Connect – putting the pieces together, a conference for Technology educators.
A technology conference for all aspects of technology, from design and visual communication to food technology! And everything in between.
First day of the conference, opening speech and keynote.
Celia Wade-Brown – opening speech
Interesting point – The weightless economy –
“A term to describe a post-industrial economy that relies on information technology and telecommunications to produce high value output of exchangeable information, knowledge and other intangible goods. Information-based output contributes an increasing percent of gross national product and offers both emerging and developed economies a high potential for growth.” BusinessDictionary.com
Monday morning – keynote speaker Bernadette Casey, The Formary
Starbucks and re-using their coffee sacks – Wojo, Rice straw – China. Global view point – crops for textiles only? Is that sustainable? Ikea do not see cotton as a sustainable product.
What are the future skills that students going out into industry need?
Three main influences for the near future: :
- solar revolution
- end of fossil fuel dependency: Sweden – fossil fuel free by 2020
- vast leaps in technology – interconnectedness
Three main areas / disciplines that need to have a strong focus – science, understanding systems and developing skills.
Industry is crying out for scientists – need to re-frame science. Make it a ‘sexy’ subject. The industry (technology / textiles industry) are reliant on scientists. Perhaps communication about science needs to change.
Why are there so many designers and lawyers graduating from university? Why isn’t there a commitment to science?
How can tertiary education and the jobs needed in the market place be aligned?
Learning another language is a huge advantage when in business and is vital in helping the export community.
Students being able to understand systems – food systems, supply chain systems etc.
Learning skills at school is as equally important as “getting an education” or learning knowledge.
- problem solving skills – needs to be taught more in schools, large component of business, thinking outside of the square, look at problems in a different way, out of the box, can be limited by things like budgets etc, limitations can create and enhance creativity
- resilience – “keeping going even when things are looking dark, accepting that reversals are normal, remembering that human nature is, in the end, tough not ??others with your fears”. Vitality important.
- cooperation – has become more connected, more global.
- optimism – success – personal – achieved through their own effort, permanent – able to be achieved again
Industry needs more optimistic problem solvers!!