Sugar City Con 2017

What do you do in your spare time? Sometime I build things, like a website for a Not for Profit community group.

I was recently asked to help out to re-design and implement a new Sugar City Con website.

Sugar City Con Inc. are a Not for Profit association that run Pop Culture conventions and events in Mackay.

This sounded like a fun project, combining my self taught web dev (read WordPress theme implementation) skills and my love of comics/movies/tv shows.

Mentor Blaze 2016

Looking for the next step in your business? Get some Mentoring, fast.

Not in business, but just need advice for an idea you have?

You can be a student or a corporate executive, a researcher or someone looking for a career change or small business looking to scale.

At Mentor Blaze, participants can get instant feedback and advice from several of Mackay’s leading business professionals in just 2 hours!

Advance Qld Community Digital Champions Program

Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Program

This week thanks to a nomination from the Whitsunday ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils), I was extremely lucky to be inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program at the Brisbane State Library.

The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age – through the stories and activities of inspirational champions.


Data Breaches are here to stay. What should you do to protect yourself?

A data breach is a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so.

Back in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked, and passwords for nearly 6.5 million user accounts were stolen by Russian cyber-criminals. Similar to Sony, Target & Adobe, LinkedIn handled the whole thing extremely poorly, taking not minutes to alert it’s users, but DAYS. This is an eternity in the digital age.


It’s a bad idea to keep your username on your WordPress website (or broadband modem) as ‘admin’.

I like WordPress, it’s amazingly easy to setup, and if you are a cowboy coder like me (i.e, no formal web coding experience), you can tinker with plugins and themes to make the site look and do what you want without too much fuss.

Doing some upgrade work recently on a couple of WordPress installations at home, I noticed a huge amount of failed login attempts in my Database.

Startup Weekend Mackay 2015

What on earth is a Startup Weekend?

I’m glad you asked!

A startup weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to validate and develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening.

Mentor Blaze

Ever heard of a Mentor Blaze?

Mentor Blaze – 400 Mentor Sessions, 7 Cities across QLD, 2hrs

Ever heard of a Mentor Blaze? I hadn’t either until about a month ago.

If you have an idea, or an itch of an idea for a new startup business and want to explore the concept with a range of willing entrepreneurs and expert mentors all in the one place at the one time, then register for Mentor Blaze.

Startup Weekend Mackay 2015

Startup Weekend Mackay – October 23-25, 2015

Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk. This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground.

If you want to startup your own business and have some fun, then I think you will find Startup Weekend Mackay will be a life changing experience.

Startup Weekend Brisbane 2015

Startup Weekend Brisbane 2015 Wrap Up

Wow – What an amazing weekend. I built a Startup Business in 54 hours.

After a huge day on Friday of attending the Startup Weekend QLD Organisers Summit to hash out a calendar of events and learn a lot from those that have gone before us, Jodie, Darren and myself stepped into another dimension at River City Labs in Brisbane for Startup Weekend Brisbane #SWBNE15.

Startup Mackay

Startup Mackay

Last week I was part of a team (of 2), but supported by many, that launched a new not for profit group Startup Mackay. In the past few weeks I have been to several meetups and an iLab workshop in Mackay to discuss the Startup Ecosystem (or lack-thereof), and we were enlisted to get this group up off the ground.