The Australian Computer Society’s YITcon 2014 – Changing Minds – was recently held in Melbourne and has been heralded as an overwhelming success. Over the course of the 2-day conference, The Forum in Melbourne hosted over 1,000 students, both secondary and tertiary, and Young IT professionals, all of whom embraced the theme of changing their minds about the skills needed to build Australia’s digital future.
A highlight of the first day was the afternoon live streaming session, which was broadcast in high definition around Australia and further to India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. This kind of global streaming was a first for the ACS and the reaction from around the globe was overwhelmingly positive.
The first day also saw the Adappt Technology Showcase opened, with a wide array of innovative technology solutions. Naming partner Adappt was on hand to show the potential for app development by young Australians using high end technology provided by their supporter Samsung, The Oculus Rift Galaxy Note 4 VR headset was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the showcase, with guests lining up to virtually fly through incredible cities and natural wonders.
Other popular displays in the Adappt tech showcase included the V8 Supercar simulators, virtual football and the ACS Teleportation prototype. The virtual presenter, leap motion gesture computing and NICTA displays also gathered a great deal of attention throughout the showcase.
The lineup of speakers over the two days included innovators such as Josh Guest, Jodi Fox, Naomi Henn and Sheng Yeo – all of whom appeared after a welcome from the Victorian Minister for Technology, The Honorable Gordon Rich-Phillips MLC.
Throughout the day delegates also heard from leading technology business figures including Martin Janse Van Rensburg, Ken Matthews, Ben Heyes and Woolworths CIO Clive Whincup. These leaders were joined on the second day by Coert du Plessis, Gabe Zichermann, Susan Sly and Dr John Harvey AO amongst others.
YITcon 2014 would not have been possible without the support of our Platinum sponsors, ECA, Commonwealth Bank and Adappt. We are also incredibly grateful for the support of our Gold sponsors Deakin Digital, Cognizant, ATMC, The Victorian State Government, Tata Consultancy Services, Paypal + Braintree. We would also like to thank our Silver sponsors Amazon Web Services, Atlassian, Computer Power Institute, Elance oDesk, IBSA, Performace Education Group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and myVocation.
Finally, we wish to thank the efforts of the Young IT Board who provided the vision for this exceptional event, and those staff and volunteers who gave of their time to ensure the event ran like clockwork.
Videos and photos from the event will be available shortly through the ACS website. You can check out social media from the event by searching #YITCON2014 on Twitter.