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.
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 Australian Financial Review
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).
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 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 2018 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 is 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.