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This Year's Keynote Speakers

Professor Stephen Heppell
Above: Professor Stephen Heppell
Professor Stephen HeppellZoe Ross
Professor Paul CurzonEvelyn Glennie by Jim Callaghan
Professor Stephen Heppell

Stephen's "eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground" approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large-scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognised leader in fields of learning, new media and technology.
A school teacher for more than a decade, and a professor since 1989, Stephen has worked, and is working, with learner led projects, with governments around the world, with international agencies, with Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organisations.

Professor Paul Curzon

Paul Curzon, is a Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London, known for his work inspiring students and teachers about interdisciplinary computer science. He co-founded the internationally reputed public engagement project, Computer Science for Fun ( and, and co-leads both the UK Computing at School (CAS) London Regional Network and Teaching London Computing ( creating inspiring classroom activities. He regularly gives shows and workshops for both students and teachers on computer science including magic shows teaching computational thinking. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and public engagement. He is coauthor of the book “The Power of Computational Thinking” with Peter McOwan.

Zoe Ross

Zoe is a former teacher at both Primary and Secondary schools where she has held the roles of Head of Computing and Head of Year with responsibility for transition from Primary to Secondary school and PSHE. Passionate about how technology can be used to transform our lives for the better, especially around mental health and well-being, Zoe holds an MSc in psychology and is a member of both the British Psychological Society and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Zoe is now the founder and CEO of Mind Moose, an interactive digital platform to develop emotional health and mental well-being in children.

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Evelyn regularly provides masterclasses and consultations designed to guide the next generation. With over 80 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour, Evelyn is also a leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, with more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

To this day, Evelyn continues to invest in realising her vision – to Teach the World to Listen – while looking to open a centre that embodies her mission: “to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower”.
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