And last but not least, Adelaide!! After months of anticipation, YICTE finally came to South Australia on the 24th September! Like old friends, students from nine SA schools embraced YICTE and filled the room with an energy level that made us forget how wintry the day was outside.
Almost every year level was represented and as we’ve come to expect at YICTE, there was a diversity of projects which delighted the judges and inspired other students. From breaking down communication barriers between staff and patients in nursing homes, to gamification of social issues in order to reach new audiences; from virtual worlds, to the integration of eye-tracking technology in gaming to improve access for students with disabilities; the level of creativity and innovation was remarkable.
It was great to see the sense of pride amongst the students and their supporters and most could barely contain their excitement as the awards presentation drew closer.

We were honoured to have Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and Minister for Higher Education and Skills speak to the attendees about not only the importance of developing skills in Information, Communication & Technology but how relevant they are going to become in almost any and every career pathway. She commended the students on their dedication and tenacity and encouraged them to challenge themselves and never stop learning.

Professor Andy Koronios, Head of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, in the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment also took time out from his busy schedule to tell the students to ‘dream big’ and never give up.

Emily Rich, co-founder of Jemsoft spoke frankly of the ups-and-downs of being part of an ICT start up. She said it was ‘hard work’ and lots of times you wonder why you do what you do, but then you get breakthroughs and the rewards can be enormous. She never dreamed she’d be invited to some of the world’s biggest companies like Google to learn and share ideas.

Congratulations go to the following entries for winning their category in the inaugural Young ICT Explorers South Australia Event 2016! We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!!

Year 5-6
3rd Place: Pedare Christian College with Laser Tag (by Thomas Drysdale, Riley Hubbard, Oliver Shimmin & Jason Howie)
2nd Place: Seymore College with Wireless Body Temperature Monitoring (by Prathicksha Venkatesan)
1st Place: East Marden Primary School with Press & Talk Call Bell (by Michael Tianze Zhang)

Year 7-8
3rd Place: Pedare Christian College with Virtual Pedare (by James Fry & Shaelen Graham)
2nd Place: East Adelaide School with Creation of Eye Gaze Software (by Ben Cockburn, Dillon Carusi, Harry Westley & Callum Gambling)
1st Place: Pedare Christian College with Eco Team Developers (by Ethan and Khayla Weber)

Year 9-10
1st Place: Pedare Christian College with eTextile Recycles (by Jorja Solly, Chloe Archer, Isabella Molloy & Brooklyn Lees)

Year 11-12
1st Place: Australian Science & Mathematics School (ASMS) with Experience! (by Isabella Scalzi, Jalia Vitard-Herring, Angas Smith & Natalie Nankivell)

Student Choice Award winner: Australian Science & Mathematics School (ASMS) with Experience! (by Isabella Scalzi, Jalia Vitard-Herring, Angas Smith & Natalie Nankivell)