Issue 10
Monday, 02 December 2019
Charles Darwin University
Sulav Shrestha, Dipak Bhattarai, Bishal Bhattarai and Sujan Kafle won the People’s Choice Award
Sulav Shrestha, Dipak Bhattarai, Bishal Bhattarai and Sujan Kafle won the People’s Choice Award

Students showcase IT Code Flair

By Leanne Miles

More than 130 IT students have taken centre stage showcasing their skills to government, business and IT industry leaders at the annual CDU IT Code Fair.

Self-charging drones to help fight crime, smart trees prototypes, which use solar energy for security monitoring and a 3D interactive mobile gaming app “Catch Me” to help children to learn about animals were just some of the projects on display.

Territory Minister for Corporate and Information Services, Lauren Moss presented awards in the categories of Business Innovation; Cyber Security Challenge; Coding Innovation; Proficient Coder; Capable Coder; Developing Coder; Ada Lovelace (Women in IT); Digital Experience; Poster; and People’s Choice.

Team “Androidify” comprising Bishal Bhattarai, Dipak Bhattarai, Sujan Kafle, Sulav Shrestha and Ujjwal Lamichhane won the People’s Choice Award for their augmented reality preschool app that provides toddlers with a 3D learning experience.

“AR Preschool is a free interactive educational augmented reality android application for children to learn alphabets,” Sulav said.

“With three-dimensional learning experience incorporated with vivid colour, audio pronunciation, and engaging interaction this is a perfect learning app for kids to learn the basics of the English language.”   

Zac Saynor took home the Developing Coders award and the Digital Experience award for his project “Snake Duel” and was recognised at the Territory Digital Excellence Awards.

Keynote speakers Steven Cooper from IBM and Carlos Nogueira from InterSystems delivered presentations, before prospective graduates participated in a “speed dating” challenge for local internships and positions. 

Lecturer in Information Technology Dr Sami Azam said the IT Code Fair was an important networking opportunity for students.

“In the lead up to and at the event several of our students were offered positions with local industry and government,” he said.

The IT Code Fair Business Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the NT Government’s Department of Corporate and Information Services, has been responsible for the creation of apps such as NT Bus Tracker and MyFuel NT.

This year, the challenge was won by Hashita Acha and Sai Vusirikapally for their Public asset reporting tool.

The Ada Lovelace Award (Woman in IT) was awarded to Leandre Piggott for her project “Welcome to Darwin”, the Cyber Security Challenge went to Peter Hand and Wujun Song for their project “Capture the flag”, Wujun Song won the Poster Competition for his project “Ransomware” , the Capable Coders award went to Zephyr Eecen Dobson for “NT Fuel Services”, Mahamud Hasan took home the Proficient Coders for “Object detection system from image” and the coding Innovation Award was won by Abhishek Patel for “Real-Time Machine Learning Prediction”.