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Opening keynote: Innovation, innovation, innovation

19 November 2012 – 10.00 – 11.00 GMT

In her presentation, Dr Sue Black will be asking “What could be more important than helping others to learn?”. She points out that we are born knowing almost nothing and spend our whole lives on learning journeys that affect the way we understand and interact with the world. The invention of the internet and the WWW has meant that for the first time in history there is the potential for us all to connect to each other, to learn from each other regardless of where we are based. This is a massive opportunity in many ways. We can learn first-hand things that just a few years ago would have been impossible. We can get to know people without ever having met them. We can connect people together to make exciting things happen. The digital world is our oyster…let's make the most of it. Dr Sue Black loves technology and how people use it to connect to each other to make great change happen. Sue will talk about her experiences of education both as a student and as an academic, her passion for innovation, her use of social media, her recent adventures in Silicon Valley and much more in this session which she hopes will get your brain sparking with activity and ideas of what you can do to shape the future.


Dr Sue Black

Image of Dr Sue Black.Dr Sue Black is a British computer scientist. She is a senior research associate in the department of computer science at University College London. Sue sits on the council for the British Computer Society (BCS) and the UK Foreign Secretary's group on freedom of expression. Keen to champion women in computing Sue set up the BCSWomen online network in 2001 and has recently become a strategic advisor for ACM-W. Passionate about computer science and its benefit to individuals, organisations and the economy Sue has recently set up a non-profit organisation called The <goto> Foundation. She has been instrumental in championing fundraising for Bletchley Park and was awarded runner up prize in the not-for-profit section of the Nominet Internet Awards 2012 for her campaign blog.



Sarah Porter

Image of Sarah Porter.

Sarah is JISC’s head of innovation and her work involves leading the strategic investment in research projects that promote new uses of technology for the benefit of education and research. Her particular interest is in how technology can help universities to innovate the day-to-day business of education and research - in particular the central importance of technology users, institutional processes and practices – and to help higher education to respond to the ever-changing political, cultural and financial context.