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Flynn to attend National Young ICT Explorers Competition Featured

School may be officially over for Year 12 students around the region, however for Year 12 student, Flynn Doherty, he has one more official duty representing himself and North Queensland in the National Young ICT Explorers final in Sydney later this week.

At the North Queensland final held in August, 80 students from across the region presented their projects to 12 judges. The competition aims to encourage new inventors and entrepreneurs to create their ideas through technology. 


Flynn’s project, Trend ID, aims to help teenagers and adults search the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and compare companies in similar sectors.

Flynn said he came up with the idea after he was interested in investing himself but couldn’t find a tool to compare companies.

“Trend ID aims to streamline the research process for both new and experienced investors.”

“People can see a company’s recent news, current price, bid, open, ask, previous close, volume, average volume, day’s range, P/E (price-earnings ratio) and EPS (earnings per share) and will have the ability to compare these figures and graphs with competing companies within the same slice of sector in order to make fully informed decisions” added Flynn.

Whilst in Sydney this week, Flynn will also meet with directors from the ASX to present his program to them.

“After the regional finals, they had heard about my idea and asked to meet with me while I’m down in Sydney for the finals” said Flynn.

The Cathedral School Head of ICT, Mrs Shelley Connor said the Young ICT Explorers Competition is such a great opportunity for students as it allows them to expand their knowledge in the technology area.

“It allows students to be creative and think outside the square. Flynn used a variety of programming languages, and only some were taught at school. The rest he researched, and taught himself.  In other words, the competition allows students to expand their knowledge and not just think about what is taught at school.

Young ICT Explorers is non-profit competition, which has been created to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects.

The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice.  At the judging event, students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.

Next year, Flynn hopes to study a degree in Software Engineering and Economics.

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