ACS Think Tank Initiative – Canberra activities monthly update

8 Jun 2022


  • Aim to promote ACS Members as people who actively contribute to solving the great challenges of the Information Technology Profession
  • Draw upon the professional membership of the society to hear from them a variety of suggestions, ideas and solutions to our most challenging issues
  • Provide an update on highlights of the branch activities

Fellows catch up lunch by Peter Lambert

It was great to see some of our Fellows for lunch on Thursday 26 May 2022 at the Pedlar in Campbell. We had five Fellows plus one potential Fellow attended.

Apart from having a great discussion about all things ACS (and IEEE - thanks Ambarish) and IT, we did have a look at and a chat about the ACS Think Tank Initiative.  We thought it was a good idea and would be happy to support it generally, and more specifically at the October 2022 Canberra session.

We also had some broad ranging discussions about how Fellows can better represent, mentor, influence and champion the ACS in the Canberra region.

The next Follows catch up is scheduled on Thursday 4th August 2022, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. If you are a Fellow of the Canberra Branch, please register early, we’ll advise the location in due course.

*Please remember that only the Xmas dinner is funded by the ACS BEC and these quarterly lunches are self-funded, noting the discussion, networking and socialising are well worth it the cost of lunch!

News about the ACS Supporting Women Transitioning to an ICT Career project

We have oversubscribed for both participants and female mentors.  This is both exciting and sad because we won’t be able to accommodate them all.

The planning of program launch is on the way, and it is scheduled on Thursday 30 Jun 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Canberra. Stay tune, invitation to all participants coming soon.

Language focused presentation

We experimented with delivering a Chinese Language presentation to our international students at the ACS Tech & Employability webinar on 27 May. Over 600 Professional Year and overseas students registered for this webinar. The topic was "Overcome Challenges as a Professional Year (PY) student", our speaker Tao Zou, Cyber Security Advisor from ATO shared his career journey from a Professional Year student to becoming an APS employee.

Interesting to see many non-Chinese students who also attended the webinar and benefited from the translated English slides. We received a lot of excellent feedback from attendees commended that they've learned the frameworks, strategies, tips & tricks from our speaker.

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