Atlassian runs its Code Lab at CeBIT to drive job futures

ATLASSIAN, the business collaboration software developer currently regarded as Australia’s most successful technology company, will feature its Atlassian Code Lab at CeBIT Australia 2018 in Sydney from May 15-17.

The Atlassian Code Lab will be run by Atlassian experts during CeBIT Australia, guiding attendees to learn the basics of coding. The showcase Code Lab will be working from Google's CS-First curriculum, which uses the block coding language Scratch to  manage 'conditional statements, loops and events'. 

In an exclusive event for CeBIT Australia 2018 attendees, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO, will lead a VIP ‘how to code’ class on May 15. A limited number of attendees at CeBIT Australia 2018 will have the chance to learn from Australia’s ‘tech master’ himself, with more details to be announced shortly.

The Code Lab will be open for all CeBIT attendees and classes are designed for participants with limited coding experience.

One of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, MrCannon-Brookes is a fierce advocate for a greater emphasis on STEM education in Australian schools.

“Technology is already the biggest industry in the world, and if we want to maintain and grow our slice of that pie we need to increase investment in STEM education at all levels.

“Every single company is becoming - or already is - a software company," Mr Cannon-Brookes said. "Which means more and more jobs are becoming technology jobs. We need more graduates with technology skills in almost every discipline, from computer science to medicine, to help us become a leading innovation nation.”

According to a recent study by Deloitte, by the year 2030, Australian workers will spend 77 percent more time using science and mathematical skills.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro said NSW success stories, such as Atlassian, "perfectly demonstrate the incredible opportunities available to young people with the right skills".

“As Minister for Skills and Small Business, I want to do all I can to encourage more people and business owners to embrace the idea of up-skilling, especially in the areas of science, technology and engineering, because we know that’s where so many jobs of the future will be," Mr Barilaro said.

“The Atlassian Code Lab at CeBIT Australia will be a fantastic platform to promote the importance of skills, including coding, that today’s job-seekers will need to compete in our growing digital economy,” he said.

A volunteer initiative of the Atlassian employees, which is focused on teaching students aged 8-12 -- and teachers -- the basics of code using Google CS First, sees staff currently visit schools across NSW as part of a program called Comp Sci Kids.

The Atlassian Code Lab classes will each be one-hour long, on the show floor at CeBIT Australia 2018, with three classes on Tuesday May 15, and four classes on both the Wednesday and Thursday (May 16 and 17). Coding class allocations will be available for attendees who register before  May 1, 2018.

CeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology conference in the Asia Pacific, will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour.


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