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Michael is the founder of Go Vocab, a language-learning app used in high schools all over the world. He has contributed to several startups in education and other industries. Michael has a background in product design and development, but is particularly interested in startup business models. He's also a Startup Chile Alumni, and perennial startup weekend runner-up.
Andrew is the co-founder of Publons, a company formed out of the inaugural Lightning Lab class in 2013. Its mission is to speed up science, by making peer review in academic publishing more efficient and effective. Having grown up in New Zealand, Andrew received his PhD in physics from Victoria University of Wellington, and was an active researcher at Boston University prior to starting Publons.
After attending an Educational Development Conference as a 13 year old, Ed came to the conclusion that people running education had some strange ideas. Since then, Ed decided to get amongst it and has worked as a teacher, education researcher, and teacher educator. Currently he is helping the Ministry of Education on curriculum innovation.
Peter is the CEO and co-founder of Storypark a social enterprise that’s helping teachers, parents and families extend children's learning. Storypark has users in 70+ countries and is quickly scaling after recently closing a major round of investment. Peter has conceived, grown and worked with a range of enterprises locally and abroad, mostly focused on education, design and social impact. He co-founded design agency The Church, helped bring Semipermanent to New Zealand, and loves supporting people to make ideas happen.
Sam’s background lies in building strategy, creating integrated campaigns, and all things digital. She has worked across a number of industries, including automotive, retail, banking and FMCG. Sam also helped www.rekindle.org.nz to sculpt their enterprise, and previously lived a secret life as an architect. She is passionate about creating experiences that deliver on business problems and makes a difference.
Anna is a design educator, researcher, and practitioner at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University. Her research focuses on creative leadership, collaboration, and design-led innovation. She teaches in the visual communication degree, and her personal research interests lie in an established discipline of innovative book design. Anna also leads a research team at Open Lab, an enterprise design environment that works on projects utilising user-centric design thinking.
After a career in finance, mainly managing his own hedge fund in the USA, Geoff founded a US-based online remedial reading business in 2006. Since moving back to NZ in 2013 he has been actively involved in startups, including as the mentor-in-residence at the 2013 Lightning Lab and as chairman of an online English language tutoring startup, LearnKo.