Issue 10
Monday, 07 December 2020
Charles Darwin University
Student Maurice Blake was involved in the IT Code Fair
Student Maurice Blake was involved in the IT Code Fair

IT protégés in spotlight at CodeFair

By Carl Pfeiffer

Some of the Northern Territory’s brightest young minds in the information technology field were rewarded at the conclusion of the Charles Darwin University IT CodeFair recently.

The final day of the five-day event saw the four most outstanding entrants from a series of competitions and challenges crowned winners of the CodeFair, gaining them entry to the NT Digital Excellence Awards. 

College of Engineering, IT and Environment information technology lecturer Cherry Narumon Sriratanaviriyakul said the CodeFair provided an opportunity to encourage and advocate IT student talent by showcasing their ideas to universities and the wider industry.

“The critical aspect of the CodeFair is to foster and establish relationships between IT students, industry, local government and community,” she said. 

“At the same time, it allows students to use their creativity and skill sets in IT to solve local real-world business problems.”

A “Covid Tracing Database” and an “Offline Map Service to Remote Communities” were two of 36 entries in the Coding Competition, which encouraged entrants to demonstrate their skills and coding capabilities. 

Students also demonstrated their design and storytelling skills via the poster competition, with some entry topics including an “Aggressive Bird Alert System” and “Improper User Behaviour on Social Media”. 

The victors of the coding and poster competitions were joined by two winners from the Cyber Security Challenge and the Business Innovation Challenge to round out the top four most outstanding entrants of the CodeFair. 

At least 200 participants from the university, government and IT industries attended the final day of the event, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin.