Takor Group encourage teens into tech

Techtrails talk

Our Mappt and Kojai developers visit Melville High School for WITWA’s Techtrails program

Everyday we hear the technology industry crying out for more employees. The desperate need for web developers, programmers and engineers have resulted in organisations popping up and companies taking matters into their own hands.

One organisation taking it upon themselves to help staff the booming tech industry is WiTWA. WiTWA is a Perth-based, not for profit organisation that encourages women and youth (both men and women) to choose technology-based careers. One way they do this is through their program Techtrails.

Techtrails takes place at a different school in WA once a year. Students are carefully selected for their maths and science skills and creative flare, making for the perfect technology employees. These students get the chance to listen to professionals in science and technology, ask questions and find out if they’re avenues they want to explore.

The morning began with an introduction by Pia Turcinov, Techtrails Committee and WiTWA secretary.

Pia Turcinov

This was followed by Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia. Professor Klinken’s phenomenal work in advancing the understanding of cancer genes includes discovering a gene that supresses the growth of tumours.

He gave an inspiring speech to begin the morning, complete with Noongar phrases (the language of Aboriginal people from south Western Australia).

Peter Klinken

Then it was time for us to talk tech. Mappt developer Chris Lowe and Kojai junior developer Amita Bajaj spoke about their career paths, what their roles involve day to day and why technology is currently the most exciting industry to get into.

We spoke to eight groups of 15 teens, and like our 14-year-old selves, most had no idea what they wanted to do in the future! However, some revealed they wanted to pursue careers in graphic design, others in gaming, and several in health or sport.

We explained there are multiple avenues into technology – Chris was a chef for 5 years, and our marketing manager was a fashion journalist- and that technology is seeping into every industry out there: fitness, fashion, food etc. So they can easily combine their passions with their skills in technology.

Techtrails talk

Other workshop speakers included RAAF Flight Lieutenant Daniel Kruger, Emma Love the co-president of Robogals, and Blast Engineer Mairi Leirost (aka ‘The Girl Who Blows Things Up)!

Techtrails ended with special thanks given to the Department of Local Government and Communities and the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, who sponsored the event.

A closing speech was then given by Kate Raynes-Goldie, Director of Interactive Programs FTI. Kate builds games, teaches game design and researches technology and is the co-founder of a non-profit game design studio, Atmosphere Industries.

Chris and Amita at Techtrails

It was a fantastic opportunity to meet students who shared the same passions and interest as us! We hope we made a difference, gave them a real insight into a programmer’s daily life, and made them consider coding as a valuable skill to obtain.

If technology keeps developing as fast as it has in the last 10 years, who knows what exciting technologies they will create or develop in their lives!

Thank you for having us WiTWA (and for the delicious Margaret River chocolates)!

Vlog coming soon!

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