Brendan Kelly - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Providing coding opportunities to everyday people

Brendan passionately believes that given the opportunity, nearly everyone has the ability to learn how to code. He also believes it is an essential 21st century skill required by anyone looking to participate in the digital economy.

As a result, at the start of 2017 Brendan founded the not-for-profit start-up IT etc. Training with fellow Community Digital Champion Paul Buckby. Its aim was to provide people with the opportunity to learn quality, industry-relevant coding skills to enable them to participate in the digital revolution. With no entry requirements and no course-fees, the training removed barriers that restricted access to traditional learning.

Based in Brisbane at the State Library of Queensland, with classes running on Saturdays, it was a success from the start with every eight-week, challenge-style course oversubscribed.

Now operating through newly founded social enterprise, “Just Coding”, Brendan continues to deliver coding challenges, expanding on the original vision of IT etc. Training in 2018 and beyond. The State Library of Queensland supports these trainings to be delivered in their business studio.

Through his free workshops with Just Coding, Brendan aims to create a community around learning IT, which empowers people by providing them with encouragement, support and modern, innovative learning methods. Just Coding is committed to re-inventing how and where people acquire IT skills.

Prior to starting IT trainings, Brendan taught IT at TAFE for more than 10 years – specifically in software and web development. He also worked at Careers Australia developing their online web development course. Working in the education sector opened his eyes to the unlimited opportunities for people to rise to the challenge of the technological revolution. He became passionate about finding ways for ordinary everyday people to access free, quality, relevant IT education.

As a Community Digital Champion, Brendan will continue to deliver learn-to-code training courses and will explore new ways to equip people with industry skills that will allow them to succeed in the rapidly changing digital environment and job market.

Brendan is nominated by: State Library of Queensland

Providing coding opportunities to everyday people

Brendan passionately believes that given the opportunity, nearly everyone has the ability to learn how to code. He also believes it is an essential 21st century skill required by anyone looking to participate in the digital economy.

As a result, at the start of 2017 Brendan founded the not-for-profit start-up IT etc. Training with fellow Community Digital Champion Paul Buckby. Its aim was to provide people with the opportunity to learn quality, industry-relevant coding skills to enable them to participate in the digital revolution. With no entry requirements and no course-fees, the training removed barriers that restricted access to traditional learning.

Based in Brisbane at the State Library of Queensland, with classes running on Saturdays, it was a success from the start with every eight-week, challenge-style course oversubscribed.

Now operating through newly founded social enterprise, “Just Coding”, Brendan continues to deliver coding challenges, expanding on the original vision of IT etc. Training in 2018 and beyond. The State Library of Queensland supports these trainings to be delivered in their business studio.

Through his free workshops with Just Coding, Brendan aims to create a community around learning IT, which empowers people by providing them with encouragement, support and modern, innovative learning methods. Just Coding is committed to re-inventing how and where people acquire IT skills.

Prior to starting IT trainings, Brendan taught IT at TAFE for more than 10 years – specifically in software and web development. He also worked at Careers Australia developing their online web development course. Working in the education sector opened his eyes to the unlimited opportunities for people to rise to the challenge of the technological revolution. He became passionate about finding ways for ordinary everyday people to access free, quality, relevant IT education.

As a Community Digital Champion, Brendan will continue to deliver learn-to-code training courses and will explore new ways to equip people with industry skills that will allow them to succeed in the rapidly changing digital environment and job market.

Brendan is nominated by: State Library of Queensland