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Tim Wicks

Over the last 20 years I have had many adventures as an educator. I have taught in a Korean International school in Jakarta, Indonesia, ran small remote schools in outback Australia and innovated as a leader in a special school. In early 2013 I came up with the idea to hold a LAN event using what was at the time, a very popular game called Minecraft. Over the next 3 years I refined my business model, eventually creating an online server, then creating a system for online Camps (events). This created a synergy between what happened in the Camps and at home. In late 2013 I started travelling around Australia, holding Camps. This continued and intensified in 2014 and eventually I was spending no time at all in Darwin. My business flourished but I never saw my family. To fix this, we moved from Darwin to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. As we move into 2016 I am holding Camps, and developing the Camp Leader Program.

Tim is from QLD, Australia.

Tim's minecraft username is timmyturbo

Tim's mobile phone number is 0400403963

Julian Clarke

Having spent over 13 years working in ICT across the UK, Ireland and Europe, and most recently 5 years in the Education sector in Queensland, I was introduced to Tim and BuddyVerse at one of his Camps in Toowoomba. Sharing his passion for providing an environment for kids to be able to safely express their creativity on-line, I jumped at the chance to be able to host camps in and around the Toowoomba area. My own Minecraft adventures began in 2010, and eventually gave way to creating a private server for my son and his cousins to have their own adventures in a safe and secure manner. I fully believe that Minecraft promotes creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills and that the values taught on BuddyVerse will enable kids to become great citizens in the digital world. Be sure to hit up my facebook page for recent and upcoming BuddyVerse camp news and pics! https://www.facebook.com/BuddyVerseJoolz/

Julian is from QLD, Australia.

Julian's minecraft username is Joolz

Julian's mobile phone number is 0421543317

Geof Kenah

I have spent over 30 years working in the technical areas of ICT, 4 years as a Scout leader and taught Computing all over the world including teaching for the UN in Ethiopia. My passion is helping people find their way in the ever changing technology world with a special interest in help kid understand and utilise technology in a Safe, Friendly and Secure way. Check me out at http://www.minecrafter.com.au

Geof is from VIC, Australia.

Geof's minecraft username is GeoKenAU

Geof's mobile phone number is 0431256930

Tara Eagleton

I am currently a full time student and mother studying a History degree with aspirations to become a Librarian. I have taught in primary classrooms as part of my education degree and worked as a learn to swim instructor. I have a keen interest in the uses of technology for learning and collaboration. With primary aged children at home, I have witnessed how engaging Minecraft is and how socially interactive it can be. After attending and assisting at BuddyVerse camps last year it was clear that South West Sydney needed more BuddyVerse camps. The children were engaged designing buildings and landscapes, collaborating with new found friends, contributing to group builds and helping each other learn, all in a safe and friendly environment.

Tara is from NSW, Australia.

Tara's minecraft username is fluffy_bunnyy

Tara's mobile phone number is 0411488607

Carol Poyser

Over the last 20 years I have worked in various sales and marketing management roles including many years in the travel industry and most recently the promotional products industry. I am passionate about people connecting and love sharing experiences with my two boys, 13yrs & 10yrs. We were introduced to BuddyVerse last year during a camp here in the Hunter Region, I was so excited to find a place where the boys could interact face to face with other kids and learn about safe on-line gaming. I am excited to continue the work of BuddyVerse in our region and know there are many families ready to learn more and discover the benefits of a Safe, Friendly and Secure Minecraft server. Find out what Newcastle Hunter Region is up to on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hunterminecraftcamps

Carol is from NSW, Australia.

Carol's minecraft username is nova_diva

Carol's mobile phone number is 0427517414

Brenda van Rensburg

Kobus & Brenda has worked as educators for over 25 years in primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities in USA, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. They are passionate about educating the next generation with the technology skills needed for the future and mobile technology. Using Minecraft as a foundation to create innovators and not just consumers of technology. At TechCamps4Kids, kids are encouraged to Think different and Be different! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techcamps4kids/ https://www.facebook.com/buddyversewa/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-van-rensburg-mba-ent-mgt-maicd-misqem-b63028ab https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenda-van-rensburg-35342b79 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc8HndiLhaR_19zIuh_bAYw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/techcamps4kids/

Brenda is from WA, Australia.

Brenda's minecraft username is meyoda

Brenda's mobile phone number is 0435 432 125

Tracy Bourne

I have been involved in education for over 20 years. My expetise is early childhood and behavior, but I have also trained adults in adult learning. I curently teach in a primary school and buddyverse is a fun passion that I do with my son Jamaal. I become involved in Buddyverse when Jamaal started playing Minecraft. I quickly realised the benefits of children participating in a kid safe minecraft environment. Children directly benefit by learning about co-operation, team building, leadership development, and a awakening of their creative selves. When I am not on Buddyverse I include both minecraft and coding in my lessons to the children in my classroom.

Tracy is from QLD , Australia.

Tracy's minecraft username is 1awesometoadmum

Tracy's mobile phone number is 0408889403

Chad Habel

By weekday Chad is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide; on the weekends and school holidays he runs Game Truck Australia (http://www.gametruckaustralia.com.au) and is now a Camp Leader for Buddyverse Minecraft Camps. Chad is passionate about the potential for technology and games to enhance learning and wellbeing in people of all ages.

Chad is from SA, Australia.

Chad's minecraft username is GameTruckAus

Chad's mobile phone number is 0433318001