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DAY 1 Keynote Speaker

Andy Thomas, AO  was born 18 December 1951 in Adelaide, South Australia and went to St Andrews Primary School, Adelaide at Walkerville in South Australia and subsequently to St Peter's College, Adelaide. After boarding school, he studied at the University of Adelaide, where he received a BEng degree with First Class Honours in 1973 and a PhD degree in 1978, both in Mechanical Engineering.

Andy is Australian-born, an aerospace engineer and a NASA astronaut. He became a U.S. citizen in December 1986, hoping to gain entry to NASA's astronaut program. He is married to fellow NASA astronaut Shannon Walker.

Fun Fact: 
He is the great-great-grandson of Frederick George Waterhouse, first curator of the South Australian Institute Museum, and naturalist of the John McDouall Stuart Expedition 1861–1862.

Conference Dinner Keynote

We are very pleased to announce Dr Ragbir Bhathal from the University of Western Sydney as our keynote speaker for the conference dinner. Dr Bhathal is an award winning writer who was awarded the CJ Dennis Award for excellence in natural history writing and the Nancy Keesing Fellowship by the State Library of NSW. He was written fifteen books including two on Aboriginal astronomy. 

He was awarded the 2014 Citation award for outstanding contributions to Student Learning by the Office of Teaching & Learning. He teaches engineering physics at the University of Western Sydney and is a Visiting Fellow at the Research School for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Australian National University.

DAY 2 Keynote Speaker

Garner Annett - is the Education Sales Director for Apple in Australia and New Zealand. Garner is passionate about building teams that bring life to USER centred technology. He and his team work hard to unlock the huge potential to transform the way we live - work - learn. Using his experience with startups in software and hardware engineering he and his team at Apple use various products to create learning opportunities that impact right across our school systems. 
In this session Garner will be addressing "Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology" How will we help our students learn today and prepare them for a rapidly changing world? We all know or suspect technology is a driving force behind this change. It affects the way we communicate, the way we work, the way we live day to day. It also empowers every individual — and every learner — to create amazing things and make a difference in the world. But first, we need to raise the bar for what’s expected, and what’s possible, for learning with technology.