Jess Thoms - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Promoting the inclusion of youth and women in technology

With a vibrant demeanor and an opportunistic attitude, Jess Thoms is recognised as an excellent role model for youth and women in the tech sector. She is the co-founder of Sunshine Coast start-up, Xandra, providing chat bot solutions to companies in Australia and overseas.

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate, Jess started her entrepreneurship journey straight after classes finished. She is a writer, marketer and digital expert who has established her start-up as a pioneer in conversational interfaces. Her role involves designing user experiences for text and voice assistants, and helping brands tell their stories better through technology.

When she’s not at work, Jess is a tireless volunteer in the start-up community, extending her digital and communication skills to inspire and empower youth and women in technology. Jess promotes innovation and technology by:

  • coaching and speaking at Start-up Weekends
  • blogging and sharing tips on her own website and others
  • seeking and participating in media opportunities
  • mentoring for the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards
  • delivering talks to university students about entrepreneurship and social media.
  • presenting at events such as Creative³.

Since 2015, Jess has worked in the Sunshine Coast incubator and co-working space, Spark Bureau. She has assisted in many events and promotions of the Sunshine Coast start-up ecosystem — growing Spark's online presence to over 7000.

Jess’ success has seen her travel frequently and collaborate internationally, most recently being invited to Facebook’s HQ in San Francisco. Her widening networks reinforce the Sunshine Coast’s growing reputation as a technology and innovation hub.

As a Community Digital Champion Jess will strengthen her status as a role model for young entrepreneurs and women in technology. She will continue to coach, present, teach and inspire in all things social media, tech, start-up and innovation. With a flair for communication, Jess will connect people, ideas and opportunities so that creative potential, especially from women, is realised in the digital industry.

Jess is nominated by: Sunshine Coast Council

Promoting the inclusion of youth and women in technology

With a vibrant demeanor and an opportunistic attitude, Jess Thoms is recognised as an excellent role model for youth and women in the tech sector. She is the co-founder of Sunshine Coast start-up, Xandra, providing chat bot solutions to companies in Australia and overseas.

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate, Jess started her entrepreneurship journey straight after classes finished. She is a writer, marketer and digital expert who has established her start-up as a pioneer in conversational interfaces. Her role involves designing user experiences for text and voice assistants, and helping brands tell their stories better through technology.

When she’s not at work, Jess is a tireless volunteer in the start-up community, extending her digital and communication skills to inspire and empower youth and women in technology. Jess promotes innovation and technology by:

  • coaching and speaking at Start-up Weekends
  • blogging and sharing tips on her own website and others
  • seeking and participating in media opportunities
  • mentoring for the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards
  • delivering talks to university students about entrepreneurship and social media.
  • presenting at events such as Creative³.

Since 2015, Jess has worked in the Sunshine Coast incubator and co-working space, Spark Bureau. She has assisted in many events and promotions of the Sunshine Coast start-up ecosystem — growing Spark's online presence to over 7000.

Jess’ success has seen her travel frequently and collaborate internationally, most recently being invited to Facebook’s HQ in San Francisco. Her widening networks reinforce the Sunshine Coast’s growing reputation as a technology and innovation hub.

As a Community Digital Champion Jess will strengthen her status as a role model for young entrepreneurs and women in technology. She will continue to coach, present, teach and inspire in all things social media, tech, start-up and innovation. With a flair for communication, Jess will connect people, ideas and opportunities so that creative potential, especially from women, is realised in the digital industry.

Jess is nominated by: Sunshine Coast Council