Tech For Non Tech

A one day workshop that demystifies modern tech and empowers decision-makers of today to embrace digital fully

How It Works

Tech for Non Tech helps leaders build their digital fluency by deepening their understanding of web development and learning how to work amazingly with developers.

Technology Basics

No question is too small. We tackle everything from libraries, languages and APIs to agile methods and scrum masters.

Trends + Opportunities

Cut through the jargon to understand emerging trends in tech and their potential impact on business and government.

Tech Relationships

Developers don’t create software – teams do. Develop an understanding of how to work collaboratively with technical people.

My role is to be on top of everything, and I wanted to make sure that I had enough technical knowledge to be contemporary with the discussion, to understand what’s going on. There are so many opportunities that changing and developing technologies offer. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t being left behind and that I was leveraging all the opportunities that were being made available.

Brian Wearne, General Manager, Information and Dispute Services Centre at Consumer Affairs Victoria

What To Expect

Tech for Non Tech helps managers, communicators and leaders understand the world behind the internet.

Here are some of the things you can expect to walk away feeling confident in.


Why do technical projects take ten times longer than expected?

Understand technical product planning and life cycle, technical debt, and the strings behind the buttons you push.

What's the optimal way of working with programmers and tech teams?

Learn to work well with your technical colleagues with engineering empathy. Get inside tech culture and why autonomy, mastery and purpose are so important to technical folk.

What do I need to know about proposing and undertaking a tech project?

Understand information architecture, web development economics, progressive enhancement. Deeply understand behaviour driven development and user testing.

What's inside the magic black box?

Get a working picture of technical languages and processes. Learn your forks from your servers, know your databases from your APIs. Figure out what coding languages should be used for your next project.

What is happening in the world of tech?

Understand the war between coding languages and what this means about technical people and projects. Get a grasp on what the digital future might hold and ensure you won’t be left behind.

What is open source software and why is everyone talking about it?

Learn about open source software – the hype, the strengths and the weaknesses. Plus, understand the differences between software licenses and when to use them.

Next Intakes

We cap numbers at 20 participants per class.

Save a spot for yourself and a colleague by clicking below.


7th June 2018

Registrations Closed


22nd August 2018

Registrations Closed


15th November 2018

Registrations Closed


Our expert hosts and technical facilitators create safe environments where no question is too big or small, and where no two sessions are the same.

Lina Patel

Lina Patel

Host - Melbourne

Lina is part of the Code for Australia Base Team, and is a facilitator and collaboration designer. People frikkin love her workshops and meetings.
Matthew Wright-Simon

Matthew Wright-Simon

Host - Adelaide

Matthew is a facilitator whose purpose is to creatively stimulate, engage and activate people to contribute to positive social, environmental and economic impact.
Ben Ralph

Ben Ralph

Technical Facilitator

With over a decade of experience founding tech companies and teaching web development, Ben is happiest when he’s helping people understand all things human-centred, agile, tech and leadership.
Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Technical Facilitator

Steve is an open data and web mapping expert, a founding member of Open Knowledge Melbourne and one of Code for Australia’s first Fellows. He knows his stuff.

Our Alumni

We’re proud to have worked with participants from agencies, departments and businesses across Australia.

What Makes Us Different

I didn’t really understand what it was that was the problem. But I do now, and it’s a revelation. I’m having much more informed conversations with my IT director, and with my director of our digital strategy. Keryn Negri

CEO, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

I understood things that I didn’t really quite understand before that’s quite empowering. Understanding those basic concepts then allows you to build from a base. Brian Wearne

General Manager of the Information and Dispute Services Centre, Consumer Affairs Victoria

Want A Taster?

Can’t wait to join us in person? Kick off your learning with our free email mini-course: Working Well With Developers.

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