S.M. Computational Engineering, MIT
B.Eng. Elec. Engineering (First-Class), NUS
Director (Asia-Pacific), Danaher
Six-Sigma Black Belt, Caterpillar
R2 Technologies (Hologic), Silicon Valley
Yong Ning graduated with a Masters in Computation for Design and Optimisation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under a full scholarship and spent a year working in a technology startup in Silicon Valley prior to returning to Singapore, where he was born and grew up in.
Rapidly rising through the ranks and previously a Regional (Asia-Pacific) Director with a US multinational, he realised how big a part his coding knowledge helped in advancing his career. He continues to do programming in his free time as a hobby and founded Coding Lab®.
He is a highly sought-after expert and his work on coding with children has been featured in various National media, including The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. He has also been called upon as a consultant with various parenting magazines and is regularly invited to share his views at parenting talks and seminars.
M.A. Fine Arts in Creative Writing and English, University of Massachusetts
B.S. Computer Science, University of Massachusetts
Brian was a software engineer at Microsoft for 10 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a minor in Mathematics, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and English from the University of Massachusetts.
He taught for 3 years at the University of Massachusetts and has shipped numerous software projects at Microsoft ranging from operating systems, desktop applications, and mobile applications.
He now combines his passion for coding, technology, and teaching to help young kids discover the joys of coding.
M.S. Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon
B.Sc. Computer Science (First-Class), NUS
VP, Credit Suisse, New York (USA)
Developer, EllieMae (Silicon Valley)
Li Jia had his first encounter with coding on an Apple II at the age of 5 and the rest, as they say, is History.
Moving on to Secondary school where he had loads of fun writing programs to solve various math problems, he credits his early brush with coding to having led him to where he is today, as a VP with one of the world’s leading investment banks, with more than 10 years of experience in the development of stocks and options trading software.
His hobbies revolve around coding and hardware, many of which are adapted into our coding classes for kids. His latest coding hobby (on top of his intensely game-changing work projects) involves building his home surveillance system – using Raspberry Pi.
Currently based in New York, Li Jia holds a Master of Science in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
B.Comp. Computer Engineering (Hons), NUS
LinkedIn (Silicon Valley)
With his extensive experience in agile software, web and game development platforms, Julius has been developing and shipping software for Microsoft Office, Kinect and Hololens for the last 10 years.
As a native speaker of English and Mandarin and being professionally fluent in Japanese, he has worked with teams across different parts of the world, including Singapore, Redmond, Seattle and Tokyo.
Currently based in Japan as a Senior Software Engineer with Microsoft, his recent activities include the development of Docs.com and Office Lens, as well as Microsoft’s next generation presentation platform, Sway.com.
Julius’ passion lies in bringing the frontier of innovation to young children, with the aim of demystifying today’s technology to enable them to become inventors of tomorrow’s reality.
B.Sc. Life Sciences, NUS
Minor in Scientific Computation, Multimedia and Communications
Candice’s experience in Sales and Marketing spans across various Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical and FMCG companies. She enjoys translating her corporate experience into an organisation that impacts children and strongly believes that programming is a must-have skill in today’s economy.
Having first discovered her passion for teaching children when she taught IT classes to lower secondary students at her Alma mater, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, she is excited to do her part in shaping the education of kids in the 21st Century.
A mother of 2, she has already started her children on tinkering with the latest tech (preschooler-friendly) gadgets.
Principal, Agape Centre for Excellence (Perth)
Consultant, Internet Training (STA)
Minor, Law & Finance
The Principal and Founder of Agape Centre for Excellence in Perth and the education partner for Coding Lab, Lisa has extensive experience in the education arena, running a premium enrichment centre for kids.
She found her calling in Education, especially in the area of technology back in 1995 when she founded Paideia (now defunct), a pioneer in Internet training services. As the appointed consultant to the Singapore Telecoms Academy (1995 – 1997), the company received numerous awards for best website conceptualisation and design.
Her passion is to make a difference especially with children, as they are the leaders of tomorrow. Having a child herself, she understands the needs of school going children and wants to empower them with the academic, social and emotional skills to help them reach their fullest potential.
B.Sc. Statistics, NUS
Minor in Computing
NUS High School
Two-time Winner, Singapore VEX Robotics Championships (SILVER)
Mona’s love for all things tech began when her parents brought home a Macintosh when she was 3. She started playing computer games and fell in love with technology. Her interests in technology extend beyond software, and you can often find her taking apart hardware to take a look at what’s inside.
A self-confessed tech geek who has done and taught robotics for almost a decade, Mona started her teaching career right after she graduated from the prestigious NUS High School, teaching robotics and various other math and science subjects. She was also part of the team of the NUS High Robotics Club which won twice at the Singapore VEX Robotics Championships (Silver).
Mona holds a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) with a minor in Computing from the National University of Singapore. She delights in translating her passion and talent for coding into the bright young minds of children, hoping that many, like her, will discover the joys of STEM learning and go on to build and create their favourite things. She firmly believes that computer literacy is the language of the future and that everyone should at least give it a try.
B.Eng. Industrial & Systems Engineering (Hons), NUS
NUS Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Wai Yee graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
She has been actively involved in school activities and has held a leadership role in her school’s community service club programme as an internal chairperson. She also volunteers with non-profit organisations during her free time to bring learning opportunities through weekly reading sessions to children.
Coupled with her cheerful personality, Wai Yee aims to bring joy to others. She loves to face new challenges and discover solutions to solve problems.
B.Comp. Computer Science (Hons), Fayoum University, Egypt
Ranked 3rd in Cohort
Programming Instructor (Egypt)
Martina enjoys working with kids, since everyone of them is brilliant in something and is happiest when she help them realise their own potential.
She has experienced and knows that a child’s love is always pure and unconditional. They always tell her how they feel no matter what. She looks forward to those moments when she can hear her students screaming happily when their code works.
She is of the firm opinion that teaching kids to code is not just to write lines of code on computer but they learn the ability to create anything out of nothing, to think better and improve their problem solving skills.
B.A. Sociology (Hons), NTU
Volunteer, Touch Community Centre
Hwa Chong Institution (IP)
Reiko enjoys exploring new ideas and questing for knowledge. Fuelled by a desire to make the world a better place, Reiko believes that education and digital literacy is key to empowering the next generation. Her passion for working with kids was cultivated through her many experiences in mentoring, tutoring, and facilitation of workshops.
A firm believer in holistic, all-rounded education, Reiko seeks to impart not just the technicalities of coding, but also the courage to explore, the eye for good design, and the heart for meaningful creations to each and every child she meets through her work.