SEF’s first virtual career conference event exceeded all expectations, with over 3200 individual bookings across 47 sessions and spanning four discipline streams.
QUT Industry Connect brought together industry, students, staff and QUT Alumni to provide much-needed connection during a time where networking opportunities are challenging.
More than 70 industry representatives participated in the event’s variety of formats, including hackathons, guest speakers, industry panels, employability workshops and virtual networking.
The conference was opened by SEF’s interim Dean, Professor Troy Farrell, Cross River Rail CEO Graeme Newton, and Gilmour Space COO James Gilmour.
The event was conceived by a small team from SEF Engagement including Sue Sweet, Kate Heliotis, Gayle Balsillie and Benoit Crespy, who all worked collaboratively with Beth Keane and Carolyn Alchin from SEF SSG, Lucy Crook from SEF Comms, student volunteers and ambassadors, Ross Hutton and Chris Shanahan from QUT AV and representatives from QUT Entrepreneurship.
SEF and QUT academics played key roles at the event including Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Professor Ian O’Hara, Dr Niko Suenderhauf; Dr Tracy Sherwood Washington, Dr Fiona Lamari, Dr Aaron McFadyen, Professor Jason Ford, Dr Chris Drovandi and Georgia Ridler, Professor David Lovell and Professor Rowena Barrett.
The QUT Industry Connect team would like to send a very special thanks to all the staff and students who helped make this event a reality. All sessions were recorded and will be released soon for educational purposes.