Sean Bannister - Round 3, 2016 Champion

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Sean Bannister

Starting something big on the Sunshine Coast

Sean Bannister is a digital native who likes to think big.

After selling his first tech company at just 16, Sean was destined for an entrepreneurial life in digital technology. Sean started his career working as a software engineer and project manager at a number of technology companies around Australia.

Now based on the Sunshine Coast, he energises the local tech industry by creating networking groups and opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate. He was instrumental in establishing the El Grande events (The Big One) that connects hundreds of aspiring startups, marketers, technologists and entrepreneurs four times per year.

Sean is also heavily involved in Silicon Coast, a non-profit group that brings entrepreneurs together and supports innovation, resourcing and collaboration.

Sean recently won two accolades at the GovHack National Red Carpet Awards. He also won the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Hackfest in 2015 by developing a smart parking app that allows drivers to identify vacant parking spaces at a range of locations across the Coast. Sean is currently working with Sunshine Coast Council to further develop the app.

The next ‘big thing’ on Sean’s agenda is to register Silicon Coast as a not-for-profit, and obtain funding for local technology meet-ups.

Sean is nominated by: Sunshine Coast Council.


Sean Bannister

Starting something big on the Sunshine Coast

Sean Bannister is a digital native who likes to think big.

After selling his first tech company at just 16, Sean was destined for an entrepreneurial life in digital technology. Sean started his career working as a software engineer and project manager at a number of technology companies around Australia.

Now based on the Sunshine Coast, he energises the local tech industry by creating networking groups and opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate. He was instrumental in establishing the El Grande events (The Big One) that connects hundreds of aspiring startups, marketers, technologists and entrepreneurs four times per year.

Sean is also heavily involved in Silicon Coast, a non-profit group that brings entrepreneurs together and supports innovation, resourcing and collaboration.

Sean recently won two accolades at the GovHack National Red Carpet Awards. He also won the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Hackfest in 2015 by developing a smart parking app that allows drivers to identify vacant parking spaces at a range of locations across the Coast. Sean is currently working with Sunshine Coast Council to further develop the app.

The next ‘big thing’ on Sean’s agenda is to register Silicon Coast as a not-for-profit, and obtain funding for local technology meet-ups.

Sean is nominated by: Sunshine Coast Council.