John Cook - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Giving people a technology hand-up

Located in Rockhampton

John Cook runs a specialised software development business designed to ensure continuity of care for children with disabilities. Based in Rockhampton, he uses a people-centred approach to health records management by collecting, storing and sharing information to enable front line services to access the most up to date information.

John takes his interest and expertise in digital technologies into his community through his Pizza and Progress Bars program. This volunteer initiative assists those affected by digital exclusion by gifting them refurbished computers. John develops networks with large local organisations, and through his relationships he can access hardware slated for clearance. Its first recipient group comprises isolated women and youth. The program brings in ICT professionals from the Rockhampton and Capricorn communities to facilitate the computer repair training and strengthens the networking of ICT professionals in the region.

John has a long history of participating in Rockhampton community-based ICT events and programs. These include a PC-based gaming group and securing funds from Central Queensland University to establish a wireless communication program at a time when broadband services did not exist.

More recently, he has been working with the disability and communications sectors, both professionally and on a volunteer basis. His work is providing IT support to not-for-profit entities and technology assistance to the Umbrella Network to support families living with a disability.

John’s participation in GovHack has helped to unlock the value of open data that is published by the government. Through this activity, his team created an app to help seniors locate businesses that provide discounts to concession holders. This app won the Connected Communities Challenge and the Out of the Box – New Take on Data for Regional Development Challenge.

John’s activities:

Two to three times a year, John brings together ICT professionals in the broader Capricorn region to refurbish old computers and provide training that helps to resolve digital isolation.


John is nominated by the Rockhampton Regional Council

Giving people a technology hand-up

Located in Rockhampton

John Cook runs a specialised software development business designed to ensure continuity of care for children with disabilities. Based in Rockhampton, he uses a people-centred approach to health records management by collecting, storing and sharing information to enable front line services to access the most up to date information.

John takes his interest and expertise in digital technologies into his community through his Pizza and Progress Bars program. This volunteer initiative assists those affected by digital exclusion by gifting them refurbished computers. John develops networks with large local organisations, and through his relationships he can access hardware slated for clearance. Its first recipient group comprises isolated women and youth. The program brings in ICT professionals from the Rockhampton and Capricorn communities to facilitate the computer repair training and strengthens the networking of ICT professionals in the region.

John has a long history of participating in Rockhampton community-based ICT events and programs. These include a PC-based gaming group and securing funds from Central Queensland University to establish a wireless communication program at a time when broadband services did not exist.

More recently, he has been working with the disability and communications sectors, both professionally and on a volunteer basis. His work is providing IT support to not-for-profit entities and technology assistance to the Umbrella Network to support families living with a disability.

John’s participation in GovHack has helped to unlock the value of open data that is published by the government. Through this activity, his team created an app to help seniors locate businesses that provide discounts to concession holders. This app won the Connected Communities Challenge and the Out of the Box – New Take on Data for Regional Development Challenge.

John’s activities:

Two to three times a year, John brings together ICT professionals in the broader Capricorn region to refurbish old computers and provide training that helps to resolve digital isolation.


John is nominated by the Rockhampton Regional Council