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What is universal design and why it matters p28


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FIELD : CS+Architecture t, sustainable buildings PROBLEM SOLVED : Smr atararchitect firm i2C, knows all about directo Anthony Merlin, managing main programs using CS to do it. “One of the and life bringing buildings to l tool than simple he says. “It’s a more powerfu we use is Autodesk Revit,” flexible, parametric ction. We can build smart, drafting – it’s virtual constru calculate quantities which can then be used to elements that contain data s to a budget.” us accurately design building and cost estimates to help ntists to help ady employs computer scie The architecture world alre and building ign des data that helps the overall code, program and gather tly. process work more efficien , programming, massive difference to costing a king “Technology is ma n, accuracy, acture, time of constructio visualisation, staging, manuf ation and imis min te was , management building maintenance and s. sustainability,” Anthony say

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Dr Liviu Constantinescu, principal software engineer at Genome.One, did his dad a favour and solved a few tech problems for a research group, not realising he’d end up with a job offer helping to save lives. As part of the crew building rare disease sequencing and high-end genomics at Genome.One, Liviu has used CS to provide clinical products not available anywhere else in the world, to serve patients and research participants with critical health data. When you take medication, there are side effects. “They’re intended for a generic person kind of like you,” Liviu explains. “If we read your genome, we might find a drug better tailored to you.” The ability to ‘sequence’ the human genome is of huge benefit to the medical world. “It’s an incredible time to be in tech,” Liviu says. “AI is changing every industry, including medicine.”

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rs Web developer and animato r Daniel Harris describes him self as a nerdy, hard-of-hearing guy who is passionate about all thin gs related to technology and science. “I’ve been pas sionate about computers from a young age,” he says. However, programm ing wasn’t his first love. “I did n’t have the patience for it,” Daniel say s. But a successful website bui ld gave him the confidence to find out where coding might take him. Now Daniel solves complex programming or coding issu es through his work at The Salvation Army. “It’s exciting to follow the developments in programming languages over time.” Beyond his day job, Daniel has experienced the potent ial tech has to transform lives. “Taking adv antage of the technology ava ilable to hard-of-hearing people is so important,” he says. “Coding is richly rew arding.” – Pippa Duf fy Learn about how to do good: sa

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CS+design =better products Marie-Claire Dean

duct many of us use s design manager for a pro arie-Claire Dean is Google’ it’s a real thrill to – t duc ps is an iconic pro every day: Google Maps. “Ma says. she g,” usin people talking about and deliver something you see r interface (UI) use in king wor to entional journey Marie-Claire had an unconv moving towards ing and interpreting before design. She studied translat earch. computational linguistics res computer science (CS ) and started appreciating and is ign des nt orta imp “During that time I learnt how tware scene. In the sof very exciting time to join the UI,” she explains. “This is a years.” 500 last re advancement than in the next 10 years, we’ll see mo t sounds tha ing eth som ’t be afraid of diving into Marie-Claire’s advice? Don unik Fed ject going. – Larissa hard and to keep a side pro


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n between hanging out at the beach in his sunny hometowns of Pukalani, Hawaii, and later Mullumbimby, NSW, Joël Kalmanowicz got interested in computers by modding his family’s PC games when he was homeschooled. He dreamed of becoming a videogame designer, but realised “building one game doesn’t change anyone’s life”. Joël got his start with Google through the Associate Product Manager program, which provides opportunities to top university graduates who, with extra support and training, become skilled product managers. As product manager for Google’s Maps APIs, Joël works on integrating maps and street view into other apps. The Uber app, for example, uses Google Maps to help riders and drivers connect. At Google, Joël has been able to use his computer science skills on projects that matter. Lending his talents to American humanitarian non-profit organisation HIAS, Joël designed a digital system for processing refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Greece. He now regards volunteer work and outreach as ‘second nature’ – something his workplace wholeheartedly supports. “I find it really inspiring to make a direct impact.” – Eliza Brockwell

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CS+communication =management skills Deepa Kurian r in six countries across fou s a young girl, Deepa lived erent diff of and understanding continents. “The experience s. say she y,” g in a global compan cultures is critical for workin o wh se tho for l nicator is a vital skil Becoming a bet ter commu communicate in code. s M, Deepa names her parent Like 57%* of women in STE eer car her g idin dec to e when it cam as her biggest influencers . dad her of e aus ring bec path – she got into enginee er for pa is an engineering manag Dee , ney Syd in ed bas Now ign des m y team at Google. Her tea the engineering productivit re. twa sof and s ies for Google’s app and carry out testing strateg e om bec to ers for Google’s develop They’re also seeking ways helpful e, with more intuitive and tim less more productive in sof tware features. h is all about collaboration The crew Deepa works wit us es’ in tech that are slowing – discovering the ‘weakness ds. nee r use et me t bes to re down, and adjusting sof twa rating with so many smart, abo coll and g etin me u’re “Yo ughts vide new angles to your tho interesting people who pro als me free xible work hours and and ideas,” she says. “Fle Eliza Brockwell are an additional perk!” –

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CS+translation skills=teamwork Fontaine Foxworth


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Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai

ontaine grew up in Texas and loved maths and puzzles, but didn’t take a CS class unt il her final semester of a civi l engineering degree. “I only took a couple of courses – I wish I’d discovered it sooner!” she says. After graduating, she landed in the tech industry. “Like eve rybody in California,” Fontain e jokes. Now a product manager at Google, she says adaptabilit y is more important than hav ing a CS degree or knowin g any particular programming lang uage. “Tech changes so rap idly; the most important skill is the ability to learn,” she say s. Working with designers to figure out the best way to visu ally bring a product to life, while also liaising with engineers to code the product, is one example of how these aspects com bine. Fontaine notes that each of these disciplines has a diff ere nt viewpoint, which is almost like speaking another lang uag e – that’s where her translat ion work comes in! “We all work in teams so bein g understanding and making other people feel comfortable is critical to being able to buil d something together,” she say s. Fostering creativity interes ts Fontaine and she’s motiva ted by knowing her work at Goo gle can make a significant impact. “There’s an opportunity to change millions of lives,” she says. – Larissa Fedunik

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I thought I could get the best of both worlds”

Learning to code is about putting yourself in someone else’s brain for a while, says Deloitte senior consultant Serene Chia


ne of Serene Chia’s favourite projects was building a software robot that skims your social media feed and messages you when it spots something it thinks you’d love. Now, as a senior consultant in Deloitte’s analytics and cognitive area, Serene uses coding and business skills from her Bachelor of Business Information Systems degree. She also taps into hands-on know-how from placements in an insurance broking company, food manufacturer (her favourite part was taste-testing new products) and in Deloitte’s graduate program. “Coming out of high school, I didn’t even know how to print screen,” Serene admits. Music and economics were her favourite subjects, and she was fascinated by the human behaviour aspect of economics, so she chose her degree through a process of elimination. Too squeamish for medicine or science, she preferred music as a hobby, and arts and commerce held no appeal. “I thought the course would mix IT and business and I could get the best of both worlds,” she says. Though daunting at first, to Serene’s surprise, she found she really enjoyed coding. “There’s a certain detailed, logical-thinking process you undergo,” she says. “I was intrigued by the human side, you’re essentially breaking down people’s thought processes and then translating them into clear steps.” Communication skills are really important – “there are plenty of workshops using loads of coloured Post-It notes” – and she loves working on process-improvement projects. “I have a real passion for making things better, faster, stronger, and merging that with technology to find ways to do things better.” – Fran Molloy


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cross outback Australia, long distances between phone lines are often covered via fixed radio links, which also fill in the gaps for some mobile phone black spots. Upgrading this vast network with newer technology is a huge ongoing project for Telstra. Enter, Nick Aspinall. While Nick was still at uni, he wrote code to overlay the radio network maps with topographic maps so that designing radio network upgrades became easier. “It was such a great project. I had lots of independence and the chance to learn by making mistakes,” he says. Nick has always loved technology, so he chose to do a double degree, combining electrical engineering with maths and computer science. “I couldn’t decide what area to specialise in, so I started off as broadly as I could,” he says. “The subjects I did covered the nanoscale to the kilometre scale and everything in between, from studying the engineering of large power grids to making tiny transistors on silicon chips,” he says. Nick is now in the second rotation of the graduate program at Telstra. “There are opportunities to try such a wide range of things,” he says. His first rotation involved ‘pure software engineering,’ developing a portal to display usage and outage alerts for some enterprise customers. Nick now works in product engineering for cloud-based secure payments. “It’s really new, fun and different,” he says. rity Gr aduate Secuee r, gin En n t tio uc ca od va Pr Summer ectrical and El a of tr a ls or tr Te el ls ch Te t, Ba placemen gineering/ Electronics En d Computer an de Mathematical sit y of Adelai Sciences, Univer

“Learn fast” has been Shahriar Khan’s career motto in network engineering


rowing up in Dhaka, the frenetic capital of Bangladesh, Shahriar Khan was just 12 when he got his first computer. “I was fascinated by the internal workings of the computer and I used to save up to be able to customise it,” he says. At 17, he moved from Dhaka to Melbourne, to study electrical and computer systems engineering at Monash University. After graduation, Shahriar completed two six-month internships, before returning to Monash to work as a lecturer while completing a Masters in Advanced Electrical Engineering. “My first internship at CSIRO involved working with supercomputing clusters to optimise a disaster modelling program,” Shahriar says. He went to Telstra for his next internship in network engineering, and after completing a 12-month graduate engineer role, is now a network technology specialist with the company. “My current role involves building dashboards for data analytics and visualisation of our operating environment,” he explains. “I’ve always enjoyed solving complex problems.” Shahriar says that software engineers need to be nimble, and open to new ideas. “The skills you pick up at university become outdated fairly quickly, so you have to be willing to learn, to pick up new skills regularly and adapt fast to new technology.”

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Cameron Hunter sees coding as the key to the future of his own tech company


ameron (Cam) Hunter swapped into IT from an architecture degree to optimise his design skills building apps instead of houses. “I loved the design component of architecture but found the mental challenge of coding exhilarating,” he says. Cam has enjoyed coding since his first exposure in high school. “I always loved the rush I got from solving logic problems through code,” he says. Cam hopes to set up his own FinTech startup in the future – something he trialled at university – and says that IT will give him the skills he’ll need. “When I’m not studying a new area of coding I’m looking into financial markets and planning out how I would run my own startup,” he says. Near the end of his uni degree, Cam applied to a range of tech companies for a graduate role. “The assessment day at Telstra was pretty fun, involving group activities to see who would work together,” Cam recalls. “I love the startup atmosphere of our team,” he says, adding they get to work on many different things and help each other out with various projects. – Fran Molloy

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Matty Blomfield, co-founder of orchard management platform Hectre, says good agritech saves growers hours of admin and management time every week, and allows them to get on with creating delicious fruit and produce. Hectre keeps orchard jobs in a program that runs on mobile devices and in web browsers. From there, growers can manage crop growing, harvesting and pay fruit pickers easily, all from the one spot. The bonus for growers using apps such as Hectre is that, while it collects data, the program also gives back practical information to the orchardists, which in turn helps to improve the fruit. To get Hectre off the ground, a careful analysis of the industry, calling potential customers and visiting them in person was key to understanding their needs. These growers became early adopters who helped fund the development of the software. Apple growers can throw away as much as 20% of the fruit they grow. Hectre can help change this by giving growers a better way to manage and track fruit quality. Three years in, Hectre is expanding in New Zealand, Australia and the US, with profitability for growers being a key focus. Now they need enthusiastic new tech hires to keep up with demand. “Currently, we are looking for front end, native developers for iOS and Android. An interest in usability is a critical, and you must be prepared to spend some time with growers to understand their world,” Matty says.

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Chief ideas ninja and Origins Software founder Hayden Stowell is passionate about tech. His company helps agricultural businesses in Australia and New Zealand meet increasingly stringent food safety requirements by simplifying and automating data collected in the field to create a paperless system. “There was so much required to stay compliant with food-safety requirements that no existing digital or paper-based system could handle it,” Hayden explains. Origins Software uses active labelling and tamper-proof seals with electronic tags – near-field communications and radio frequency identification – and barcodes to design secure systems. It’s the same tech that lets you pay for something with your smartphone. The systems work with existing supply chains and provide traceability for the produce so customers and consumers can work out where it came from, while protecting the products themselves from tampering. A born-and-bred farm boy, Hayden is an ideas person who uses technology to realise concepts and build agribusiness solutions. However, he recognises there’s a vital skill he’s missing: being able to code. “I would love to learn to code!" he says. "It's definitely a skill worth having with what I’m doing.” – Juha Saarinen



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Turn it up University of Queensland graduate Sam Macpherson uses programming to turn household’s solar energy systems into a coal-fired power plant’s worth of energy


am Macpherson joined Redback Technologies two years ago after completing a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in software engineering, at The University of Queensland (UQ). Sam loves his current role, which he landed following three years at a mining company. “I write algorithms which orchestrate a large group of household batteries to help deal with energy shortages in the national electricity grid,” he says. “Energy harvested from the solar panels can power the house while also participating in a Virtual Power Plant that can produce as much as a coal-fired power station, if you have control of enough batteries. “I’m also working on mobile apps to help homeowners optimise their energy usage with real-time notifications of power outages, usage spikes or when free energy is available.”

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Get interactive Sam works with customers to develop user experiences they’ll love by gaining insight into how and why they use the software. “Every product journey usually starts with human-computer interaction (HCI),” says Sam, who discovered HCI during his degree at UQ. “Advanced HCI flicked a switch for me and I credit the course and the mentors involved for the direction I have taken my career.” Sam says the ease of access to mentors and the engineering facilities at UQ helped propel his career, along with the great name the university has in the industry. “UQ is a breeding ground for interesting new technology,” he says. “When this job came up at Redback, something felt right and I had realised my dream since year five, which was to work in renewables.” – KJ Lee

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In the future, we won’t just have smartphones, but smart clothing too. Tara Morelos is the founder of ARTeConnect, a startup that runs workshops for people to make their own technologically enhanced clothing – ‘Fashtech.’ “We use proximity sensors, motion sensors, heat sensing... all that kind of thing,” says Tara. “We’re making garments that are responsive to the environment and can even give you environmental readings like air quality.” But it’s not all about the gadgets and sensors – Fashtech is an artistic process as well. “Art and technology are really similar, that’s why they go so well together. It’s all about experimentation and happy accidents,” says Tara. ARTeConnect programs aren’t just for show, either. They’re looking to prototype some of the garments and go to market in the future. Plus, it’s also an educational tool. “We can learn about science and the environment through the lens of fashion!” says Tara. – Cherese Sonkkila

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Connecting cultures Celeste Carnegie is the Indigenous STEAM Program Producer at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences


eleste is a Birri Gubba, South Sea Islander woman from Queensland who runs workshops for young Indigenous Australians connecting technology and culture. “Indigenous people have been innovating for 60,000 years. We’re problem-solvers, and we had sophisticated systems that we employed to survive on this continent. So now it’s just different tools,” she says. Celeste is working on a project with University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics on the connections between the traditional Indigenous environmental sciences and emerging technologies. “Being able to create a program where young people will code robots while they learn about Aboriginal culture is the best.” – Cherese Sonkkila Learning experience designer, Indigenous Digital Excellence

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t takes three major skill sets to develop a video game. You need a hacker – the coder who makes everything work. A hipster – the designer or artist who brings the game to life. And a hustler – the producer who keeps the project on track and makes sure it gets done. That’s exactly how teams were put together at Girl Geek Academy’s #SheHacksGames weekend earlier this year. Girl Geek Academy co-founder Lisy Kane says they decided to launch #SheHacksGames to give more women hands-on experience in game development, since women make up only 18% of Australia’s video games industry – which is worth nearly $120 million a year. “It’s more about learning skills, applying yourself to an area that you may not have ever looked at before, making friends, building teams, that kind of thing,” says Lisy. Lots of the participants had no previous game development experience, but tix to this year’s event still sold out in a flash. Sarah Crowe joined #SheHacksGames as a hustler. Sarah works as a social media manager for a toy company, and also runs Patch Gaming,


an online mental health support network for gamers. Sarah found it really useful to ask the mentors about how she could tweak her CV to improve her chances of entering the industry. “I was a bit terrified when I signed up. I’d never done a game jam before,” Sarah said. “But it’s been a really good experience. I’ll come again!” One of the industry mentors at this year’s event Farah Khalaf, who is an associate producer with the Game Developers’ Association of Australia. Farah has been to loads of game jams as a participant, but this was her first time as a mentor. “I’ve done a few game jams so I know from my own experience what to do or not to do. Things like not over-scoping, how to keep things simple, and what to prioritise first to meet the end deadline,” she said. “This is a really good opportunity to learn something new really quickly. I’ve gone to game jams where I’ve been taught complex software and I’ve been shocked at what I can do in such a short amount of time.” – Chloe Walker



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In June 2019 the world’s big gest robotics event is coming to Sydney, with ove r 400 teams bat tling it out for one of the prestigious Rob oCup world trophies. UNSW teams have won five RoboCu p championships and Claude wants to win one mo re, in front of a home crowd. There are a number of way s for UNSW students to par ticipate in RoboCup, incl uding working it into their program as a fourth-year thesis or a special project unit. Either way, Claude says the skills that students learn programming robots in Rob oCup prepare them for futu re employment. “RoboCup give s students a wide breadth of skills and understandin g of how mechanisms inte ract with the real world, which is full of uncertainty. A num ber of our graduates are now working for companies bui lding self-driving cars because the things they learned programming robots at uni versity carry across to pro jects at the leading edge of techno logy.” – Rebecca Hanlon

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magine getting to design and drive your own two-metre-tall, 50kg robot. For the high school students taking part in the FIRST® Australia robotics comp, the sky’s the limit! For the past 12 years, Macquarie University has been the home of FIRST® Australia, which stands for ‘For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology’. This annual robotics comp is all about inspiring young people to be STEM leaders and innovators. Macquarie science/secondary education student, Abby Downes (left) took part in FIRST® twice, as a member of the Wee Waa High School Bush Bots Robotics team. Wee Waa is a tiny, north-western NSW town. Her team got involved through the Robots in the Outback Program – an incentive to extend FIRST® into regional areas. In FIRST®, high school students compete in teams to design, prototype, build, program and drive their robot. The game changes every year, and teams have just six weeks to prepare. None of the Bush Bots had any robotics or programming experience prior to competing in FIRST®, but that didn’t stop them rising up the robotics ranks. The Bush Bots competed successfully in the regionals in 2016 and 2017, as well as the Asia Pacific Finals in Sydney. This year, the team even made it to the World Championships in Houston, Texas, with Abby joining them as a mentor. Abby describes the experience as “a lot of fun – I learned a lot and made great friendships.” Not only do the students get a kick out of the FIRST® experience, their peer mentors love it as well. Mary, a FIRST® Robotics alumnus, program mentor and current student at Macquarie, says that working with younger students allowed her to apply her uni skills to a real-world problem. “It opened up incredible opportunities around the globe,” Mary says. “It has made my university career more meaningful, by allowing me to give back to the community.” Professor Michael Heimlich, Deputy Dean at Macquarie’s School of Engineering, believes that taking part in FIRST® is an excellent complement to Macquarie’s curriculum. “FIRST® gives our students tremendous motivation, through its exciting competitions and its notion of ‘Gracious Professionalism’.” Michael says that the ultimate goal for students is “to build their own STEM skills as well as the skills that make them better people and, ultimately, more valuable employees.” – Larissa Fedunik




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n 2011, a US study found that female drivers wearing seat belts were 47% more likely to be seriously injured in car crashes than their male counterparts driving in similar circumstances. Why? Crash-test dummies used in seatbelt testing were male in body shape and size. Amazingly, it was only six years ago that this disparity began to be addressed. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to reduce unconscious bias against certain ‘norms’. Yet many of the teams working in AI are not inclusive and are predominantly male, says Amy Shi-Nash, General What is Manager for Group Data n? sig de l rsa unive Science, Commonwealth Bank. and The design of products “This is so fast moving that all by ble env ironments to be usa we need people creating AI ent possible, people, to the greatest ext who are diverse in culture, ptation wit hout the need for ada age and gender,” she says. tre Cen The or specia lised design. – Sally-Ann Williams, for Universa l Desig n Google’s Engineering at North Carolina Community and Outreach State Universit y Program Manager, says “it’s not that inclusion is nice to have, it’s a must-have if you are trying to build products and solutions for everyone.”

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Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre of Inclusive Design in Sydney, an organisation that aims to create connections between the people who build the world (government, education and business) and the people who use the world (everyone). “We need people working in STEM who think about humans and not just technology,” she says. “It’s about coding and co-design. Think about the people who are completely missing out in your products and how you can design for them.”

It’s about all of us

One in five Australians identify as experiencing disability. According to a survey by Microsoft, 80% of people experience barriers when using tech. “The reason we’ve come up with the word ‘inclusion’ is because it’s a nicer way of saying, ‘You’re excluding me’,” says Angel. “When we’re not included – because accessibility is seen as an option – we don’t have access to the same basic human rights as everyone else.” In addressing exclusion in society and technology, it’s important to ask questions, says Manisha. “It allows us to understand other people’s challenges. Everyone experiences disability when they can’t do something they want to do.”

Universal design

Universal design incorporates all users. For example, not every door is easily accessible, but the design of automatic glass doors is universal – everyone can use them. Universal design gives everyone the same access. “With every product and project I work on, I come from the fundamental understanding that difference is typical and no-one’s the same,” says Angel Dixon, activist, model and business owner (see profile, right). “Universal design is my core and I want to help everyone have that understanding because it’s hard for non-disabled people to come from that place to begin with.”



Future jobs

It’s critical to have diverse teams in the workforce, and research shows businesses are actually more profitable, says Peter Horsley, founder of Remarkable: Inclusive Tech Accelerator at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. “Great tech is built when we think about extreme users rather than the middle 50% in design,” he says. “We’re all different. And if we’re not designing for our current self, we may be designing for our future selves.” – Heather Catchpole



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ngel acquired her impairm ent at age 19, a time when most people are just figuring out what they want to do. Without an established car eer path, she tried a few different things, including running a mobile makeup bus iness before moving to San Francis co with her husband, Scott, a software engineer. “The fact that I identify as disabled is alarming to some employers , and finding long-term employment pro ved challenging after acquiring my impairm ent,” she says. Angel has slowly learned to code through Scott and online cou rses. “I have a good understanding of HTM L and CSS ; now I’m learning Ruby. I love the language and it’s a bit more creative.” Angel and Scott have been involved in the development of apps, including Notify (acquired and re-bran ded as FOMO in 2016), which disp lays real-time sales via a pop-up , to build social proof and create a FOM O effect that makes shoppers more likely to commit. She’s now advoca cy manager and ambassador for Starting With Julius, which promotes representation of people with disability in Australian media and communications. Angel has also learnt CAD in an effort to design a line of walking canes. She has since outsou rced the design, which is in its fina l round of prototyping. “Our cane has features we will patent,” she says. “I don’t care if I sell one or one million – I just want to change one person’s life. ”

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#3 Equal Reality Diversity and inclusion training in virtual reality.


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Meet your mentor Capalaba State 13-yea r-old student from Meet Kunjil: Kunjil is a science... and and phy gra geo who loves Col lege in Queensla nd, t Steph Curry. dreams of being the nex n who has is a proud Kamilaroi ma Meet Dean: Dean Foley up Barayama l, ds hea an the ground up. De bui lt his business from all things business. accelerator that teaches the Indigenous sta rtup ckwell .ly/DeanFoley – Eliza Bro Meet Dean in depth: bit

Kunjil [2.21 PM] Hey Dean, nice to talk to you again. You are a great role model for a young Aboriginal person like myself. What was your dream job when you were my age? I’m 13, by the way! Dean [2.25 PM] My dream job was to become a professional sports star but unfortunately I was very short and skinny so people overlooked me at regional and state trials! K [2.28 PM] Yeah, it would be cool to get paid to play sports, but we all need a back-up plan. Did you go to university before you started in business? D [2.30 PM] When I left the air force to learn about business, I eventually enrolled and studied at university full-time and worked part-time to pay the bills before ‘officially’ getting into business. Depending on what you want to do in the future, you don’t have to go to uni. It can be expensive and there are plenty of other great options.

D [2.34 PM] “Just do it!”

K [2.32 PM] What is the best advice you have ever received?

K [2.36 PM] Haha, that’s good advice. Sometimes I avoid doing things because I am too scared. Were you nervous going out on your own and starting up Barayamal?


D [2.39 PM] I wasn’t nervous... even though I wasn’t confident when I was your age. I’ve become a lot more confident and I now know that being successful in the long run means you might fail a few times, and that’s OK. K [2.41 PM] Thanks for chatting with me, Dean.

D [2.42 PM] I’m always happy to help, Kunjil!


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chology, English jects at high school were psy race Johnson’s favourite sub her Masters of is on the way to completing and mathematics. Now she Melbourne. ineering at the University of Engineering in software eng after she graduates, a product management role Grace is aiming to move into n bee working with clients. ut her masters degree has and says the best thing abo , but provides valuable l-world client is challenging “Delivering a product to a rea s. say team management,” she experience in leadership and puter and Com the for of Diversity Officer Grace has also held the role ity of vers Uni the at SA) ts Association (CIS Information Systems Studen r. Fifteen yea last o Exp h Tec in n ed CISSA’s Wome Melbourne and she organis rosoft and Mic , Google, expo, including Deloitte, CBA companies presented at the students ire insp there to a Girl. The companies were ause social enterprise Code Like bec o exp an with tech career. “I decided to go about what is possible in a s.” ure lect ugh g eno s. “I figure students are doin I’m anti-tech talks,” she say s. role tech desperate for women to fill Grace says companies are y need just time attracting the talent the d “They’re having a terribly har h as the suc nts eve ll,” she says. That’s why because the pool is so sma n stereotypes dow g akin bre ut important. “It’s abo Women in Tech Expo are so ns.” – Chloe Walker and connecting organisatio bachelor of commerce


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and play? Join engineering rk wo we w ho to ce en fer dif Want to make a toria University of Wellington Vic at ce ien sc ter pu m co d an create and adapt hen teams get together to include voices from y the ical crit technology, it’s sity of Wellington student all of society. Victoria Univer nt of the Victoria University Aleisha Amohia is preside h society (VU WW IT) and of Wellington Women in Tec re company Catalyst IT. a junior developer at sof twa king tech for all. She’s passionate about ma know how to use the “You don’t have to code or guy !” Aleisha laughs. te whi command-line – or be a ing out as their own club, Just a year on from branch ever conference in August VUW WIT hosted their first this par t of VUW WIT is seeing 2018: WITcon. “The best s ship tion rela our and school community grow within the s. say she ,” expand with industry branch out and logies at school and is hno tec ital dig d love Aleisha gram combining computer now studying a conjoint pro rce degree. science (CS ) with a comme to age other Maori students our enc Her dream role is to rs ato cre se at university. “Diver study CS and engineering rse audiences,” she says. dive for ts duc make bet ter pro

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Work everywhere

Shaika Khan is another VUW WIT leader who is now in her Honours year, majoring in sof tware engineering. “I’v e had the opportunity to learn and wor k beyond sof tware, includi ng electronics and net workin g,” she smiles. “In the futu re, I’d like to work in sustainable tec h and project management .” Shaika also created an app with Wellington conser vat ion project Zealandia as par t of her studies. “The work gav e the best opportunity for me to practis e what I had learnt,” she say s.

Give back

As well as her role as VUW WIT secretary, Shaika me ntors students through Rails Girl s workshops, GovHack and Game Developers of Wellington me et-ups. “Women and minorit ies in STEM are ver y underrepre sented,” says Shaika. “Wom en inspire women. It is huge encourage ment to see others like us succeeding in STEM. We nee d more women to inspire us.”

Mission accomplished

Megan Liang is a Bachelor of Engineering student ma joring in sof tware. “The mission of VUW WIT is to form a com munity to support underrepresented groups studying STEM,” she says. “This involves holding technical workshops, net working and social events. The best thing is see ing students, especially min orit y groups, get ting the suppor t they need.” – Heather Cat chpole

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Shaika Khan (left) and Aleisha Amohia (right), from the Victoria University of Wellington Women in Tech society


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“We had this incredible opp ortunity to meet people with vastly different lifestyles, who spoke so ma ny different languages,” she says. “It cer tainly helped me understand tha t the world is a huge place and people understand and use technology in differe nt ways.” Rachel landed at Google in much the same way she sailed the world – by going with the flow. She studied a degree in mechatronics, then switched to computer enginee ring, then switched again to com puter science. She discovered the opportu nity to intern with Google while on campus but couldn’t see herself succee ding, so didn’t apply. After some enc ouragement from recruiters, Rachel fina lly put her application forward and six months later was interning at one of the coolest tech companies in the world. – Eliza Brockwell

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“It’s a my th that sof tware engineering is inherently difficult,” Tina says. “Anyon e can learn how to do it.” If you’re thinking of studyin g CS, Tina suggests get ting some practice by learning to write small programs, or making little HTML web pag es, “just to get used to wh at it’s like to write in a langua ge that computers unders tand.” – Larissa Fedunik

1Centre founder Miriana Lo wrie is utilising her background in business and sales to make her way in tech


hen businesses work tog ether, they can uti lise ‘trade credit’, wh ich lets them buy now and pay later from suppliers – an essential tool for business growth . Tech founder Miria na Low rie sta rted 1Centre to help businesses tra nsform their trade cre dit processes from costly and slow to quick and efficient. “My path into the tech ind ustry began when I started looking for ways to solve a pain point I had personally experienced,” says Miriana. “When I rea lly sta rted loo king into the problem, I discovered it went so mu ch deeper tha n I’d ever thought possible and I beg an to see how tech cou ld be a game cha nger.” With her background in business and sales, plus experience in the ban king sector, Miria na was ideally equipped to understand the issues businesses face. “It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of doing things the way you’ve always don e them, but it’s crucia l in business to keep innova ting, finding new and bet ter ways to do things ,” she says. With iwi from Tarana ki, Miria na is also keen to help more Māori wome n get their sta rt in the tech industry. “The journe y of a tech founder is a consta nt and difficu lt one, but it’s also infinitely rewarding as bot h a lea rning experience and a lifestyle,” she says. – Juh a Saarinen Bachelor of Business Auckland University , of Technology

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luence. teacher can be a huge inf your study path, a good roduced int s wa Joe y’ ‘Izz hen it comes to choosing la bel engineering student Isa ) (UC ury cher. terb tea Can ies of log y Universit ool dig ital techno ity in tech by her high sch ativ life cre my of of t ies res ilit sib the pos nd to the nted to spe ed with the outdoors, I wa I was “Being completely obsess I still love the outdoors, as ch mu “As s. say she ,” ple peo ned er tur oth t h tha wit r t sharing tha technologies teache e the most amazing digital hav to ugh eno ate tun for in a dark my life upside down. sn’t just a hacker sitting of programming that wa e sid a to ts that me duc d pro p uce elo rod “She int creativity and dev l. I could incorporate my do.” to d nte wa I at wh s wa it room bashing the termina From that point, I knew s. live ’s ple peo in nce made a differe


‟In 2018, UC’s Col le Engi neering signed ge of become a Founding Paon to rtner of the Diversity Agend a – an industry-wide ca m that is working towar pa ig n of 20% more women ds a goal en and architects by 20gi neers 21.” TO GET THERE: DIV


Izzy is working on a project as part of her Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Software Engineering degree, developing a back-office web application for a container-unloading service company in Christchurch. She’s also president of the Women in Tech Society (WiTSoc) on campus. Tech accounts for 5% of the New Zealand workforce, employing more than 100,000 people. It contributes more than NZ$16 billion (8%) to the national economy, yet just one in five ICT workers in NZ are women. However, at UC, the number of women studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours has risen 9% in just six years. WiTSoc provides mentorship, events, social groups and the chance to catch up for (free) coffee with women in STEM who are studying computer science (CS), engineering, data science and more.

Join in! Izzy is passionate about changing the perception of women as a minority in tech. “I think a lot of other women can relate to the feeling of not belonging in this male-dominated field,” she says. “I want to let other women know you can be heard, you can do whatever you want, and there are other women out there like you!”

CS for all



Sweet spot

Izzy Joe, University of Canterbury student

Izzy’s teacher at Thames High School, Ali Chivers, was inspired by the CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools) program. Supported by Google, this program has been running out of the University of Canterbury since 2011, enabling teachers to spend several days looking at how to teach CS in an engaging way. “We saw the need for teachers to have meaningful support with content of the new computer science and programming material in NCEA because it contained a lot of material that hadn’t been taught in NZ schools,” says UC Professor Tim Bell, who runs the program. The event also included sending teachers to visit local software companies. Many hadn’t seen the environment that computer science graduates work in, and some were surprised by the skills needed and the kind of people the industry is looking for. “There are still a lot of misconceptions based on stereotypes rather than reality, including the kind of people who are needed by industry to work in this area, the role of coding, and the opportunities available,” says Tim. “Getting to see what it is like first-hand helps the teachers to better recognise which of their own students would thrive in that environment.” – Heather Catchpole

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ng on his r 9 but he’s already worki iley Saban is only in Yea 6 ABC TV 201 the in ing tur fea ce . Sin fut ure technolog y career n bee has Superhuman, Riley documentary, Becoming kinetic. Psy p rtu sta h tec bassador for a product tester and am me h bio dical followed Riley’s work wit Becoming Superhuman electronics, d use n and his team, who eng ineer Dr Jordan Ng uye that lets Riley tem sys a ate cre intelligence to movements. 3D printing and artificial eye his ctric sig nals triggered by in to operate dev ices using ele bra his d ine tra ebral palsy. He has Riley was born wit h cer ts and ligh m fro s, nal sig eye ent using operate a range of equipm tomised electric buggy. cus a g vin dri to ers comput ica l revolution,” ge of a massive technolog ver the at “We are sta nding en technolog y and t the intersection bet we says Jordan, adding tha life, shape a more ial to improve qua lity of humanity has the potent a bet ter world. g ldin bui s tribute toward inclusive society and con n AU$200 billion ustry is worth more tha The Austra lian hea lth ind Austra lians. ht eig in r and employs one (NZ$218 billion) each yea s Professor Louisa say , and dem big tor wil l be in Coding ski lls in this sec ch ear in Health at Centre for Big Data Res Jorm, who heads up the


UNSW Sydney. “There are huge amounts of data starting to flow and very few people with the right capabilities,” she says. Millions of electronic patient records, prescription records and Medicare records are collected daily. This data is useful because it can be ‘cleansed’ – stripped of identifying information – which allows patient data to be analysed for patterns. Harnessing this information can reveal trends in disease outbreaks and treatment, and potentially save money by ensuring preventative programs are targeted to at-risk people. – Fran Molloy


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fter completing a degree in astronomy and physics, Dr Ilana Feain worked as an astrophysicist at CSI RO for many years before moving into a research position in medical physics at the University of Sydney , where she applied her skills in understanding rea l-time data set processing to create 3D images. Ilana worked with a team to build a real-time imageguided radiotherapy device – the patented Nan o-X system – and is co-fou nde r of Leo Cancer Care, which is trialling upright can cer treatment machines. – B Science Honours Fran Molloy (Astronomy and Phy PhD in Astrophysics, sics), Astrophysics University of Sydne University y research scientist, of Sydney CSIRO Senior research fel low in Medical Physics, Founder and CEO, CEO, Leo University of Sydne Nano-X Ltd y Cancer Care



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stralia as hen he first arrived in Au professional IT 5, 201 in gee refu a Syrian challenge one Nirary Dacho’s number ithout “W . ent ym plo was finding em or tion gra inte no be can re employment, the future.” a ld bui ’t “You can independence,” he says. as h suc s ion sat ani Luckily, there are org operation that Techfugees, a non-profit munit y’s response coordinates the tech com e mig ration and uge ref to the cha llenges of vement connects mo bal glo is Th . set tlement designers, s, tech eng ineers, developer wit h ref ugees ps rtu sta entrepreneurs and and suppor t agencies. of Techfugees Austra lia, One of the co-founders tech is a great enabler. Anne-Ma rie Elias, says ple to rea lise the “My pur pose is to get peo this stuff,” she says. of ure human-centred nat

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st popula r events are Some of Techfugees’ mo bia nnual Hackathons, and ps workshops, meet-u rs ss people and storytelle where developers, busine “I’m so ts. jec pro ian tar ani hum establish tech-based our Hackathons,” says proud of the diversity of es r wit h Set tlement Ser vic Anne-Ma rie. “We par tne .” ries sto ir es to sha re the Austra lia to enable ref uge ary and former Save Nir ed pir ins n tho A Hacka Robson to establish na An the Children employee rtup matches ref ugees to Ref ugee Talent. The sta el of expertise. “Socia l jobs that ref lect their lev s Nirary. “The most lain impact is our goa l,” exp y.” g the ref ugee communit rewarding par t is helpin


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Techfugees Hackathon 2017

Anne-Ma rie says Austra lia is ful l of ski lled people such as Nir ary who wa nt to ma ke a contribution. “It’ s rea lly profound that Techfugees can hel p,” she says.

All the skills

Tech sta rtups need a ran ge of talents. Whether you have a fla ir for sof twa re development, business or communications, you can get onboard and ma ke an impact. Anne-Ma rie has worke d in non-profit government and commu nit y organisations, while her Techfugees cofounders Annie Parker and Nicky Wi llia mson come from tech backgrounds. AnneMa rie says this mix of ski ll sets results in the best dynamic.

Hackathon at the Vatican

When Universit y of Me lbourne graduate Bishal Sapkota went to VHacks – the first ever sof twa re hackat hon hosted by the Vatica n – the most crucia l thing he lea rned was “to forget what you think you know”. “Instead, reach out and understand what is required to provide the most value to the people you wa nt to ser ve, ” he says. The Universit y of Melbo urne team prepared for the cha llen ge by connecting wit h ref ugees and organi sations such as the Red Cross. They compet ed aga inst 20 unis from around the world to create a protot ype app that would help mig rants and ref ugees wit h relocation and integr ation.

Techfugees Meetup 2018

It takes a village

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Their solution, the My Vil lage app, has info critical to starting a new life, from where to do the grocery shopping to using public transport. It also connec ts users with a local buddy to make the integra tion process easier. The best thing about tec h solutions? “They can be customise d to help each human being,” explains Nirary. Adds Anne-Ma rie: “It’s all abo ut solving problems for humanity.” – Larissa Fedunik

h c e t h it w p a g e h t g Closin llenges to Aboriginal echnology poses unique cha granted, but for e culture that you might tak OB are making igiM inD that’s where apps such as works across m gra pro OB change. “The inDigiM rn Territory. the Nor the in remote communities Digital Mentors to It employs local Indigenous wledge in communities embed digital skills and kno l importance,” explains and within projects of loca er at inDigiMOB. Ben Smede, project manag


ing the app Ben and his team are develop to information ess acc t ien as a por tal for conven on using smartphones and advice, including tips ely; managing data, and devices more effectiv ing ser vices; saving money and access g tools created in staying safe online; learnin l as fun, informative Aboriginal language; as wel munities. content created by local com 39 ell – Eliza Brockw

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#2 Are you studying maths at school? If yes: Add 50 points. Well done you ! If no : Dock 10 points (yes, it’s that important !)

#3 Do you have career-ready skills developed outside of school? Think coding clubs, design software, excel spreadsheets?

201-300 points

If yes: Add 10 points for every skill you’ve gained (be honest!)

= Career knockout!

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Looks like you’re all equipp ed to seek out your dream career !

#4 Do you have a mentor? If yes: 10 points! If no: Mentors are easy to find and a great source of career inspiration! Parents, teachers or career professionals make great mentors. Just catch up with them once a month to get some great advice.

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0-100 points

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101-200 points

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The growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation and the internet of things is making computer science (CS) skills more important than ever. Australia needs at least 200,000 more workers in the tech sector in the next five years to thrive in the digital economy. Combining your passion with CS skills will allow you to be part of this tech revolution, plus you’ll be set in the job market for years to come.


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AU$109,900 / NZ$ 96,000*

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Coders – including full stack developers

AU$107,400 / NZ$117,300

Coders – front-end

AU$70,600 / NZ$60,800

Coders – mobile

AU$68,300 / NZ$60,000

User experience (UX) designers

AU$69,700 / NZ$61,400

Data scientists

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Having empathy towards – and being supportive of – colleagues.


Being able to make connections across complex ideas.



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FIND ROBOTICS, ENGINEERING AND CODING CAMPS, CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES NEAR YOU Australian STEM Video Game Challenge {Deets} Years 5-12. What is it? It’s a competition. It’s national. It’s free. And students get to build their own working educational video game. Run by the ACER Foundation, the mission of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is to help engage Australian students with STEM. What skills will I get? Game design, teamwork, coding in Scratch, Gamemaker and Unity 3D.

Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge {Deets} Australia, primary to year 12. Bebras is also an international challenge with more than 50 countries around the world running their own version.

Code Jam

Code Quest

{Deets} Global, age 13+.

{Deets} Global, years 5-12.

What is it? Put your programming knowledge and problem-solving skills to use with this comp. A set of problems are provided and you have to write programs that solve them throughout multiple online rounds of algorithmic puzzles against competitors from 130 countries, to advance to the onsite world finals in Toronto, Canada. Up for grabs? A chance to win the coveted title of Code Jam Champion and USD$15,000 (AU$20,900/NZ$23,900).

What is it? Grok Code Quest is a friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn code. Bonus: you don’t need to know how to code to compete. The Code Quest crew teach as you go.

CSER Digital Technologies Education

{Deets} All Australian teachers can access.

Coder Academy {Deets} Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, primary to Year 12. What is it? Every school holidays, Coder Academy runs engaging, fun, and educational school holiday programs for kids aged eight and over to explore their passion for coding and technology. Workshops include circuitry, electronics, robotics, game development, 3D animation, virtual reality, information/cyber security, and web app development.

What skills will I get? Problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction, modelling and simulation, algorithms, evaluation, digital literacy.

What skills will I get? Computational thinking, problem solving, teamwork, digital literacy, technology creation, collaboration, coding in various languages, communication, design sensibility, user experience, user interface design and enterprise skills.

Careers with STEM {Deets} Global, magazines, app and website aimed at students aged 12-20, plus educators.

What is it? An inspiration hub for students that shines a spotlight on careers that combine STEM skills with students’ passions, goals and interests. Hundreds of real-world profiles, thousands of study avenues and up-to-date information on salaries, career pathways and options. and the Hour of Code

What skills will I get? Job readiness.

What skills will I get? A solid foundation in algorithms, problem-solving skills and programming abilities.

What is it? This free, online computational thinking challenge for primary and secondary schools has seen more than 40,000 students call on problem-solving skills to answer questions – and that’s just in the past year! Challenges are linked to the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum, and teachers can download results and view their students' capabilities.

What skills will I get? Computational thinking, programming, problem solving, literacy.

{Deets} Global, online courses, all ages. What is it? aims to reach students of all backgrounds – regardless of their skill level – and increase access for female and underrepresented minorities to computer science by providing short video clips of free lessons, along with games and challenges. Hour of Code is held each year during Computer Science Education Week, but you can also host an event in your local community. Choose your tutorial, pick a time and Hour of Code organises the rest – no coding knowledge required! What skills will I get? Coding at various levels and languages, computational thinking.

What is it? More than 24,000 teachers across Australia have enrolled in MOOCs for professional development. Supporting Australian teachers to implement the Digital Technologies (DT) curriculum, and offering free, online CSER MOOC courses, free professional learning events, and a National Lending Library, which helps teachers stay connected to the DT world. What skills will I get? An understanding of the DT curriculum and what it looks like in primary and secondary classrooms; confidence in being able to design learning activities and teach DT; join an online community of more than 10,000 teachers to acquire DT lesson ideas based on what others are doing in classrooms across Australia.

Digital Technologies Hub {Deets} Australia-wide, primary and secondary student and teacher resources. What is it? A hub for teachers and students with a huge range of topics in DT, including algorithms, data representation, robotics, user interface and visual programming. It’s a one-stop shop linking you to tools to build your own webpage, games and programs, as well as online quizzes, student tech news, info about upcoming competitions and career advice. What skills will I get? Teachers will get an understanding of the DT curriculum and lesson ideas, while students will be able to explore and test out their digital thinking, as well as data and programming skills.




NCSS Challenge

RoboCup Junior

{Deets} Global, 9-16 years old.

{Deets} Global, years 5-12.

What is it? Compete in teams of up to 10 students to build and program a robot, then compete with it. Each year, the comp focuses on a real-world theme based on a modern science and engineering problem, from food safety and climate change to senior citizens and nanotechnology. Get your teams together and prepare to battle.

What is it? The NCSS Challenge is unlike any other programming competition – the problems range from relatively simple to mind-bendingly hard. For more advanced students, there is the Challenge Tournament, where they build their own artificial intelligence (AI) and compete against other AIs in an online card game tournament. More than 14,000 students competed in the 2018 NCSS Challenge and wrote 576,315 code submissions. Wow!

{Deets} Australia and New Zealand, primary and secondary students. Tertiary students can participate at an international level, and are often competition volunteers for the RoboCup Junior Competitions in Australia.

What skills will I get? Build, test, and program an autonomous robot; teamwork. first-lego-league

FIRST Robotics {Deets} Global, 14-18 years old. What is it? FIRST Robotics is a wild ride through all of the areas that come together in computer science: from coding your own robot to communications, project management, media skills and engineering. With a focus on community, personal achievement, teamwork and professionalism, it’s an awesome opportunity to have more fun than you can poke a wireframe at. What skills will I get? Engineering, teamwork, business development, coding, presentation, gracious professionalism. first-robotics-competition

Girls’ Programming Network {Deets} Australia (currently located in Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and Mackay), years 7-12. What is it? Free one-day programming workshops run by women for high school girls. Students of all levels create projects that are relevant to them, play computer science games and meet peers and mentors in a supportive environment. Each year, the network teaches more than 1000 girls around Australia to build fun and creative programs. What skills will I get? Programming in Python, computer science algorithms, teamwork, mentor/mentee relationships.

iSTEM {Deets} NSW high schools, years 9-10. Program timeframe: One or two-year school elective subject. What is it? iSTEM is a subject developed for Year 9 and Year 10 students, teaching STEM in an integrated way. Real-world project- and problem-based learning engages teams of students in areas such as aerospace and mechatronics and exposes them to technology, including 3D printers, virtual reality and drones. This elective is a School Developed Board Endorsed Course and is included on students’ academic record in NSW.

What skills will I get? Coding, problem solving, mathematics, programming, literacy, computational thinking.

What skills will I get? Engineering, maths, science, technology, physics, coding, programming, logic, teamwork, collaboration and project-based learning. AU:


NCSS Summer School

Robogals Around the World Tour

{Deets} Australia and New Zealand, years 10-12.

{Deets} Global (hosted by 30 Robogals chapters in more than 10 countries), years 8-12.

What is it? The NCSS Summer School is a 10-day residential program for students going into Years 11 and 12. Hosted by the University of Sydney in January, students work with university tutors and industry professionals building software and robotics projects, attending lectures and working in teams. Join more than 120 students from across Australia and New Zealand at the most amazing “Geek Camp” and visit places including Atlassian, Google and WiseTech Global. Even complete a scavenger hunt – there are way too many highlights to list! What skills will I get? Programming, understanding of careers in tech, project management, problem solving, teamwork and exposure to what university life (and a job in tech) is like.

What is it? In celebration of Robogals’ 10th anniversary, they are hosting an international series of workshops specially designed around the theme of “a global community”. These workshops will be run by local Robogals chapters worldwide and will include engineering activities and challenges with a global focus, as well as providing the opportunity to learn about famous women in STEM. The Around the World Tour will embody the Robogals vision of “a global culture of inclusion and diversity in engineering” and will highlight Robogals’ global impact over the last 10 years, celebrating how much they’ve achieved in the world of STEM. What skills will I get? Programming, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

PC4G (Programming Challenge For Girls)

She# (SheSharp)

{Deets} New Zealand and Melbourne, year 10 girls.

{Deets} Auckland, New Zealand. Years 8-13, tertiary students, professionals from industry.

What is it? PC4G is an annual one-day event to introduce junior high school girls (Year 10) to programming. Girls participate in teams of two. No experience is necessary as PC4G events include tutorials, which teach the programming language, Alice, that is used in the competition.

What is it? She# is a non-profit networking group for high school girls, women in tertiary studies and industry professionals. Working with major companies and institutes around Auckland, including Orion Health, Nyriad, IBM, Google, AUT, Xero, Trade Me, Westpac, Flexware, Fiserv and GridAKL, She# holds up to 10 events each year.

What skills will I get? Coding language, algorithmic thinking.

What skills will I get? Career skills in management, leadership and communication.

What skills will I get? STEM-based, including engineering, coding and computational thinking.


What is it? RoboCup Junior runs robotics competitions for primary and secondary school students across Australia. Students build and program robots to participate in Rescue, Soccer and OnStage Challenges.


STARportal {Deets} Families, teachers and STEM providers for primary and secondary students, Australia-wide. What is it? A comprehensive collection of STEM activities and providers. STARportal makes it easy to search activities (such as competitions, in-class learning or online programs) by area of interest, age group or location, or to advertise your own STEM program. What skills will I get? STEM skills, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

Tech Girls are Superheroes {Deets} Australia and New Zealand, girls aged 7-17. What is it? The Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero is a 12-week program, open to teams of girls only. After being matched with a female tech mentor for weekly meetings, teams identify a problem in their local community, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video. What skills will I get? Coding, presentation, teamwork and community awareness.

The Science and Engineering Challenge

Web.Comp 2019

{Deets} Australia-wide, primary, years 9-11 and tertiary students.

What is it? Web.Comp is a web design and coding competition for school students, with weekly challenges. In the final week, students can submit a design and vote on others as part of the web design tournament finale.

What is it? The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) provides a pathway of memorable and fun experiences aimed at dispelling misconceptions and inspiring young people to pursue a STEM career. Each year, almost 50,000 people participate in SEC, supported by more than 3500 volunteers and more than 2300 teachers.

{Deets} Global, Years 7-13.

What skills will I get? Experience in HTML/CSS, design skills, communication skills and creativity.

What skills will I get? Teamwork, STEM skills, creative/entrepreneurial skills and leadership.

Young ICT Explorers

{Deets} Australia-wide, years 3-12.

The University of Newcastle SMART Program {Deets} Newcastle and regional NSW, Australia. Kindergarten to year 8. What is it? The SMART Program (Science, Maths and Real Technology) delivers interactive, in-school science shows, plus hands-on coding and robotics holiday workshops at the University of Newcastle. These are designed to inspire, inform and involve students in STEM. Students learn visual programming languages (Scratch, Blockly, Mindstorms) and practice coding with Lego EV3 Robots, Dash, OSMO, Edison, Bee-Bots, Sphero SPRK+ and Micro:bits.

What is it? Young ICT Explorers is an open-ended tech and innovation competition where students submit tech-related projects for the chance to win fantastic prizes and showcase their ideas to the world. Through creativity and innovation, students get a greater understanding of the possibilities available via todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology. What skills will I get? Technical skills, research, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation skills and networking.

What skills will I get? Teamwork, problem-solving, visual programming, coding logic and creativity.

Need help implementing Digital Technologies? Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Australian Computing Academy provides what you need to teach Digital Technologies: classroom-ready resources lesson plans teacher professional development 47

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CS + Changing World IT, systems management, digital Auckland University of Technology >> Computer and Information Sciences (Computational Intelligence) >> Computer and Information Sciences (Networks and Security) University of Auckland >> Science (Computer Science) University of Canterbury >> Commerce (Information Systems) >> Engineering (Software, Electrical, Computer) University of Otago >> Arts (Hons) (Computer Science) >> Science (Hons) (Information Science)

New Zealand CS + X (everything) Media, arts, music, mathematics, technology

University of Waikato >> Computing and Mathematical Science (Hons) (Computer Science) >> Engineering (Software) Victoria University of Wellington >> Engineering (Cybersecurity Engineering) >> Engineering (Network Engineering)

Auckland University of Technology >> Creative Technologies (Hons) University of Auckland >> Music/Science >> Software Engineering

CS + Wellness Science (lab, biomedical), health, medical

University of Canterbury >> Science (Computer Science)

University of Auckland >> Science (Data Science)

University of Lincoln >> Arts (Hons) (Animation and Visual Effects) >> Science (Hons) (Computer Science) >> Science (Hons) (Games Computing)

University of Canterbury >> Science (Data Science)

University of Waikato >> Design (Media Design)

University of Waikato >> Computing and Mathematical Science (Hons) (Data Analytics) >> Science (Applied Computing)

Victoria University of Wellington >> Science (Computer Graphics)

Victoria University of Wellington >> Science (Biotechnology)



CS + Social Impact IT, science, arts, design

Auckland University of Technology >> Computer and Information Sciences University of Auckland >> Science (Logic and Computation) University of Canterbury >> Engineering (Mechatronics) >> Product Design Victoria University of Wellington >> Design Innovation

CS + Natural Resources

Science, environment, law, commerce University of Auckland >> Engineering (Software)/Science (Geography) >> Science/Laws University of Otago >> Commerce (Information Science) >> Science (Oceanography) Victoria University of Wellington >> Science (Ecology and Biodiversity)

Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology also offer CS:

Australia CS + X (everything) Media, arts, music, mathematics, technology

>> Ara Institute of Canterbury NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

Australian Catholic University >> Media Production

>> ATC NZ Diploma in Software Engineering and Design

Charles Darwin University >> Creative Arts and Industries (New Media Design) /Information Technology

>> Eastern Institute of Technology Diploma in Programming >> Manukau Institute of Technology Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Level 6)

Federation University Australia >> Information Technology (Professional Practice)

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>> Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Diploma in IT

Murdoch University >> Science (Computer Science) >> Science (Games Software Design and Production) >> Science (Maths and Statistics) >> Science (Hons) (Mobile/Web App Development)

>> Northland Polytechnic Graduate Diploma in IT

QUT >> Creative Industries/Information Technology

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>> Otago Polytechnic Certificate in Network Administration (Level 6)

Torrens University Australia >> Digital Media (3D Design and Animation)

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>> PowerPlus Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

University of Adelaide >> Computer Science >> Engineering (Hons) (Software)

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>> Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in Computer Game Development >> Tai Poutini Polytechnic Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Level 6) >> Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology NZ Diploma in Networking NZ Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) >> Universal College of Learning NZ Diploma in IT Technical Support >> Waikato Institute of Technology NZ Certificate in IT (Level 5) >> Wellington Institute of Technology Diploma in IT (Level 6) >> Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) >> Whitireia Community Polytechnic Diploma in Advanced Network Engineering (Level 7) Diploma in IT (Level 5) >> PowerPlus Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

University of Melbourne >> Science (Mechatronics) >> Design (Digital Technologies) University of Notre Dame >> Law/Communications & Media UNSW >> Media Arts (Hons)/Computer Science

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ANU >> Advanced Computing (Hons) (Research and Development) >> Applied Data Analytics

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>DIRECTORY< University of Technology, Sydney >> Advanced Science (Advanced Materials and Data Science) >> Science in Analytics

University of South Australia >> Information Technology (Software Development)

University of Western Australia >> Science (Data Science)

University of Sydney >> Engineering (Hons) (Software) University of Technology, Sydney >> Computing Science (Hons) UNSW Sydney >> Computer Engineering (Hons) >> Software Engineering (Hons)

CS + Natural Resources

CS + Social Impact

Australian National University >> Law (Hons)/Science (Computer Science)

Curtin University >> Science (Geographic Information Science) /Arts (Geography)

Science (lab, biomedical), health, medical

Deakin University >> Information Systems/Commerce

ANU >> Medical Science/Science (Computer Science)

Flinders University >> Science(Computing)/Arts

RMIT University >> Science (Biotechnology)/Biomedical Science

James Cook University >> Business (Business Intelligence & Information Systems)

University of Melbourne >> Biomedicine/Master of Science (Bioinformatics) >> Master of Information Systems (Health) University of Newcastle >> Science (Computer Science) /Engineering (Hons) (Computer Systems) >> Science (Computer Science)/Engineering (Hons) (Electrical and Electronics) University of New England >> Computer Science (Data Science) University of Sydney >> Science (Bioinformatics) >> Advanced Computing/Science (Health) University of Tasmania >> Engineering (Hons) (Biomedical)

UNSW Business School >> Commerce/Information Systems

UNSW Sydney >> Bioinformatics Engineering (Hons)

Science, IT, commerce

CS + Wellness

University of Technology Sydney >> Science (Information Technology) /Arts (International Relations)

Science, environment, engineering

Curtin University >> Engineering (Computer Systems) /Science (Computer Science) >> Engineering (Electronic & Communication) /Science (Physics) Edith Cowan University >> Engineering (Mechatronics) Griffith University >> Science/Information Technology

Macquarie University >> Science (Computing)/Arts University of Melbourne >> Design (Computing)/Master of Information Technology

La Trobe University >> Laws/Science Macquarie University >> Science (Decision Science) Swinburne University of Technology >> Engineering (Hons) (Robotics and Mechatronics)

University of Newcastle >> Information Technology/Business

University of Melbourne >> Science (Spatial Systems) >> Master of Engineering (Spatial)

University of Queensland >> Information Technology/Arts

University of New England >> Computer Science/Laws

University of South Australia >> Information Technology (Hons) (Enterprise Business Solutions)

UNSW >> Engineering (Telecommunications)

University of Tasmania >> Economics/Information and Communication Technology

Flip or Ca reersFw Cybersecu ith rity

University of Queensland >> Information Technology (User Experience Design)

University of Queensland >> Engineering (Hons) (Software) University of Sydney >> Advanced Computing/Commerce

Here are a few colleges and TAFEs that also offer CS: >> ACIT Certificate III in Information, Digital Media & Technology: Games Programming >> Bendigo TAFE Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology >> Box Hill Institute Diploma of Information Technology Networking >> Canberra Institute of Technology Certificate IV in Information Technology Testing Diploma of IT >> Chisholm Institute Diploma of Software Development/ Certificate IV in Information Technology


>> Holmesglen Diploma of Information Technology Networking

>> Open Colleges Australia Certificate IV in Information Technology

>> Kangan Institute Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology

>> SAE Institute Diploma of 3D Animation

>> Melbourne Institute of Technology Diploma of Information Technology >> Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate IV in Information Technology Diploma of IT >> North Metropolitan TAFE Certificate IV of Web-Based Technologies Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games Diploma of Software Development

>> South Metropolitan TAFE Certificate IV in Cybersecurity Certificate IV in Programming Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering >> South West TAFE Certificate IV in IT >> TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Business Analysis Cert IV in Cybersecurity Cert IV in Web-based Technologies Diploma of Database Design Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games


Diploma of IT Diploma of IT Networking >> TAFE QLD Advanced Diploma of IT Diploma of IT Networking/ Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration Diploma of Software Development >> TAFE SA Advanced Diploma of Network Security Certificate IV in Programming Diploma of IT Networking Diploma of Website Development >> TasTAFE Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology Certificate IV in Information Technology Support Certificate IV in IT

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In this issue of Careers with STEM: Code, you will: – Meet computer scientists creating solutions to social challenges across agriculture,...

Careers with STEM: Code 2018  

In this issue of Careers with STEM: Code, you will: – Meet computer scientists creating solutions to social challenges across agriculture,...

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