Paul Buckby - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Up-skilling for the digital economy

Working in the education sector, Paul Buckby had a growing sense of awareness about the need to empower people with better skills for tomorrow. As a result, he formed a partnership with fellow Community Digital Champion Brendan Kelly and created a fresh new approach to IT training.

Based in Brisbane, Paul and Brendan launched a not-for-profit business offering free face-to-face IT training for anyone with a desire to learn to code. The company, IT etc. Training, was a success from the start with the first three courses oversubscribed and a growing wait-list. The training program uses a challenge-based cooperative learning style and has eliminated entry requirements to make IT education more accessible and relevant to everybody. Comprised of multiple eight week coding challenges, the program provides a pathway for learners to progress and build on their skills in each challenge. Classes run on Saturdays out of the State Library of Queensland.

Paul has been promoting emerging technologies by:

  • Providing free training within the Brisbane area, as well as including remote learners in the Brisbane class via telepresence robots
  • Using new, innovative ways to teach students how to code mobile apps, dynamic web sites, and traditional desktop applications
  • Helping people learn from scratch to upskill in order to re-enter the workforce or change / enhance their careers
  • Presenting learn-to-code workshops.

Paul has been working in and teaching IT since the mid-1980s. In addition, he’s written software for small to large enterprises, and been a director and founder of several digital start-ups. Beyond the computer screen, he has a keen interest in all things beach, water, bush and sports. He sees recreation and the natural environment as interconnected with coding – viewing software development as a core skill not only for personal employment and business opportunities, but also for national security and prosperity. He believes technology can facilitate improved research and provide better information to look after our environmental and social surrounds.

As a Community Digital Champion, Paul will continue providing further coding courses that will equip people with the skills they need to participate successfully in the rapidly changing job market.

Paul is nominated by: State Library of Queensland

Up-skilling for the digital economy

Working in the education sector, Paul Buckby had a growing sense of awareness about the need to empower people with better skills for tomorrow. As a result, he formed a partnership with fellow Community Digital Champion Brendan Kelly and created a fresh new approach to IT training.

Based in Brisbane, Paul and Brendan launched a not-for-profit business offering free face-to-face IT training for anyone with a desire to learn to code. The company, IT etc. Training, was a success from the start with the first three courses oversubscribed and a growing wait-list. The training program uses a challenge-based cooperative learning style and has eliminated entry requirements to make IT education more accessible and relevant to everybody. Comprised of multiple eight week coding challenges, the program provides a pathway for learners to progress and build on their skills in each challenge. Classes run on Saturdays out of the State Library of Queensland.

Paul has been promoting emerging technologies by:

  • Providing free training within the Brisbane area, as well as including remote learners in the Brisbane class via telepresence robots
  • Using new, innovative ways to teach students how to code mobile apps, dynamic web sites, and traditional desktop applications
  • Helping people learn from scratch to upskill in order to re-enter the workforce or change / enhance their careers
  • Presenting learn-to-code workshops.

Paul has been working in and teaching IT since the mid-1980s. In addition, he’s written software for small to large enterprises, and been a director and founder of several digital start-ups. Beyond the computer screen, he has a keen interest in all things beach, water, bush and sports. He sees recreation and the natural environment as interconnected with coding – viewing software development as a core skill not only for personal employment and business opportunities, but also for national security and prosperity. He believes technology can facilitate improved research and provide better information to look after our environmental and social surrounds.

As a Community Digital Champion, Paul will continue providing further coding courses that will equip people with the skills they need to participate successfully in the rapidly changing job market.

Paul is nominated by: State Library of Queensland