criminology/IT Security Edith Cowan University >>>Science (Cyber Security) Federation University Australia >>>Information Technology (Professional Practice) Flinders University >>>IT (Network Systems) James Cook University >>>Business (Business Intelligence & Information Systems) La Trobe University >>>Commerce/Science >>>Laws/Science Murdoch University >>>Cyber Forensics and Information Security >>>Internetworking and Network Security QUT >>>Information Technology/ Laws (Hons) Swinburne University of Technology >>>Information and Communication Technology


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University of New England >>>Computer Science/Laws University of Newcastle >>>Information Technology/ Business University of Notre Dame >>>Commerce/Communications & Media University of South Australia >>>Information Technology (Enterprise Business Solutions) University of Southern Queensland >>>Business/IT >>>Commerce/IT University of the Sunshine Coast >>>Information and Communications Technology University of Tasmania >>>Economics/Information and Communication Technology University of Wollongong >>>Business & Information Technology (Hons) Victoria University >>>IT (Network and Systems Computing) Western Sydney University >>>Information Systems

CS + be a scientist

physics, chemistry, mathematics… Australian National University >>>Advanced Computing (Research and Development) >>>Information Technology Charles Darwin University >>>Information Technology Federation University Australia >>>Information Technology Griffith University >>>Science/IT La Trobe University >>>Information Technology Macquarie University >>>Science (Decision Science) Monash University >>>Computer Science >>>Information Technology Murdoch University >>>Science (Computer Science + Maths and Statistics) QUT >>>Information Technology RMIT University >>>Computer Science >>>Information Technology

Southern Cross University >>>Science (Information Technology) Swinburne University of Technology >>>Computer Science University of Adelaide >>>Computer Science >>>Computer Science (Advanced) University of Canberra >>>Information Technology University of Melbourne >>>Science (Computing and Software Systems) >>>Science (Data Science) University of New England >>>Computer Science >>>Computer Science (Data Science) University of Newcastle >>>Information Technology >>>Mathematics/Computer Science University of Queensland >>>Information Technology University of South Australia >>>Information Technology

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University of Sydney >>>Computer Science and Technology >>>Information Technologies University of Technology, Sydney >>>Advanced Science (Advanced Materials and Data Science) >>>Science in Analytics University of Western Australia >>>Science (Data Science University of Wollongong >>>Computer Science & Science >>>Mathematics and Statistics & Computer Science

CS + work in health medical, bioinformatics, laboratory science…

Australian National University >>>Information Technology/ Medical Science Deakin University >>>Information Systems/ Health Sciences James Cook University >>>Sport and Exercise Science University of Wollongong >>>Health Informatics

Swinburne University of Technology robotics, systems, mechatronic… >>>Engineering (Hons) (Robotics Australian National University and Mechatronics) >>>Software Engineering (Hons) University of Adelaide Charles Darwin University >>>Engineering (Hons) (Software) >>>Software Engineering (Hons) University of Canberra Charles Sturt University >>>Engineering (Hons) (Network >>>IT (Network Eng) and Software Engineering) Curtin University University of Melbourne >>>Engineering (Electronic & >>>Science (Mechatronics Systems); Communication)/Science (CS) Master of Engineering Edith Cowan University (Mechatronics) >>>Engineering (Mechatronics) >>>Science (Computing and Software Systems) Master Flinders University of Engineering (Software) >>>Engineering (Software) University of New England Griffith University >>>Computer Science >>>Engineering (Microelectronics) (Software Development) James Cook University University of Queensland >>>Engineering (Hons) (Electronic >>>Engineering (Hons) (Software) Systems & Internet of Things) University of South Australia Macquarie University >>>Information Technology >>>Engineering (Software) (Software Development) Monash University >>> Information Technology >>>Engineering (Hons) (Networking and Cybersecurity) QUT Queensland >>>Engineering (Hons) (Computer SUniversity T U D Yof Southern >>>Engineering (Computer Systems) and Software Systems)

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At ANU you’ll be presented many opportunities evenwith leading a student to team. You’ll hav experience real-world projects with industry. You may work industry mentor in some of our program on an industry project in your third and fourth of year study, tothe participate even leading a studentencouraged team. You’ll have benefit of an in initiatives industry mentor in some of our programs you’ll be start your own and tech company for cours encouraged to participate in initiatives that could see you start your own tech company for course credit. From those who are interested in trans

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University of Sydney >>>Engineering (Hons) (Software) University of Tasmania >>>Engineering (Biomedical) University of Western Australia >>>Science (Engineering Science) University of Wollongong >>>Engineering (Computer) >>>Information Technology (Network Design and Management)

CS + be a teacher Early childhood, primary, secondary…

Flinders University >>>Computer Science (Teaching) Macquarie University >>>Education/Science (Computing) University of Adelaide >>>Teaching/Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Here’s a few colleges and TAFEs that also offer CS: >ACIT >Box Hill Institute >Chisholm Institute >General Assembly >Holmesglen >Kangan Institute >Melbourne Institute of Technology >North Metropolitan TAFE >SAE Institute + TAFE NSW & SA

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