Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers. Stay tuned – more speakers will be announced in the coming months!


Tim BellTim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into over 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in computing education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.

Presentation Abstract: An ABC of Computational Thinking and Digital Technologies

The new Digital Technologies curriculum sounds like it would be mainly about devices, but in fact it is more about people; devices aren't an end in themselves, but a means for helping people to achieve their goals. In addition, teachers might be concerned that the technology is too fast-changing to keep up with, and uses jargon that may become outdated quickly. This talk will look at the connection between the digital devices and people, including some key ideas and terminology foundational to digital systems, and reflections on helping teachers get up to speed with the curriculum. This will include exploring the lasting ideas that underpin the curriculum, illustrating them with examples from the Computer Science Unplugged approach.



Kristy GoodwinDr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital parenting educators (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, a speaker and digital wellness researcher, who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone. Kristy worked as a primary school and early childhood educator for fourteen years before becoming an academic. She has worked with clients including Apple, Nickelodeon Channel, the National Broadband Network, McDonalds, NSW Department of Education and Optus, she’s spoken at national and international conferences and at childcare centres, schools and at medical conferences throughout Australia.

Kristy is regularly called upon by the media to translate the latest research about kids and screens into practical and relevant information for worried parents and professionals. Dr Kristy takes the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age (without suggesting that parents or educators need to ban the iPad or unplug the TV). She provides parents and professionals with facts, not fears, about how screens are impacting on children’s health, learning, wellbeing and development and also on adult health and productivity.

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