Brent Neale - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Motivating young people to engage with technology

Brent Neale is a Mackay based web developer who is inspiring young people to learn to code and realise the potential of technology. Brent also uses his vast knowledge of technology to support local businesses in developing their online footprint.

Learning on the job as a web and graphic designer sparked Brent’s passion for web design and development. Early days spent shadowing experienced developers spurred Brent to pass on the gift of mentoring that set him on his pathway.

Brent now champions the CoderDojo program in Mackay, a volunteer-led movement of free coding clubs for children. He teaches young people the skills to build their own website, create smartphone apps and develop games. Brent has begun developing a coding program for adults with the hope of expanding knowledge of web design across generations.

As well as sharing his coding skills, Brent works with not-for-profit organisations to create and maintain websites and generate an online presence.

As a Community Digital Champion, Brent will educate others on computer programming by:

  • partnering with community co-working hub Split Spaces to deliver CoderDojo workshops for young people to learn basic coding skills
  • developing WordPress webinars to teach small businesses how to create a website and demonstrate the benefits of creating a digital footprint
  • expanding his coding workshops to engage adults in website basics and guide the development of their first website.

Brent has worked as a digital marketing and IT manager, and founded his own company, Digital Crayon which helps businesses with web-based marketing, development and cloud-based infrastructure. He is an active member of the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA).


Brent is nominated by: Split Spaces

Motivating young people to engage with technology

Brent Neale is a Mackay based web developer who is inspiring young people to learn to code and realise the potential of technology. Brent also uses his vast knowledge of technology to support local businesses in developing their online footprint.

Learning on the job as a web and graphic designer sparked Brent’s passion for web design and development. Early days spent shadowing experienced developers spurred Brent to pass on the gift of mentoring that set him on his pathway.

Brent now champions the CoderDojo program in Mackay, a volunteer-led movement of free coding clubs for children. He teaches young people the skills to build their own website, create smartphone apps and develop games. Brent has begun developing a coding program for adults with the hope of expanding knowledge of web design across generations.

As well as sharing his coding skills, Brent works with not-for-profit organisations to create and maintain websites and generate an online presence.

As a Community Digital Champion, Brent will educate others on computer programming by:

  • partnering with community co-working hub Split Spaces to deliver CoderDojo workshops for young people to learn basic coding skills
  • developing WordPress webinars to teach small businesses how to create a website and demonstrate the benefits of creating a digital footprint
  • expanding his coding workshops to engage adults in website basics and guide the development of their first website.

Brent has worked as a digital marketing and IT manager, and founded his own company, Digital Crayon which helps businesses with web-based marketing, development and cloud-based infrastructure. He is an active member of the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA).


Brent is nominated by: Split Spaces