Randall Fernando - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Volunteering to bring digital and community together

Randall is a multi-award-winning software engineer with Suncorp Digital Marketplace in Brisbane, and is a strong advocate for the Queensland tech sector.

He has a background in behavioural psychology, social statistics, and IT, but his current interests are directed towards data science, user experience design (UX) and innovative technologies.

In his spare time, Randall keeps busy with regular volunteer commitments, all focused on bringing digital and community together. He is a respected mentor and trainer at work and in his volunteer roles. Some of his volunteer activities include:

Volunteering to bring digital and community together

Randall is a multi-award-winning software engineer with Suncorp Digital Marketplace in Brisbane, and is a strong advocate for the Queensland tech sector.

He has a background in behavioural psychology, social statistics, and IT, but his current interests are directed towards data science, user experience design (UX) and innovative technologies.

In his spare time, Randall keeps busy with regular volunteer commitments, all focused on bringing digital and community together. He is a respected mentor and trainer at work and in his volunteer roles. Some of his volunteer activities include:

  • presenting free workshops on topics such as Machine Learning
  • co-facilitating a UX workshop and judging entries for Tech Girls are Superheroes
  • mentoring at Techfugees and Rails Girls, Brisbane
  • mentoring and competing at GovHack events
  • coordinating Indigenous coding workshops
  • hosting meetup groups to discuss innovation topics.

Randall’s numerous commendations in the tech sector include awards from the Australian Government, NASA, Data 61, Advance Queensland, CSIRO, Hitachi, and the Brisbane City Council.

One of Randall’s more publicised projects was his collaboration with four other Brisbane residents on the design of a Study Buddy Bot for international students. The multi-lingual, online tool helps students ease their transition into life in Brisbane with easily accessible advice on transport, exploring the city, and local opportunities.

Another significant achievement was his participation in a unique three-month intrapreneurship program at River City Labs where he and his team built a successful tech start-up which was pitched to Suncorp executives and subsequently received sponsorship to be incorporated within Suncorp.

Despite an already long volunteer record, Randall is planning more activities as new opportunities arrive. As a Community Digital Champion, he commits himself to at least one to two activities a month, including a combination of more digital workshops, presentations, computer conventions, and innovation events.

Randall is nominated by: Marist180