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Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

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Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie has been playfully preparing humans for the future since 2003. A technology analyst, trained ethnographer and professional game designer, Kate mixes the playful and the serious to engage audiences with compelling stories and useful insights.

Kate’s super powers include:

  •     Identifying and demystifying key trends and technologies years before they go mainstream
  •     Creating award-winning games and immersive experiences
  •     Using play to meaningfully consult and engage stakeholders
  •     Enabling creative innovation and changemaking
  •     Saving the world

She is the Founder of Future Human Academy, which prepares young people for the future of work; and Playup Perth, an event series that showcases and supports creative innovation in Western Australia.

Kate has spoken at top academic and industry conferences, including SXSW (Austin), NXNE (Toronto) and TEDxPerth where she is also a speaker coach, and has been featured on MTV, BoingBoing, NPR and in the pages of ELLE and the Sydney Morning Herald. Kate also writes for a variety of publications in Canada and Australia, including The Conversation and Kotaku. She is currently a technology columnist for the Business News and Scitech’s Particle, where she covers everything from Lego to blockchain to Nintendo’s latest innovation. Her ability to identify key trends and explain in an accessible way are rewarded by her articles being some of the most read and shared. Her PhD on Facebook has also been in Curtin Library’s top 10 most downloaded (of all time!) list since it was published in 2012.

Kate has also been playing with reality since 2007. Her award-winning mixed and augmented reality (MR/AR) games have been played all over the world, including at the National Theatre (London), Toronto International Film Festival and IndieCade (San Francisco). Her current project, “Secret Agents of Happiness” invites players to engage with those around them with random acts of joy and kindness.

Kate has worked with a wide variety of clients from different industries, including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Deakin University, Bankwest, RAC WA, Knowledge Week and Health Canada.

Kate has won multiple international awards for her work, including WAITTA Incite’s Achiever of the Year 2015/2016; the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptor Professional Achiever of the Year (2016); and one MCV Pacific’s 30 most influential women in games for three years running. Kate is also a nominee for the 40 Under 40.

She holds a PhD from Curtin University’s Department of Internet Studies, where she is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s New Media Lab, where she previously taught. Kate is an Affiliate Member of Professional Speakers Australia and an Honorary Member of the Australian Computer Society.


The Future of Reality: VR/AR/MR
The future of work
The future of education
Games and gamification for education and social impact
Games, play and innovation
Lessons learned from 10 years as a mixed reality game designer (before it was even a thing)
Engaging young people in STEM/STEAM with games
Diversity as a competitive advantage

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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

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)

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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