Jaymes Dec

After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University (NYU), Jaymes was the Program Manager at a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies.

Jaymes is a co­founder of The NYC Makery, a community makerspace for children in Gowanus, Brooklyn. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nerdy Derby, an education non-profit that organises creative design challenges for children.

Jaymes is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Creative Technologies Certification Program. He is the co-author of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids.

Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior FabLearn Fellow by Stanford University. Jaymes has organised hackathons for teachers all over the world from Indonesia to New Jersey.


Dr Genevieve Bell

Dr Genevieve Bell is a professor in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr Bell joined ANU in February from global innovation company Intel and is part of the University’s commitment to drive innovation in Australia.

Dr Bell has served as a Vice President of Intel where she became the first woman in the company's history to be appointed an Intel Senior Fellow. As part of her role with ANU, Dr Bell will collaborate with CSIRO’s Data 61, Australia’s leading data group.

Genevieve has been tasked by ANU with exploring how to bring together data science, design thinking and ethnography to drive new approaches in engineering; and in partnership with Data61, exploring the questions of what it means to be human in a data-driven economy and world.

After completing a PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, Dr Bell joined Intel in 1998.

At Intel, she led the company’s first user experience research and development lab. She is recognised as a world leader in the ethnographic approach to developing technology.

Dr Bell spoke at Lauriston’s inaugural FabLearn conference in 2015 and we are thrilled to have her back and working in Australia.


Roland Gesthuizen

Roland Gesthuizen is a STEM Method Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne.

He is also the Secretary of the Mag-Net association for STEM Educators, the Journal Editor for Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria and a co-host of the Australian Council for Computers in Education Learning Network (ACCELN). Roland has been awarded the ACCE Educator of the Year and an International Society for Technology in Education, Making IT Happen Awardee.

Many years ago Roland worked as a research scientist with Orica, in its explosives division. As an Internet pioneer he was among the first to receive an email from a US President and first to build an Australian public utility website. With a team of secondary students, he built and operated an earthdial used by the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers for the Planetary Society. Roland describes himself as a Whovian, Trekkie and space science geek. He enjoys tinkering in maker spaces, challenging thinking, and learning new things such as how to ride a unicycle.

He is also a group leader for The Basin 1st Scouts.





Monday 21 August to Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
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