This newsletter was originally sent via email 6/11/15 by Shannon Dooley Digital Careers Event Coordinator (Vic & Tas).

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

Now that we have passed the busiest time of the year for us, our attentions have now turned to building relationships and planning for 2016.

One of our current projects “Industry Visits” has been running since April this year and we are keen to develop it further with more schools and organisations on board. So as we draw close to the end of the year, time is fast running out to book your Industry Visit (IT excursion) for the remainder of 2015, so get in quick to secure your place or plan ahead and reserve an excursion for the new school year.  We have a number of excursions available with Telstra as well as with V3 Alliance, Salesforce and Deloitte. See Industry Visits below for more information.

All of us here at Digital Careers are excited for the very first Young ICT Explorers National Final next weekend in Sydney. We wish all the participants and especially our Victorian and Tasmanian entrants the very best of luck in the National final.

Thank you again to all of our Teachers, Parents, Industry professionals and students who have been involved with Digital Careers in some way this past year.  We hope to continue to ‘Inform, Involve and Engage’ throughout 2016!


Young ICT Explorers National Finals 2015

The Young ICT Explorers National Final will be held in Sydney on the 14th November at SAP in North Sydney.

All first place winners from each year-group category from every location have been invited to demonstrate their projects and compete for the national honour. Digital Careers and our partners SAP and Deloitte have been able to provide some financial support in order to help teams attend the final in person. However, we understand not all teams are able to attend in person and in light of this have offered the teams the option to submit a video submission of their project, which will be judged alongside the other projects on the day.

The Victorian and Tasmanian schools who will be participating in the final include: Doncaster Gardens Primary School, Beaconhills College, The King David School, Belgrave Heights Christian School, John Monash Science School, St Michaels Collegiate (via video submission), The Friends’ School, Taroona High School, New Town High School and Claremont College (via video submission).

Congratulations are also in order to Victorian Year 5-6 participant Dylan Beaumont who has just launched his Young ICT Explorers project (BallSports – An Interactive Guide) on the iBooks store. Well done Dylan!


Young ICT Explorers In-School visits 2016

Want to know more about the Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) competition? Interested in participating? Want to know the criteria?

Digital Careers are more than happy to come out to your school to talk to you and your students about entering one or more teams into the YICTE competition for 2016.

Book us for a short 15-min talk and we’ll get you up to speed on how to be involved.  Simply nominate an appropriate date and time for Vic schools and Tas schools and we’ll get back to you to confirm our availability.

Registrations for Young ICT Explorers 2016 will be open at the start of Term 1 2016.


Industry Visits (IT Excursions)

Digital Careers facilitates Industry Visits with interested school groups for students from Year 7 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.

Industry Visits currently available are with Telstra (Global Operations Centre – Clayton, Networks – Collingwood, Security Operations – Melbourne and CTO & Innovation Gurrowa – Melbourne), Salesforce, V3 Alliance and Deloitte.

Schools are advised to nominate a preferable time and day/s between November 2015 – December 2016. We would advise groups of no more than 25.

School groups should arrange their own travel to and from the nominated venue.

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.


CSIRO’S ICT in Schools

CSIRO’s ICT in Schools program, an element of Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools, creates and supports long-term, flexible professional partnerships between primary or secondary school teachers and volunteer ICT professionals. The partnerships are designed to bring the practice of real world technology into the classroom, enrich the delivery of the curriculum and enthuse students and teachers about this subject. There is no cost to participate in this program. If you would like to find out more information and are based in Victoria, contact Gill Lunniss ( or if you are based in Tasmania, contact Jennifer Hemer ( Also feel free to have a look at their website.


Upcoming events


Professional Learning Workshop, Melbourne, 10 November. Read more…

BuzzConf, Pheonix Park Ballan, 14-15 November. Read more…

Professional Learning Workshop, Clayton, 17 November. Read more…

CEAV Career Conference, Deakin, 8-9 December. Read more…



TasTAFE Info Week, UTAS (various locations), 9-13 November. Read more…

CS4HS Graphical RobotC workshop, Hobart, 25 November. Read more…

CS4HS Graphical RobotC workshop, Launceston, 1 December. Read more…

CS4HS Graphical RobotC workshop, Burnie, 3 December. Read more…


Other events

STEM in School – making and creating

Pre-Service Teachers from Latrobe University will be presenting and sharing their experiences and curriculum in developing a Makerspace and Maker Club at Charles La Trobe P-12 College and Bendigo South West College. This work is the result of a Google CS4HS research project that has been run throughout the year. The shared learning will be extremely valuable for anyone who is planning on implementing the maker movement in their school. This Professional Learning event is Free and will be held on the 26th November at Charles La Trobe P-12 College. Register online to attend.

Hands on Science and CodoDojo will be previewing science experiments and activities on Sunday 8th November at the Royal Society of Victoria in the lead up to a Mental Health Charity Fundraiser held at Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm on Sunday 22nd November. For more information on the preview event please contact Martin Harris or read more about the fundraiser.

GE Industrial Hackathon

GE have announced they are hosting Australia’s first industrial hackathon, an opportunity for Australia’ best and brightest coders to work with industry experts solving some real challenges faced in the industrial world today.  The GE Industrial Hackathon presents four industry challenges faced by key industries in Australia –think energy optimisation, fuel efficiency, safety, asset tracking and quality assurance. Participants will apply their skills and knowledge in a new context to build scalable solutions with software, data and a different approach to problem solving. Melbourne 12-13 December.  For more information and to register:

Digital Careers Christmas Party

Digital Careers will be hosting our annual Christmas Party on the 3rd December from 4-6pm for our Victorian stakeholders and 24th November from 4:30-6:30pm for our Tasmanian stakeholders.  If you would like to attend please email

As new events cross our desk we’ll put them up on our website or tweet them out, so be sure to check the events page and our Twitter account for the latest.



Have you read the DLTV Journal? Articles in this journal cover issues regarding teaching IT, working with IT and integrating ICT into the P-12 classroom and discusses issues related to contemporary learning, from early years to careers. Have a read of Issue 2.2 online.


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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.


Photo credit: Photo by Shannon Dooley taken at the University of Melbourne’s 3D Printing Showcase