I’m multi-award winning game designer, innovation facilitator, keynote speaker and explainer of the future.
I’m available to speak on a variety of topics including:
- the future of work
- the future of education
- the power of playfulness,
- Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR)
- Why you need to pay attention to games (hint: the industry is bigger than film and music combined and will was worth $140 billion USD in 2018)
- I’m a recognised industry leader with nearly 20 years experience creating, curating and researching in the games, innovation and technology space.
- My talks are backed up by up to the minute case studies of trends, technologies and companies who I’ve personally met and interviewed.
- I am a real life Doctor of the Internet! I did a PhD on Facebook at Curtin University’s Department of Internet Studies where I spent 5 years researching the company, including speaking to the man himself, Mark Zuckerberg. Since it’s publication in 2012, it’s been in the top 10 most read theses at the Curtin University library.
- I’m also a real life international multi-award winning game designer. My award-winning mixed reality games have been featured around the world, including at the London Theatre and the Toronto International Film Festival
- And, I’m an award winning advocate for women in technology!
I combine my playful background as a game designer with my academic research background to deliver talks that are fun and accessible while also also deep and rigourous. Audiences agree my super power is getting to the heart of why a trend or technology is worth paying attention to and explaining why it matters in a way everyone can understand.
I have spoken at top academic and industry conferences, including SXSW (Austin), NXNE (Toronto) and TEDxPerth where has also worked as a speaker coach, and has been featured on MTV, NPR and in the pages of ELLE and the Australian Financial Review.
I recently completed an Australia-wide speaking tour for the Australian Computer Society, where I spoke about the importance of playfulness, compassion and diversity in preparing for the future.
Kate is a great speaker who mixes informative and evidence-based research with an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. Her research and understanding of the future of the classroom, and the future of work, makes her a great speaker to hear. She directly influenced the direction of one of my articles.Anton Crace, Professionals in Education (PIE) News
We recently invited Kate to be our opening speaker on the second day of our annual flagship event, the Women in Focus Conference, Big Thinkers and Change Makers. To say she was outstanding is an understatement. Knowledgeable, professional, engaging, on point, and captivating. Her keynote was exactly what we were looking for, completely fitted our brief, and theme, the audience was enthralled. I would highly recommend Kate for pretty much anything.Ruth Lyons, Commonwealth Bank
Nice things people are saying
Kate is a remarkably capable, inspiring and thoughtful person. Her influence on the WA game developer community speaks for itself…Scott Ludlam, Former Senator for Western Australia
There is no question that she is one of our best and brightest.
Kate’s unpretentious, calm and open presenting style resonates with audiences young and old, motivating and inspiring people to be bold and dare to be different.Chailee Richards, Twenty Twenty Marketing
Dr. Kate is one of the smartest and most interesting people I know. I am not at all insecure about my own talents, but being around her makes me want to try harder, to think deeper, to step up and be the best I can be. Everything she says comes across as really thought provoking and considered. She has a depth and breadth that really changes the game.Michelle Sandford, Microsoft
It was my pleasure to invite Kate to join me with three other VR/visualisation experts on a panel on ‘3D Graphics in the World Wide Web’ at this year’s International World Wide Web conference, held in Perth in April. Kate provided thoughtful insight and clear strategic thinking that provided enormous benefit to a room of researchers and practitioners. I would recommend Kate to as someone both qualified to talk to professionals around these emerging topics in a clear, articulate and engaging way.Mark Pesce, Futurist & Inventor of VRML (Virtual Reality Markup Language)