Hundreds of students make industry connections at Activate Agile

We’re just emerging from the epic few days that make up Agile Australia, and starting to hear some really great stories from you about the event. One aspect of Agile Australia you may have missed is the student event Activate Agile, which took place on Monday afternoon alongside the conference.

It was a joy to host nearly 300 tertiary and secondary students, along with their educators, and introduce them to technology professionals working in household-name companies like SEEK, Envato, Finder.com.au, and Realestate.com.au.

HP picThere were a few standout moments. Hearing why the Waterfall approach is broken clearly explained by Ted Tencza of Finder.com.au was one, another was Peter Halacsy, co-founder of Prezi, describing the adrenaline and excitement he felt when first launching his business.

This year we also had some IT graduates reveal what it’s like to work in an Agile organisation, drawing from their experiences at Realestate.com.au. They provided some really valuable first-hand knowledge on making the transition from uni to paid work, including motivational tips about how to get experience before you’ve got the job – through volunteering, blogging, attending meetups, and putting yourself out there. A highlight was learning that a turning point for IT grad Milly Rowett was attending Activate Agile in 2014!


ITgrads

But my favourite part by far was the ‘Roast the Speakers’ session; an open floor format where attendees could move around to different speakers and engage them in more in-depth conversation. There were definitely lots of great discussions had.

students

Thank you to all the speakers who made Activate Agile possible, and for making yourselves so available to be ‘roasted’ during question time! I feel certain it will be a memorable afternoon for many attendees.

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