2018 veski fast smarts - Playing

 

Innovators

The veski fast smarts Innovators represent all that is cutting edge about Melbourne, such as our diversity, energy and wide-ranging passions. 

Playing Innovators:

Dr Betty Sargeant - Melbourne knowledge fellow, artist and designer

Dr Betty Sargeant is a multi award-winning artist and designer. Her work focuses on how art and technology can help people be more socially and physically engaged.

Betty was a 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Award Winner. She is currently creator-in residence at the Exertion Games Lab (RMIT University, Australia) where she is developing a series of participatory media artworks. Betty was the 2016 Melbourne Knowledge Fellow; she was creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre - South Korea, 2017 & 2016, and she won the 2016 Consensus Innovation Award in recognition of her progressive digital technology work.

Betty is co-creative director of PluginHUMAN, a Melbourne-based art-design activation. She has exhibited her work in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Betty's PhD was ranked top three at the CHASS Prize in 2015 and she has academic publications and regularly speaks at public events.

 

Ms Amy Gubana – Chief Impact Officer, Vollie

Amy Gubana is the Chief Impact Officer at Vollie, an online marketplace that is unlocking a new style of skills-based remote volunteering.
Amy has had a diverse performance career ranging from television appearances on Neighbours to playing the lead in an international tour of a play, Flesh Eating Tiger, to Alaska, USA. She graduated with a diploma of Screen Acting from the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia.

Her work with Vollie is driven by a passion for social impact, and connecting the talents of everyday Australians with the charities and causes that matter most to them. Amy has been part of the Vollie journey since the start, and is one of the businesses strongest ambassadors. She supports the reach-out to new charities, highlighting the impact Vollie can have on their organisation.

Ms Grace McKee - Sisters in Science

Grace is a second year student completing a Bachelor of Science Advanced, Global Challenges, at Monash University. Majoring in physiology and minoring in mathematical statistics, this degree combines entrepreneurship, business theory, politics with a scientific lens to look at the challenges our time faces.

At the age of 18 Grace created ‘Sisters in Science’, a program which connects high school aged girls with women who work in different areas of Science, Technology Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM). 

Grace follows the philosophy of “you can’t be what you can’t see”, and hopes that by exposing young women to the visible role models, she will catalyse a higher number of high school STEMM unit enrolments.

Sisters in Science has been running for a year now, and has received immense responses from young girls who participate and the schools which they visit.

 

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