The CDU IT Code Fair is an annual event that was founded in 2014 by the Information Technology Faculty at Charles Darwin University and has been sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, and the local IT companies to provide opportunities, to encourage and to advocate students’ talents showcasing their work more broadly to the University and industry communities. From 2020 onwards, the event expanded to include local school students and IT students from other states all over Australia.

This year’s event was held on Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at DoubleTree by Hilton at Esplanade Darwin. Darwin Innovation Hub participated as a sponsor and Emma Nesbitt (COO) attended as a judge – helping to decide the most interesting, innovative and original student projects and share her professional expertise to the next generation of professionals.

CDU IT Code Fair is now linked to NT Digital Excellence Awards. The Four Most Outstanding Entrants of the CDU IT Code Fair will join 2021 NT Digital Excellence Awards for the Overall Award for Most Outstanding Entrant.

There were 3 competitions and 5 challenges this year including:

  1. Coding Competition (Developing Level, Capable Level and Proficient Level)
  2. Research Competition
    1. Enhancing Brain Tumour Diagnosis from MRI Images through the Use of AI
    2. Vulnerability Analysis and Exploitation Attacks on Smart Wearable Devices
    3. Detecting DDoS attacks using a cascade of Machine learning classifiers based on MLP-ANN and RF
    4. The New Era of Augmented Reality for Doing Online Garments Shopping
    5. Pre-processing Methodologies for EEG signal analysis
    6. Forecasting Stock Market Movement Based on Political and Financial News Using Machine Learning: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries
  3. Poster Competition
  4. Business Innovation Challenge – Citizen Portal
  5. Data Science Challenge – NT Crime Prediction
  6. Cyber Security Challenge
  7. Digital Territory Challenge
  8. IT Innovation Challenge

The CDU IT Code Fair organises various competitions and real-time challenges for students to showcase their passion and skills to develop practical solutions. The event also includes a series of workshops for middle school students, senior college students, VET students and university students as well as conducting employer speed dating for current and future graduates with the local IT industry where the employer will receive 30 CVs from graduating IT students (both postgraduates and undergraduates) as well as opportunity to spend 5 minutes with 15-18 candidates on the day.

This annual event contributes to promote awareness of education and training in Information Technology to local Middle and High School students including female and indigenous communities. The critical aspect of the code fair is to foster and establish relationships between IT students, industry, local government and community. At the same time, it allows students to use their creativity and skillsets in IT to solve local real-world business problems.