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Myriad High QUT - Ideation and Inspiration to Combat Cyberbullying

 
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Congratulations to Chloe Lethbridge-Salt, Jessamine O'Carroll, Simone Duncan, Kara Thompson and Genevieve Garvey for their recent success at the Myriad High QUT day of ideation and inspiration - an event to realise techniques and ideas from a female's perspective in ensuring Cyber-safety. These students from QACI presented their idea #watchit taking first prize at the event.

Chloe Lethbridge-Salt provides her refection...

Myriad High, held at QUT Gardens Point, inspired the next generation of female leaders through an immersive day of design and innovation. Students interested in science, technology, engineering and maths were given a real world problem to address, that involved design innovation and pitching to industry level experts. 

Students were mentored and inspired by female scientists from around the world. The event was attended by 100 female students from around Queensland, and presented by four international speakers. 

Five QACI students were fortunate enough to attend this event, which we all found to be extremely inspiring.

The event began with the presentation of the projects and experiences of these women in the field of science. The speakers included Nathalie Mezza-Garcia, ‘seavangelesse’ of Floating Islands Project, Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy, Dr Deb Polson, Interactive Designer at QUT, and Shadi Rostami, software engineer and Palo Alto Networks Vice President. All speakers provided us with insights not only into their fields of work, but also into their experiences as women in science and technology.

Following this, we were taught techniques to approach design briefs, such as looking at how different companies would run our schools and identifying the aspects which made the companies unique. We then used these techniques to attempt to solve the problem of ending cyberbullying by 2025. In our school groups we worked on a pitch to present to industry level experts. Our solution #watchit won the pitch competition, as it could be applied immediately and effectively.

Myriad High has given us insights into real-world experiences, and the possibilities in careers in the fields of science and technology. We learnt skills in practical problem solving, and in collaboration. We would definitely encourage other science students, both female and male, to get involved in any opportunities available when given the chance, as it gave us valuable insights into the fields of science and the possibilities which it has to offer. 

...article written by Chloe Lethbridge-Salt

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Last reviewed 16 November 2018
Last updated 16 November 2018