2019 EdTechSA Conference Keynotes

Educating for 2050: Thinking technologically now

Jillian Kenny and Felicity Furey

Australia’s Prime Minister in 2050 is 15 years old right now. How prepared do you think they are to lead in a rapidly changing world? And what will this world even look like? There have been many predictions made about what the future will be, but the only thing we are certain of is that it is uncertain.

In this thought-provoking keynote, the speakers will explore possible future scenarios and their impact on people and the planet. They will examine the question ‘What can we, as educators, do now to ensure a collective move towards the best future?’

One thing is clear – technology will permeate this future. The actions we take now and in the next decade will shape the world we inhabit in the next century.

Together, we must train a generation of global citizens, able to thrive in an uncertain world. To prepare for success in the future, we need to think technologically now.


About Jillian Kenny

Dr Jillian Kenny is a creator at heart and constantly on the lookout for opportunities to create value in the world, both for and through business. Since discovering the critical nature of diversity in allowing for innovation to arise, Jillian’s tendency to challenge traditional ways of thinking led her to start Power of Engineering.

Since then she has challenged audience perspectives in the UK, USA, South Korea and Australia. Jillian was named a Superstar of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017 and as one of 2014’s Top 100 Most Influential Australian Women by the AFR.

About Felicity Furey

Felicity Furey is a Civil Engineer who has delivered Australia’s mega infrastructure projects for over 10 years. This work includes extending the life of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and shaping the city of Melbourne as a design manager on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Felicity applies the design principles learnt in her professional career to engineer a better society. By co-founding and leading companies Power of Engineering and Machinam, Felicity has increased diversity in the people who design our world – engineers and inspired thousands of students across Australia into engineering and mathematics.

This work has led her to be awarded Engineers Australia Innovative Engineer and Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Felicity is an Engineer in Residence at the Swinburne University of Technology’s Engineering Practice.


Staying human in a digitally-saturated, always-on, on-demand, productivity-obsessed, post-truth world: Cyberpsychology and wellbeing for teachers.

Jocelyn Brewer

Do you remember your pre-internet brain? While technology is transforming education it is also reshaping aspects of society, behaviour and learning – and not just of our students.

This presentation will take a look at some of the issues that are emerging around the impacts of technology (both positive and negative) on mental health and wellbeing, and suggest a range of practical strategies and hacks to help teachers find more balance with the online and offline demands of life professionally and personally.

About Jocelyn Brewer

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based psychologist with 16 years’ experience in public schools as both a teacher and counsellor. She created Digital Nutrition in 2013 as a positive framework for addressing digital wellbeing issues and our love-hate relationship with technology.

Jocelyn is part of Australia’s first formal cyber-psychology research group at the University of Sydney where is completing Masters research on the relationship between parenting styles and young people’s smartphone habits.

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