Speakers Profile - Mark Pesce


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Mark Pesce is a futurist, inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and podcaster.

In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the Web.

Pesce was a judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions, and writes an award-winning column for the global tech publication The Register.

Pesce brings his skills as a futurist to diverse sectors of the economy, including financial institutions ranging from Westpac, World Bank, HSBC and SWIFT, and regularly facilitates and mentors hackathons on topics as diverse as fintech, blockchain, virtual reality, and education.

Pesce hosts two podcasts: This Week in Startups Australia - exploring tech startups; and The Next Billion Seconds - winner of the Best Technical and Scientific Podcast of 2018 - connecting the work of today’s brightest thinkers with the world of tomorrow.

Pesce has written six books, including The Playful World, which used toys such as Furby and LEGO Mindstorms to illuminate the interactive world of the 21st century.

Pesce founded graduate programs at both the University of Southern California and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School, holding appointments as Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Adjunct at UTS.