This page has been archived. For information on current coding workshops please visit: ​ Are you looking to inspire the next generation? The success of the CoderDojo Sunshine Coast program and teaching kids to code depends on volunteer mentors. Three new CoderDojo workshops start on 18 October and run for six Saturdays, where young people aged 7-17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games. Mentors are required for Institute for Professional Learning (IPL) at Sippy Downs and Maroochydore Library locations. You don’t need to be an…Read more
Digital-savvy businesses dominate this year’s list of the fastest growing Australian companies, with the majority of 2014’s Smart50 finalists implementing some form of e-commerce or information technology innovation to grow their business. While there was a cross-section of industries represented in SmartCompany’s eighth annual Smart50 awards – including education, health, finance, property and retail – almost all of the top 50 say they provide a digital offering to their customers or are planning to push into the digital space. The awards recognise Australia’s top 50 fastest growing small…Read more
The Digital Sunshine Coast team has been busy creating videos to support the Digital Champions stories. All videos are available on the Youtube channel , however a sample is available below. Digital Champion: Zane from Commission Factory Digital Champion: Feda Adra from Comlink Digital Champion: Brian Keayes from TEDXNoosa Digital Champion: Craig Josic from The-Core Digital Champion: Yvette Adams from The Creative Collective Background to the Digital Sunshine Coast Draft Digital Action Plan project – featuring Russell Mason from RDA Sunshine Coast , Zach Johnson from Atmail and Matt Forman…Read more
Four start-ups, doing everything from reducing killer western Sydney commutes to making geocoded address information more accessible, have won an ‘open innovation’ competition with the prize a 12-week accelerator program hosted by the University of Western Sydney, and access to potential clients provided by co-sponsor PwC. The competition sought to solve four problems experienced by people living in Sydney’s western sprawl, identified by PwC and UWS in conjunction with the NSW Government and program partners Google and Cisco. A lack of teleworking and smart work hubs, fuelling the predicament…Read more
Flexible Work Centre Trial
Queensland public servants could soon be working remotely if a trial underway in the state’s south-east proves employees remained productive away from their head office. The Flexible Work Centre Trial began in May this year when the State Government rented space in shared offices at Southport on the Gold Coast and Redcliffe north of Brisbane. The 12-month trial will evaluate the viability of staff working from commercially run offices. Data is being collected on the use and productivity of flexible work centres and the results will be used to form policy in the future. Queensland Innovation…Read more
The 2014 Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend is now behind us, and we eagerly awaiting the announcement of the dates for the 2015 Sunshine Coast Startup weekend. In the meantime, check out this fabulous short 5 minute video showcasing this recent past event, created by Marcus. This is Startup Weekend from Marcus H on Vimeo . For further information about Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast: sunshinecoast.startupweekend.orgRead more
The bright ideas of Queensland’s digital entrepreneurs can win national recognition and a $60,000 prize from Microsoft in the 2014 Premier’s Awards for Open Data. The Premier’s Awards champion creative Queenslanders who find innovative ways to use the masses of information released by the State Government under its open data initiative. Premier Campbell Newman said more than 1400 previously unreleased sets of raw data were now available for the general public and private businesses to access. “Queensland is leading the way in the release of open data across the nation and the resulting…Read more
Recreate Eureka Stockade by The Core The-Core has partnered with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) to set up the MADECORE competition and are calling minecrafters to recreate the Eureka Stockade as part of the 160th anniversary. Competitors will build their stockades on a custom Minecraft server called MADECORE. The winning model will be the one that builds a fun, creative version of the Eureka Stockade. What does my entry get me? Your registration gives you access to the private MADECORE server throughout the duration of the competition as well as your own plot to build…Read more
In news that will come as no surprise, slow internet speeds are hindering the Sunshine Coast’s ability to do business. Poole Group director Greg Tuckwell said “woefully slow” connection speeds were one of his biggest challenges. “We do a lot in the cloud and we see the speeds are woeful, and it affects our productivity and the service we can deliver,” Mr Tuckwell told the Sunshine Coast Daily while attending the launch of the Draft Digital Action Plan last week . “We have people working off site and it affects the speeds they can log in. There is infrastructure in place, but we need it sooner…Read more