WIC Kate Muir Student Encouragement Award

Darlene Widjaja

Darlene has studied Digital Technologies at Burgman College, focusing on Web Development and Game design. During her game design unit she created a game project that examines and educates around hikikomori and the journey of recovery from mental health. Darlene submitted her game design project to the Young ICT Explorers competition which received third place in the ACT. Darlene also presented her project to a group of industry professionals from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, who were very impressed with her work. During college Darlene spent time volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul and supports Burgman College in raising collections and donating books to the Lifeline Book Fair. She also plays badminton as a member of the Amaroo Badminton Club. Darlene is studying at the University of Canberra with a focus on user experience and design.


WIC is a Canberra based not-for-profit organisation bringing people together to champion women in Information and Communication. Our vision is to be the premier organisation for women in Information and Communication in Canberra. As part of this vision, WIC has set up the WIC Student Encouragement Award. The award will be presented at the WIC Award Evening on the 4th of November, 2020 at our Virtual Dinner Debate Evening.

Each year, WIC recognises the achievements of a young female secondary school student and awards them a financial contribution to assist with their tertiary studies in Information, Communications and Technology.

Tara Searle
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WIC President

Rachel Muldoon
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WIC Vice President

Previous Awardees


WIC Kate Muir Student Encouragement Award 2020


This Award is available to young women who:

  • • are finishing year 12;
  • • have undertaken studies in Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) or ICT related subjects; and
  • • are intending to continue studying ICT or a related discipline at a University or other tertiary organisation (eg Canberra Institute of Technology).

The criteria for nomination for this award are:

  • • full name, age and address of student;
  • • nomination and support by the student’s school or place of current study;
  • • the student has achieved a high standard of grades in ICT-related subjects over the last 2 years of study;
  • • the student has demonstrated good citizenship within or outside of the education environment; and,
  • • the student intends to undertake further study in ICT-related disciplines.

If you meet the criteria, or you know someone who does, please complete the nomination form.

WIC will invite the nominated students to attend the event in person.

If you have any questions please contact: