Mel Huang is an interactive designer and developer for the arts, culture & education sectors collaborating with institutions such as Dark Mofo, Science Gallery, NGV, Art Gallery NSW and The Australian Ballet. She was listed as the B&T 30 Under 30 Creative Winner 2020 and Highly Commended - Women Leading Tech 2021. She is a former sessional lecturer at RMIT teaching Creative Coding, founder of Technecolour, bringing technical education to creative practitioners, and the novice, avid fermenter behind No Fun for Children hot sauce.
Dr. Eric Schoof received the BS degree in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences from the University of Washington, and the PhD degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington, in 2017. He has worked as a Software Developer at Microsoft and a Control Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently a Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with the University of Melbourne. His research specialties include autonomous systems, industrial robotics and human-robot interactions.
Bonnie Shaw is Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of Place Intelligence - a startup that builds machine learning tools to deliver deep intelligence about how people use places over time. Place Intelligence provides data and insights to government agencies, design, engineering, and professional services firms, global brands, and disaster recovery groups to inform design, strategic policy and evidence based decision making. Bonnie originally trained as an urban designer to shape landscapes and cities, but after she created a surprise hit game, she was diverted into a career in technology. Over the 20+ years of her career, Bonnie has founded six businesses and non-profits, been appointed as adjunct professor at three universities, and worked with arts and media organisations, banks, global brands, and government agencies (including the Obama Whitehouse and NASA).
Jordan Tan is a project manager in the Digital and Technology product team at Vialto Partners, a market leading tech consulting firm providing mobility services and advice to clients across the globe. With over 6 years of experience as a tax professional at a large accounting firm, he's now pivoted his focus to building technology based solutions with his team. Jordan regularly leverages his tax technical background to create modern, client focussed technology for the Vialto Partners team and their clients. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Emcee: Jess Vovers
Jess Vovers is a radically hopeful ceramicist, maker, secret poet, and doctor of biochemical engineering. Terrified by the realities of climate change, Jess focused their doctoral research on bio-based alternatives to fossil fuel solvents in the extraction of pharmaceuticals from plant matter. Beyond research, Jess is a scifi-fantasy dork nerd who is passionate about diversity and creativity in STEM. They seek to explore the plurality of queer, neurodiverse, regenerative futures and how we can enmesh art and science to cultivate them. Jess is also a hair model, avid meditator, tutor, and experienced speaker. They are driven by curiosity, awe and connection, and can often be found settling in with clay in soft coloured lighting, or wandering in the bush near the Birrarung with a thermos of tea searching for mushrooms and fluid dynamic patterns.