Rails Girls Brisbane #3

Tonight we kicked off the install fest for Rails Girls Brisbane #3 . It was great to see lots of ladies attending and to see a large number of mentors to help out.

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After much installing we got everyone together for a traditional Friday Hug photo. I quickly rattled off a few pics to make a stitch as I hadn’t brought my wide angle lens with me.

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Over a couple of hours and drinks we got all the laptops up and running.

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Nigel opened up the night and explained the plan for the rest of the evening and what would happened tomorrow.

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It was great to see many more female mentors, a few who had been participants at previous events. Hoping to see that trend continue.

Young ICT Explorers 2014

yitce-logo-retina Today was Young ICT Explorers judging for QLD. This is my 3rd year as a judge. It’s great to see so many young people getting excited with technology and building cool stuff. It’s also great to recognise a bunch of the kids that have come back year after year with new and exciting ideas.

This year I’m judging grade 8-9 and some great projects to be had. Here’s just a sample of the ones I saw on the day.

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Brynlea with her ICTinMe 2 project which is a robot driven with body motion with Kinect. I had a good chat with Brynlea on this one and pointed her to the v2 which she was most excited about. Great to see her learning C#, Visual Studio and Kinect !

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We had a star-trek inspired radiation counter made with a 3D printer with some very wicked soldering skills.

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Nitro Fox was a cool little platformer following Dave who could transform into a fox.

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Daniel – who created a phone app to brighten people’s mood with inspiring messages.