Awards


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Queensland Women in Leadership Awards 2018

Emily was awarded the Queensland Women in Leadership Award for being an entrepreneurial leader.

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SmartCompany's International Women's Day Showcase 2018 Nominee

Emily was a nominee of SmartCompany's International Women's Day showcase this year, her efficient business management skills, her unique approach to problem solving, and for challenging herself to run her own company,

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ARN Women in ICT Awards 2017 Nominee

Emily was a nominee of the Entrepreneur Award as part of the annual ARN Women in ICT Awards, thanks to her successes in the ICT industry.

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Queensland Pearcey Award 2017

Emily was a nominee of the Queensland Pearcey Award for her contributions to the local ICT industry.

 
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Queensland Pearcey ENTREPRENEUR Award HALL OF FAME 2018

Emily was awarded the Queensland Pearcey Hall of Fame Award for “Taking a risk, making a difference and inspiring others in the development of the Australian Information and Communications Technology industry"

 
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40 Under 40: Brisbane's Top Young Entrepreneurs 2017

Emily was a recipient of the Brisbane's Top Young Entrepreneurs Award for her work with teaching kids how to code, and her work in integrating digital literacy into the current primary school education system.

 
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Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion 2017

Emily is a 2017 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, thanks to her efforts in teaching both kids and educators in programming, as well as her work integrating digital literacy education into the primary school curriculum.

 
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What's On 4 Kids Award 2017

Emily's start-up, Coding Kids, won the 2017 What's On 4 Kids Award for Best New Activity.

 
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40 Under 40: Brisbane's Top Young Entrepreneurs 2016

Emily was named one of the Brisbane's Top Young Entrepreneurs for her work with teaching kids how to code, and her work in integrating digital literacy into the current primary school education system.

 
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Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion 2016

Emily is a 2016 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, thanks to her efforts in teaching both kids and educators in programming, as well as her work trying to integrate digital literacy education into the primary school curriculum.


 
 

Media Involvement


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University of Queensland: Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Women in digital: University of Queensland alumnus and faculty valedictorian Emily de la Pena on inspiring the next generation.

 
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Feature on Australia’s Science channel

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship describe their inspirational career journeys in Australia’s Science Channel’s video on inspirational STEM career profiles. Watch Emily and other women in STEM.

 
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STELR inspirational career profiles

STELR (Science & Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) is a national initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The Academy is an independent body of more than 800 Australian scientists and engineers seeking to enhance Australia’s prosperity through technological innovation. STELR aims to increase the number of students choosing science and engineering careers by promoting inspirational career profiles.

 
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Premier’s Anti-Cyberbullying Advisory Committee

Emily was appointed on the Queensland Premier’s Anti-Cyberbullying Advisory Committee to support Queensland government departments in implementing the Taskforce’s report recommendations.

 
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Emily on SBS Filipino

Emily shares stories of her company, Coding Kids, which gives children the opportunity to become creators, innovators and change makers through continuous learning in the everchanging digital world.

 
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Business Numbers Podcast Interview with Ben McAdam

Emily talks about making the leap from full-time work to startups, handling rapid growth and hiring, being approached by a private equity firm, startup weekends, and much more.

 

Feature in "Science is Amazing"

Emily features in Queensland Science's video, promoting the importance of learning science and technology.

 
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Feature on Australia’s Science channel

Emily describes her own unique journey as a STEM entrepreneur while also making a positive community impact.

 
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Coding workshops for kids

Read about Emily’s work with school children in the South Burnett region as part of an Advance Queensland Engaging Science grant.

 

Feature in "CUTTING EDGE STEM"

Emily features in Griffith University's video, promoting their professional development days.

 
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Student programming workshops in Mount Isa

Read about Emily's work with students from various Mount Isa schools as part of the Digital Skills Roadshow.

 
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Student Programming Workshops in Kingaroy

Read about Emily's work with students from various schools in Kingaroy.

 

Talk at Pycon Australia 2017

Emily talks about her progress with integrating Python into primary schools and their existing subjects.

 

ABC Interview with Trevor JAckson

Emily talks about the work and origins of Coding Kids, as well as her experiences as an entrepreneur.

 
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ABC Interview with David Iliffe

Emily talks about Coding Kids with David Iliffe. 

 
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ABC Interview with Stephen Stockwell

Emily talks about Coding Kids with Stephen Stockwell.

 
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2016 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Awards Ceremony

See Emily receive her award at the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Awards ceremony.

 

Involvement with the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy

Read about Emily's endeavours to engage children and teachers in coding and technology, and educate others on the importance of integrating Digital Technologies into our school curriculum.

 

Oakleigh State School Young Innovator Program

Hear about the work that Emily contributes to the Young Innovator Program run at Oakleigh State School.

 

MicroMakers II Hackathon at Bulimba State School

See all the wonderful projects made by students of Bulimba State School for the MicroMakers II Hackathon run by Coding Kids!


 
 

Articles


25 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Emily tells the story behind the inception of Coding Kids.

 

The Benefits of learning how to code

Curious about what the benefits of learning how to code are? Let Emily tell you all about them!

 

Coding Kids' 2016 Term 4 Classes

Read about Coding Kids' endeavours for coding classes in Term 4, 2016!

 

Building your first computer game

Want to learn how to make your first game, but don't know how? Follow along with Emily's tutorial on how to make your very first "Leap Over The Frog" game!

 

Starting a coding club at your child's school

Want to know how to start a coding club at your child's school? Emily brings you some tips on how, using her years of experience in education, technology and entrepreneurship!

 

Build your own computer game

Keen to try your handing at making a computer game in Scratch? Emily walks you through how to make a rendition of the "Forest of Danger" game!