Kelly Tagalan is the General Manager and co-founder of Code Club Australia, a network of volunteers and educators working to democratise digital technologies education for all kids, through free coding clubs. Code Club supports more than 2,000 clubs throughout the country, and 50,000 girls access free programming every week in Australia through Code Club.
Kelly also started Moonhack, Australia’s world record setting event getting the most kids coding in a day. Before starting a national charity, Kelly worked in the Sydney startup scene as State Manager for Silicon Valley based Upwork where she trained small to medium enterprises and startups to use online freelancers to support lean business models. Originally from San Francisco, Kelly has evolved a decade long career in the non profit education sector into an exciting shift into edu-tech, and has integrated her personal interests into her day to day work. Kelly believes shifting the charitable services model into sustainable and lean operations is the future of the sector and is passionate about social entrepreneurship.
Kelly is a self described impatient optimist who works to create opportunities for others through her work and is inspired to drive diversity through creativity and leadership in her sector.