Chris Hamling

CTO & National Manager at Safetystream & Kiwibots New Zealand

Chris Hamling is an entrepreneur who specialises in networked embedded systems and blue sky product development. He always strives to make the seemingly complex world of technology easy to understand. Passionately believing that STEM subjects and teachers should get more recognition for the role they play in the knowledge economy of New Zealand led him to the VEX robotics competition. His role as National Manager of the New Zealand Robotics Charitable Trust (The Kiwibots) puts him in an ideal position to help people see that's STEM is exciting and can be applied to almost everything.

Colin Rickett

Delivery Project Executive, IBM

Colin Rickett is a Delivery Project Executive for IBM Global Business Services and has over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of Information Technology based solutions. In his current role he has been responsible for the establishment of a services facility on the campus of Unitec in Auckland. This facility provides students with the ‘Earn as you Learn” opportunity by giving them with real world software development experience alongside their studies.

Denis Lavrov

Lead Research Assistant/Engineer at the CICS Lab, Unitec Institute of Technology

Denis Lavrov, Lead Research Assistant/Engineer at the CICS Lab at Unitec Institute of Technology, is responsible for systems engineering for the STRATUS project. He has four years' experience with low-level programming in C/C++ for embedded systems and sizeable knowledge of the networking, programming, hardware technology, and software engineering fields of computing. His current research interests include cloud computing, virtualisation, high availability and resiliency.

Dmitry Selitskiy

Founder & CEO, Thought-Wired

Founder of Thought-Wired – New Zealand's first brain-sensing technology company, and makers of NOUS: revolutionary thought-controlled communication tool for people who cannot move or talk because of disability. Dedicated social entrepreneur building hi-tech products that change lives.

Hayo Reinders

Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec.

Dr. Hayo Reinders ( is Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching'. Hayo has published over 100 books and articles, mostly in the areas of educational technology, learner autonomy, and out-of-class learning and his most recent books are on teaching methodologies, digital games, and second language acquisition. He edits a book series on ‘New Language Learning and Teaching Environments’ for Palgrave Macmillan.

Hinne Hettema

Department of Computing, Unitec Institute of Technology; ITS operations, University of Auckland; and Department of Philosophy, University of Auckland.

Dr Hinne Hettema studied theoretical chemistry (PhD 1993) and philosophy (PhD 2012). He currently works as the IT security team lead at the University of Auckland, and is a lecturer in cyber security at Unitec.

As a theoretical chemist, he played with the supercomputers of the time. His first computer was hacked in 1991, and he developed an enduring interest in cyber security. He developed that interest further while working as an IT consultant and architect at EDS, Unisys and Datacom, and currently leads his own security team.

Hossein Sarrafzadeh

Head of the Department of Computing, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Dr Sarrafzadeh has a PhD in Computing, and years of both academic and industry experience. Currently Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand, Dr Sarrafzadeh is an experienced academic leader, an established researcher, with extensive industry networks.

James Oldfield

Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Learning Advisor within Te Puna Ako Unitec Institute of Technology.

James Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and a Learning Advisor within Te Puna Ako at Unitec Institute of Technology. James currently provides advice and support to teaching staff working with new teaching spaces, eLearning and mobile learning. James has recently designed and implemented a mobile learning initiative in the Bachelor of Business programme where iPads are used by all students to enable pedagogical change. His research interests are focused on mobile learning and authentic learning and he is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

John Casey

Department of Computing, Unitec Institute of Technology.

John Casey received his PhD in Computer Science from Deakin University in 2008. His research interests include P2P and distributed computing, information retrieval, and data mining.

At the moment John is working as a Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology and teaches the Java and Android programming courses.

Mahsa Mohaghegh

Department of Computing, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Mahsa received her PhD in Computer engineering from Massey University in 2013. Her area of research is in Natural Language Processing.

She is a Senior Lecturer and the Outreach Development Manager at Unitec. She is responsible for liaising with industry professionals for in-class workshops and demonstrations, as well as running departmental promotional workshops As part of her role, Mahsa has led a push to promote Computer Science in secondary schools as a career option. She is the Founder and Director of She# ("She Sharp"), a networking platform for girls and women in technology.

Tanya Gray

Gather Workshops.

Tanya is the lead presenter on the Gather Workshops team, and she's on a mission to increase the uptake of programming in secondary schools. With a professional background in web development, she is now applying her real-world experience to classroom learning and bridging the gap between schools and industry.