Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Professor Gerhard Fischer

Title: Beyond Interaction - Metadesign and Cultures of Participation

Most interesting, important, and pressing problems facing our societies in the 21st century transcend the unaided individual human mind. They require collaborative systems to explore, frame, solve, and assess their solutions. Cultures of participation represent foundations for the next generation of collaborative systems by supporting all stakeholders to participate actively in personally meaningful problems. Meta-design supports cultures of participation by defining and creating social and technical infrastructures in which users can choose to become designers. These developments create new discourses in HCI complementing and transcending current approaches centered around interaction. The presentation will illustrate these objectives and themes with specific examples and articulate their relevance for the OzCHI conference theme "Design, Culture and Interaction".

Gerhard Fischer is a Professor of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Computer Human Interaction Academy (CHI) and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). His research is focused on: (1) learning, working, and collaborating with new media; (2) human-computer interaction; (3) cognitive science; (4) assistive technologies; and (5) transdisciplinary collaboration and education.

Background Reading:
Fischer, G. (2011) "Understanding, Fostering, and Supporting Cultures of Participation," ACM Interactions XVIII.3 (May + June 2011), pp. 42-53.

Industry Keynote

Mr Glenn Keys

Glenn Keys is the CEO and Managing Director of Aspen Medical, an Australian company based in Canberra. Glenn's career covers a broad range of businesses, from start-up's to US multi-nationals. After a distinguished career in the Australian Army, where he covered a range of tasks, from test flying to engineering and logistics support for Army aircraft, Glenn was responsible for the establishment of a number of new businesses, either as start-ups or as new business units in global corporations. Glenn has worked in a number of international locations, including Europe, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Glenn's focus on customer service, coupled with detailed project management, has lead to the success of a broad range of ventures.

Glenn also has a strong sense of community involvement, working closely with organisations such as the ACT Down Syndrome Association, and the Special Olympics ACT Region.

Glenn has led Aspen Medical from its founding over six years ago to today when Aspen Medical is a substantial international business with a presence in the Asia, the Pacific, Australia and the United Kingdom. Aspen has won or been a finalist in a number of awards since its inception, including the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2006 (Service Industries), Chief Ministers Export Awards 2006 and 2007, ACT Exporter of the year in 2007, Project Management Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Australian Achiever Awards for Customer Service in 2006 and the Telstra Business Awards in 2007. Aspen Medical as also recognized by BRW Magazine as the fastest growing company in 2007, with annual growth of 357.5% for the last four years, and was acknowledged as the Coolest Company in Australia in 2008 by Anthill Magazine and PWC. Aspen recently was recognized by BRW as the most Successful Private Company of the Year (with turnover under $100M) for 2009.

Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, and the International Test Pilots School in the UK, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and a Fellow of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn also sits on a number of Boards.

Closing Keynote

Associate Professor Mary Griffiths

Title: Creative Citizen-Government Policy Consultations 

Imagine two groups of people: one group has to design and run a policy consultation; the other will be invited to that consultation. What will ensure that the two groups engage, online and/or offline, with serious intent and enthusiasm, rather than dutiful - but sometimes sinking - hearts?
The creative design of consultation platforms, augmented by information sharing, clear governance principles, brave use of SNS capital, and a willingness to leverage citizen knowledge and narrative capacities, can turn government–citizen policy interactions into dynamic, media-rich, sustainable and collaborative processes. Local and global examples illustrate the presentation.


Dr Mary Griffiths is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Media at the University of Adelaide. She writes on media and e-democracy, e-learning, media ethics, and digital creative praxis. Recently completed:  a co-designed comparative pilot study, 'Young People's Political Participation (Adelaide and Seoul).' 'Photographs of the Young/Young Photographers: Generation and the Generative Power of Digital Images' will be in the next issue of IJMCP.  Currently she teaches Media Democracies and E-Participation, using a role-play on information flows. The e-SIM is located in a fictional polity, Incognita, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Australia at the time of Gov 2.0, and wikileaks. She will co-host a two-day Public Symposium on Freedoms, Citizens and the Politics of the Internet' (November 7th and 8th, Adelaide).

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