code cadets san francisco 2015

Thank you to all our wonderful corporate supporters who have helped make this trip a reality.

And our super awesome individual supporters.

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people leading in this field are changing the world far more than anyone else, so for them actually to meet people at the forefront of the field is extraordinary.

Dr Justin Garrick, Head, Canberra Grammar School

Selfie with Craig Federighi at WWDC 2014
Matthew PurcellMatthew Purcell and Craig Federighi at WWDC 2014

...and their teacher

Matthew Purcell is the Code Cadets coordinator at Canberra Grammar School. In addition to running the Code Cadets programme, he also wrote and teaches the Year 9 Web Design and Application Development and Year 10 iPhone and iPad Application Development courses, along with teaching Year 11/12 Software Design and Development for the Higher School Certificate.

Matthew is also an accomplished developer, specialising in web and native mobile development. He won the 2012 hack::Brisbane competition for his app Bike Brisbane, and recently won both the Canberra and National Spirit of GovHack awards at GovHack 2014 plus the Canberra on the move prize for the most useful mobile app for Canberrans (all while managing and supporting 23 of his students who were competing in the GovHack competition as well). Matthew has also attended the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference from 2008 to 2014.

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See the Code Cadets

The Code Cadets have put together a short video to talk about what they are doing, and what they're looking forward to about the upcoming trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley!

Events and Achievements

From hackathons to programming competitions. From speaking at Google Glass seminars to presenting their apps behind the Apple Store Genius Bar, the Code Cadets are active participants in the technology community.

Code Cadets Canberra Times Article

- Sept -



Young ICT Explorers Competition

The Year 8 and 9 Code Cadets participated in Young ICT Explorers – a competition run by SAP to encourage school students to create and showcase innovative ICT projects. For many months in the lead-up to the competition our students worked, in their own time, on projects to demonstrate at this event. Examples of these projects include web-based applications to teach fellow students how to code, through to native iOS applications which provide automated birthday reminders and emailed greeting cards.

The Canberra Grammar School teams won every category they entered in the competition. Full results are available on the Young ICT Explorers website.

- Jul -



GovHack 2014

The Code Cadets have been participants in GovHack (the largest hackathon in the southern hemisphere) since 2012, and the most successful school-aged competitors. The group have won a range of prize categories including "Best of" app categories, together with the "Spirit of GovHack" award which recognise the team who demonstrates best the spirit of what GovHack is all about. All these prize categories attract large cash prizes which have been well received by the students and put towards further advancing their skills working with technology.

Most recently, at GovHack 2014 the Code Cadets won the Best School Team prize for creating 10 high-quality projects throughout the GovHack weekend and also sharing their code, collaborating with other teams, and giving constructive feedback to data custodians and organisers.

The Code Cadets were featured on ABC TV News, ABC News Online, and the Canberra Times.

- Jul -



Australian Public Service Innovation Month

The Commonwealth Department of Education invited the Code Cadets to participate in their "Innovation Month" programme and be the key speakers at a seminar called "Horizon Scan: Google Glass as a certain reality". As part of this the boys prepared short speeches about their thoughts and opinions on this technology, particularly in terms of adoption and usefulness within an education setting.

This event was open to all members of the Australian Public Service and was live-streamed over the APS Intranet.

- May -



University of Canberra #GlassMeetup

This watershed event brought together attendees from a variety of backgrounds, including medicine, education, and business, to discuss the implications of wearable technologies – in particular, Google Glass.

The Code Cadets are one of the few groups in Australia with substantial experience using Google Glass – having had access to Glass since May 2013.

Our students participated in a breakout session titled the #Glassroom which discussed the implications of Google Glass within education and broader society. The session was well attended locally with several presenters from San Francisco also virtually attending through Google Hangouts. The students also demonstrated Glass to attendees, and engaged in discussion surrounding app development which the students have been doing with Glass.

The Code Cadets were interviewed and featured on WIN TV News as part of this event.

The group has been invited back later this year to participate in the University of Canberra Wearable Technology Symposium.

- Apr -



Apple Store Field Trip - App Demonstrations

The Apple Store Canberra invited the Code Cadets to participate in their field trip program. The Cadets used this opportunity to present apps which they have been designing - in particular, several iOS-based applications including apps to track the expiry dates on food, determine the amount of sugar in common products and beverages, and send you push notifications to remind you about upcoming birthdays and special events. The boys' presentation from behind the Genius Bar attracted quite a bit of attention and interest from both store customers and staff.

Apple PR were particularly interested and arranged media coverage for this event, including an article in the Canberra Times and mention on the Apple Australia website in the Hot News section.

- Dec -



Hackathon ACT 2013

During this 36 hour hackathon, held at the Entry 29 co-working space in Canberra, the Code Cadets designed and developed an proof-of-concept comparative shopping app for Google Glass called Codie Compare - allowing the user to scan a barcode to show information about the product, including pricing at various retailers. The app was written in PHP with a MySQL database, using the Amazon Product Advertising API and the Google Glass Mirror API to send data to the backend and then push live cards back to the Glass unit with the relevant information.

The app was named Runner Up for the Most Innovative Idea.

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Support the Code Cadets

This amazing trip is only possible with the generous support of companies and organisations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley who are willing to open their doors to our group.

We are keen to visit a wide variety of technology companies during our time in San Francisco and would welcome contact from any organisations interested in hosting our group, even just for a short little while.

If you would be willing to host us then please reach out via email to Mr Matthew Purcell. We would love to hear from you!

Help us get to San Francisco  

As you would appreciate, taking 16 students to the other side of the world is not cheap – particularly in January, a peak travelling time of the year during the Australian school holidays. The costs for our trip are at around $6000 per student, with much of this expense being our airfares, accommodation, and transport.

Any contributions (no matter how small) towards our trip would be greatly appreciated.

We have setup an online fundraising campaign through Chuffed – an Australian crowdfunding platform, allowing you to submit a contribution securely online. Your contribution will directly benefit the boys and reduce the costs of the trip for them. We also have a few perks to show our appreciation for your generosity.

Additionally, 20% of the funds raised through our Chuffed campaign will be donated to Entry 29, Canberra’s community coworking space, to assist with their school outreach program in encouraging fellow local schools and students to engage with technology. The Code Cadets have participated in several events held at Entry 29, including GovHack and Hackathon ACT, and we want to support their efforts to encourage increased participation of students, across all schools, in technology.

Click the logo to visit our Chuffed campaign and find out more!

If you are a company and interested in sponsoring our group then please contact us.

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