Bryce Eldredge, co-founder and general manager of The Rural Network, became interested in computer science through the desire to solve a problem. The Rural Network is an online version of the “supermarket noticeboard”, helping people in rural communities to outsource tasks to those with the skills. He grew up in a farming business and says it was obvious that he was always going to have a career in that industry.
“Seeing the problems that we faced with labour shortages in rural areas, that made me have a crack at building an online peer-to-peer marketplace and community to help people outsource and complete tasks in their local area,” he says.
This is very exciting and is so important to rural communities find the right people with the right skills. As a small farmer and someone that has worked in rural communities I have seen first hand its importance.