Keynote Speakers

William Rankin - USA

William Rankin

About William Rankin

Dr William Rankin is a learning designer and educator with broad experience in educational technologies. For more than 25 years, he has worked with schools, governments, and learning organisations throughout the world to design, develop, and implement innovative learning programmes. His interest in using real-world projects to break learning out of the confines of the classroom walls is designed to equip learners with the experience and fusion skills they’ll need to succeed in the third millennium.

Dr Rankin works as the Director of Learning and Research for pi-top, an innovative learning company based in London. There, he leads a global team of experienced educators who are creating socially constructionist learning challenges that combine coding, physical computing, and challenge-based learning for primary and secondary students. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Director of Learning on the global education team at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California, where he had responsibility for developing, promoting, and enhancing innovative teaching and learning in pre-K to post-20 education. While there, he helped design, implement, and assess the project now known as the Apple Developer Academies, a global program for young app developers. Using student-led, challenge-based learning; research-supported, purpose-built learning facilities; and a holistic curricular design emphasizing both technical and human skills, these programs offer late secondary, university, and adult learners the chance to master coding and development by designing solutions for real challenges in their everyday lives.

Richard Gerver - UK

Richard Gerver

About Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, famously transformed into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround. Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. Richard is also a bestselling author. His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (now in its second edition), has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. Richard will also be publishing a new book: Education: A Manifesto for Change, to be published in April 2019, this book will explore how our school system can be made fit for purpose in our turbulent 21st-century world.