Decked to the nines in neon – the inaugural student-run IT Ball

On 26 April 2023, the Faculty’s premier student club WIRED hosted the 2023 IT Ball, marking its revival since 2018 – and the first one run entirely by students.

The theme 'To a Digital Frontier,' was fully embraced by students who put on their best formal wear with hints of neon. Adding to the vibrant atmosphere,  guests were gifted glow sticks to accentuate their glamorous gowns.

The ball took place in Crown’s River Room where guests enjoyed beverages, LED light performances, photobooths and a decadent three-course meal. There were also countless opportunities to take happy snaps thanks to roaming photographers – including one with print on-demand polaroids!

WIRED collaborated with several other IT student groups to plan and execute the function, selling over 200 tickets.

‘The Faculty put their trust in us so the stakes were high organising this year’s IT Ball. Moreover, the previous ball was held over five years ago which meant that we had no prior experience to rely on,’ said Dilhan Simsek, president of WIRED and Bachelor of Commerce and IT student.

‘We had to adapt and learn quickly, taking risks and evaluating our capabilities. Despite all the challenges, our team pulled off an incredible night that completely sold out weeks in advance.’

A highlight was the Best Dressed Awards, where winners received cash prizes. Joshua Keagan, Sai Kumar Murali Krishnan and Kim Berhanu snagged the top spots, with runners-up Tiffany Chan, Faith Lee, Oscar Zheng, Ryan Verma and Britney Hue.

A surprise pair of Apple AirPods was also given to the person who found a banana stashed under their chair.

‘I have learned a great deal about leadership, teamwork, event management, but most importantly, myself,’ said Dilhan. ‘It has been an incredible opportunity to grow and develop my skills while giving back to the student body, and for that I am grateful.’

The DJ kept the energy high, playing a mix of modern tunes that had everyone dancing the night away.

Overall, the 2023 IT Ball was a resounding success, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the IT student clubs involved in organising it. Their impeccable execution and attention to detail resulted in a refined and unforgettable experience that left a lasting impression on all attendees.

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