What Happened at OEB 2016?
These selected sessions from OEB 2016 give an idea of how the event inspired dialogue and action to shape the future of learning for educators, learning and development professionals, policy-makers, investors, entrepreneurs and many, many more.
For New Policymaking – A Knowledge Exchange on Open Education: in Search of Sustainable ModelsDescription
For New Policymaking – A Knowledge Exchange on Open Education: in Search of Sustainable Models
Perrine de Coëtlogon
French Ministry for Higher Education, France
Perrine de Coëtlogon is an expert for Digital technology, Europe & International, within the MIssion for Pedagogy and Digital Technology (MIPNES) of the French Ministry for Higher Education. She is member of the working group of the European Commission “Digital skills and competences” since January 2016 and has been member of the team that lead to the French innovative portal www.sup-numerique.gouv.fr. She has practised for 6 years as general secretary for the Frenchspeaking Digital University for Health and Sport Sciences (UNF3S), having therefor knowledge and practice in OER, in France but also in French speaking countries (Senegal, Ivory Cost, #IDENEUF). She has studied law and German law in Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense and the Potsdam University (Germany). Before going back to higher education in 2009, she practised law at the Paris Bar for 7 years in French, English and German.
Open Education Consortium, France
Sophie Touzé is Head Elearning of VetAgro Sup, Veterinarian and Agronomic Institute of Higher Education in France. Vetagro Sup is member of Université de Lyon. Born in 1761 by the king Louis XV, it is the first Veterinarian school in the world.
Expert on new technologies and Innovation for ministers from 1997, Sophie has over 15 years od experience advising teachers and governance on pedagogical scenarios integrating new technologies.
She received two awards on pedagogical innovation for her work in 2004, 2007 and the leardership Learning impact "best multimedia platform" in 2009.
Convinced on the power of knowledge to make the world a better place to live, she is engaged with MIT and OCWC on the movement of Open Education. Head project manager for Université de Lyon, member of the Europeen project OCW EU for mobility, she is writing a report "Etat de l'art" on Open Education in France for Unesco.
Sotiris launched one of the very first e-schools back in 1997 but failed to make a commercial success. After 12 years building Operating Systems at Nokia he moved and created Eliademy.com with a mission to democratize education with technology. He is passionate about books, travel, and technology. Father of 2 and inspired by the open source movement.
Centrum Cyfrowe, Poland
Dr Alek Tarkowski (1977). Sociologist, copyright reform advocate and researcher of digital society. Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, a think-and-do-tank building a digital civic society in Poland. Public Lead of Creative Commons Poland, the Polish branch of the global organization promoting flexible copyright models, for which he also works as European Policy Fellow. Member of the Administrative Council of Communia, a European advocacy association supporting the digital public domain. Former member of the Polish Board of Digitisation and member of the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister of Poland, responsible for issues related to the development of digital society. Co-author of the report "Poland 2030" and the Polish long-term growth strategy. International policy expert on open content licensing and copyright policies, open and digital education, ICT for culture and heritage. For over a decade involved in building a digital commons and public domain in Poland and abroad.
Université Paris Descartes, France
Thierry Koscielniak is Vice CIO and Executive Director of the EdTech & Digital Pedagogy Office (ICT for Education) ; Research Engineer at the Paris Descartes University in Paris, France (www.parisdescartes.fr).
As a member of the IT Strategic Steering Board of his university, he plays a role in strategic planning and policy development for information system, infrastructure and programs.
He is also member of the board of CSIESR (www.csiesr.eu), French association of IT professionals in higher education.
His department is in charge of the eLearning plateform Moodle, the e-portfolio management system Mahara and of the university social network based on Elgg.
Thierry completed his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry at the Pierre et Marie Curie University.
For CLOs, HR and L&D Best Practice – Re-Imagining L&D SkillsDescription
For CLOs, HR and L&D Best Practice – Re-Imagining L&D Skills
What are the current key L&D professionals skills and competencies needed to support employees continuous learning, and what will they be in the future? Which teams and suppliers do you work with across your organisation? Is this in line with how you design learning in your organisation?
Dom Graveson leads Hominal, a UK based service design and transformation consultancy focusing on the transformation of businesses by leveraging both digital technology and the insights of their people at the front line.
Hominal has developed a framework for the mapping and improvement of processes across organisations both small and large, with innovation and self determination led by teams from the executive leadership board, through operational management, to the teams serving the end customer. Co-creation, accountability, measurement and lean business practices all play a part in enabling businesses to put people at the heart of effective transformation.
Hominal can be found at www.wearehominal.com. Dom can be found on twitter @dombles.
The Institute for Performance and Learning, Canada
Design Jam Toronto: Rethinking How We Do Design
Dr. Rob Pearson, CTDP is Chief Executive Officer of The Institute For Performance and Learning formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD). In collaboration with the Institute’s national board of directors, Rob is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations of the Institute including member experience, certification, programming, research and advocacy. Rob has a long career as a visionary learning and development practitioner and senior business leader having worked for a variety of organizations including TV Ontario, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Epstein Enterprises. Prior to joining The Institute For Performance and Learning, Rob led the Customer Experience Practice at Maritz, a St Louis based integrated marketing services company where he worked with some of North America’s major brands. Rob’s educational background is eclectic, with degrees in fine arts, communications, a Ph.D., in Instructional Systems Design from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Rob is an active volunteer in his community and a documentary filmmaker and lives in Toronto with his partner Maria and their two children.
DNV GL, Oil & Gas, Norway
Learning for Business Enhancement
Anna Garseth is currently working as Head of Department – Learning Solutions in DNV GL, Oil & Gas. With over 15 years of experience in learning and development and training design and delivery, Anna’s main fascination has been on the role of training in supporting the business and helping an organisation gain and maintain its competitive advantage. She has been responsible for developing strategic competence build programs and designing learning that suits a changing and complex environment. Anna's focus in recent years has been on the industry challenge of knowledge transfer, something especially relevant in a company with a worldwide operation and a worldwide network of competent people. She has been in the forefront of developing protocols and techniques to ensure an efficient and highly valuable transfer of company critical knowledge.
The More Than Blended Learning Company, UK
What It Means to Be a Learning Professional: a New Attitude and New Skills
Clive is a learning and development consultant, with a long-standing fascination for the applications of media and technology to learning at work. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Clive has headed up a corporate training function, co-founded a leading multimedia development business and operated as an independent consultant operating worldwide. In recent years, Clive has devoted his attention to design of next generation workplace learning solutions. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, has been recognised with two lifetime achievement awards, has written five books and more than 200 articles, and nearly 1000 posts to his blog, Clive on Learning. For four years he was Chair of the eLearning Network. His most recent book, More Than Blended Learning, was launched in January 2015. He now provides his consulting services through The More Than Blended Learning Company
Google Digital Academy, Germany
Patrick Singer designs and facilitates training programs for Google's advertising clients. He is curriculum lead for Squared Guru, a two-week face-to-face program for senior audiences that covers digital marketing strategy and digital transformation.
For Change-Making in Higher Education – Future Education: Meeting Needs or Missing the Mark?Description
For Change-Making in Higher Education – Future Education: Meeting Needs or Missing the Mark?
This session invites you to explore the shifting meeting point of learner needs and educational institutions offerings. The question in focus will be: what can we change to prepare students for the future? Insights from different countries will set the scene.
SURF, The Netherlands
What is 'Flexible and Personalised Education' Anyway? The Current State in Dutch Higher Education
Christien Bok, Program manager Technology Enhanced Learning, SURFnet
Boosting the quality of higher education and research requires an advanced, reliable and interconnected ICT infrastructure. In the Netherlands SURFnet supports, innovates, develops and operates this infrastructure, which consists of both network and collaborative components. As program manager Technology Enhanced Learning, Christien’s field of interest and work is to support cooperation between institutions of higher education in the area of IT innovation for improving study success and the quality of education, stimulate experiments, sharing of knowledge and developing a portfolio of services for HE institutions. She has a strong interest in Open Education, Blended Learning, Learning Analytics, Testing and Assessments, Learning Environments and Governance for successful innovations.
ABED - Brazilian Association of Distance Learning, Brazil
Strategy for Owning Learning: The Any Student, Any Content and My Credentials Scope
International University Bad Honnef - Bonn (IUBH), Germany
Is Virtual the Next Mobile? Students’ Expectations Towards Digital Distance Learning
Philipp Hoellermann is an expert in digital learning and higher education. His areas of expertise include e-learning technologies, social learning approaches, distance learning models, higher education management, business development, and change management.
His recent activities cover the development and implementation of distance learning programs both in the higher education and corporate sector, as well as the development of online tools for HR development. He is also the publisher of "Trendstudie Fernstudium", one of the largest studies on distance learning in the German higher education market.
Philipp holds a master’s degree in political sciences, economics and modern history from the University of Bonn. He is currently working as Head of Online Learning Solutions at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef – Bonn (IUBH).
European Commission, Belgium
Mr. Pakulski joined the European Commission in September 2009. Prior to taking his current assignment he worked for 16 years for the World Bank in WashingtonDC where he held numerous positions in the Bank's operational complex as well as the external affairs and operational services vice-presidencies. He has an extensive track record of project management, primarily in social sectors, held management as well as advisory positions related to Bank-funded operations in the Europe and Central Asia region.
Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as expert in the area of social development for the Netherlands Government, the European Commission Phare program, the Council of Europe and other agencies. Following his university graduation, he worked as Executive Director of a Netherlands-based international NGO network, working in the area of development education and social justice, traveling extensively through the developing world.
Mr. Pakulski holds a M.A. degree in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and a doctorandus degree in development economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
For Cross-Sector Development – Building Digital CapacityDescription
For Cross-Sector Development – Building Digital Capacity
How can we contribute to strong digital and web literate societies? Are you convinced that your learners are ready to become part of a global community of creators – not only consumers – of content? Let’s speak about how we can increase the impact of how we build digital capacity for the future, today. Join the conversation with social & educational technologist Josie Fraser and Mozilla’s executive director Mark Surman and hear their take on universal digital literacy, identity, skills and the importance of communities.
Social and Educational Technologist, UK
Josie Fraser is a Social and Educational Technologist who has worked across education sectors, with governments, commercial service providers and not for profit organisations, developing innovative and effective practice in the use of technology to support learning and teaching.
Between 2010-2016, she lead the technology strand of Leicester City Council’s £340million Building Schools for the Future Programme - setting, promoting and delivering an agenda for educational transformation in relation to the use of technology within schools. Her work developing school workforce digital literacy, and introducing open education licences and practices to the compulsory education sector has been recognised internationally.
She has worked on behalf of Childnet International to produce national cyberbullying guidance for both Labour and Conservative UK governments.
Since 2015 she has served as a board member of Wikimedia UK, a charity dedicated to supporting access to knowledge for all, promoting engagement with Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, Wiki Data, and the Wikimedia Commons.
Mozilla Foundation, USA
The web is one of our most valuable public resources -- it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark serves as Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest focus is building the movement side of Mozilla: rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Before Mozilla, Mark was the Managing Director of telecentre.org and president of boutique consulting firm Commons Group. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy. Mark lives in Toronto with his wife Tonya, founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, and his sons Tristan and Ethan.
For Innovative Edtech – Chatbots and How Conversational Software Will Reshape EducationDescription
For Innovative Edtech – Chatbots and How Conversational Software Will Reshape Education
Bots can learn. Bots can teach. What happens when AI adds empathic qualities to the mix? Join this session for an introduction into what bots are, learn about cool use cases from different industries, and join the conversation on how chatbots will impact education, learning and training. Let’s discuss the opportunities and get your questions ready for Alexander Weidauer, creator of AI-powered conversational software.
For Virtual Learners – The Value and the Price: Discussing Open Online CoursesDescription
For Virtual Learners – The Value and the Price: Discussing Open Online Courses
Learners worldwide have the opportunity to access relevant course subjects. They are able to experience what tailored, personalised learning means and can gain knowledge and credits. But if open online learning can be equivalent or even superior to face-to-face education, what does this mean for the value and the price of MOOCs for institutions, for learning communities, for learners and for the creation of new knowledge?
Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
Brian Mulligan is a Civil Engineer who originally worked in mathematical modelling and simulation and the application of information technology in engineering. He is currently on secondment as a Programme Manager responsible for online learning development in the Centre for Online Learning at the Institute of Technology Sligo where he has lectured since 1984. He has been the key driver in the rapid growth in online learning in IT Sligo since 2002 and significantly involved in the growth of e-learning in Ireland since 1999, organising the EdTech series of conferences since 2000 and as a founding member of the Irish Learning Technology Association in 2002. His main areas of expertise are now in web-casting, webinar management, synchronous online training, instructor-led online training, lecture capture, open education (MOOCs and OER) and the rapid development of online content. He currently is the leader of the Erasmus+ funded LoCoMoTion project on low-cost MOOC development.
UCL Knowledge Lab, UK
Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, leading research projects on developing the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainers, on adaptive software interventions for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia, and on the use of MOOCs for CPD.
Previous roles include: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills; Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University; the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University; Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience.
Most recent book is Teaching as a Design Science, 2012. Previous book, Rethinking University Teaching, Routledge, 2002, is one of the most widely cited in the field.
National Research Council (NRC), Canada
MOOCs and the Future of Open Online Learning
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.
Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies.
Prior to joining the NRC, Downes worked for the University of Alberta as an information architect, and prior to that, as a distance education and new media design specialist for Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. This followed a decade of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie regional college.
At the University of Alberta he built a learning and research portal for the municipal sector in that province, Munimall, and another for the Engineering and Geology sector, PEGGAsus. He also pioneered the development of learning objects and was one of the first adopters and developers of RSS content syndication in education. Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and with George Siemens developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to three thousand participants over two years.
Downes obtained a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Calgary, specializing in epistemology and the philosophy of science. He also studied at the PhD level at the University of Alberta, completing all but his dissertation. Among numerous volunteer and committee positions while a student, Downes served as editor of the Calgary student newspaper, the Gauntlet, for two terms, and as president of the Graduate Students' Association at the University of Alberta, also for two terms. He served as a member of the Board of Governors, University of Alberta, and with the Athabasca University Governing Council.
After completing high school at Ottawa's School of Continuing Education while working as a concession stand worker and dishwasher, Downes studied computing science for one year at Algonquin College while working as a telephone equipment installer and (later) as a security guard. He worked for a year as a computer operator for Texas Instruments in Calgary, then as a pot washer, 7-Eleven clerk, and development education programmer for the Arusha International Development Centre. Downes has also been a newspaper carrier, waiter at a race track, hot dog vendor, building cleaner and camp counsellor. He was a candidate for mayor in the city of Brandon in 1995.
Downes was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1959 and has four brothers (all younger). He lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, with his wife Andrea (b. Colorado Springs, Colorado; married 1998) and four cats (Bart, Polly, Lexi and Alex).
Stephen reads a lot of science fiction and books in general. He enjoys movies, television and sports, especially hockey. He enjoys playing darts and NTN Trivia (though since Moncton has no NTN locations, it's a lot harder to play). He is an avid Civilization III player and an enthusiastic photographer.
Read more about Stephen Downes' views on the next era of learning.
Always Learning: Reimagining Education for 21st Century Challenges
Nina Huntemann is director of academics and research at edX. In this role, Nina is leading cross institution faculty initiatives, developing curriculum strategies and providing pedagogical expertise, managing educational policy projects, and facilitating research across edX university partners. Nina has over 15 years of college-level teaching, program administration, and faculty development experience. Prior to joining edX, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston where she taught courses and published research in digital media studies. Nina received her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
European Commission, Belgium
I work as a Policy Officer for Innovation in Education at the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). My specific focus is on the digital transformation of education, regarding both the use of digital devices as well as concerns around the provision of digital skills and competences in the population.
For Future Teaching – The Plenary Debate: This House Believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could, Should and Will Replace TeachersDescription
For Future Teaching – The Plenary Debate: This House Believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could, Should and Will Replace Teachers
As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes increasingly ubiquitous and its use in applications in education and training becomes more commonplace, OEB`s expert speakers consider just how far AI can go. Could intelligent machines really replace teachers? Should they? Would AI or a robot do a better job? What would be the effect on learning and learners? If AI could do a better job than teachers, should it be allowed to? Or is there something fundamental about teaching that requires human interaction? And, if robots are already beginning to replace other professions, will teachers be replaced too?
Always one of the highlights of OEB, the debate is an opportunity for participants to discuss one of the most important issues of the day with our expert speakers. The parliamentary-style format encourages a lively exchange of views and allows plenty of time for audience participation. Let us hear your views and tell us whether the future of teaching belongs to AI or humans.
The New Security Foundation, UK
Session Plenary B
Dr Harold Elletson is an international communications and public affairs consultant. He is also the Director of The New Security Foundation, which conducts research into the implications of the new security environment for civil society. The New Security Foundation provides an international forum for dialogue between the public and private sectors and offers analytical insight and information about new security conditions. The Foundation hosts the Security and Defence Learning track at OEB, as well as organising other conferences and seminars. A particular area of expertise is tourism security and the connection between culture and security.
He is a founding director of the Africa Forum on Business, Investment and Security, a member of the steering committee of OEB, a member of the Organising Committee of eLearning Africa and a consultant to ICWE GmbH. He is also the editor of The eLearning Africa Report, which is published every year and contains a survey of ICT in education in Africa, a comprehensive country report outlining progress in ICT4E in every African country and a funding guide.
Dr Elletson was previously Director of the NATO Forum on Business and Security, which he created with support from the NATO Science Programme.
A former Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (from 1992-1997), he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the early stages of the peace process and was also a member of the Select Committee on Environmental affairs. He served as a member of the Lancashire Education Authority (the Education Committee of Lancashire County Council) before being elected to Parliament where he represented the interests of schools and colleges in his constituency in discussions with Ministers and on the floor of the House of Commons. He is a Fellow of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and of the Industry and Parliament Trust.
As a communications and public affairs specialist, he has advised many leading companies on aspects of their business in challenging markets, including BP in Azerbaijan and Alstom in Siberia. He has written widely on political and historical subjects and his first book, The General Against the Kremlin, was published by Little Brown. His journalism has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Dr Elletson holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford.
Freie Universität Berlin & Heisenberg Research Fellow of the DFG, Germany
Session Plenary B
In 2012, Christoph Benzmüller was awarded with a Heisenberg Research Fellowship of the German National Research Foundation (DFG). In this position he is currently affiliated with Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where he holds a venia legendi in Mathematics and Computer Science, and with Stanford University, CSLI/Cordula Hall, CA, USA. Previously, Christoph held positions as a full professor at the International University in Bruchsal, Germany, and as an Associate and Assistant Professor at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.
Christoph received his PhD (1999) and his Habilitation (2007) in computer science from Saarland University. His PhD, titled 'Equality and Extensionality in Higher-Order Theorem Proving', was supported by a grant of the 'Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes' and was partly conducted at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Core research interests of Christoph include the theory, implementation, and application of reasoning systems for expressive logics, including classical and non-classical first-order and higher-order logics.
Christoph is well known for his automated higher-order theorem provers LEO-I and LEO-II. The latter system was developed in a project at Cambridge University, UK (2006-2007). Previously, Christoph has also been working at the boundry of computational logic, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics and computer-supported mathematics in several projects at Saarland University, the University of Birmingham, UK, and the University of Edinburgh, UK. The latest research activities of Christoph include the automation of various quantified non-classical logics logics as natural fragments of classical higher-order logic, and the automation of challenge aspects, in particular, modal contexts, in ontology reasoning. In the latter research Christoph cooperated with Articulate Software, Angwin, CA, USA (2008-2011). Recently, Christoph received major international recognition for his work (with B. Woltzenlogel-Paleo) on the formalization and automation of Kurt Gödel's ontological argument for the existence of God on the computer.
Christoph is trustee and vice-president of CADE (Conference on Automated Deduction), board member of AAR (Association of Automated Reasoning) and spokesman of the section Deduction Systems of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. He is editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Logic and the Logic Journal of the IGPL, and a permanent steering committee member of the User Interfaces for Theorem Provers workshop series. Moreover, he served as a trustee or steering committee member of several other conferences and he is an executive officer of The International Federation for Computational Logic (IFCoLog).
Prior to his academia career, Christoph Benzmüller was a successful long-distance runner at German national level.
Plan B Learning, UK
Session Plenary B
Donald is an entrepreneur. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he now has a foot in two camps, one as an investor and Board member of PlanB learning, WiQi, LearningPool, Cogbooks, the other in the public sector as a Trustee for the University for Industry, City & Guilds and Deputy Chair of Brighton Arts Festival & Dome. He has been involved in consulting and implementing online learning in schools, FE, HE, corporate and government.
Donald has been involved in film, games, web, mobile, MOOCs, Oculus Rift and won many awards for the design and implementation of online learning. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered talks in the US, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Africa, and won several ‘Best speaker’ awards … also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!
Author and salonFutureCast, USA
Session Plenary B
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution.
He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe".
He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On", a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates,a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world.
In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected Men”.
Founder of Poikos, Belgium
Session Plenary B
Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends.
Nell lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving as Associate Faculty at Singularity University.
She has had an unusual career, including teaching post-grad Computer Science at the age of 24, and later co-founding a successful Graffiti arts company. Her ability to bridge the world of technology and the Humanities makes it easy for her to translate complex subjects so that they can be clearly understood.
In 2010 Nell founded Poikos, a machine learning-driven ‘AI for for body measurement’. Nell’s patented technology ‘dematerialises’ the 3D body scanner, by providing accurate 3D scans of the body with only 2D camera hardware, such as that found within smartphones, or laptops. This may then be applied to a range of markets, such as mass customisation, and health.
Possessing a long-term mindset, Nell serves as Senior Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard, as well as serving as an advisory technologist to several startups, accelerators, and venture capital funds.
She is also Co-Founder of OpenEth, an ‘ethical explication engine’ that aims to crowdsource ethical heuristics for autonomous systems.
In her spare time Nell enjoys coding games, such as her startup life simulator, Founder Life. Founder Life attempts to teach the mindfulness and psychological habits necessary for entrepreneurs to consistently execute under pressure. She has also written two easily digestible books on philosophy – one for business leaders, and one aimed at children.
For International Non-Profits and Governments – Knowledge Networking and Engagement with United Nations AgenciesDescription
For International Non-Profits and Governments – Knowledge Networking and Engagement with United Nations Agencies
This gathering provides an opportunity for staff from UN, affiliated organizations, universities and development agencies to share recent trends and highlights in capacity development, learning methodologies, approaches and tools, and explore areas of potential collaboration.
Mehmet Korkmaz is a Learning and Development Specialist with the UNICEF Supply Division and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining the HR team at UNICEF, he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering learning programmes for different target groups and leads the online learning initiatives for the UNICEF Supply Division. Mehmet holds a Master's degree in Sociology and Pedagogy and is specialised in blended learning, e-learning, instructional design, social media, educational technology and knowledge management. He recently delivered comprehensive learning programmes to develop capacities of food security professionals in three regions: Southeast Asia, Western Africa and Eastern/Southern Africa.
Mehmet is a member of the UNeLearn network and engages with various expert groups and online communities to exchange knowledge on good practices and trends in the field of online learning.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
Cristina Petracchi is heading the e-learning Center in the Capacity Development Unit in FAO, she manages and coordinates the design, development, delivery and language adaptations of e-learning courses, blended learning programmes and face-to-face training events, for the benefit of FAO member countries. Within the context of the position she holds, Ms Petracchi also consolidates partnerships with United Nations agencies, academic institutions and universities, regional organizations, CSOs and NGOs. In addition to a university degree in Biological Sciences, Ms Petracchi holds a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science, and has several years of experience of capacity development activities in India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Namibia, Senegal and Mali. Ms Petracchi is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and has a good knowledge of Arabic.