Jonny Shannon is a International Tech entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker based in Sydney, Australia. He grew up in South Auckland, New Zealand and found school extremely difficult, having undiagnosed dyslexia and other disabilities which led him to failing all his subjects and being bullied. After overreacting too many times, Jonny was finally expelled for fighting too much & not showing up to school. It wasn’t until his last school that a counsellor took him aside to work through some of the key issues he was facing. The difference for Jonny was from “night to day”. He quickly turned his academic performance around and focused on his emotional well being. Surprised in the difference seeing a counsellor made, he committed to doing youth work to help other students like him in the future.
After a short time in the NZ Army, Jonny moved to Australia to become a qualified youth-worker. He later took some time off and co-started four companies; one of which was ‘Pushpay’, an app that helps people give to charities, now on the ASX and one of the fastest growing SasS companies in Australian history, worth over $1 Billion. He took this success & resources to re-dedicate his life to full-time youth work, this time focusing on interviewing youth-psychologists & speaking at schools on various health topics.
Since going full-time in 2013, Jonny has spoken over 2,900 times to over 410 schools; speaking up to 27 times a week.
Speaking more than any other independent speaker in Australia in the same time frame. He has spoken at some of the largest events in the southern hemisphere including; National Young Leaders Day, New Zealand's Easter Camp, Universities like Massey & AUT, Educational Conferences, Cyber Bullying Conference's and Conferences alongside keynote speakers from Facebook & Twitter. He has been interviewed about various health topics from various papers including Gold Coast Bulletin, South Bulletin, Gazette, Goulburn Post and contributes to interviews, Podcasts, research and books like "Hello GenZ". He has worked alongside some of the largest mental health initiatives in Australia such as RUOK?, Generation Next, HeadSpace, Young Minds Matter and is in partnership with BurnBright and Batyr under the LeadingWellbeing umbrella.
All of his Health presentations have been checked & passed the Australian Educational & Analysis consulting standard. Jonny is 1 of 14 individuals who has been signed off through the E-Safety Commissioner of Australia for his work in Cyber Safety. He continues to do speak at Schools, Universities and banks on Cyber issues. Jonny continues to do tours most weeks. His desire is to help young people make educated decisions based on what they want for their future & to seek help whenever they need it.
Outside of High School speaking, Jonny teaches business at Universities like Alphacrucis among others. He is the founder & CEO of Gamify; A gamification company who focuses on E-learning and has won innovation awards from Microsoft & IBM. He was on Channel Ten's Shark Tank in 2018 and forwarded by on Entrepreneur Naomi Simson from Red Ballon. He is a board member of two charities and numerous start-ups including Ripetime; a technology which prolong's fruit naturally and is being praised in its efforts in slowing down food shortages globally.
His life outside of speaking to to live in a way which is conducive to his motivational talks. "High school was a really dark time for me; I wish someone would've taught me basic life skills and the importance of strong mental health earlier. That's my motivation to continue speaking in schools" says Jonny.
Jonny has 5 brothers and a sister. His father runs a charity in India and his mother is a sought-after counsellor & speaker who works in maximum security prisons. When Jonny’s not busy trying to change the world he likes to switch off by listening to podcast, designing and reading.