Alejandro Veliz Reyes

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth

Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes leads the digital fabrication area at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth. His research focuses on creative digital fabrication and robotics in design, and is the only UK research agenda supported by EPSON Robotics Europe. Alejandro is heading the new courses Integrated Design MA/MSc and Digital Design Innovation BA/BSc. Currently he is an Automation Fellow (South West Creative Technology Network) and a member of the supervisory team of the CODEX PhD (UK/China) Research Network.

Oli Raud

Impact Lab Strategic Funding Manager, Plymouth College of Art

Oli is driven by helping young people, local communities and businesses in the Creative and Cultural Industries. He is experienced in the development of partner networks, project consortia and funding applications in order to carve out opportunities for future careers, creative and artistic business growth and the promotion of social cohesion.

Oli’s backround is in languages, translation and interpreting and European funding, working closely with many different sectors across Europe.

Gregg Whelan

Professor of Performance, Falmouth University

Sophie Bailey

Founder and Host at The Edtech Podcast

Workshop Lead- Podcasts

Sophie Bailey is the founder and host of The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact. Podcast series have included Future Tech for Education, Education 4.0, and Learning Continued. Topics covered in the interview format style show include education and artificial intelligence, games-based learning, assessment without tests and scaling learning to those who cannot access traditional “bricks and mortar” teaching and learning.The podcast is downloaded in over 145 countries with UK, US and Australia in the top 3. The podcast has been lucky enough to have support from Lego Education, Microsoft, Pearson and many others. In September last year, The Edtech Podcast Festival brought together over 200 listeners from around the world to meet at Plexal in the Olympic Park with the resultant The Edtech Podcast LIVE stage now spinning off in its own right in 2019 and 2020.

Paula Kaminska

UX Director at Duesday

Workshop Lead- User Experience

Paula Kaminska has been designing and building successful websites, web and eventually mobile apps for the past 20 years. With a background in programming and a passion for psychology, she quickly transitioned through all stages of project development towards UX Design and Product Management. She has been a UX advocate ever since.

Accumulating all of her experience and practises, Paula is the UX lead behind the user centred design of the recurring payments app, Duesday. An app that is strongly focused on the user and endeavours to make payments more simple and accessible for the masses.

Ben Mundy

Fab Lab Manager at PCA and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab

I am the manager of Fab Lab Plymouth and the Plymouth College of Art Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for the Impact Lab – Environmental Futures and Big Data. I head a team that aids businesses in the South West in bringing new products to market by providing access to training opportunities, academic research, technical expertise and access to new technologies in the area of digital design and digital manufacturing.

Katie Goode

Creative Director and co-founder of award-winning games studio Triangular Pixels

Katie Goode is the Creative Director of Cornish games studio Triangular Pixels, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, among the top 100 women in games, and advisory board member of the BGI. Having worked in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality since 2012, Katie has been described as a VR ‘pioneer’ by pushing the technology forward to what it’s really capable of as seen in “Smash Hit Plunder”, and in “Unseen Diplomacy” – nominated for the BAFTA award for innovation. Working with her studio, she is leading fellow developers to be just as passionate as her about games and VR development.”

Vicktor Brelsford

3D Modeller/Designer/Managing Director at One Polygon

Viktor has been working the creative sector for the past 4 years helping businesses in construction, marine, education & commerce, utilise the immersive technologies of tomorrow.
Graduating from plymouth university Vicktor has always seen himself running his own creative company, creating beautiful experience that excite and engage people of all ages.

Ben Sewell

Lead Software Engineer, Falmouth Launchpad

Ben leads the technical side of Launchpad, an innovative post-graduate incubation programme based at Falmouth University. Launchpad is incubating 16 new high-growth companies each year, bringing further growth to the Cornish tech sector. Ben has always been involved with start-ups; as a teenager his first role was as a software developer in a Cornish start-up. He thoroughly enjoys working cross-sectorally, having developed products and led teams in areas as diverse as automotive, mobile phones and marine logistics for offshore renewables. Despite being a technologist, he really likes people, and believes that building great teams is the core of success.