Connect – putting the pieces together

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.”

Monday morning – keynote speaker Bernadette Casey, The Formary   Transforming waste through good design  @TheFormary


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: :

  1. solar revolution
  2. end of fossil fuel dependency: Sweden – fossil fuel free by 2020
  3. 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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. cooperation – has become more connected, more global.
  4. optimism – success – personal – achieved through their own effort, permanent – able to be achieved again

Industry needs more optimistic problem solvers!!


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