High-schools students pitch ideas to technology entrepreneurs at summer school

18 January 2012


Over eighty year 11 and 12 students from across Australia were given the opportunity to present their 'elevator pitch' to a panel of technology entrepreneurs as part of the University's annual National Computer Science Summer School (NCSS) last week.

The Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Panel, including's Matt Barrie and Alex North from Posse, were impressed with the tech-savvy students' pitches.

"I am continually blown away by the students at NCSS" says Mr Barrie. "Many of them are at the level that we were at in second year computer science back in the day!"

"The pitch session was a lot of fun, the students were passionate about their projects and that really came through in their pitches. Some would have been strong contenders for prizes at one of the many pitching competitions I'm a judge at!"

Students were also given an insight into their future careers during mock interviews with industry mentors and site visits to the offices of Google, Macquarie Group and Atlassian.

Sylvia Chin, who hopes to study engineering or IT, found the industry participation invaluable, "I interviewed with Google. They gave me some great tips for the future and it was a really good experience".

Other challenges faced by students included deciphering complex codes and programming robots to navigate an obstacle course.

NCSS is an intensive week long computer programming and website development summer school for students going into years 11 and 12, run by Dr James Curran and Dr Tara Murphy from the University's School of Information Technologies. The event has attracted major industry and government sponsors including NICTA, Google, WiseTech, NSW Trade and Investment and Freelancer.

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