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2024 Big Day In Roadshows Start Rolling

Updated: Apr 10

The Australian Computer Society help launch the 2024 Big Day In
The ACS help launch the 2024 Big Day In

Now entering its 13th year, the 2024 Big Day In Roadshow kicked off in Sydney on March 20th. Designed by students, for students, Big Day In Conferences are STEM focused career events that connect schools, universities and the tech industry.


The Sydney Big Day In Conference was a 2-day event held at the Great Hall at the University Technology of Sydney. Over 1,000 students from 55 schools interacted with representatives from Australia's leading IT employers.


The program included short presentations from tech leaders and career stands from the graduate program teams. Presentations included:


Students were able to get up close with technology and technology employers
Students were able to get up close with technology and technology employers
  • What is Your Dream Job - Tim Kitchen: Adobe

  • Opportunities in Australia's Oldest Intelligence Agency - Valessa Basic: ASD

  • STEAM in Animation - Mark Flanagan: Animal Logic

  • Unlocking Your Future - The Wisetech Global Team

  • Defending the Digital Frontier - Daniel Ton and Jyotsna Arora: Westpac Group

  • Curiosity in the Age of AI - Dan Bowen: Microsoft

  • Code and Deploy: A Day in the Love of DevOps - Dan Ade and Cormick Treacy: Canstar Blue

  • ADF Careers - Lieutenant Bridget Free: Defence Force Recruiting

  • So You Want to Work for Google - Naomi Perera: Google

  • Ignite My Future, Computational Thinking - Binaisha Dharuwalla: TCS

  • Technology, Innovation and Big Data: Samantha Robinson and Dakota Hanna: Woolworths


The Westpac Graduate Team shared about the myrad of IT jobs in Australia's financial sector.
The Westpac Graduate Team shared about the myriad of IT jobs in Australia's financial sector.

Video presentations from past Big Day In are publicly available for schools and students who want to catch up on past content.


The most rewarding part of Big Day In is feedback from the participants. Lauren Shouldice said:


"On behalf of HMEF and our scholars, I would like to say a huge thank you inviting us to the Big Day In at UTS. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the conference and left with inspiration. Here is some feedback I collected from our scholars."

 

The Australian Signals Directorate answers student's questions
The Australian Signals Directorate answers student's questions

What was the most interesting thing you learned during the event?

  • Choosing different courses in University does not mean that we can not chose another pathway. People chose different courses during University but they ended up doing something related to IT or STEM

 

What aspects of the event did you find most engaging or enjoyable?

  • Stalls, audience engagement with companies and industry.


Did this event inspire any new questions or areas of interest for you?

  • It improved my understanding of my existing area of interest in technology.

  • It has inspired other pathways for me in terms of stem and how I can get there.


Ellie Doyle received the first 2024 Women of STEM Scholarship
Ellie Doyle received the first 2024 Women of STEM Scholarship

Also at the event, the first 2024 Women of STEM Winner was announced. Ellie Doyle from Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast received the award. Another 3 Women of STEM winners will be announced at BDI events later in the year. These Big Day In events are still open for registration.




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