Presenters

Nick Mortimer

Nick Mortimer

Abi Kalaiarasan

Abi Kalaiarasan

Johnathan Dunford

Johnathan Dunford

Maddie

Maddie

-Finished yr 11 schooling
-Trained to become a Chef
-Worked in the workforce
-Went back to TAFE to study programming
-Finished and applied at Murdoch University
-Currently in 3rd year of degree

Michelle and Archie

Ninjas from CoderDojo Melbourne

Using a Raspberry-Pi (a mini-computer), Archie and Michelle are working dilligently to build and program a talking, moving robot! The robot will have the ability to recognise and identify objects (using Google’s machine learning technology ), and communicate this information to its user using speech synthesis.

Jon Roberts

Teacher and Champion at Helena College

Jon Roberts is currently a teacher at Helena College in Perth. He teaches Digital Technologies from Year 6-10, Innovation in Year 6-7 and VET Information Digital Media and Technology in Year 11 and 12. Coming from an Analyst Programming background supporting E-Learning environments at a major university, organising a coder dojo was a natural fit. He is Championing and Mentoring at a school based dojo with 12-30 ninjas each week. Currently the push at the dojo is to learn python as a tool to program Raspberry Pi and Robots. He blogs and tweets semi-regularly about Technology in Education and has recently guest blogged for Grok Learning about teaching coding using Python. He has a wide range of interests in the computing sphere, and has at some stage or other worked in most major areas, Info Sec, Research Computing, Project Management, Programming (Java and Web), Networking and Database management.. Encouraging people to code (or solve problems really) is a major focus of his teaching and mentoring.

Shyam Drury

Shyam has previously been: school teacher, tutor, mathematician, monk, firefighter, life coach, musician. He now works for Scitech, showing people that maths is a creative, open and exciting pursuit. He is a self-taught coder with a passion for programming that began at 8yrs old making games in basic on a commodore 64.

Tim Metcalf

Completed an internship at SignIQ during last couple of years of studying Computer Science at UWA.
Now working full time as a software developer at SignIQ.
Fan of Functional Programming.

Tamara Jones

Co-Champion at CoderDojo Carlton

Having a mild interest in computers and wanting to get out of work for a day, Tamara jumped at the chance to attend a coding seminar mid-last year. Coming from a history background, she was surprised when a few months later, inspired by what she had seen; she helped establish a CoderDojo in the public library where she worked. After moving to Melbourne and wanting to remain involved in the coding community, she joined CoderDojo Carlton and now helps co-champion the Dojo. While waiting for her postgraduate study to begin in 2018, she spends her time working and volunteering within the heritage sector. In regards to technology, she is good at right-clicking, left-clicking and Scratch.

Nanwen Sounness

Nanwen Sounness

Sam Spilsbury

Involved with free software since I was about 14 years old. Claim to fame was being the maintainer of the Compiz Window Manager and Unity Desktop on Ubuntu. Now work at Endless on Special Projects to bring Linux to then next billion & Law Hacker at Jurimetrics.

Yhana Lucas

Yhana Lucas has 3 years’ experience in the Global Investment & Innovation Incentives sector, and spends her free time helping out in her local community and playing with technology. She has has studied science and engineering at the University of Melbourne, with breadth studies into computer science, project and supply chain management, economics, geology, environmental policy and several foreign languages. She has also represented the university at national, regional and world debating championships, and was awarded several university honours. She is currently continuing her studies via online platforms, focussing on data science and machine learning. In her free time, Yhana enjoys giving back to her local community. She has previously sat on the board of the Debaters Association of Victoria, worked with Second Chance Animal Rescue, and volunteered with several other groups, including CoderDojo WA and Kids’ Camps WA. Volunteering is one of her favourite hobbies. She has been actively involved in education and training of young people, particularly in persuasive speaking and debating, teaching students from refugee backgrounds, providing science outreach programs, and providing respite care to young people with disabilities. She also continues to coach debating at Perth schools, to impart her passion for critical thinking and the art of persuasion unto the younger generation.

Jordan Sinclair

Jordan is currently in his final semester of a Bachelor of Science at Edith Cowan University, majoring in Cyber Security. He is currently interning at Hivint, focusing on Technical Security, and recently placed third in a national security challenge ran by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Jordan has previously presented on the topic of Cyber Crime: “How to get ahead of it, and how to stay there.” and trains ECU students for future Cyber Security competitions.

Chris Nurse

After my dad hand-built our first computer in 1976, I was hooked on coding. Over the last 40 years I’ve been a developer, Sales Director, CIO, CTO and cofounder of startups. I’m a “customer centric” thinker and continuous learner and my limitations frustrate and motivate me. I want to find where technology can help us think, feel and care.

Christine Osborne

Christine Osborne

Library Champion, City of Joondalup

Oscar Naval

Born in the US, Oscar’s career started in the Silicon Valley as an electronic design automation applications engineer. Later, he became an applications engineering manager and then the training manager for a programmable startup company.
When he arrived in Australia, his first job was a science interpreter at the World of Energy in Fremantle working with school groups demonstrating and facilitating science experiments. He has also worked as a TAFE lecturer in IT and has been a training coordinator and business analyst for the Department of Education & Training (DET) WA. Oscar now operates
his own STEM education business called Gizmo Cats.

Alexandra Truong

Ninja

Just a high school student, Alexandra Truong is an avid learner of the sciences. She started coding at the age of 13 when she first joined the Mount Lawley ECU Dojo as a young ninja. Since then, she has grappled with a variety of languages such as Python, HTML, CSS and Ruby. Alexandra’s area of expertise is mixing technology with the arts, examples of which include: composing music with a synthesiser, animating music videos and creating digital art. She sees the value of science and coding in the future and, now at the age of 16, has indulged in many achievements, including winning several awards at the past few Digital Project Awards, travelling to China for the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition. Furthermore, she will travel to Canberra or Brisbane for the National Youth Science Forum in January 2018.

Amy Doherty

Amy Doherty is a writer/director and Digital Content Producer, passionate about virtual reality and immersive storytelling. With a Diploma in Screenwriting from Vancouver Film School, and experience working in VR (ImmersiaVR), TV (‘Republic of Doyle’, ‘Frontier’, ‘Caught’), digital and transmedia (303MullenLowe, The Hairpin, Thought Catalogue, etc) and Amy is currently developing an innovative narrative vr project soon to be announced.

Tom Leenders

Tom Leenders

Professor Tele Tan

Professor TELE TAN obtained his PhD degree in Electronics Engineering at Surrey University (UK) in 1993 in Electronics Engineering. He was a researcher with the DSO National Laboratories in Singapore before moving to academia in 2004 to join Curtin University in Western Australia. As an engineer, Tele’s vision is to make tomorrow better for the community. He sees the importance of collaboration as a tool to help build resilience within our community, both local and global. Tele founded the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) in 2015. AASQA is a social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people with Autism Spectrum for the collective benefit of those with autism, industry and the wider community. This initiative simultaneously meets the social inclusion needs of people with autism and the business needs of the IT industry facing challenges in attracting and retaining good software testers. In 2016, the AASQA was named winner of the WAITTA INCITE awards in the Most Impactful Social Benefit category. It is also one of the finalists at the national iAwards. In late 2016, Tele was awarded the Gold Disruptor award by the Australian Computer Society for his contribution towards IT Education in Australia.

Riley Ainge

Ninja

I am a year 9 student, and have a massive passion for gaming and coding. I started coding in year 7, before that I had barely seen a line of code. I started at the Bankwest Coderdojo with Python and Raspberry Pi’s for the first year. The dojo was a fun environment and opened up the world of programming. In year 8, myself and a group of friends started a gaming development group called Frigid Lizard, which got me into game development in Unity. My first game was a Christmas project called Elf, I worked on this for most of the year which improved my coding skills. Any problems I had we would work on them at CoderDojo as some of the Mentors had excellent Unity knowledge. After that I had the skills to start a larger project on a Post Nuclear Team-based Multi-Player survival game. Will this be the next CS-GO, maybe not, but it is great fun developing it.