Breaking down tech barriers in Bundaberg

by Tiah Goldstein, Aug 25, 2017

Last week, being my second week as community builder with Codebots, I packed my bags and joined Eban and Indi for a quick trip to Bundaberg.
The purpose of the trip was to connect and build relationships with regional areas, where there may be more technological limitations than other central locations, and see how the Codebots platform can solve some of those issues, and open up the door for more innovation and global opportunities.
Confession time, I am a pseudo-geek. This means that while I love technology and am fascinated by the opportunities and potential it holds, I am not a software designer, have never coded and can't speak many of the languages that real geeks are fluent with. My strengths lie more on the people side of things, connecting with and building community, not with building software (yet!) no matter how cutting edge and futuristic it is. 
I can see the potential that Codebots can bring, but until my recent trip to Bundaberg, I was not really able to truly understand the true power that it can have and who it can help.
During the two day trip, we got to spend time with Eleanor Carey, who is one of the founders of the Generator co working space in Bundaberg. The generator is located in a heritage building in the centre of town with high ceilings, exposed wood floors and wrap around porches that just invite you to sit and have a good chat with anyone in the space.
There is an exciting energy to the place, it was buzzing with people coming and going.  A mix of people who are taking their first tentative steps towards bringing their own ideas into the world, with those who are seasoned entrepreneurs and those who are working remotely for larger organisations.
Hubs like the one in Bundaberg (and Toowoomba, which we visited as well earlier in the week) are like energy generators of potential and a playground of experimentation, they are usually lead by people who caught the bug of entrepreneurship and want to create a space for others who understand them and can share in the exciting stages of exploration, problem solving and growth.
We at the community team of Codebots, are at a similar stage of the journey. We have the advantage of having a product that is built based on solid research, and is currently being used in house for paying, happy clients, but we are still working out exactly who we can best help with our platform. It's an exciting time and what is known as "greenfield" where we are playing, experimenting and figuring things out as we go along.
During our visit in Bundaberg, Indi and Eban ran a condensed version of the Playbook workshop. The workshop takes people through the essential elements to development of a software project, and the ways in which Codebots can be used to help with the project.  We had over 12 community members join in on the fun, from all different stages of business development, from just starting off, to running a business.
One of the positive challenges we have at Codebots is an abundance of choice for focusing on who to work with first. The platform can solve so many problems for so many different people, from those who are just starting out and have no technical experience and want to create an MVP to the very technical and talented software designers who want to spend more time planning and designing beautiful and effective software.
This was evident in those who participated in the workshop, as everyone was at different points in their entrepreneurial journey in terms of knowledge and experience. It was a great  opportunity for us to be able to play and better understand how to deliver our message in a way that will click with all different stages of entrepreneurial development and technical knowledge.
At the end of the Playbook workshops I was able to wrap my head around the concept and potential of the Codebots platform and got even more excited about being able to connect with and create community around this amazing product. I also got one step closer to understanding how to use my strengths to engage, translate and connect community with the bigger vision of Codebots.
Codebots breaks down barriers for those who want to create something and get stuck in the land of software development, and also helps those who do create software to work more effectively and creatively.  After my trip to Bundaberg I clearly understand and see the importance and need to plug into the more regional areas.
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