A number of students and staff attended The Big Day In at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on Tuesday 28 March. This annual technology themed conference is aimed for students in Years 9 to 12 and was designed by students for students.
All the students who attended the day participated extremely well, particularly as there were over 900 attendees. The conference consisted of talks delivered by speakers in The Great Hall, Building 1 at UTS and outside the hall there was numerous exhibition stands displaying information from various technology companies and training centres.
Sessions attended by Rivendell students included:
“The Rise of Intelligent Machines” presented by Dan Bowen from Microsoft. This presentation explored future trends in technologies, artificial intelligence and future careers.
“You Can Change the World” by Richard White, CEO and founder of WiseTech Global. This presentation outlined Richard’s own journey from the start up of this company to the successful global business it is today. Students were also offered free online training in coding.
“Australian Government ICT Apprenticeships and Cadetships” by Adam Smith and “NSW Department of Industry” by Ellena Thompson. Both these speakers outlined pathways for students to explore funded opportunities for future Government careers in ICT.
The exhibition stands were represented by a number of high profile companies and training organisations including Microsoft, Adobe, Animal Logic, JCM Academy, Australian Computing Services (ACS), Digital Careers, IBM, WiseTech Global, Westpac, UTS, Technology One, Avanade, TAFE NSW, University of Western Sydney (UWS) and NSW Transport.
Students had the opportunity to ask questions about technology and future educational and employment pathways. Everyone that attended was engaged and inspired by the presentations and exhibitions. They all thought the day was informative and worthwhile.