Amazon Web Services Educator Leader Puay San – Alexa skills project

ALEXA SKILL COMP!

Hey everyone, we have a big announcement! Next Thursday 28th June from 4: 30 pm until 5: 00 pm we have Puay San from Amazon arrive at 2pi Software CoWs (Co-working Space). She is a leader in the Amazon Web services (AWS) Educator program, she’ll be here to teach us and the students more about AWS, Alexa and help out with any of the team of students ideas for a skill in the Alexa Skill Competition.

The competition, held by Amazon and 2pi Software, is about the Artificially Intelligent VUI (Voice User Interface) “Amazon Alexa”! We are getting as many Students as we can to gather teams.

A presentation was held by myself, Jorden Dakis, and local student Hunter De Jong, at the last Code Night at CoWs about the details of the competition as well as introductory information on Alexa Skills. The competition is focussed on building an agricultural themed application for the Alexa using the Alexa developer and other Amazon Web Services to create a skill over the next 3 months. The skill can be created in teams of 3 or less. We encourage any High School student who is interested to contact us at 2pi Software to get involved and get their team together! A great opportunity! Whoever develops the most creative skill wins an accommodated trip to Canberra’s AWS summit, and other prizes yet to be announced.

Here at 2pi Software and CoWS Near The Coast Bega, we will be holding a support session every Friday from 3: 00 pm until 5: 00 pm where we can help out the students competing with any problems or with their ideas for the Alexa as well as interest them in what we have created. The first session is held this Friday the 22nd of June! Anyone is welcome to come so bring all your mates! Again 3: 00pm to 5: 00pm! Can’t wait to see everyone and help with their ideas. This Friday is a good chance to get stuck into it so we can all be prepared for Thursday 28th of June when Puay San is here.

So form a team! Come to CoWs this Friday 22nd of June! Learn from Puay San next Thursday 28th of June! Win Prizes!! Can’t wait to see you all and what you can create!

I’ll be back to write about Puay San’s visit and what the students learned.
Thank you, Jorden Dakis 2pi Software.

How I became A coder in a rural town.

This Blog series will follow my journey to became a coder in a small town called Bega.

My name is Jorden Dakis,  I finished school in 2013 and at that time I didn’t have a clue on what I wanted to do! So I decided to get a job and save some money and give myself some time to think about what direction I wanted to take – 5 years on and I’ve discovered a path that will help me work towards what it is I want to do and that path was to learn Coding/web-site development.

Coding really interests me, I have always had skills with computers but never tried to hone in on those skills or considered them a potential avenue of employment. If I was to do this I could use these skills in the future for my own business and to help me gain a valuable skillset!

The most daunting part is…just on 4 weeks ago I quit my very stable job. But I needed to do something else. With no job to go to and only a vague idea of where to start, I quit, despite being advised it was potentially a bad idea – I decided to take a leap of faith and set out on an unknown journey to create a more fulfilling and valuable life for myself!

After around 4 days of unemployment I received a message from Adam Buckley, who is a coder himself at 2pi Software in Bega asking if I wanted to come in and have a chat. So the next day I made my way to the CoWs Near The Coast (co-working space) to talk to Adam, it was an awesome conversation and ended with being told that I was welcome to study at CoWs and eventually possibly a job! A week after I had a chance to speak with Liam O’Duibhir (co founder of 2Pi Software) and Jason Badham (web-developer/designer at 2pi software), another pleasant conversation, I was told that I could have potential work there once I have learned enough which was amazing!

It’s been amazing so far spending time there, meeting everyone, receiving so much advice and knowledge. I’ve started to learn the basics of front end coding; starting with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I’m using the site FreeCodeCamp as well as other sources recomnended to me by the staff at 2pi Software. So far I’ve made a draft webpage and have started on my portfolio which is very exciting and interesting. I am excited about developing my skills further and learning how I can apply these skills in a meaningful way within a business environment!

The biggest lesson I have learned so far is that if you put yourself out there, oppurtunities will come to you.

Thanks for reading, till next month! Jorden Dakis.

Upcoming Event – Bega AgTech Days

Hey everyone, we here at CoWS are exicted to be part of the Bega AgTech Days event beginning on the 28th of march in Bega. The event is being held by intoIT a local non-profit organisation focused on linking professionals with an interest in technology together.

The event runs for two days and covers the following themes:

  • AgTech Lean Canvas fast-growth startup strategies
  • CSIRO funding opportunities
  • Introductions to new AgTech Startups
  • Networking functions with highly informed sector leaders
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Food Security using smart trade-marks
  • Application of ‘The Internet of Things’ to farming

Head over to begaagtech.com.au to learn more and register for any of these captivating talks.