Digital Innovation Festival: Back to School Program

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Register here for a STEM/Digital Innovator to come and speak to your students at your school!

The Digital Innovation Festival is heading back to school!

As part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) you are invited to take part in the DIF Back to School program. Let the festival come to your school, by hosting a speaker to address students, teacher and parents to share their career pathway and experience with technology and innovation. Speakers may include past students, innovators, industry professionals, and award-winners... anyone with an interesting story to tell in technology.

How to get involved:

Select your preferred option for program participation:

  1. Nominate alumni to come back to school – invite an ex-student to return to the classroom and speak about their ICT/Digital technology career and pathway
  2. Let us source you a speaker to suit your curriculum – register your interest in the DIF Back to School program, note your topics of interest such as cybersecurity, software development, artificial intelligence etc. We will match you with a relevant speaker.
  3. Host an iAwards finalist – the prestigious iAwards program is the centrepiece of the Digital Innovation Festival and brings technology innovators from across Australia to Melbourne for the National iAwards ceremony. We will arrange a finalist to come and share their story, project and path to success.

This is an opportunity to highlight career paths, demonstrate some of the exciting and surprising applications of technology, and breakdown stereotypes of ICT.

The program is a new addition to the festival, introduced to encourage students, parents and teachers to engage with technology innovation and to build awareness of the many career opportunities associated with technology. The program brings DIF to your school community and overcomes the logistics of school excursions to the festival.

The Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) is a unique initiative to develop, demonstrate and promote technology innovation across every sector of the economy and society.

DIF2019 runs over two weeks from 23 August to 6 September

For more information on the Back to School program please contact the Digital Learning Team, Department of Education and Training on

NB: As a general rule, speakers will not have WWC and will need to be accompanied by teaching staff during their visit.

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