Malte von Ruden - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Preparing today's kids for tomorrow's digital future

Located on the Sunshine Coast

Malte von Ruden is an embedded software engineer and IT Director on the Sunshine Coast. For the past few years, he has been volunteering his time teaching a Young Inventors Program to local primary school students.

His goal is to move beyond teaching students how to use technology and instead teach them how to invent with it. Around 20 students meet weekly to learn a more advanced curriculum, taught by industry professionals (who are also parents). They deliver these complex topics at a level that genuinely empowers the students. Malte places a lot of emphasis on how to reason from first principles and on how to break down problems to their core aspects.

Already, he has taught these students many concepts they would typically encounter in first year university computer science and engineering classes. Malte is repeatedly impressed by the levels of understanding of the material exhibited by the kids who are as young as Year 4.

In addition to the classroom sessions, Malte takes the students on excursions to the nearby Digital Hub; a new purpose-built facility designed as an open environment for technology co-workers and entrepreneurs. The students partake in workshops held by accomplished local technologists. Hands-on learning includes stripping wires, soldering electronic components onto printed circuit boards, using multimeters and programming Sumo battling robots.

Malte has further volunteered his time to assist in teaching a five-week Flying Inventor Program, in which two-person regional high school teams learnt how to design, build, fly and race first-person view quadcopters. He taught the mechanical engineering and fundamental computer science of drones, before the students took to a simulator to learn to fly them.

Malte has also run a local 3D design and printing course. Rather than teach the adult participants how to use a particular CAD application or printer, his course is designed to teach the base concepts needed to design, model and manufacture simple objects from idea to print. Topics include introduction to a range of applications using this technology – from rapid prototyping, to robotics, life sciences and construction, various types of printers and materials available.

Malte’s activities

Running a weekly Young Inventors Program teaching primary school children how to invent using technology. This program supplements STEM programs that are currently being taught.


Malte is nominated by Noosa Council


Preparing today's kids for tomorrow's digital future

Located on the Sunshine Coast

Malte von Ruden is an embedded software engineer and IT Director on the Sunshine Coast. For the past few years, he has been volunteering his time teaching a Young Inventors Program to local primary school students.

His goal is to move beyond teaching students how to use technology and instead teach them how to invent with it. Around 20 students meet weekly to learn a more advanced curriculum, taught by industry professionals (who are also parents). They deliver these complex topics at a level that genuinely empowers the students. Malte places a lot of emphasis on how to reason from first principles and on how to break down problems to their core aspects.

Already, he has taught these students many concepts they would typically encounter in first year university computer science and engineering classes. Malte is repeatedly impressed by the levels of understanding of the material exhibited by the kids who are as young as Year 4.

In addition to the classroom sessions, Malte takes the students on excursions to the nearby Digital Hub; a new purpose-built facility designed as an open environment for technology co-workers and entrepreneurs. The students partake in workshops held by accomplished local technologists. Hands-on learning includes stripping wires, soldering electronic components onto printed circuit boards, using multimeters and programming Sumo battling robots.

Malte has further volunteered his time to assist in teaching a five-week Flying Inventor Program, in which two-person regional high school teams learnt how to design, build, fly and race first-person view quadcopters. He taught the mechanical engineering and fundamental computer science of drones, before the students took to a simulator to learn to fly them.

Malte has also run a local 3D design and printing course. Rather than teach the adult participants how to use a particular CAD application or printer, his course is designed to teach the base concepts needed to design, model and manufacture simple objects from idea to print. Topics include introduction to a range of applications using this technology – from rapid prototyping, to robotics, life sciences and construction, various types of printers and materials available.

Malte’s activities

Running a weekly Young Inventors Program teaching primary school children how to invent using technology. This program supplements STEM programs that are currently being taught.


Malte is nominated by Noosa Council