ICT GISP 2021 Update

2021 was an action-packed time for our ICT Gateway to Industry Schools. Let's look back at some highlights. 


International Girls in ICT Day was held on Thursday April 22 2021. To celebrate this day, Saint Stephen's College on the Gold Coast held their own Girls in ICT day to raise awareness of careers in ICT for girls and to build numbers in Digtal Tehnologies subjects. Guest speakers included 

  • Georgia Rissman, Virtual Manager
  • Marayka Chen, Data#3
  • Chelsea Costello, Talenza
  • Anne Stevens, TAFE
  • Adeline Martin, Origin Energy and AWSN
  • Ashleigh Ward, Insane Technologies

Catherine Newington from ACS also ran two tech workshops alongside SSC teachers who aldo held workshops for keen tech girls.

The Future Tech Expo was held at the Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre on the CQUniversity Campus in Rockhampton. 67 students and 5 teachers rotated through four tech stations facilitated by tech experts:

  • Virtual Reality | CQU ATIC Team
  • Cyber Security | Matthew Jorgensen ACS
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning | Antony Jey
  • The Past, Present and Future of Computers | Michael Menzies CQU and Jim Callan UpCycleCQ
The BiG Day In was held at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Even though COVID restrictions required an audience of half capacity, our guest speakers enthusiastically promoted the benefits of a career in technology. Special thanks to our ICT GISP Industry Partners who presented or exhibited on the days to the combined student audience of 532.
  • Marcello Massi and nbn Co
  • Will Shrapnel and Helimods
  • Kris Carver from Entag
  • Mark Hamilton and AustCyber Sunshine Coast Node
  • LifeJourney

Sky News Australia filmed an interview with the Executive Principal and work experience student Rohan for promotional spots during the month of June. Executive Principal Llew Paulger spoke of the benefits of the Gateway to Industry Schools Program, and David Wain, Data#3's National Practice Manager for the Education Sector, also talked about the company's commitment to fostering the next generation of ICT workers. ICT GISP Project Manager Matthew Jorgensen explained the goals and benefits of the ICT GISP. You can view the 60 second version of the video here.

At the heart of the State Government’s Gateway to Industry Schools Program is industry-led, experiential learning, to build relevant workplace skills and promote career pathways. Livingstone Shire Council, St. Brendan’s College and the ICT Gateway to Industry Schools partnership joined forces to provide Year 9 and 10 students with an opportunity to work with IoT devices and create real-world solutions. St. Brendan’s students worked with Matthew Willcocks, Chief Technology Officer of Livingstone Shire Council, and members of his team to ideate LoRaWAN Internet of Things solutions for council assets. Gold Coast-based tech company IoT.com.au also procured hardware and offered advice for the projects.

ICT GISP Project Manager, Matthew Jorgensen for the Australian Computer Society notes, “So many elements of implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution are crucial to an understanding of digital technologies. Concepts such as data, networks, solution design and security are the building blocks of modern technology use.”