This week, a number of Rivendell students from the Sulman and Paterson programs attended the ‘Big Day In’ interactive technology conference at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). This annual conference, which Rivendell students attended last year, is for students in Years 9 to 12 who have an interested in pursuing technology focused careers. The students listened to a number of engaging and educational seminars, delivered by speakers from some of the most successful IT companies in Australia. Students also had access to a hall full of exhibition stands displaying information from various technology companies and training centres. Students were encouraged to ask questions about technology and pathways regarding future employment. All the students who attended the day participated extremely well, particularly as there were over 900 attendees from schools all across Sydney!
Some of the speakers that the students listened to were: (information taken from http://www.thebigdayin.com.au/)
Intelligent Machines – the Future of Work (Dan Bowen, Microsoft)
Dan is the Education Solutions Specialist for Microsoft. Dan will explore the future trends & technologies from the cloud, to artificial intelligence & machine learning. We will look at how careers & society is changing from a consumption, to a developer model & give you insights into the future.
How You Can Shape The Next Generation of Enterprise Software (Matt Deshon, TechnologyOne)
Matt is the R&D Evangelist for TechnologyOne. His job is to drive innovation throughout the company, & to think outside the box about customers’ needs, the future of technology & how the company can take advantage of new technological development.
Adam Smith – Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Government
The Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship & Cadetship Programs are for students with a passion for ICT who are looking for a new & exciting career.
How Innovation Gave Birth to a Brand New Breed of IT Consultant (Jeffrey Atizado, SMB Consultants)
Jeffrey Atizado was an early adopter of cloud technology and integration and has been a trailblazer in the field ever since. His company, SMB Consultants, has long been at the forefront of business evolution in Retail and Hospitality and was one of the original Cloud Integrators in the World. He champions the use of complimentary cloud-based applications, to save time and money for the small to medium business owner. Hear his story of how he was able to evolve during a period of frantic innovation to become a thought leader and industry expert in his space.