Digital Careers Events (Vic & Tas) – March/April 2016

Digital Careers Events (Vic & Tas) – March/April 2016

This newsletter was originally sent via email to Vic/Tas email subscribers – 15/4/16

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

Welcome back for Term 2, we hope you had a hopping great Easter break and worked off all those delicious Easter eggs and buns.

This first quarter has started with a bang for us and the Digital Careers staff are over the moon with the results of the first round of Bebras for 2016. A whopping 18,814 students participated nationally, which is an unbelievable 118% increase on last year! Thank you and congratulations to all those who participated. You can read more about Bebras below.

Last month our Tasmanian students had the opportunity to attend a talk by US tech guru Harper Reed at the Grand Chancellor in Hobart, thanks to the efforts of TasICT’s CEO William Kestin. The ABC’s 7:30 Report meet up with Harper during his visit and you can hear what he had to say here.

This month we introduce the Tie Young Entrepreneur program for students in years 7 to 12 to take place in Melbourne over 6 weeks in July and August. If you have any students that are interested in entrepreneurship and have a savvy technology based business idea, please encourage them to take part to learn how to develop such an idea. More information below.

The VCE and Careers Expo will be held at Caulfield Racecourse from May 5-8. We encourage students of all ages as well as teachers and parents to attend if you can. When you do come along, please visit our booth or attend Tom’s talk on ‘Digital technologies and your career’ on Thursday 5 May at 10am. We would love to hear what you think.


Young ICT Explorers Competition 2016

Have you registered to be part of the Young ICT Explorers competition yet? Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of what we think is the best Technology Competition going around (well I guess you could say we’re biased)!

Register online before it’s too late!


Poster requests – if you would like a YICTE poster for your school please send Shannon an email request with how many, contact name and address details.



Thank you to all the students and coordinators who were a part of this year’s first round of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. Victoria had the second highest number of participating students across the country and Tasmania the third highest number of schools. Growth wise we are extremely happy with 193% increase in Victoria on this time last year and fairly stable participation in Tasmania with 14% growth. These are fantastic results and with your help Bebras can only improve from here!

For those who didn’t get a chance to participate during the March round, you will have another chance in September from the 5th-16th.  If you want to know more about how Bebras works, take a look at this webinar.

Coordinators please note the 2016 solutions guide is now available to download from


Bebras 365

Don’t forget you can test your students’ knowledge all year round with Bebras 365 back catalogue from the 2014 and 2015 challenges.

Past Solutions Guides including all the tasks, detailed solutions and further information about the computer science that sits behind the tasks are available for download from the Bebras website:


Tie Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Program

We are pleased to announce that Digital Careers (Vic) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (Tie) have joined forces to offer Year 7-12 students the opportunity to be involved in a 6-week Young Entrepreneurs program.

The aim of the TYE program is to teach school students how to take a good idea and turn it into a robust business plan.

* Applicable for year 7 to year 12 students. Limited spots available.

* Students are required to answer pre-determined qualifying questions in order to be eligible to be part of the program.

* Registrations are open and close 18 April. Successful students notified by 16 June.

* Students can apply individually or in a team of up to 4 students. Students will be grouped into a team of 4 for the duration of the program.

* Workshops will be held in July & August at Swinburne University, Hawthorn with a presentation day early September.

* Prize: Return airfares to LA for the winning team plus one chaperon. Teams will be required to present their business plan to a US Tie Chapter meeting.

For more information please see the Digital Careers or Tie website. Students can apply to be part of the program by answering a set of qualifying questions here.


Melbourne Knowledge Week 2016

The City of Melbourne is delighted to invite members of the Digital Careers network to attend one of the many interesting and diverse events on offer as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) 2016.

The seventh annual MKW is being held from Monday 2 May to Sunday 8 May 2016. This year’s festival  includes more than 60 horizon-expanding events where students can explore the innovation, creativity and technology shaping our future. This is their chance to connect with the most innovative ideas and thinkers of the city. View the full festival program at

A range of events are targeted at youth in this year’s program:

Save the Minions – An introduction to Engineering

For all the math and science enthusiasts, this is your chance to be an engineer for 90 minutes and help save kidnapped minions.

Peer-Driven Learning and Innovation

Startups are changing the education landscape by partnering with schools to build innovative learning solutions for students.

Robotics with LEGO-WeDo

Learn how to bring your LEGO to life! Suitable for ages 9-12.

Big Science Big Fun

An entertaining and educational introduction to a range of scientific concepts for children.

Creative Coding

A two-day introduction to coding through digital art-making.

Massive Community Maker Day

Transforming traditional crafts using new technology.

If you have any queries please contact the Melbourne Knowledge Week team via email on or 9658 8381.


Career Talks

Digital Careers are planning to deliver a number of after school or early evening talks for parents about the career opportunities that are open to students in the world of Digital Technologies. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from a limited number of schools around Melbourne that would like to host a talk titled “Your child’s Digital Career”. Please email Thomas Montague State Manager Vic & Tas with your expression of interest  


Industry Visits (IT Excursions)

Digital Careers facilitates Industry Visits with interested school groups for students from Year 5 to 10.  The aim is to introduce your students to the workforce and show how Digital Technology is a dominant area of every business.

Industry visits run for approximately 2 hrs and include a combination of a tour, a talk, a panel discussion and where indicated a session of the ‘Hour of Code’ or similar activity.

To register your interest and for more information on these excursions please see our Expression of Interest form or email Industry Visits are not booked until confirmed in writing by Digital Careers.


School wanted for ‘Hour of Code’ Industry Visit on 12th May and 14th July. No more than 30 students. Contact Shannon ASAP to book.


Expo Volunteers Wanted

Expo season is fast approaching and we’re always on the lookout for keen Industry Professionals, Under Graduates or Post Grads who can help us out for an hour or two.  All we need you to do is chat to students and give them an understanding of what your experience has been and how you came to be working in the ICT industry. Lunch or morning/afternoon tea is on us as our thank you for your time!

We will be on booth 92 at the VCE & Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse from May 5-8.

Please indicate a preference of time via our Doodle poll.  

If you can volunteer at any of our other events, please register your interest via our Eventbrite form.


CSIRO’S ICT in Schools

CSIRO’s ICT in Schools (ICTiS) program creates and supports ongoing, flexible professional partnerships between primary or secondary school teachers and ICT professionals. ICTiS partnerships enrich the delivery of the Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies curriculums; they enthuse students and bring real-world technology practices into the classroom. Each ICTiS partnership is voluntary and unique, enabling teachers and ICT professionals to develop their own style.  Different partnerships might focus on coding, robotics, project management, networks, big data, communication or computational thinking – it’s up to you!   If you are based in Victoria, contact Gill Lunniss ( or Tasmania, contact Jennifer Hemer ( for more information. Also have a look at their website,


Go Girl Go 4 IT

The Go Girl, Go for IT program presents an opportunity in a single day session to experience the incredible range of vocational avenues that are available in IT.  This program is held every two years and the next event will be held on 16th August, 2016 at Deakin University, Burwood Campus.

At Go Girl, Go for IT students will hear from and have the opportunity to talk to talented young role models who are living their dream career in IT. There will be access to a wealth of information that will assist your students in making informed IT career decisions. The day also includes a series of interactive presentations, a tradeshow where girls can talk in person to companies as well as lunchtime entertainment. More information can be found here.


Other Events

Catholic Education Ballarat – Computational Thinking, Coding & Digital Technologies Curriculum Implementation – 19-20 April – Warrnambool. More information here.

Catholic Education Ballarat – Computational Thinking, Coding & Digital Technologies Curriculum Implementation – 28-29 April – O’Collins Hall Ballarat. More information here.

Quantam Victoria – PrintACar Challenge – entries are now open and close 22 April. More information here.

DLTV & DATTA – The New Technologies Curriculum for Primary Teachers – 28 April – Carlton. More information here.

Tata Consultancy Services – Go4IT work experience program for girls – dates available in June, August and October. More information here.

DLTV – Digi Tech in the Goldfields – 6 May – La Trobe Bendigo. More information here.

Telstra  – Telstra Hackathon – 15-17 April – Melbourne. More information here.

WRICA Careers Expo – 19-20 May – Werribee Racecourse. More information here.

VCE and Careers Expo – 5-8 May – Caulfield Racecourse. More information here.

ACS – Big Day In – 31 May – RMIT. More information here.

Western Victorian Careers Expo – 19-20 May – Wimmera Events Centre. More information here.

Digital Technologies workshops with Tim Bell – Burnie 6 June, Launceston 7 June & Hobart 8 June. More information here.

Tas Dept of Ed Professional Learning Institute – Implementing AC Digital Technologies – Yr 3 & 4, Yr 5 & 6, Yr 7 & 8, Yr 9 & 10

AdMob Student App Challenge 2016 – Register by 28 June. More information here.


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Digital Careers contributes to increasing the number and quality of ICT graduates in Australia while building a robust and sustainable ICT capability for the future digital economy. Operating as a collaborative initiative of industry, research, primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions (universities and TAFE), and government, Digital Careers is focused on reducing the critical shortage of Australian ICT professionals by raising awareness and interest in ICT careers and growing and diversifying the pool of tertiary students preparing for a career in the ICT industry.