During NT Youth Week, and coinciding with school holidays, the Alice Springs Public Library partnered with Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) to provide a 'Geek in Residence' program that provided access to computers, iPads and digital training for youth.

This program was delivered by local young 'geek' trainers who delivered fun and educational digital activities that generated lots of interest, input and participation from young people.

Teenagers were taught technical and programming skills developing music, digital gaming and more. These free sessions have been extremely popular with youth in the community and participation has been growing.

The 'Geek in Residence' program won both the community award and the Industry Gold Award at the inaugural NT Digital Excellence Awards in 2017. The program highlights the positive results that can be achieved by partnering with the community.