BiG Day In Darwin

Wednesday, 23 September 9:20am-2pm (ACST)
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Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe

'Turn Your Passion Into a Job'

To be competitive in the current and future world of work, it is important to develop a range of what are commonly referred to as ‘soft skills’ and ‘hard skills’. Most education systems are good at encouraging students to develop hard skills because they are easy to measure and test. In many cases this is at the detriment of so called ‘soft skills’ that are hard to measure yet so important in the workplace of today and tomorrow, especially in the light of all the COVID-19 disruptions. Both LinkedIn/Microsoft and the World Economic Forum have released some interesting research that rates the most important skills required to thrive in the future and they are anything but ‘soft’. During this presentation, Dr Tim Kitchen from Adobe will share his thoughts on this topic following his nearly 30 years as an educator and currently as Adobe’s Senior Education specialist for Asia Pacific.


Dan Bowen, Microsoft

'Machines AI & Future Skills'

Dan is a technology strategist at Microsoft. He works with people to get the most out of technology and help them look beyond the horizon to help them plan for the future around AI, Mixed Reality and more.


Krishan Maheson - Digital Innovation Manager, City of Darwin

'Making Beats and Web Applications'

Born and raised in sunny Sri Lanka, Krishan has worked across many industries such as advertising, broadcasting, FMCG, banking in markets such as Colombo, Ho-Chi Minh and London. He’s an ardent fan of digital and web technologies and produces hip-hop music in his free time.

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Emily & Sharny, Kinetic IT

'Create Your Own Journey'

Both Emily and Sharny are currently Team Leads with Kinetic IT, but have had different careers paths. Emily has explored technical streams, whilst Sharny found her calling in the Customer Service realm. Both enjoy working in the Industry and being able to inspire and encourage students to consider a career in IT.  Emily has been with Kinetic It for 7 years and is currently a Team Leader. She previously worked in retail and customer service roles whilst studying Psychology at university. She then fell into her IT career and never looked back. Emily has been in multiple roles across the customer service and technology streams as she has explored the different paths available to her.  Prior to working in IT, Sharny worked in hospitality and never thought she would find herself in the technology industry. Since working at Kinetic IT Sharny feels that she has found her calling, with a combination of customer service and technology being her ideal career.

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Lily Kawai, NEC

Lily started at NEC with their Indigenous Work Placement Program in 2017 while finishing Year 12. At the end of her schooling, NEC offered Lily a full time Traineeship. Lily successfully completed her Cert III in Information, Digital Media & Technology & commenced full time with NEC as an EUC Engineer. Lily is not only a Talented Technician, she also holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt & is a Taekwondo instructor

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Jeremy Boucher, Managing Director of New Future IT

Jeremy Boucher is the  Managing Director of New Future IT, we deliver Managed IT services across the Northern Territory and Australia we offer our clients a high quality service in help desk, remote and onsite support. We are also an organisation that focus on creating Traineeships for indigenous youth both in urban and remote communities.

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