A tech leader dubbed the "Hackathon Queen" who grew up in Albury has returned to the Border to inspire students as part of the North East Digital Innovation Festival.
The 'WiseUP' Youth Summit ran alongside an innovation expo at The Cube, and speaker Michelle Mannering spoke of attending Holy Spirit School and St Paul's College.
"I went to Melbourne University and majored in chemistry," she said.
"I also studied science, computer engineering and psychology.
"I did a lot of volunteering, worked for Microsoft and did a lot of other really fun things, so that when I graduated, yes I had my science degree - but I also had all this other experience behind me."
Ms Mannering has been involved in 75 hackathons, launched an artificial intelligence start-up that was used by supermarkets to research consumer behaviour, and is working on electrical scooters as a "side project".
"Now my full-time position is working at GitHub, the biggest open source platform in the world - there's over 40 million developers using it," she said.
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"Back at school, I could not have imagined myself being where I am today, but what I've done to get there is take the opportunities that came along."
After listening to three guest speakers, Border secondary students toured a technology expo, which included virtual reality that is used by the Department of Defence to research the effects of information screens on personnel performance.
Mike Duffy of Ashbury Studios, who began his business in San Francisco 20 years ago, was showcasing his impressive arsenal of drones, including one he built from scratch.
"I've been living in Albury since 2007 - this is home now," he said.
"I mainly design websites, but I'm doing a lot more content creating now.
"This is the first time I've been involved in something like this.
"There's a really high-tech robot that is following people around."
NEDIF links in with a statewide Digital Innovation Festival co-ordinated by the Victorian government.