2016 Keynote Speaker
Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present).
He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities where he chairs the Digital Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams. Steve is a global educator, teaching online, and on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes in the UK and overseas. He researches into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and he also has research interests in mobile learning and cyber-cultures.
Steve is regularlyinvited to speak about his work and has given keynotes and invited lectures to audiences in more than 30 countries across 5 continents. He is currently involved in several research programmes related to technology supported learning, digital praxis, and learning through the use of social media and handheld technologies.
Mary Carty is the Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway. Over the past decade, she has founded two successful technology start-ups and been nominated for an Interactive BAFTA. She has worked extensively internationally across the public, private and non-profit sectors as a program developer, keynote speaker and lecturer in Ireland, the UK and Scandinavia.
Mary is the cofounder of Outbox Incubator, the first ever Incubator for girls in STEM aged 11-22, launched by HRH Princess Anne in March 2015. Outbox worked with 115 girls from 6 countries London with 35 companies established. Her contribution to the industry has been recognised; Image Magazine Business Woman of the Year Award finalist for Social Entrepreneurship and listed on Ireland's 'Talented 38' and 'Sci-Tech top 100'.
Mary has served on the Board of The Irish Internet Association and is an advisor to STEMettes. She is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and is an experienced startup mentor and advisor. Follow Mary on Twitter @MaryCarty.
Stephen Howell is the Academic Engagement Manager for Microsoft Ireland. In this role he promotes STEM and software development skills to students and educators of all ages and levels. Previously to joining Microsoft, he was a software engineer and Computer Science lecturer. His has published research on educational computer games and is currently researching kianesthetic learning.