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Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie is a future-oriented thinker, game designer, researcher and innovator who has been helping organisations understand and harness key technology issues and trends for nearly 15 years.

She is also a long-time champion of diversity and women in STEM / STEAM. Described as a “leading light in innovation and technology,” Kate is always well ahead of the curve. She wrote the first ever research paper on internet memes in 2003 as well as the first ever paper on social media friending in 2005, when Facebook was not even a year old. Drawing on more than 10 years’ experience making mixed reality games which have been played all over the world, including at the National Theatre (London), Toronto International Film Festival and IndieCade (San Francisco), Kate is now advising and developing in the virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality spaces (VR/AR/MR).

Kate has won multiple international awards for her work, including WAITTA Incite’s Achiever of the Year 2015/2016 and has spoken at top academic and industry conferences, including SXSW and TEDxPerth. Currently, Kate runs Games We Play, a game consultancy which she founded to create bespoke games for education and social impact, and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, where she also completed her PhD on Facebook and privacy. In December of last year Kate was awarded the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptors ICT Professional of the Year.

Kate is as an engaging, insightful, passionate, and accessible speaker who brings a unique perspective to her subject. She explains current and upcoming trends in a way that audiences find understandable, informative and entertaining.

Kate is an Affiliate Member of Professional Speakers Australia.


  • Virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR)
  • Women in STEM/STEAM
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Using games for education and social impact
  • Understanding gamers and the games industry
  • The future of games and entertainment
  • Privacy, surveillance and new technologies
  • Supporting Innovation & creativity
  • Supporting diversity in corporate culture
  • Co-creation and playtesting
  • Co-working spaces



Kate is a remarkably capable, inspiring and thoughtful person. Her influence on the WA game developer community speaks for itself, but I was particularly impressed with her abilities as a coach. I was presumably not the easiest speaker to work with, carrying a mixture of nervousness and fixed ideas to the event, and can attest to Kate’s patience and consideration.
There is no question that she is one of our best and brightest.

—Scott Ludlam, Former Senator for Western Australia

Kate knows her subject matter. She knows how to craft stories that engage the crowd. Her passion and energy are infectious, and she is a delight to listen to.

—Karen Wellington, CoderDojo

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

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

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