Marc Prensky Marc Prensky is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker, author, and “practical visionary” in the field of education. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute.
Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. Marc’s latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Columbia TC Press, 2016), won the FOREWORD INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Award Gold Prize for Education.
Marc’s background includes teaching at all levels — elementary through college, six years at the Boston Consulting Group, and 10 years as founder and CEO of a software game development company. He has been a professional musician and has acted on Broadway. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Middlebury College, Yale University and the Harvard Business School.
Hattie Compton-Moen is a Year 11 student and avid technology user. She has a passion for ensuring that our future, whatever new technologies it holds, is accessible to people from all backgrounds and particularly to women. Since first discovering her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at age 5, she has competed in the Robocup competition and placed for 7 years consecutively, and also teaches two girls' robotics clubs. As a Future Problem Solver, Hattie is enthusiastic about solving issues that may arise as our technologies evolve. She is particularly interested in how education can equip New Zealand's youngest generations for a technology-focused future.
Sue Suckling assists companies, organisations and individuals to clarify their purpose and strategy to deliver success, including how to respond to new technologies and disruption. This is both through her work as a professional director in commercial and government sectors, as well as independent consulting.
Sue has undertaken reviews for some of NZ's most significant departments and Ministries to best position them for effective future contribution to NZ citizens. Sue is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Jacobsen Holdings Limited, the Lincoln Hub Establishment Board, ECL Group Limited, IFSO and Jade Software Corporation Limited. Previous governance roles include chairing NIWA, AgriQuality Limited, and as a director of Restaurant Brands Limited, Westpac Investments Limited and the New Zealand Dairy Board. She holds an OBE for her contribution to New Zealand business. Sue is an inaugural Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Emily Hay is founder of a Women in Technology group, international speaker and a passionate advocate for empathy, fairness and equality in business.
Emily took an unconventional path into the tech industry after failing to complete high school and initially studying a Childcare diploma in Auckland, New Zealand. Events conspired to bring Emily to her current position as Technical Project Manager managing global implementation projects for a tech startup headquartered in San Francisco, and speaking at international conferences, including the largest tech conference in the world, Dreamforce.
Emily believes that the tech industry must be changed in order to attract diverse talent, to fill growing talent gaps and improve the tech products and services that our global communities increasingly rely on.
Kaila Colbin spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,000 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.
She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for early-stage entrepreneurs in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chair of the New York-based culinary school Natural Gourmet Institute; Deputy Chair of CORE Education; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ.
Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
David Hollands is passionate about the opportunity to play a part in transforming people, communities ,countries and our planet for the better. He is particularly focused on the roles of education and technological innovations to build foundations and solve key challenges in the world. David is presently Vice President of the United Nations Association of Australia (WA) , on the advisory group to Australian Curriculum (through ACARA) for Digital Technologies & Design and Technologies curriculums , non-executive member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Educational Digital Development, Steering committee member for the Australian Federal Governments PTECH initiative. His career and passion for technology spans 20 years, and he presently is also working for HP as National education lead as part of HP’s global education team . He is a father of 4 and is a self-confessed technology and education tragic (his wife of 22 years wrote his valentine’s day card in binary) .