Here’s our conversation with Pete about Coder Factory and the future of education. Read on…
I’m the co-founder and head teacher at Coder Factory, a coding school for aspiring tech startup entrepreneurs and app developers. After working almost 10 years as a consultant at IBM, I left to start my own company where I could make a real difference in people’s lives. At first I worked on some freelance Ruby on Rails projects, but when I was given the opportunity to teach, I jumped at it. It was the best decision I have ever made. I love teaching people to code and seeing their faces light up once they realise that coding is a superpower and they can now build anything they want.
What is your area of expertise?
My background is in software consulting and training. I love the power of software and the possibilities it gives us to make our lives better. I enjoy building web applications and social networks.
What motivated you to start Coder Factory?
I saw there was a huge opportunity in the technology education space as universities and technical schools weren’t teaching the skills that aspiring tech entrepreneurs needed to build their own apps. There is also a big shortage of developers with web application development skills in the startup scene and I get contacted every week by people looking for junior developers.
What are your expectations from the SWEDU event?
What do you think schools/colleges would look like in 5 years?
What are the trends/challenges that you see for education in the future?
What are some ways to keep updated about Edtech news/events in Sydney?
About #sydswedu 2014
When: 27th June 2014 – 29th June 2014
Where: Muru-D Campus, 363 Oxford St., Paddington, NSW Australia.
Event Website: http://sydneyedu.startupweekend.org/
Tickets: Please purchase your tickets at the Eventbrite page