Mark McCrindle



Mark is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, TedX speaker and influential thought leader, and is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.

Mark’s understanding of the key social trends as well as his engaging communication style places him in high demand in the press, on radio and on television shows, such as Sunrise, Today, The Morning Show, ABC News 24 and A Current Affair.

His research firm counts amongst its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and his highly valued reports and infographics have developed his regard as a data scientist, demographer, futurist and social commentator.

Bron Stuckey



Dr Bronwyn Stuckey, Specialist in Gamification, Community of Practice and Open Badges.

Bronwyn has been engaged in educational community and gameful practices in learning development for the past 15 years. She has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community. She is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and is global leader in the gamification for community and identity cultivation. Bronwyn is also lead member of the Sydney Education Technology Group working to support edutech startups and to make Sydney the hub of educational entrepreneurship. Bronwyn has authored several chapters on the separate topics of community cultivation and games in learning, two of these to be published in 2016.

Bronwyn earned her PhD in researching the core factors supporting successful online communities of practice. In that research she examined in depth the development of communities across many sectors; e-government, enterprise, military and not-for-profit. She has applied those research findings when consulting in the design of adult learning communities and workplace communities of practice. Since leaving lecturing and learning design in the higher education sector (UOW, QUT, UWS) her research, consultation and design have been in gamification and game-inspired designs for classroom and professional learning and communities of practice.

Bronwyn has consulted in K-12, adult and workplace learning contexts in relation to communities of practice, games based learning and aspects of gamification. She is a co-facilitator of the Open Badges Australia and New Zealand (OBANZ) community and has for the past 2 years researched the efficacy of open badges in re-imagining and re-framing academic learning programs and contexts.

Martin Westwell



Martin Westwell is a Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning at Flinders University and Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century. At Flinders, Martin leads a team of researchers and teachers who collaborate with schools and systems to develop evidence-informed innovation in education policy and practice.

He is a member of the SACE Board (South Australia’s senior secondary curriculum authority), the Evaluation and Research Use Committee of Social Ventures Australia, and the steering group of UNESCO’s Education Research Institute Network. Martin is one of the Chief Investigators in the national Science of Learning Research Centre, an ARC Special Research Initiative.

Maryanne Pearce



Maryanne Pearce is an experienced secondary education consultant currently working across the eastern Australian states at regional and school levels to advise and support whole school reform and deliver job embedded teacher support. She is an accredited school reviewer in Victorian and Queensland education systems. In 2015, Maryanne developed and delivered the secondary program for Principals as Literacy leaders (PALLs) for ACT secondary principals. In July 2015, Maryanne presented at ALEA conference in Canberra on the topic of Digital Writing in the Secondary Years.

Maryanne has a particular interest and expertise in building pedagogical capacity, embedding robust PLT cultures with a focus on student learning, and developing instructional leadership focus at all levels of school management. Maryanne works with school teams to build collective pedagogical knowledge and practices across the academic disciplines.

From 2005 to 2010, Maryanne worked as an education consultant within the New York and New Jersey education departments. In a past life, Maryanne worked for the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) for over 20 years and during that time held a variety of leadership roles in high schools in addition to external assessments of VCE.

Brendan Spillane



Brendan Spillane is an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. He works as an Executive Coach with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite sports. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles at executive level on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia.

Brendan is working with a range of corporate and sporting organisations as well as with education providers, systems and professional associations. Until 2016, he has been the Australian Co-ordinator of the international OUR Education Network group which works to transform outcomes for schools in several countries, notably in the UK, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand.

Brendan has delivered keynote addresses at a wide range of conferences in Australia, New Zealand, US and elsewhere. He was an invited presenter to the prestigious International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) held in Wellington NZ in January 2013. He again presented a Keynote Address in ICOT 2015 (Bilbao, Spain) on the topic of critical thinking for organisational success. During 2016, his international work will take him to Spain, the UK, NZ and elsewhere.

An engaging speaker and presenter, Brendan uses a powerful blend of story, metaphor and humour to create the conditions for a more authentic and insightful dialogue in groups. His professional expertise includes cultural change, establishing feedback systems that work and supporting people to develop the skills to lead crucial conversations effectively. He is passionate about capacity building in individuals and teams, developing leaders to take personal responsibility for their work and also about the key behaviours that underpin the high performance mindset.

Zeina Chalich



Zeina is a dynamic educator and international presenter with teaching experience in primary schools and university. In her role as Leader of Learning & Innovation, Zeina leads ‘disruptive’ change in digital pedagogy and personalised Learning – creatively integrating technology and design thinking to transform learning experiences and connect communities of learners. In 2015, Zeina was awarded the Brother John Taylor Fellow Research Prize from the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) to further explore innovative ways to develop creative thinking in a makerspace. She also won a ‘New Voice in Leadership’ Scholarship from ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) for her work in Digital Pedagogy, Gifted Education and Mentoring with pre-service and beginning teachers. Zeina is a co-founder of #aussieED – Australia’s largest educational professional learning network on Twitter and founder of the #makerEDau twitter chat. She was recently announced the winner of the 2015 Edublogs Awards for the Best Individual Tweeter Category.

Dan Meyer



Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math textbooks. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future. He lives in Mountain View, CA.

Dan Haesler



Dan Haesler is an international keynote speaker, teacher, writer & consultant.

Described as engaging, thought provoking and someone who pushes the boundaries, Dan has appeared alongside some of the world’s most well-known educational thinkers including Sir Ken Robinson and TED Talk Prize Winner, Sugata Mitra. In 2015 he will be appearing on the same program as His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dan works with a diverse range of people and organisations as well as featuring in and writing for the mainstream media. In his role as a consultant, Dan has worked with state government departments, not-for-profit organisations, regional education offices, professional associations and individual schools.

Chris Harte



As Leading Teacher for Personalised Learning at JMSS, Chris Harte’s role involves the development of learner portfolios, team teaching, pedagogies for real and virtual flexible spaces and the formative use of data. He is also involved in the design and implementation of Emerging Sciences Victoria, a virtual science school serving Victorian students.

Chris is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Educator Group Leader and has mentored on the Google Teacher Academy and the Melbourne Knowledge Week Edu Startup weekend.

Chris has a keen interest in developing learning-to-learn skills, formative assessment, design thinking, collaboration and creativity in schools and has a passion for languages education. He values connecting with and supporting other educators wanting to make a difference in the world by developing authentic learning with great pedagogy and technology!