Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Thursday the 16th of July


Opening Keynote Speaker: Professor Barry Vercoe

Barry Vercoe is Professor of Music and Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Boston. He was born and educated in New Zealand, attended Auckland Teachers College and taught in the New Zealand school system, then earned a doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Michigan in the USA. In 1968 at Princeton University he did pioneering work in the field of Digital Audio Processing, then taught at Yale University before joining the MIT faculty in 1971.

During the ’70’s and early 80’s he pioneered the composition of works combining computers and live instruments. Then on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Paris in 1983 he developed a Synthetic Performer — a computer that could listen to other performers and play its own part in musical sync, even learning from rehearsals. In 1992 he won the Computer World / Smithsonian Award in Media Arts and Entertainment, in 2004 gained the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2006 the World Academy of Science Distinguished Achievement Award.

  Barry Vercoe

In 1985 Professor Vercoe was a founding member of the MIT Media Laboratory, where he has pursued research in Music Cognition and Machine Understanding. His several Music Synthesis languages are used around the world, and a variant of his Csound and NetSound languages has recently been adopted as the core of MPEG-4 audio – an international standard that enables efficient transmission of audio over the internet.

Barry is an advisor to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative with a special interest in education of children of the Pacific.  In 2007 he was a keynote for the NZ Government’s Digital Future Summit, and in 2008 served on the Education advisory stream for Australia’s Future Summit.  He is currently on leave from MIT to help launch One Laptop per Child in Australia.




Friday the 17th of July


Keynote Speaker: Dr Marie Martin

Dr Marie Martin is a teacher by birth, archetype, training and experience. Marie has taught is a wide variety of settings and currently works with teachers and schools to focus on learning – whether that learning is by students, teachers, families or communities.

Generations of Teachers

The teaching workforce is changing. Baby Boomer teachers are idealists with a strong work ethic that revolves around taking responsibility and achieving financial security. Generation X teachers thrive on change, need to feel a sense of achievement and are seeking opportunities for career progression in a flexible work environment. Generation Y teachers are confident and optimistic, need to be involved in decisions and seek job variety and creativity.

What does this mean for us as colleagues in a staff and what does it mean for schools as we seek participation in developing school plans, committees and after hours activities? This session will explore differences between generations and provoke thinking about ways in which teachers can work more effectively together.

  Dr Marie Martin

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