June 2019 Alumni

Chris Jeffrey is the Brisbane cyber guru who recognises the importance of all community members being self-sufficient with computers, and being safe online. He donates time to help not-for-profit organisations and community groups secure and implement new technologies, access discounted software, and train to be more self-sufficient in maintaining their computers. One of his volunteer presentations included a talk on cyber safety for a Seniors Safety Forum. He is also launching new training initiatives for small businesses, as well as for Queensland teachers, helping them prepare for upcoming changes to the ICT curriculum.


Fabienne Wintle, nicknamed the Web Wonder Woman, shares her digital prowess with Southern Great Barrier Reef tourism operators and businesses, providing them with savvy digital marketing advice and direction. Based in Agnes Water, Fabienne is a digital strategist running her own business. She is also a volunteer committee member for the Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce organisation. She commits numerous hours per week helping the local tourism community grow its online footprint. Her expertise is in using the right blend of cloud-based and traditional technology. In 2014, Fabienne and her family embarked on a two-year adventure, caravanning around the country. She shared their travel stories, images and videos to an online community, using the opportunity to provide digital tips for running a business on the road, and how to start and grow a travel blog.


Every week, retiree Hazel Aue freely offers her time to help people in the Annerley community take their first steps towards computer literacy. She volunteers at the Annerley Community Hub, teaching computer skills to the elderly, homeless, disadvantaged, and people who are new to Australia. She covers a range of topics from basic computer skills to internet banking and cyber safety. Her classes are tailored to each person’s specific needs. Her patient and practical advice has helped many people gain the computer skills they need to make their lives significantly easier.


Dr Jason Holdsworth is a university academic on a journey to engage and enthuse the Cairns community in digital technologies. He’s a popular IT teacher at James Cook University, with expertise in computer programming and educational robotics. In addition to his paid work, he volunteers with schools, teachers and community clubs in a variety of programing and robotics activities, ultimately aiding transitions to careers in digital technologies. Jason is creating a YouTube channel called CrunchyCodes with short videos about educational programming, 2D/3D computer modelling, and mobile programming.


Self-described youth entrepreneur Mackenzie (Macca) Reardon is a bright spark transforming virtual reality into reality for other young Queenslanders. He is the young entrepreneur in residence at Maroochydore’s Spark Bureau where he curates the Bright Sparks Lab, a dedicated space with virtual reality equipment for youth to use. He is also the co-founder of Nexti, a youth-led, profit-for-purpose enterprise connecting young entrepreneurs with a share in collaborative funding. He volunteers and participates at a number of other Sunshine Coast start-up and innovation events and opens the Bright Sparks Lab to students each week to freely explore the very real opportunities of virtual reality.


Confidence is key when it comes to new computer users, and Madeline Mionnet is dedicated to helping Redlands seniors build that confidence and embrace the digital age. She is the volunteer computer class coordinator for the Redlands University of the Third Age – the age of active retirement. She teaches and coordinates introductory computer skills classes, through to more advanced classes, including iPads and tablets, smartphones, Windows 10, Skype, online shopping, online banking, photography, Microsoft Office, and computer security.


Based on the Sunshine Coast, Mic Black uses digital technologies in creative ways to engage and inspire young people to make their mark. In 2015, he created Pixel Mosaic, an interactive digital art project that combines art, familiar digital technology devices, and social awareness to promote creative uses of digital tools. Since 2015, Mic’s passion for using digital technology to inspire great things has grown. Current and future planned activities include leading and participating in Startup Weekends, Meetups and other digital groups, as well as participating in a regional roadshow to create awareness of digital tech to inspire more thoughtful uses of technology and extend digital literacy in regional Australia.


Navdeep Pasricha is a Gold Coast entrepreneur taking it upon himself to spread the word about the digital transformation of society and economy, and what it means for the young people of today. He runs his own organisation, iYouth, which is committed to the mental health of young people, and he is also a co-founder of the Bond Entrepreneurship Collective, a community of 500 entrepreneurs. He facilitates numerous events, including a series of app design and website building workshops, and he collaborates with other digital champions to run digital innovation workshops.


School teacher Reid Moule knows the world is changing. He knows that teaching technology is the key, not only to help his students keep up with the rapid pace, but to prepare them as innovators and leaders. Reid is a digital literacy coach at Humpybong State School north of Brisbane where he teaches students, and provides support to teachers and support staff. He helps students, teachers and parents prepare for the changing digital environment through various activities including providing extracurricular activities such as Code Club and Codekids; technical expertise and resources to upskill teachers in all areas of technology; and running workshops for parents to learn the basics of coding and technology.


Retha Scheepers is a local legend in her community when it comes to supporting and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. She lectures entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs. She is also a volunteer organiser of the Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend, and of Silicon Coast, a local digital entrepreneur network. She contributes to digital innovation by providing online learning resources about lean start-up processes and digital marketing opportunities; creating an online mentoring space that matches expert entrepreneurs with new and promising start-ups; and undertaking research on the subject of information technology driving innovation in small business.


Brisbane State High School teacher Rory Johanson has a vision for technology to be used intentionally and intuitively in schools to transform learning. He is currently engaged in several activities aimed to help students build their technology capacity. They include coding clubs, makerspaces, digital leadership groups, and design and technology workshops. He also works with his colleagues to help them embed the use of technology into teaching. In addition, Rory is a keen basketballer and coach. Incorporating his technology and sporting interests, he has coordinated and delivered professional development sessions in sports t


Chris Jeffrey is the Brisbane cyber guru who recognises the importance of all community members being self-sufficient with computers, and being safe online. He donates time to help not-for-profit organisations and community groups secure and implement new technologies, access discounted software, and train to be more self-sufficient in maintaining their computers. One of his volunteer presentations included a talk on cyber safety for a Seniors Safety Forum. He is also launching new training initiatives for small businesses, as well as for Queensland teachers, helping them prepare for upcoming changes to the ICT curriculum.


Fabienne Wintle, nicknamed the Web Wonder Woman, shares her digital prowess with Southern Great Barrier Reef tourism operators and businesses, providing them with savvy digital marketing advice and direction. Based in Agnes Water, Fabienne is a digital strategist running her own business. She is also a volunteer committee member for the Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce organisation. She commits numerous hours per week helping the local tourism community grow its online footprint. Her expertise is in using the right blend of cloud-based and traditional technology. In 2014, Fabienne and her family embarked on a two-year adventure, caravanning around the country. She shared their travel stories, images and videos to an online community, using the opportunity to provide digital tips for running a business on the road, and how to start and grow a travel blog.


Every week, retiree Hazel Aue freely offers her time to help people in the Annerley community take their first steps towards computer literacy. She volunteers at the Annerley Community Hub, teaching computer skills to the elderly, homeless, disadvantaged, and people who are new to Australia. She covers a range of topics from basic computer skills to internet banking and cyber safety. Her classes are tailored to each person’s specific needs. Her patient and practical advice has helped many people gain the computer skills they need to make their lives significantly easier.


Dr Jason Holdsworth is a university academic on a journey to engage and enthuse the Cairns community in digital technologies. He’s a popular IT teacher at James Cook University, with expertise in computer programming and educational robotics. In addition to his paid work, he volunteers with schools, teachers and community clubs in a variety of programing and robotics activities, ultimately aiding transitions to careers in digital technologies. Jason is creating a YouTube channel called CrunchyCodes with short videos about educational programming, 2D/3D computer modelling, and mobile programming.


Self-described youth entrepreneur Mackenzie (Macca) Reardon is a bright spark transforming virtual reality into reality for other young Queenslanders. He is the young entrepreneur in residence at Maroochydore’s Spark Bureau where he curates the Bright Sparks Lab, a dedicated space with virtual reality equipment for youth to use. He is also the co-founder of Nexti, a youth-led, profit-for-purpose enterprise connecting young entrepreneurs with a share in collaborative funding. He volunteers and participates at a number of other Sunshine Coast start-up and innovation events and opens the Bright Sparks Lab to students each week to freely explore the very real opportunities of virtual reality.


Confidence is key when it comes to new computer users, and Madeline Mionnet is dedicated to helping Redlands seniors build that confidence and embrace the digital age. She is the volunteer computer class coordinator for the Redlands University of the Third Age – the age of active retirement. She teaches and coordinates introductory computer skills classes, through to more advanced classes, including iPads and tablets, smartphones, Windows 10, Skype, online shopping, online banking, photography, Microsoft Office, and computer security.


Based on the Sunshine Coast, Mic Black uses digital technologies in creative ways to engage and inspire young people to make their mark. In 2015, he created Pixel Mosaic, an interactive digital art project that combines art, familiar digital technology devices, and social awareness to promote creative uses of digital tools. Since 2015, Mic’s passion for using digital technology to inspire great things has grown. Current and future planned activities include leading and participating in Startup Weekends, Meetups and other digital groups, as well as participating in a regional roadshow to create awareness of digital tech to inspire more thoughtful uses of technology and extend digital literacy in regional Australia.


Navdeep Pasricha is a Gold Coast entrepreneur taking it upon himself to spread the word about the digital transformation of society and economy, and what it means for the young people of today. He runs his own organisation, iYouth, which is committed to the mental health of young people, and he is also a co-founder of the Bond Entrepreneurship Collective, a community of 500 entrepreneurs. He facilitates numerous events, including a series of app design and website building workshops, and he collaborates with other digital champions to run digital innovation workshops.


School teacher Reid Moule knows the world is changing. He knows that teaching technology is the key, not only to help his students keep up with the rapid pace, but to prepare them as innovators and leaders. Reid is a digital literacy coach at Humpybong State School north of Brisbane where he teaches students, and provides support to teachers and support staff. He helps students, teachers and parents prepare for the changing digital environment through various activities including providing extracurricular activities such as Code Club and Codekids; technical expertise and resources to upskill teachers in all areas of technology; and running workshops for parents to learn the basics of coding and technology.


Retha Scheepers is a local legend in her community when it comes to supporting and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. She lectures entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs. She is also a volunteer organiser of the Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend, and of Silicon Coast, a local digital entrepreneur network. She contributes to digital innovation by providing online learning resources about lean start-up processes and digital marketing opportunities; creating an online mentoring space that matches expert entrepreneurs with new and promising start-ups; and undertaking research on the subject of information technology driving innovation in small business.


Brisbane State High School teacher Rory Johanson has a vision for technology to be used intentionally and intuitively in schools to transform learning. He is currently engaged in several activities aimed to help students build their technology capacity. They include coding clubs, makerspaces, digital leadership groups, and design and technology workshops. He also works with his colleagues to help them embed the use of technology into teaching. In addition, Rory is a keen basketballer and coach. Incorporating his technology and sporting interests, he has coordinated and delivered professional development sessions in sports t