Guest speakers


Mark Guzdial

We're thrilled that Mark Guzdial can join us for #conf2017!  Mark is one of the leading thinkers and practitioners for computing in schools and developing strategies for teaching computational thinking.  Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark is a member of the GVU Center, the Cognitive Science program, and the EduTech Institute. He received his Ph.D. in education and computer science (a joint degree) at the University of Michigan in 1993, where he developed Emile, an environment for high school science learners programming multimedia demonstrations and physics simulations. He was the original developer of the CoWeb (or Swiki, which is now one of the most widely used Wiki engines in Universities around the world. He is the inventor of the Media Computation approach to learning introductory computing, which uses contextualized computing education to attract and retain students. Mark is the Director of the NSF-sponsored alliance to broaden participation in computing, "Georgia Computes!"

Linda Liukas

Linda Liukas is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator. Her children's book, Hello Ruby, is the "world’s most whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding.” Linda founded Rails Girls, which has organized workshops in over 230 cities, teaching the basics of programming to more than 10,000 women. Linda worked at Codeacademy, which she left to write stories that teach children about software and programming. She won the 2013 Ruby Hero prize and was named the Digital Champion of Finland by the EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda.


In addition, there will be over 40 presentations and workshops from some of our many CAS Master Teachers and other experienced practitioners keen to share their knowledge and understanding with us. Including:

  • Roger Davies
  • Mark Dorling
  • Jane Waite
  • Tig Williams
  • Dave White
  • Cat Lamin
  • Phil Bagge
  • Sarah Shakibi
  • Will Frankin
  • Matt Warne
  • Miles Berry
  • Peter Kemp
  • Mark Overland
  • ...