The Game Changer Challenge


One of the highlights of Education Week with for the NSW Department of Education is The Game Changer Challenge and it was a pleasure for Adobe to again be involved.

About 100 NSW DoE schools entered the 2019 Challenge and 18 primary & secondary school groups from all over NSW were selected to take part.

Schools involved were …


This year’s Challenge was How might we humanise technology?

The Challenge commenced on Tuesday 6th August at Google HQ in Pyrmont Sydney where the students and teachers were welcomed by Melanie Silva, Managing Director, Google ANZ as well as the NSW Minister for Education Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC and then had the opportunity to listen to a panel of expertise moderated by the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education Mark Scott.


The experts

  • Scientia Professor Toby Walsh, University of NSW
  • Distinguished Professor Mary-Anne Williams, University of Sydney
  • Dr Matt Beard, The Ethics Centre
  • Jillian Kilby, CEO and founder The Infrastructure Collaborative
  • Lloyd Godson, Hastings Secondary College Marine Studies Centre
  • Lee Hickin, National TechnologyOfficer Microsoft Australia

Hon Sarah Mitchell with the expert panelists

Following the panel session, the students met with an amazing group of facilitators who guided them through the challenge which involved using a design thinking approach to solving a problem focused on the  theme of humanising technology.


At the end of Day 1, all the students were bused to Parramatta where they had the amazing opportunity to stay at the Parkroyal Hotel ready for Day two at the NSW Department of Education Building on Phillip St, Parramatta.

Day 2

Day 2 of the Challenge involved dividing teh student groups up to take part in a range of workshop events including an Adobe workshop that I ran on Character Animator for the secondary students and an Adobe Spark workshop for the primary students run by Andrew Balzer from the T4L team at the NSW DoE.



Other workshops included sessions from Microsoft, Google, The University of Sydney, the Stem.T4L team at the NSW DoE as well as a how to design a pitch session buy the amazing story teller and poet Miles Merrill.

The students were all encouraged to take back what they learned from the workshops to their group with the aim of using their new skills and knowledge to help with their solution pitch on Day 3.


Following the workshops, the students met back with their groups to work on their solution pitch as part of a large makerspace session.


It was a pleasure to be involved with this event again and it is always a joy to see students collaborating, problem solving, designing and creating.


...this is what school should be like all the time.

In an interview I did with a teacher for a video story about this event (stay tuned to CreateEdu TV), a teacher said to me that this is what school should be like all the time. Great engagement, amazing creativity, so much learning and a wonderful way to help prepare these future leaders to help solve some of the big problems the world is (and will be facing) in the near future.

AI Safari

On Friday August 2, Over 60 NSW and other Aussie educators from K12 & Higher Ed visited Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Adobe for a day focused on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Education. This event was run by the NSW Department of Education T4L team and was sponsored by Intel. It was a wonderful example of how education and industry can work together to share and learn from each other.



Education leaders from the following schools, universities & organisations took part:

  • Wollongong Catholic Education Office
  • Department of Education NSW
  • Macquarie University
  • The Media Lab
  • Aurora College
  • CSIRO Education and Outreach (Digital Careers)
  • Association of Independent Schools of South Australia
  • University of Newcastle
  • Robert Townson High School
  • HETI higher education
  • Sylvania Heights PS
  • University of New South Wales
  • Mayfield West Demonstration School
  • Ravenswood School for Girls
  • Killara High School
  • #aussieED
  • Catalyst Lab Innovation Program
  • Transport for NSW
  • Dept of Education Victoria
  • UniSA
  • Roseville College
  • Australian Academy of Science
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building, University of Sydney
  • Intel
  • University of Wollongong
  • Forestville Public School
  • University of Newcastle
  • Gradient Institute
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon


The Adobe part of the day was run by Jamie Ragen (Adobe – Manager Solution Consulting, Digial Media) and myself. The main focus of our presentation was the use of AI in Adobe applications. Adobe’s AI engine is called Adobe Sensei.

Jamie ran through a number of demonstrations of Adobe Sensei in action within Photoshop, Premiere Pro, XD, Rush and other Adobe apps and I helped to put these into an education context.

It was a pleasure to host so many education influencers in the one space.


Special thanks to my friend Jo Cohen and the team at NSW DoE T4L for coordinating this amazing day.




TAFE NSW Graduations


This week, hundreds of TAFE NSW students graduated from a wide range of certificate courses related to Creative Industries. It was a pleasure for Jerry Wong and me to represent Adobe at the ceremonies held at the Nepean Campus in Kingswood and the Cambelltown Campous.

Michael Cullen, Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW and George Verghese, Head of Skills Team for Creative and Design ideation both presented inspiring messages of congratulations to the graduating students and their families.

It was great to catch up with Adobe Education Leader Craig Daalmeijer-Power who is the Head Teacher at Nepean Arts & Design Centre for TAFE NSW.


Congratulations to all the graduating students, especially those who were the first in their families to receive a formal certificate qualification. The work that TAFE NSW is doing in Western Sydeny to help provide employment and training opportunities is outstanding. It is always inspiring to see our students are improving their lives and the lives of people around them with digital creativity skills and the use of Adobe products.