2018 Symposium Speakers

Mark Pesce



Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster.

In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web. Pesce has written six books, including VRML: Browsing and Building Cyberspace and The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination, which used toys such as Furby and Sony’s PlayStation to explore our interactive future.

As an educator, Pesce founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California’s world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. Pesce currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney’s Digital Cultures Program.

For seven years, Pesce was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions and inventors. A highly-regarded speaker, Pesce entertains and informs audiences on the future of technology, media, government, health care, and education, and is a regular guest on James Valentine’s ABC 702 radio program. Pesce’s articles about technology and culture are regularly published in WIRED, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and ABC’s The Drum.

In 2006, Pesce opened the doors of FutureSt, a Sydney consultancy dedicated to helping clients identify and benefit from the opportunities of connected business. Clients have included Lonely Planet, Amnesty International, and Pearson Publishing.

In 2012 Pesce co-founded MooresCloud, an Internet-of-Things startup dedicated to providing beautiful, intelligent and connected lighting for the home.

Mark Pesce appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.