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Student-organised AI Webinar Success

Student-organised AI Webinar Success

Author: Barbara Mossman
Author Role: Head of Gifted and Enterprise Education

CHAC Year 12 student Emma Cooney has much to be proud of this week after the successful airing of her Navigating the Future with AI webinar on Tuesday evening. The event attracted more than 200 registrations and prompted many questions for the presenters at the close of the evening, a clear indication of interest in the topic amongst the predominantly high school student audience.

With registrants from as far away as Sydney (Knox Grammar) and India (from an international school), the reach of the event was impressive.

CHAC congratulates Emma on her achievement and looks forward to a follow-up event she is planning for the future. Thanks are due to all College staff members who reached out to school connections to help promote the webinar.

Navigating the Future with AI webinar host and organiser, Emma Cooney (Year 12), reports:

On Tuesday night, I witnessed months of planning come to fruition in Navigating the Future with AI – an online event for high school students interested in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Two incredible speakers, Michael Tremeer and Mai Nishitani told the story of their unique journeys in the technology field.

Michael advised that hard work and passion were the ingredients to success, demonstrated through his own career background based on no university degree – but a lot of online course learning – and eventual appointment as Machine Learning Delivery Lead at Max Kelson, an AI consultancy company in Brisbane. Michael’s genuine passion for technology shone through in his presentation as he gave high school students some incredible career advice.

Mai Nishitani, Solution Architect for Amazon Web Services, delivered an engaging presentation that showed just how far technology has come in recent years, displaying some of Amazon’s incredible innovations and inspiring many students to give machine learning a go. She even finished with a Kahoot online quiz for students to play and recommended several ways to learn more about AI, including offering her own mentorship.

The experience of organising this event was an incredible learning experience. The process challenged my flexibility, resilience and taught me how to work with professionals in the industry – who are much more daunting than teachers!

Of course, Ms Mossman and other CHAC staff who helped spread the word about the event deserve tremendous thanks for all the work they put in to make this night a success. Thanks to them, we had over 200 registrations for this debut event.

Stay tuned for another AI event happening later in the year – this is only the beginning!