On March 7, Michael Nixon from EduKits presented at The Big Day In, an annual Australia-wide IT careers conference for high school students interested in technology.
The conference is hosted at venues throughout Australia and nationally inspires over 7,000 students each year to explore careers in the IT industry. This year, Michael presented his EduKits start-up story to the 590 students in attendance at the Charles Sturt University function centre.
Students were given the opportunity to hear from speakers from The Regional Entrepreneur, Adobe, Westpac, WeisTech Global, Agrinet, and, of course, EduKits.
One of Michael’s key messages from his presentation was the importance of failure, and how we can use it to create success. He told the crowd, “it’s very rare to succeed on your first attempt at something, and often if you do, that success will be unreplicable as you won’t have an understanding of what you got right”.
He also talked about the five-year journey that took him from reading coding textbooks borrowed from Wagga’s TAFE library to developing his award-winning coding kit, The Amazing Annoyatron. Michael then encouraged students to think about how they can use their own skills and talents to drive positive change.
Another highlight speaker from the event was Dan Winston, creator of Agrinet. He talked about his innovative solution that provides farm-wide wifi connectivity for Farmers, as well as his experience with ethical hacking.