App prototyping program inspires Indigenous Youth, delivered with support from Marsh Insurance
App prototyping program inspires Indigenous Youth, delivered with support from Marsh Insurance

App prototyping – Indigenous Deadly Coders Workshop by Marsh Insurance

In an inspiring effort to bridge the gap in STEM education and promote diversity in the tech world, Deadly Coders partnered with Marsh Insurance to deliver a remarkable and inspiring workshop on September 7, 2022. 

With a goal to nurture young talents from Indigenous communities, this event was a significant step towards providing opportunity and exposure to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for a group which is underrepresented in this field.

The workshop brought together 20 bright minds from Hymba Yumba Independent School, all eager to learn, explore, and innovate through the world of app prototyping. The energy and enthusiasm in the room was palpable. Over the course of three intense days, these young participants dived headfirst into the world of app development, transforming their ideas into tangible prototypes. 

With guidance from experienced Junior Engineers instructors, the students embarked on a journey of concept creation, user journey mapping, and UI/UX design. This hands-on approach enabled them to understand the holistic process of app development – from envisioning an idea to crafting a seamless user experience.

To facilitate their design endeavours, the participants used the Marvel app, a platform that brought their concepts to life and allowed them to visualise the user interface in a dynamic manner. This helped students see where their app prototypes could go into the future.

At the heart of the Deadly Coders workshop was the objective to empower Indigenous students with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in the realm of technology, in a fully subsidised program with the support of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) of Marsh Insurance.

The Deadly Coders workshop not only imparted technical skills but also fostered critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities. In a mentoring session with Grant Maher, Deadly Coders Chair and CEO, the students were encouraged to think outside the box, explore different perspectives, and work as a team to overcome challenges. These skills are not only crucial in the realm of technology but are valuable life-skills, regardless of future career choice for these students. 

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