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BiG Day In Wangaratta 2020 (Virtual)
Originally livestremed Wednesday, 26 August as part of the DIF2020 Festival
Discover where a career in technology can take you
Hear from industry leaders and how their path through study and work has been not what they expected at all!
Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe
'Turn Your Passion Into A Job'
Don’t wait until you have finished school or university, when you establish what you love doing, turn that passion into a job. This is the message that Dr Tim Kitchen from Adobe will be presenting during this virtual version of the Bug Day In. Dr Kitchen was a teacher for 23 years prior to taking up is current position as Adobe’s Senior education Specialist for the Asia Pacific region. During this session, Dr Kitchen will go through some of the skills that are considered the most important to thrive in the IT, Multimedia and many other industries.
Calvin Davidson, Microsoft
'Winding Roads to Tech: Balancing the Arts and Sciences'
Calvin is a Technology Specialist at Microsoft in the Education sector, but his path here has been anything but straight-forward. Prior to this he has worked in marketing, engineering, music, film, tutoring, retail, and hospitality. Come along to hear about his journey into the tech industry, thoughts on the differences and similarities between the arts and sciences, and observations on future industry trends.
Emma Jones, GHD
'All the job titles I’ve had that I never knew existed'
Emma will share stories and learnings from her eclectic career as jazz musician to coder to her current role as innovation consultant with GHD Digital. Expect to hear about animating helicopters, working for top design agencies in London, teaching, growing startup communities, working in human centered design, world record attempts, and the perks and myths of working globally while living in Wangaratta.
Mike Gardiner, Buzzy Games
'Collaboration & Creativity - Critical Future Work Skills'
Mike is on a mission to get 100M Students collaborating and creating their own games by 2025.
He is the Founder of Buzzy Games and an advocate for accessible STEM education for K-12 students. Coding games since the age of 12, at 21 he founded his first software development company and since then has led the development of over 50+ applications & 20+ games
At Buzzy Games Mike leads a development, design and coaching team that helps Teachers and students use game design projects and online tools to have fun while building critical future skills.
Kerryn O'Bryan, Rural City of Wangaratta Council
'Making a difference for users in Local Government'
Kerryn is the Business Systems Co-Ordinator at Rural City of Wangaratta Council. She has worked in Local Government for 18 years and has lived & worked for Council in Wangaratta for the last 3.5 years. Prior to working in Local Government, Kerryn worked in Automotive, Airline, Hospitability and Tourism industries. She has a Bachelor of Business in Computer Systems Management from Victoria University which she completed as a mature age student. She loves being able to help users make a difference in their job by helping them understand their systems and business processes.