Presented by

  • Steve Dalton

    Steve Dalton

    Steve is a Electronic & Computer Engineer, turned Software Engineer who in recent times with the advent of "The Internet of Things" came full circle back to his childhood passion - Electronics. Steve is well known on the Gold Coast as "The Community Guy", heavily involved in the early Linux Group on the Gold Coast, then going on to run many Barcamps and Meetups in South East Queensland. He then eventually formed Gold Coast Techspace - the local makers and hacker space which has now been running for over 8 year and has many hundreds of members. It is one of the most active and sustainable tech groups on The Gold Coast. Steve is an avid user of Linux - he started back in 1994 whilst working at IBM in the UK on slackware and has ever since used Linux has his primary desktop and server OS and all his employees of his consulting company use Linux whether they like it or not! (and always grow to love it)


In 2011 I embarked on a project of creating a Makerspace on the Gold Coast. At the time there was a massive lack of tech community in my new city and it was our original intention to create a "clubhouse" where fellow geeks could come together and form friendships and connections through hacking together. Simple hey? What I didn't expect though was the massive outpouring of need for EDUCATION, from all ages and all levels. We were regularly mobbed by parents, teachers and even Universities begging for free help with their projects and even just wanting us to build it for them. All this while we were still finding our feet and battling with membership fees, making rent, committee member churn and all sorts of other local politics! Baby sitting and freeloading strained us to breaking point! This talk is the story of our space, but also how we eventually reached equilibrium. We can now sustainably help people learn in a way that helps them to help themselves and build good learning and collaboration habits. I'll share some of the techniques we have learnt the hard way and tips & tricks that you might also be able to use in your own world. Linux Australia: YouTube: