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Future of Education
Future of Education

Conversation Corner on Future of Education – Canada House @SXSW Sydney

As the world we live in changes to embrace tech futures, how and what we teach in our education system will also be reshaped to keep up to date with the growing skills demands of the 21st century. Technology has created endless boundaries of where learning can occur, how educational providers must deliver to be competitive, add value and satisfy students expectations.

As part of SXSW Sydney, join us at Canada House on Thursday October 19th for a special event to explore the Future of Education: Technology, Digital Trends and Consumer Expectations.

Meet Canadian keynote speaker Bosco Anthony – an idea rebel at heart who spends most of his time immersing himself in market research, trends, and industry analysis who will speak about emerging technology and design thinking opening the conversation for a panel discussion about education design and delivery at the intersection of educational and industry providers.

Hear from a range of stakeholders as they discuss how emerging technology is influencing their business, service and product delivery and how leveraging emerging technologies can lead to successful outcomes.

Event Details
Date: Thursday October 19
Time: 5:00pm – 5:45pm: Drinks and canapes
Time: 5:45pm – 7:15pm: Keynote and panel discussion
Location: 14 Kensington St. Chippendale, NSW

Explore the trends and technologies shaping tomorrows schools and universities, and hear from industry professionals providing the technology systems, platforms and learning content. Where tech and creative arts converge, we are at the precipice of a shift from traditional models to education anytime, anywhere in exactly the way we want to consume it. Personalized, gamified, predictive, and entertaining – how can we ensure the next generation is engaged and prepared for the jobs that don’t yet exist?

Meet the Keynote Speaker

Bosco Anthony

Bosco Anthony is the Head of Strategy and Growth for Global Rev Gen (GRG), an internationally recognised progressive and bespoke digital media buying solutions provider and consultancy.

A seasoned digital strategist, disruptive storyteller, marketing futurist, TEDx and international speaker with a background in corporate leadership, business operational maturity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Bosco Anthony’s impressive 20-year portfolio has seen completion in over 1000 digital projects, and 500 strategies in over 200 different sectors nationally and internationally.

He is known for being an influential business leader, having spoken at Tedx Stanley Park as well as at over 900 global events, conferences, and workshops.

Bosco Anthony has an insatiable hunger to create and innovate and his fervent passion and knowledge of the digital industry and consulting ecosphere. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. He’s renowned for taking businesses to newer heights. He focuses on their value proposition and developing the right partnerships to leverage a business’s core strengths. Want to know how to use data- driven insights to make informed, successful marketing decisions? Bosco’s keynotes provide the tools and strategies brands need to stay ahead. Harness the power of big data and unlock endless possibilities for your brand!

Bosco Anthony’s design thinking approach, ideology and methodical execution of digital strategy, performance marketing, brand immersion and business development growth strategies have helped so many brands bring their story to life. He assists his clients to navigate critical thinking from ‘What is’ to ‘What if’?

Meet the Panelists:

Professor Shelley Kinash – Executive Principal Student Experience, University of New England


Professor Shelley Kinash is the Executive Principal Student Experience at the University of New England (UNE). She is a Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. She is a dual citizen – Australian and Canadian.

She completed her PhD in Educational Technology in 2004 through the University of Calgary, and researched blind online learners. The resulting book is titled Seeing Beyond Blindness.

Professor Kinash oversees the entirety of the student experience from enrolment through student progression to graduate career success. She simultaneously performs and transforms, leading operational excellence across co-curricular student services and supports while inspiring and activating scholarship and continuous improvement in student retention, engagement and personalised learning journeys.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, she leads a team of over 100 staff and has 6 direct reports, including the UNE-wide heads of: library, student services, student co-curriculum, student wellness, student complaints & grievances and residential systems.

Prior to Executive Leadership positions (Bond University – 8.5 years and USQ – 4 years), she was an academic, teaching under- and post- graduate students in Faculties of Education (in Canada & Australia).

She has a h-index of 22 with over 2200 research citations. She co/led 3 Category-One national research grants (total research grant income of over $1 million) on graduate employability, postgraduate student experience and closing-the-loop on student evaluation of courses and teaching.


Tony Maguire – Regional Director at D2L (Australia and New Zealand)


Tony Maguire leads the D2L team and focuses on executive-level engagement across the ANZ region.  He is a seasoned executive and industry leader whose experience range from Fortune 500 companies including Apple and Oracle to advising entrepreneurial start-ups and leading regional market entries for global companies.

Tony has created deep and lasting local and international networks over his 25 years in the EdTech space – always with a focus on collaboration and using learning to drive business transformation.

He was the Founder/Director of e-gility Pty Ltd, a strategic consulting company working in the Vocational and Higher Education space and across 2019 and 2020. Tony advised ed-tech businesses on growth and product strategies and activities within transformational projects in ANZ and North and Latin America. In this role he delivered two commissioned whitepapers, the first explored learner journey and lifecycle challenges and defined four transformation models and the second analysed sentiment and strategic thinking among Higher Ed executives after the first 100 days of COVID- 19.


Dan Burgar – Co-Founder and CEO Frontier Collective


Dan Burgar is a pioneer in the technology space and a leader within the VR/AR/Metaverse industry. He believes it takes collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity to create a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.

Dan has helped catapult Vancouver to become the industry’s second largest global hub for the Metaverse, VR, AR with the highest concentration of 3D talent globally. His contributions have greatly influenced the virtual and augmented reality presence around the world, as well as throughout Canada.

Nominated as 2021’s LinkedIn Top Voices: Technology & Innovation, BIV’s Top Forty Under 40, and named as a BC500 leader, Dan has written for and offered tech insights to publications including TechCrunch, Betakit, VR Scout, DailyHive, and BC Business.


James Hamilton – Director of Product Growth and Optimisation in TAFE NSW 


James Hamilton is Director of Product Growth and Optimisation in TAFE NSW’s Product and Quality Group which is responsible for developing a comprehensive suite of innovative, quality, and ​digitally-enabled products that can be delivered efficiently and at scale, and ensuring TAFE NSW meets its educational obligations as an RTO and Higher Education provider.

James has a background at the intersection of education and technology in areas as diverse as labour market programs for the long term unemployed, web development and systems administration, teaching computer networking and forensics in TAFE and supporting the implementation of new technologies into vocational teaching practice.

In these roles he developed an understanding of the significance of how technology can be used to support and enhance the delivery of education to a diverse range of learners.

More recently, James has led the design, implementation and operation of technology platforms and products to support the digital transformation of student learning and the operation of educational organisations. Prior to working at TAFE NSW James was Head of Learning Technologies and Systems at Macquarie University, Head of Learning Technologies for global education provider Navitas, and Chief Information Officer for a leading, small higher education provider.


More about SXSW Sydney®
The world-famous SXSW conference and festivals is coming to Sydney, Australia, from 15 to 22 October 2023! SXSW Sydney® is the most anticipated event in the Southern Hemisphere for creators and professionals looking to discover future trends and emerging technologies, as well as providing access to unparalleled networking opportunities.

Connecting the world’s most awe-inspiring thinkers, creators and innovators, SXSW Sydney will showcase diverse topics, people and free-roaming ideas across Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology, Innovation and culture.

More about Canada House
CANADA HOUSE at SXSW Sydney® will be a creative hub that fosters connections, explores new business opportunities and showcases home-grown artists. Guests will be invited to discover Canada’s creative industries over the three days of activation, through a diverse programme. CANADA HOUSE will bring together Canadian companies looking to exchange ideas and meet key Australian players to forge long-term links and encourage future collaboration.


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