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fSpace Talks – Troy Gerwien

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Troy was the latest to present at our fSpace Talks series, but he took his presentation in a different direction.

Troy is an IT consultant, software developer and web developer. He’s worked in and consulted for a variety of businesses, NGOs, as well as in the health & education sectors. Troy recently started his own company, Structable, but instead chose to focus his talk on some interesting volunteer work he’s involved in.

CoderDojo is a grass-roots charitable organization that was created to provide free mentoring to children aged 7-17 on how to code software. CoderDojo was founded in 2011 by a teenager, James Whelton. In 2010, young James enjoyed 5 minutes of fame for successfully hacking an iPod he’d won.

Just a few years after opening the first CoderDojo, there are now over 1000 locations spread across 63 countries. CoderDojo has a goal of 1500 locations teaching coding to 100,000 children.

Each Dojo club operates independently and while there are some structures, there are no curriculums or strict frameworks. Kids can (and are encouraged to) create whatever they want, including games, apps, music, and websites.

Troy volunteers at the Fremantle Dojo and he shared how he applies the fundamentals to coding (steps, loops & decisions) in helping kids learn how to code. Troy showed that unlike the typical black screen with all the lines that professional coders live in, CoderDojos use Scratch – a visual and intuitive coding program created by some very smart people at MIT.

Some good reasons for kids to learn coding include:

  • It helps opens doors
  • Much like our smartphones, technology is becoming simpler
  • It provides an endlessly creative outlet
  • It promotes systematic thinking
  • Lots of kids love it

Another good reason is the surprising prediction that by the year 2025, roughly 50% of all jobs are likely to be obsolete. Creative thinking and the ability to break down steps to work out options and processes will be critical skills as new jobs emerge.

Troy showed us that coding with Scratch is much like playing with Lego – you can select options, move things around and create a lot of different things.

With our input, Troy created a basic spaceship game from a blank screen in about 10 minutes. As he would with a kid at the Fremantle Dojo, he described each step in creating the game as he used the intuitive drag-and-drop blocks the Scratch programming tool provides.

Visit coderdojo.com for more information or visit the Fremantle Dojo, which meets every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Fremantle City Library. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor or enrolling a child can stop by during these hours.

Thanks Troy for the presentation!

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fSpace Talks – Credi

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PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: fSpace Talks Credi, Juan and Patrick January 25, 2017 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia (Photo by Sabine Albers)

The 2017 edition of fSpace Talks began with Juan Vazquez & Patrick Green sharing what they do at Credi.

Juan shared some interesting statistics that most people might not be aware of:

  • Over 2.3 million businesses start up in the US are funded each year with loans from friend, family or business colleagues
  • The average loan amount is $23,000 (USD)
  • In Australia alone, over $1.6 billion (AUD) is loaned each year between family, friends and business colleagues
  • In the UK, 40% of deposits for first time home buyers are provided by friends

This type of lending outside of banking and other structured channels is often informal and can create problems. Questions or misunderstandings about repayment amounts or schedules can damage relationships.

Credi was founded and started by CEO Tim Dean (who also works from fSpace with the team) in May 2015 to help facilitate relationship lending and protect those relationships. Credi does this by adding structure and compliance as they automate the lending process.

Credi has created a loan builder application that allows the lender and borrower to input the amount, the repayment schedule (time & frequency) and an interest rate if they wish. The parties can share the loan with anyone including family members, friends, business associates, or other entities such as trusts and SMSFs. Business professionals such as accountants and financial planners will be able to manage the process as well for their clients.

Once the parameters are agreed to, the parties eSign and Credi generates a legally binding contract. Credi then manages the loan for each party by tracking the repayments, creating alerts as desired. Credi also allows for amendments to be made including changes to the loan, payment deferrals or even forgiving the loans.

While there are some other tools in the marketplace to deliver template legal loan contracts, Credi is the only one that combines delivers a complete start-to-end process into one friendly environment.

Credi has a larger team behind the scenes with 8 other people contributing in areas such as legal, programming, advisors, and operations. This includes collaboration with Letty Tan, a bookkeeping who also runs her business from fSpace.

Much like companies like Airbnb, Credi does not handle any money – only the agreement services and management of the loan repayment schedule.

Credi is currently in the beta-testing phase of their rollout strategy and they are excited with their formal launch coming in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to Juan & Patrick for the presentation & best of luck to the Credi team with their launch!

Visit credi.com for more information.

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: fSpace Talks Credi, Juan and Patrick January 25, 2017 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia (Photo by Sabine Albers)PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: fSpace Talks Credi, Juan and Patrick January 25, 2017 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia (Photo by Sabine Albers)PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: fSpace Talks Credi, Juan and Patrick January 25, 2017 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia (Photo by Sabine Albers)

fSpace + Loop

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fSpace is pleased to announce a partnership with Loop!

Loop is a cool group of people who are linking coworking spaces around the world. Loop offers monthly plans that lets its members work at over 90 (and counting) coworking spaces for free or discounted rates.

fSpace members receive a free membership to Loop.

For more info, check out Loop at https://loop.space/

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A Healthy Choice on Leake St.

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fSpace is excited about the new trendy Melbourne style cafe in our very own little courtyard.

On top of being the newest addition to our building and serving up fine quality coffee and healthy, great tasting food, former MasterChef contestant Wade Drummond is also embarking on a unique new project in 2016 tackling nutritional education in WA schools and empowering children to feed themselves and their families.

Wade’s Cooking For A Generation Project aims to launch between February and April in the new year and will be targeted towards students between 10-12 years old in lower socio-economic schools around WA without access to things such as market gardens or proper food education.

They will lead the project which will be accepting volunteers with anything from basic to advanced cooking experience to help educate school children around Perth.

Volunteers will teach groups of students how to prepare and cook a dish over the course of an eight week period. By the end of that time, volunteers will have managed to teach kids the basics of nutrition and how to cook a decent meal.

“Ideally at the end of the project they will be able to make a simple meal for themselves and their family.”

Wade spoke to fSpace about his concern over how many children live off a diet of fast food and don’t actually have a clue what a fruit or vegetable even look likes.

“It’s important to teach kids how to make healthy food choices,” he said.

“How are they going to choose to eat healthy food they haven’t seen or tried them before?”

“I want to empower kids to feed themselves the right thing.”

The Leake St. Cafeteria owner also mentioned the fantastic local support he was receiving for the project after reaching his $15,000 Kickstarter goal with lots of people still hoping to contribute.

The plan is to add components of the project where if volunteers had even only basic food knowledge, then they could still take that and teach it at a school over the course of an eight week period.

“By the end of that time, volunteers will hopefully have managed to teach these kids the basics of nutrition and how to cook.”

“Ideally at the end of that they can make a simple meal for themselves and their family,” he said.

Wade is currently loving his recent sea-change living and working full-time from Freo. With the amazing produce from right next door’s grocer Kakulas Sisters, this ex-MasterChef contestant assured us he is never short of inspiration.

“The people curious enough to venture down the back of Kukulas or down a little secret laneway on Leake St. to find you are already willing to try something new,” he said.

If you like to know more about this awesome project stop by for a coffee or healthy bite to eat and a chat at Leake St. Cafeteria by walking through Kukula’s Sister on Market St. or following the yellow painted line through the alley way on Leake St.

 

More about Wade’s Cooking for a Generation project, click on the link below:
Wade’s Cooking For A Generation KickStarter