2020 Keynote Speakers

Cornelia Connolly

Cornelia Connolly is a lecturer at the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Limerick (UL) in 2007 and was awarded a M.Eng. (Hons) through research and B.Eng. (Hons) in Computer Engineering. Her PhD was concerned with the psychology of learning and education technology, where she developed an intervention strategy for students learning computer programming.

Cornelia’s teaching and research interests centre principally on STEM education, with a particular emphasis on the Technology (T) aspect of STEM. She is jointly responsible for both undergraduate initial teacher education programmes at NUI Galway. As a teacher educator she publishes regularly on education design research and pedagogical enhancement in STEM education.

Cornelia was elected Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE) in 2018. She was a member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Computer Science Development Group and is a member of the Irish Maths Teachers Association (IMTA) and CESI.





Bryan Mathers

Founder, Visual Thinkery

Bryan is a listener who draws. He tunes in to different voices to create meaningful artwork, engaging others to explore ideas, concepts and messages. He’s helped all types of organisations to articulate identity and communications around education, openness, technology and plastic pollution.

Bryan has a Software Engineering background and has co-founded, led and grown a number of tech-related startups, as well as a social enterprise aimed at encouraging creative young people. He has also co-founded the We Are Open co-operative to work collaboratively with like minded individuals.

Bryan believes that everyone has insight worth sharing. His allies include curiosity, humour and experimentation. He’s a defender of the Creative Commons, and builds tools which encourage others to create, remix and share – and then remix some more.

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