May 2018 Alumni

2018 - May

Andrea Martins is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded ExpatWomen.com— which was the largest global website helping women living abroad when she sold it to an expat investor in the Middle East for a six figure amount in 2014. She then went onto launch StoryResumes—an innovative service that helps jobseekers get noticed faster via eye-catching, storytelling resumes. With a passion for online, peer-to-peer platforms, Andrea co-founded GreenSocks (matching people who want their lawns mowed with lawn service providers) and is now working with another peer-to-peer startup in the community services sector. Known for her #PayItForward blog, Andrea believes in sharing lessons and mistakes she has made in her digital startup journey. She gives her time to speak at the State Library of Queensland’s Lunch Box series, writes for Queensland’s Tech Street Journal, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Spark Bureau Incubator, mentors for the Generation Innovation Challenge and is involved on the organising committees for various Startup Weekends and the region’s digital business group, Silicon Coast.


Ben Amos regularly conducts activities to educate his local business community about how they can grow their market reach and increase revenue by tapping into the powerof online video marketing. He supports, encourages and assists local entrepreneurship and students through his involvement with events and activities such as DemoDay, Pitch Comp, Startup Weekend Youth, business organisations and chambers of commerce.


Clinton Begg volunteers his time to support local community groups and not-for-profit organisations in adopting digital platforms to improve their market reach and business efficiencies. He works regularly with Cootharinga North Queensland (disability support provider), Mackay District Rugby League Referees Association, Mackay Women in Business and Incredible Ltd to develop and implement their online presence. Clinton is currently working with the local neighbourhood centre and new local charity to help promote their services and increase public awareness. As a digital champion, Clinton seeks to extend his assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disadvantaged community members.


Daniel James's interest in Japanese martial arts and physics have led to a rewarding career as a researcher and innovator of wearable and small technologies for sport and health applications. He works on exciting, state-of-the-art ‘next gen’ products with consumer electronic organisations and often gives his time to encourage students to think about a career in this exciting new field. Daniel has a strong relationship with local schools, encouraging STEM engagement through sport and helping them to meet the challenges of coding skills development. He also runs several public events to showcase his work and inspire Queenslanders about the digital future and wearable technology. Daniel also coordinates the Queensland Sports Technology Cluster, a Queensland network he founded that extends nationally and overseas. Recognised internationally as a research leader in the emerging field of Sports Engineering and Sports Technology, Daniel was a research leader at Queensland Academy of Sport and is currently based at Griffith University where he is an Associate Professor and director of SABEL Labs.


Dunija Ariyaratne is a remarkable Brisbane teenager who has combined his passion for technology with entrepreneurial talent to bring tech-savvy teens together. Co-CEO of TechFlow, Australia’s only online student-run technology community, aims to support teens on the road to digital literacy by providing information and inspiration, and allowing them to co-create content in a fun and encouraging environment. Through his ‘Makers’ program, Dunija is committed to inspiring fellow teens to become early adopters and innovators of digital technologies—providing avenues for talented teen thinkers to come together, acting as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. Dunija and his business partner will also expand their program to include the wider Queensland teen community.


Eliza Kennedy believes that in the digital world first impressions are made online. Through her ‘digital citizenship’ work program Be Social. Be Smart, Eliza encourages secondary students to build an online brand that demonstrates their potential rather than immediate self-gratification by way of ‘likes’. She teaches and mentors students to use social media platforms positively, proactively and purposefully to create opportunities, make connections and support goal achievement. In her role as digital champion, Eliza is keen to adapt her program and broaden her reach to include other community groups, such as parents, educators and disadvantaged youth.


Jody Allen’s life changed when she was made redundant while pregnant with her second child. Suddenly, on a one-wage family income, Jody set about finding ways she could cut costs and started posting her experiences on Facebook. Her fan base rapidly grew beyond her circle of friends reaching up to 1500 new followers. Jody now works from home with her husband Brendan and employs more than ten staff. Companies pay to advertise on her blog and send her products to review. Jody is passionate about ‘paying it forward’ and regularly presents to women and girls to encourage them to look at online home businesses. Stay at Home Mum is now one of the biggest online networks for mums in Australia with as many as 1 million unique visitors per month and over 500,000 Facebook followers.


Luke Humble mentors local businesses and individuals through initiatives such as Mentor Blaze, Startup Weekend, Innovation Centre Mentor Board, University of Sunshine Coast (USC) and library workshops across the Sunshine Coast. He guest lectures at USQ to post and undergraduate eMedia, Marketing and Communications, eBusiness and International Business students and was involved with a program to connect students and local businesses. Luke helps facilitate the monthly WordPress Meetup group on a monthly basis and was an executive board member for the 4556 Chamber of Commerce helping them to take their digital strategy to the next level and engage businesses and students in the 4556 post code.


Ricky Sinclair is an inspirational high school teacher leading the way in preparing the next generation for the digital future. His enthusiasm for ICT education extends to young people and educators beyond his school bounds. The robotics competitions, training and teaching initiatives Ricky undertakes are aimed at engaging all students in the community to develop an interest in STEM through friendly competition. Ricky has coordinated a range of extra-curricular activities and has established clubs for everything from human-powered vehicle design to game design. He is also involved with the LEGO League and SEQ Robotics. The Senior Robotics Club he established at his school won the 2016 Queensland FIRST Tech Challenge and went on to claim the national title, subsequently representing Australia at the world championships in the USA. As a digital champion, Ricky is committed to motivating more female students to become involved in STEM career pathways by introducing them to inspirational female role models and breaking down gender barriers.


Sean Bannister is passionate about promoting the Sunshine Coast to young entrepreneurs and often assists in bringing the regional community together on a number of entrepreneurship and digital topics, including Hackfest and ‘Silicon Coast’. Sean and his team mate were overall winners at last year’s Hackfest event and their Parking App is currently in further development with Sunshine Coast Council. Sean also won the national GovHack award for his visualisations of Australian weather data. Sean also runs Silicon Coast, the region’s digital business group—which has almost 1000 members and is currently in the process of registering as a not-for-profit organisation to help support the local industry. Several times a year Sean gathers entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives on the Sunshine Coast to encourage collaboration across industry. The last meetup was attended by 150 people and featured the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap which explores the role of women in technology.


Queensland senior, Steve Dixon is helping to close the digital divide. Steve volunteers as a mentor and tutor with Brisbane Seniors OnLine (BSOL), teaching older Queenslanders citizens how to use digital technologies and participate online. Steve posts tips and tricks, advice, security warnings and general information on new technologies on BSOL Facebook to keep members informed. He has provided iPad training to senior volunteer workers from the St Vincent de Paul Society and has presented to BSOL members at various workshops. Steve has also been involved in the Tech Savvy Seniors program and other digital activities held at Council Libraries. Steve is a ‘valued contributor’ on Telstra CrowdSupport, responding to over 200,000 queries relating to Apple products, International Roaming and Telstra.


Timothy Kastelle inspires business leaders, entrepreneurs and students to execute new ideas that add value to business. He provides educational resources and encourages entrepreneurial thinking to build the innovation ecosystem via his blog (‘The Discipline of Innovation’) and online short course. In addition, Tim is a member of the UQ early stage ‘business incubator initiative’, iLab—where he mentors high tech start-ups, helping them to navigate the path to innovation and growth. As Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Business School, Tim has an interest in innovation management and its application in start-ups, research commercialisation, and corporate innovation. As a digital champion, Tim will continue to provide educational resources that inspire and build innovation in the south-east Queensland business sector.


Teen entrepreneur and philanthropist, Yash Dutt, plans to inspire more young people to make their mark on our digital future by establishing a not-for-profit program called ‘Future Makers’. The program would encourage disadvantaged teens and other young Queenslanders to take up digital technologies and act as creators rather than consumers. As co-CEO of teen tech site, TechFlow, Yash and his partner see this not-for-profit venture as their way of ‘paying it forward’. Yash plans for ‘Future Makers’ to include regular workshops for 13-to-17-year olds and to involve leading digital innovators.

2018 - May

Andrea Martins is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded ExpatWomen.com— which was the largest global website helping women living abroad when she sold it to an expat investor in the Middle East for a six figure amount in 2014. She then went onto launch StoryResumes—an innovative service that helps jobseekers get noticed faster via eye-catching, storytelling resumes. With a passion for online, peer-to-peer platforms, Andrea co-founded GreenSocks (matching people who want their lawns mowed with lawn service providers) and is now working with another peer-to-peer startup in the community services sector. Known for her #PayItForward blog, Andrea believes in sharing lessons and mistakes she has made in her digital startup journey. She gives her time to speak at the State Library of Queensland’s Lunch Box series, writes for Queensland’s Tech Street Journal, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Spark Bureau Incubator, mentors for the Generation Innovation Challenge and is involved on the organising committees for various Startup Weekends and the region’s digital business group, Silicon Coast.


Ben Amos regularly conducts activities to educate his local business community about how they can grow their market reach and increase revenue by tapping into the powerof online video marketing. He supports, encourages and assists local entrepreneurship and students through his involvement with events and activities such as DemoDay, Pitch Comp, Startup Weekend Youth, business organisations and chambers of commerce.


Clinton Begg volunteers his time to support local community groups and not-for-profit organisations in adopting digital platforms to improve their market reach and business efficiencies. He works regularly with Cootharinga North Queensland (disability support provider), Mackay District Rugby League Referees Association, Mackay Women in Business and Incredible Ltd to develop and implement their online presence. Clinton is currently working with the local neighbourhood centre and new local charity to help promote their services and increase public awareness. As a digital champion, Clinton seeks to extend his assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disadvantaged community members.


Daniel James's interest in Japanese martial arts and physics have led to a rewarding career as a researcher and innovator of wearable and small technologies for sport and health applications. He works on exciting, state-of-the-art ‘next gen’ products with consumer electronic organisations and often gives his time to encourage students to think about a career in this exciting new field. Daniel has a strong relationship with local schools, encouraging STEM engagement through sport and helping them to meet the challenges of coding skills development. He also runs several public events to showcase his work and inspire Queenslanders about the digital future and wearable technology. Daniel also coordinates the Queensland Sports Technology Cluster, a Queensland network he founded that extends nationally and overseas. Recognised internationally as a research leader in the emerging field of Sports Engineering and Sports Technology, Daniel was a research leader at Queensland Academy of Sport and is currently based at Griffith University where he is an Associate Professor and director of SABEL Labs.


Dunija Ariyaratne is a remarkable Brisbane teenager who has combined his passion for technology with entrepreneurial talent to bring tech-savvy teens together. Co-CEO of TechFlow, Australia’s only online student-run technology community, aims to support teens on the road to digital literacy by providing information and inspiration, and allowing them to co-create content in a fun and encouraging environment. Through his ‘Makers’ program, Dunija is committed to inspiring fellow teens to become early adopters and innovators of digital technologies—providing avenues for talented teen thinkers to come together, acting as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. Dunija and his business partner will also expand their program to include the wider Queensland teen community.


Eliza Kennedy believes that in the digital world first impressions are made online. Through her ‘digital citizenship’ work program Be Social. Be Smart, Eliza encourages secondary students to build an online brand that demonstrates their potential rather than immediate self-gratification by way of ‘likes’. She teaches and mentors students to use social media platforms positively, proactively and purposefully to create opportunities, make connections and support goal achievement. In her role as digital champion, Eliza is keen to adapt her program and broaden her reach to include other community groups, such as parents, educators and disadvantaged youth.


Jody Allen’s life changed when she was made redundant while pregnant with her second child. Suddenly, on a one-wage family income, Jody set about finding ways she could cut costs and started posting her experiences on Facebook. Her fan base rapidly grew beyond her circle of friends reaching up to 1500 new followers. Jody now works from home with her husband Brendan and employs more than ten staff. Companies pay to advertise on her blog and send her products to review. Jody is passionate about ‘paying it forward’ and regularly presents to women and girls to encourage them to look at online home businesses. Stay at Home Mum is now one of the biggest online networks for mums in Australia with as many as 1 million unique visitors per month and over 500,000 Facebook followers.


Luke Humble mentors local businesses and individuals through initiatives such as Mentor Blaze, Startup Weekend, Innovation Centre Mentor Board, University of Sunshine Coast (USC) and library workshops across the Sunshine Coast. He guest lectures at USQ to post and undergraduate eMedia, Marketing and Communications, eBusiness and International Business students and was involved with a program to connect students and local businesses. Luke helps facilitate the monthly WordPress Meetup group on a monthly basis and was an executive board member for the 4556 Chamber of Commerce helping them to take their digital strategy to the next level and engage businesses and students in the 4556 post code.


Ricky Sinclair is an inspirational high school teacher leading the way in preparing the next generation for the digital future. His enthusiasm for ICT education extends to young people and educators beyond his school bounds. The robotics competitions, training and teaching initiatives Ricky undertakes are aimed at engaging all students in the community to develop an interest in STEM through friendly competition. Ricky has coordinated a range of extra-curricular activities and has established clubs for everything from human-powered vehicle design to game design. He is also involved with the LEGO League and SEQ Robotics. The Senior Robotics Club he established at his school won the 2016 Queensland FIRST Tech Challenge and went on to claim the national title, subsequently representing Australia at the world championships in the USA. As a digital champion, Ricky is committed to motivating more female students to become involved in STEM career pathways by introducing them to inspirational female role models and breaking down gender barriers.


Sean Bannister is passionate about promoting the Sunshine Coast to young entrepreneurs and often assists in bringing the regional community together on a number of entrepreneurship and digital topics, including Hackfest and ‘Silicon Coast’. Sean and his team mate were overall winners at last year’s Hackfest event and their Parking App is currently in further development with Sunshine Coast Council. Sean also won the national GovHack award for his visualisations of Australian weather data. Sean also runs Silicon Coast, the region’s digital business group—which has almost 1000 members and is currently in the process of registering as a not-for-profit organisation to help support the local industry. Several times a year Sean gathers entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives on the Sunshine Coast to encourage collaboration across industry. The last meetup was attended by 150 people and featured the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap which explores the role of women in technology.


Queensland senior, Steve Dixon is helping to close the digital divide. Steve volunteers as a mentor and tutor with Brisbane Seniors OnLine (BSOL), teaching older Queenslanders citizens how to use digital technologies and participate online. Steve posts tips and tricks, advice, security warnings and general information on new technologies on BSOL Facebook to keep members informed. He has provided iPad training to senior volunteer workers from the St Vincent de Paul Society and has presented to BSOL members at various workshops. Steve has also been involved in the Tech Savvy Seniors program and other digital activities held at Council Libraries. Steve is a ‘valued contributor’ on Telstra CrowdSupport, responding to over 200,000 queries relating to Apple products, International Roaming and Telstra.


Timothy Kastelle inspires business leaders, entrepreneurs and students to execute new ideas that add value to business. He provides educational resources and encourages entrepreneurial thinking to build the innovation ecosystem via his blog (‘The Discipline of Innovation’) and online short course. In addition, Tim is a member of the UQ early stage ‘business incubator initiative’, iLab—where he mentors high tech start-ups, helping them to navigate the path to innovation and growth. As Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Business School, Tim has an interest in innovation management and its application in start-ups, research commercialisation, and corporate innovation. As a digital champion, Tim will continue to provide educational resources that inspire and build innovation in the south-east Queensland business sector.


Teen entrepreneur and philanthropist, Yash Dutt, plans to inspire more young people to make their mark on our digital future by establishing a not-for-profit program called ‘Future Makers’. The program would encourage disadvantaged teens and other young Queenslanders to take up digital technologies and act as creators rather than consumers. As co-CEO of teen tech site, TechFlow, Yash and his partner see this not-for-profit venture as their way of ‘paying it forward’. Yash plans for ‘Future Makers’ to include regular workshops for 13-to-17-year olds and to involve leading digital innovators.