Becca used to call Oakland, California home, but she's travelled halfway around the world to become a Code for Australia fellow. She is a project manager who values efficiency, transparency, and collaboration.
Prior to joining the team in Melbourne, Becca was the Fellowship Program Manager at Code for America where she helped shape and grow the program to what it is today. At Code for America, she was also a resource to the Code for All network where she was able to work with and learn from organisations around the world starting their own fellowship program. Becca is passionate about finding solutions that work for everyone and working with government to change the way it interacts with its citizens, using technology as a lever to help facilitate new kinds of interactions.
Outside of work, Becca generally enjoys being outside, spending time with friends, and staying active. She's excited to explore Melbourne and other parts of Australia and is always game for an adventure.
Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Information systems from LaTrobe University where he studied software development, logic and linguistics. He is a developer with over 9 years experience at the intersection of regulatory compliance and technology. He has a strong interest in the impacts software and technological advances make to our rights and liberties and believes an open government and open software are two key components in maintaining our human rights.
Benjamin is a polyglot developer with experience in Java, C/C++, Haskell, Ruby, JS+HTML5, Node and a sprinkling of Python and R. He has developed projects and apps that help connect communities, enable discovery of landmarks and facilitate easier communication about available services.
Ken started with a degree in Art History and Psychology, then went on to Design School and a career in Teaching and Freelance Design.
Ken's design career began in the in the pre-internet days of desktop publishing. He taught himself to code, so as technology progressed he easily moved into CD-ROM publishing, Information Kiosks, Websites and Flash development. Ken's digital skills were in high demand, and he was eventually recruited into teaching Multimedia at TAFE and then University.
Gov Partner: Dept. Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Veronica is a computer scientist with over fourteen years of experience in the information technology field. She has been involved in a wide range of projects in sectors such as education, private, volunteerism and governmental in Chile and Spain.
She's a self-confessed _tech-geek_ and strongly believes that technology is a necessary and essential element, whose goals should include improving people's quality of life and the environment, and that should be available and accessible to everyone.
Veronica is always looking for new interesting things to learn. She loves a good gig, a delicious meal and playing soccer, running, biking, travelling, singing and making new friends and multicultural relations **:-D!**
Blessed to have worked as an Electronics Engineer for 20 years in various areas such as Manufacturing, Applications and Field Installation. In 2008, Elmer developed a fascination with web development and that him to attend online classes and subscribe to video tutorials.
In 2015, as part of the family decision to migrate to Australia, Elmer enrolled in a full time web development bootcamp course at General Assembly to help transition to a web development career.
Elmer's other interests include playing guitar, drums and keyboard for the Lord. Happily married and blessed with 3 lovely kids.
Irina is a cross-breed software developer, user experience designer and technology manager.
Apart of being a Code for Australia fellow, Irina is pursuing a PhD at the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT. She aims to humanise the Smart City by investigating the establishment of an urban innovation hub in South-East Queensland to facilitate bottom-up participatory citymaking. She’s passionate about women in business and tech, loves nature and sports, travel and living abroad. Oh, and good food. Lots of it. She has just launched a food blog.
Gov Partner: Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW
Jesse is a designer passionate about utilising technology to benefit peoples lives.
After initially pursuing a career in visual communication, his passion for problem solving created a burning desire to become involved in projects that have real meaning and value in our fast paced, information overloaded modern society.
In 2015 he completed an extensive design research project in collaboration with Stanford University California, Swinburne University’s Design Factory, Trinity College Dublin and Japanese based tech start up Beatrobo.
Peter is a hacker and organiser from Portland and a previous Code for America fellow, dedicated to advancing environmental and community causes through the use of technology. Committing time to political causes, nonprofits, and advocacy campaigns, he specialises in front-end design and back-end development using Drupal. When not working, he enjoys cross country bicycle touring.
Alisha is a development practitioner, educator and trainer, and previous Code for Australia Fellow. Alisha has worked for Engineers Without Borders, as well as last year with One Girl Australia coordinating their programs in Sierra Leone to support girls' education. Alisha is passionate about collaboration and place making, and founded the Random Acts of Kindness Group in Melbourne.
Rosetta is a Graphic Designer from Melbourne. Since graduating from Swinburne in 2013, Rosetta worked as an Art Director in the publishing industry before moving into the Civic Innovation space. She currently works as a Graphic Designer for CityLab at the City of Melbourne.
Ruth’s background is in physics and her PhD is in Cosmology. Ruth is passionate about social justice, especially education, and has volunteered in STEM outreach for the underprivileged and underrepresented. She is also a Software Developer with ThoughtWorks Australia.
Gov Partner: Department of Premier & Cabinet Victoria
Giselle is a user experience designer who is a previous Code for America fellow. Over the past eight years she’s worked on technology for classrooms and students, most recently at Amplify in New York. Passionate about healthy communities and good food, she co-founded the Greene Hill Food Co-op, a member owned grocery story in Brooklyn. Giselle holds a B. Arch from Rice University.
Gov Partner: City of Melbourne / VicRoads / EPA Victoria
Steve is a software engineer and technical analyst in the Australian academic and open data sectors. He also works at NICTA, helping improve the National Map, a portal for open government geospatial data. His free time is filled with cycle touring, open data, maps, and general technological exploration.