Atlassian drives future of work at CeBIT

12 April 2018

Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and co-CEO, Atlassian

Australian technology company Atlassian will host coding classes at the NSW Government sponsored CeBIT Australia to highlight the importance of STEM skills to the country’s workforce and economic prosperity.

The Atlassian Code Lab, to be run by experts from the company during CeBIT (15-17 May) will give attendees the opportunity to learn the basics of coding working from Google’s CS-First curriculum which uses block coding language Scratch.

Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes, will also lead a VIP ‘how to code’ class on 15 May for a limited number of attendees.

Cannon-Brookes is a fierce advocate for a greater emphasis on STEM education in our nation’s 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,' Mr Cannon-Brookes said.

'Every single company is becoming - or already is - a software company 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% 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.

Atlassian employees are also visiting schools across NSW as part of the Comp Sci Kids volunteer initiative which focuses on teaching students aged 8-12 (and teachers!) the basics of code using Google CS First.

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

CeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology conference in the Asia Pacific, will take place 15-17 May 2018 at International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour.