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Wednesday, November 8


Greg Wyler, Founder & Executive Chairman, One Web

A successful telecommunications entrepreneur, Wyler founded OneWeb in 2012 with the mission of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022. OneWeb's new satellite constellation, a major component to achieving this goal, will launch in 2019. 

Previously, Wyler spent three years developing telecommunications for rural locations in Africa. He built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the internet; provided the first 3G and fibre-to-the-home connections on the continent; and focused heavily on developing local operational skills.

Wednesday November 8, 2017 08:45 - 10:10
Kinnear Centre - KC 303
Thursday, November 9


Why We Need to Know How to Make Tech

In this keynote, Heather Payne focuses on technology education, entrepreneurship, and women in tech. She addresses major issues such as why children aren’t learning about technology from making and maker perspectives at school, and why women are still underrepresented in the tech industry. She draws on her experience with Ladies Learning Code to give real-life examples of teaching methods that inspire students and provide innovative, hands-on learning. She tells young people and recent graduates how learning how to code can make you a more valuable and desirable employee. And, she gives us insight into how we can work to create technology that will serve us individually, as well as the much broader population.

With grace, optimism, and experience seemingly beyond her years, Payne not only changes the way we view our relationship to technology and the web, but she inspires us to see what each of us is truly capable of. 

Keynote Speakers
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Heather Payne

Founder, Ladies Learning Code
Heather Payne is the Founder of Ladies Learning Code, a national not-for-profit that is encouraging thousands of women and girls to learn to code. Since 2011, Ladies Learning Code has expanded from its Toronto headquarters to 22+ cities across Canada. Payne is the founding director of Toronto’s Mozilla-backed youth digital... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 08:45 - 10:00
Kinnear Centre - KC 303


Using LinkedIn to Fight Inequality in Education Access

Since law school, Jake has worked to fight inequality - first through public international law, from tribunals in the Hague to Cambodia, and next through intellectual property law, including helping create an alternative to the patent system to incentivize drug development. Later, a company he founded built open source software to increase access to law, medicine and education across Canada, culminating in his work chairing the Technology Committee of UN Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown's Global Education Platform

Most recently, at LinkedIn, Jake has leveraged the company's map of the economy - the LinkedIn Economic Graph - to help non-profits and governments tackle key aspects of inequality in Canada. He has been running LinkedIn's Syrian refugee work, helping these newcomers find mentorship, networking and even jobs leveraging the platform. And he has built a partnership with the government of Ontario to provide skills-based online education content to every faculty, staff and student in the province. This in turn is a pilot to provide LinkedIn courses, combined with those from every college and university in the province, to Ontario's most disadvantaged, including those on EI and without access to other forms of education.

Jake believes Alberta, and Canada more generally, can take this work and expand on it - to leverage LinkedIn's data and content to better target its education system and workforce development.

Links to articles explaining his work at LinkedIn with refugees, cities, schools and non-profits can be found here.

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Jake Hirsch-Allen

Lynda.com Lead for Higher Education, LinkedIn Canada
As well as his work with Lynda.com, Jake Hirsch-Allen teaches at McMaster University, is on the advisory boards of Code for Canada and the Hot Docs cinema, and founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 15:20 - 16:05
Kinnear Centre - KC 303