Charles Darwin University’s annual IT Code Fair is a four-day event featuring a series of challenges and competitions for students.
Students of the CDU who are enrolled in vocational training, in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or related courses from all federal states are eligible to participate.
Tertiary students can test their knowledge in the Cyber Security, Business Innovation, Digital Territory, or Data Science challenges, or demonstrate their skills in the Coding, Poster, or Research competitions.
Elementary and high school students can also participate in events, including the Junior Minecraft Innovation Challenge and the Braccio Robot Arm Workshop.
Kenny Nguyen, CDU Master of Information System and Data Science student and IT Code Fair 2022 ambassador, said the event was an invaluable opportunity not to be missed by students.
“In particular, it is an excellent place for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, inside and outside the NT, to engage in many competitions, challenges and networks,” he said.
Code Fair Ambassador Sonal Pereira, who recently completed her Masters in Software Engineering at the CDU, said the event had a significant impact on her life after her studies.
“The CDU IT Code Fair has provided me and many other students like me with a solid platform for a smooth transition from academic life to building an IT career by introducing us to many renowned IT companies in and around Darwin”, she said.
“CDU IT Code Fair events such as Coding Competition, Cybersecurity Challenge, Speed Dating and much more helped me to be successful in my job search.”
The event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton on the Esplanade in Darwin City, will feature informative workshops to prepare for a career in IT, keynote speeches and a panel discussion with former Code Fair participants.
More than 75 prizes and awards are up for grabs, with the IT Code Fair Awards being presented by Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Corporate and Digital Development, Chris Hosking.
Code Fair winners in various categories have the opportunity to compete for the NT Digital Excellence Award, presented every two years by the NT Government.
The Code Fair concludes with the highly-anticipated Employee Speed Dating, where senior IT students can connect with potential employers from local and interstate companies.
The Dean of the CDU College of Engineering, IT and Environment, Professor David Young, said the event was an opportunity for industry representatives to explore innovative projects and for students to network.
“The CDU IT Code Fair empowers students to demonstrate their skills, find meaningful employment and make connections in the industry locally and internationally,” he said.