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QUT's Myriad High

​Clifton High participants with scientist, Nathalie Mezza-Garcia, Hon. Kate Jones and Hon. Grace Grace at QUT's Myriad High
On the 15th May, 5 senior students attended QUT Garden’s Point to participate in Myriad High.  Myriad is a Queensland organisation that brings some of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial minds together for a 3 day conference for university students, each year.  Myriad High was an opportunity for our students:  Shyne Pointon, Caitlin Beasley, Abigail Coughran, Faye Ultra and Abigail Tovey-Mathews; to hear from enthusiastic presenters in the field of Information Technology and Engineering and to participate in a mentoring session.  The presentations were from a CEO of a cyber-safety company, Ms Shadi Rostami, the CEO of Girl Geek Academy, Sarah Moran; a PhD candidate, Nathalie Mezza-Garcia, who has designed the world’s first floating human settlement; and Dr Deb Polson, a QUT lecturer who is an Interactive Designer.  The ideas and leadership tips that these four women shared with the audience were then utilised in the next session, where our Clifton High students had to plan and present a proposal, “How to make Cyberbullying a thing of the past by 2025.”  We were given 2 mentors for our group, Ms Wendie Lee (Senior ICT Executive for Parmalat) and Ms Bernadaette Hyland (Web Technology Executive - Women in Technology).  These two women gave our Clifton High students tips on proposal development and oral presentation delivery.  On our way home, our students reflected that they had a productive day, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet female leaders in Technological fields, including The Hon. Grace Grace, Queensland Minister of Education and the Hon. Kate Jones, Queensland Minister of Tourism Development.