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HAR­VEY’S Thomas Ital­iano was among a se­lect few cho­sen to at­tend the 2018 Na­tional Ques­ta­con In­ven­tion Con­ven­tion in Can­berra last month.

Eight peo­ple from WA were among 25 who at­tended the event from Jan­uary 15 to 19 hear­ing from guest speak­ers in in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Thomas, 18, heard of the event af­ter a sci­ence work­shop in his fi­nal year at Hope Chris­tian Col­lege in Roe­lands.

He ap­plied, send­ing in his de­sign for a pool el­e­va­tor which used a mesh floor that could change the depth of a pool from div­ing to wad­ing at will.

“That’s where most of my in­ven­tions come from, just look­ing at stuff and see­ing what we can use that is prac­ti­cal and easy to use and can im­prove stuff,” he said.

Dur­ing the con­ven­tion, the del­e­gates each had to de­sign and build a pro­to­type of an in­ven­tion, us­ing work­shops, equip­ment and men­tors over four days at the Na­tional Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre.

Thomas’ idea was for a drone-de­ployed fire ex­tin­guisher pay­load, drop­ping a fire ex­tin­guish­ing ‘bomb’ into fires to act as a first re­sponse.

Thomas said his de­sign would fill the need of fight­ing fire in fu­ture cities, meet­ing the chal­lenge’s theme of ‘fu­ture Earth’.

Del­e­gates also at­tended a net- work­ing event with the Can­berra In­no­va­tion Net­work.

Thomas said his favourite part of the event was the at­mos­phere and min­gling with fel­low in­ven­tors.

“I thought it would be quite daunt­ing but it was fine, it was al­most like we were kind of friends be­cause we were all in the sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at the same time,” he said.

“There were 25 ideas all be­ing built and pro­grammed in the same room which is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be in and soak up,” he said.

Har­vey's Thomas Ital­iano at­tends the Ques­ta­con In­ven­tion Con­ven­tion in Can­berra in Jan­uary.

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