Our incredible lineup of speakers and facilitators for the Future of Learning 2019 – so far…
Jason Swanson is the Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, where he helps lead the organization’s research into the future of learning, develops publications, and works with education stakeholders to generate actionable insights. Jason holds a BA in Public Policy from West Chester University and an MS in Foresight from the University of Houston. He is a fellow with the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of the Remake Learning Council.
Jason has explored how trends and developments such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality might impact learning. He has authored dozens of dozens of articles and forecasts, ranging from the future of work and readiness, the future of credentials, the expansion and diversification of educator roles, and the creation of learning ecosystems.
With his current team at KnowledgeWorks, Jason is partnering with mid-sized urban communities in the United States to generate community-specific insights to help plan for the future of learning and work. An experienced speaker and facilitator, Jason has worked with a diverse array of education stakeholders to make sense of the future, including students, teachers, administrators, education innovators, policymakers, and more.
Technology is changing everything—the way we educate cannot be left behind.
Over the course of 2019, 2020, and 2021, Boma New Zealand will enable three groups of 10 motivated, Canterbury-based secondary school educators to become Boma NZ Education Fellows, powered by Christchurch Airport.
Each group of Boma NZ Education Fellows will excel through a free, year-long programme designed to help them explore ways of bringing exponential thinking, technology, and innovative leadership into their schools.
All of these learning experiences will enable the Boma NZ Education Fellows to create hands-on projects in Canterbury secondary schools, resulting in tangible outcomes that can be scaled to others in the wider education community.
Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a background in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since 2013, Mahsa has been involved with Google’s Computer Science for High Schools initiative and has run these workshops in Auckland for the last 4 years. Mahsa is also the founder and director of the women’s technology group She# – shesharp.co.nz, a platform aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation, and creating networking opportunities for tertiary students and industry professionals in the digital sector.
Her passion for promoting careers in technology to young women has been widely recognised, and she has received a number of nominations and awards for her efforts, including the Emerging Leader Award at the NZ Women of Influence Awards, and is also a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year 2018.
John has always found himself on one side of the desk or the other. Whether as a student, a TA, a teacher, professor, or most currently as the Director of Educational Engagement at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, John’s passion will always be education. John holds several degrees ranging from graphic design, to fine art, education, and is seeking his PhD in Instructional Technology.
Throughout his career he has created curricula from the ground up and has helped to establish new programs which revolve around emergent technologies. John has experience serving in various roles throughout the K-Graduate School spectrum. John can be found at Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC, his Alma mater, and in the newly open MuseumLab, where he hopes to transform education through community.
Hamish Duff is a Director at Recalibrate Ltd – helping organisations to successfully take advantage of technology to transform the way they operate. This is achieved through independent review and analysis of technology strategy, developing roadmaps for change, establishing strong technology foundations and strategic positioning to thrive and survive in a world of rapid technology change.
Technology change is the greatest business threat of our age, but also potentially the most exciting opportunity – and Hamish specialises in helping businesses to understand their role in creating the future.
Hamish is a lifelong learner – with qualifications and experience across multiple disciplines, from science, to biotechnology, through to technology and business. He believes that we all need to learn and adapt if we are to thrive in the increasingly digital world we are entering – and we need to prepare both students of the future and existing employees for the change. He is currently a member of the Ministry of Education Technology Advisory Board.
Cheryl is a leadership futurist who sees exponential technologies as an opportunity to amplify our human characteristics. She loves challenging organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a rapidly changing and complex world. This world must consider equity, ethics and social impact as our preferred future.
Cheryl has been an award-winning principal and is involved in a number of strategic roles and foresight projects. This includes Grow Waitaha, a project supporting Christchurch schools through the change process. In 2017 Cheryl was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards, in the Innovation and Science category.
She is currently a Board Chair of the NZ Brain Research Institute, Establishment Board Chair of Haeata Community Campus and serves as a trustee for Limitless and Food for Thought Trusts. Cheryl is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui.
Eruera is the Executive Director for Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, a Ngāi Tahu-led approach to tackle inequality at its roots. The vision is to create equity in education, employment and income for all Ngāi Tahu and Māori in the Ngāi Tahu Takiwā by 2040. Our legacy – a world where all Māori are inspired by their futures, confident in their culture, prosperous in their careers and succeeding as Māori.
Our mission is to create a Ngāi Tahu-led Treaty-based approach for social change. Drawing from our whānau, hapū, communities, and partners Tokona Te Raki uses social innovation tools and processes to develop community-driven solutions that enable rangatahi to succeed and thrive with a key focus on creating pathways for Māori to the jobs of the future.
Margaret began her working life as a professional musician, first as a classical cellist and pianist, and then as lead guitarist and later as drummer and bluegrass fiddler, playing in several bands and in the studio, and touring several times, including in the US.
She followed up graphic design training by co-founding a web design company in which she held the role of Creative Director for 14 years, and was involved in design and back end development as well as business management.
In 2012 she co-founded Stickmen Media, a software development company specialising in apps, games, virtual reality and augmented reality. Stickmen was a finalist in the 2015 Champion Canterbury Awards and the New Zealand Innovation Awards. Also in 2015 Margaret co-founded MTech Games, a startup using the technical expertise gained from Stickmen’s experience to create VR solutions for rehabilitation. In 2017 MTech won a Champion Canterbury Professional Services Award.
Chris Henderson is an innovative leader in international and comparative education with expertise in teacher professional learning, youth development, global citizenship education and education in emergencies. He brings infectious energy to his work and gets a buzz supporting teachers and learners in their engagement with, understanding of, and success in the Asia-Pacific region.
For New Zealand’s Ministry of Education Chris is a key advisor on global citizenship and sustainability education, and is focused on the integration of global competence learning across all aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum. Internationally, Chris advises clients including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and government ministries on creative and culturally responsive resources relating to teacher leadership, education sector resilience, and community-centred curriculum design.
Chris holds a Master of Education with High Distinction from the University of Sydney and has completed professional development through the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard University.
Kendall is the Co Founder and CEO of Banqer, the financial education platform named 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year, and a recipient of a Global Inclusion Award at the G20 Summit in Berlin in 2017.
In 2018 Kendall was recognised for her efforts in raising the financial capability of over 150,000 students being named the 2018 Young Māori Business Leader and in 2019 the Young New Zealander of the Year.
Kendall has a background in Accounting, Economics and Web Development, having walked the unconventional path of a true entrepreneur. Founding two start-ups prior to Banqer, Kendall’s passion has always lay in social issues, particularly educating youth to enable better outcomes for not only them, but their wider communities.
David is co-author of Don’t Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work, a senior leader and professional director. He has an extensive track record in strategy and marketing and has worked with government agencies, educational institutions and international corporations. He is currently Executive Director – Partnerships at Unitec Institute of Technology and is a Chair and Director of a number of technology companies including Edge Learning Systems, Synapsys and The Mind Lab.
David has a long-standing involvement in digital technology, education and workforce planning. He founded the Wellington EdTech Meet up, the EdTech for Export conference and is a member of the Executive Council of the EdTech Association. He holds an MA from Cambridge University, is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
Raphael studied history and medical physics and co-developed a patent in medical technology before becoming a lecturer in mathematical modelling. He is CEO and Founder of Jaipuna, the creators of Amy an Artificial Intelligence based private tutoring system for maths www.amy.ac. He is passionate about the future of education and ensuring that this is evenly distributed around the world. He is actively involved in the development of the startup ecosystem, helped to establish Canterbury Angels and mentoring at Startup Weekends around the world.
Design Technologist, Entrepreneur and Director at JIX Reality.
Driven by relentless curiosity and a passion unhindered by time, Sakthi quit his 9-5 Digital Designer job to realise his mission: “To cultivate design thinking and innovation in the next generation of curious minds by inciting JOY” at the 2017 Startup Weekend.
He now runs his Cross Reality startup and Ed-Tech Social Enterprise ‘JIX’ creating compelling, immersive and interactive experiences for Educational Spaces, Attractions and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).
Last year, JIX went on to become the Regional Finalist for the first ever ‘NZ Space Challenge’ and was also part of the world’s first culture-tech accelerator programme MAHUKI, commissioned by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Connect with him for mentorship, tech talks and workshops based in New Zealand.
James is the Founder of Virtual Medical Coaching an Edtech startup which develops virtual reality software for use in training and education combined with adaptive e-learning software which is powered by a machine learning and artificial intelligence platform for individual efficient and effective learning.
We work with tertiary providers and companies who are seeking to improve the staff or end-user training. Everything hinges on the data that is provided by the learning without this the simulations are not as powerful – there is an expression in the industry that “you’re either into training or gaming”. We are definitely into training.
James grew up in Dublin, Ireland but moved to the UK for his undergraduate degree in medical imaging. He worked in medical imaging for a decade and completed a number of medical imaging post-graduate papers before moving into full-time medical imaging education at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch. He completed his tertiary teaching and learning qualifications at Ara and MSc at the University of Canterbury in 2015. In late 2015, having spotted a gap in the students’ educational needs, formed Virtual Medical Coaching. The idea is not just to replace physical simulation but to make it at least 10 times better by incorporating a strong learning component be the VR platform.
Nick is an Education and Learning Entrepreneur and Futurist. He is also an author, presenter and executive coach. He has a particular interest and expertise in the areas of exponential technologies and their relevance/impact in education and learning. He also has interest and expertise in next level conversations, coaching, leadership, special education and behaviour support. He has been a teacher, senior leader and school principal, and, since 2004, coach, trainer and consultant primarily to those in education, but also to others in the not-for-profit sector.
Throughout his time in education, spanning 30 years, Nick has been committed to developing individuals at all levels, including students, and has a strong belief that everyone can develop, improve and achieve.
Since 2004, Nick has run training and facilitation for well over 4000 people, presented at numerous conferences, and has written for a wide range of publications, including authoring books on leadership, behaviour support, restorative practices, Solutions Focused Special Education and Navigating The Myriad of Leadership Conversations. Prior to this he was recognised as an ‘excellent leader’ of an all-age, large Special School Provision in the UK.
Starting my pursuit of purpose in advertising in the late 90s, right as we transitioned into the world wide web, I have been a practitioner throughout the rise and fall of many technologies. At every opportunity I have deep dived into digital, from classic multimedia development through to mobile Apps, 3D printing to IoT. Technology will always be evolving, but the fundamental craft of understanding a problem at a human scale then devising the appropriate response, is a skill that cannot be disrupted.
My usual approach is that of an early adopter – figuring stuff out before the users manual exists. I believe that without a hands-on approach, or a genuine practical understanding, you cannot fully realise the latent opportunity. You are merely applying secondhand knowledge and theoretical opinion. As innovators we should be always testing our assumptions and aiming to continuously improve outcomes and impact.
This open mindset has led me to become a strong advocate of Human-Centred Design. A process where you invest time in getting to the nub of the ‘real’ problem. The further you dig into a problem, the more opportunity begins to show. It’s the skill of a designer to notice these opportunities, dream a creative response, then bring it into reality. Grounding an idea that has a positive impact is when design creates value.
*speakers subject to change