Gary, Co – Founder, Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy, CEO – Innovate Ahead Group Pty Ltd
Gary is a respected John Maxwell Team Coach on Leadership, Technology and Entrepreneurship with over 20 years of international business experience working with diverse groups of companies and individuals through business transformation projects, enhancing human capability through strategic training programs that empowers and develops individuals to succeed.
His ‘Can Do’ attitude to drive large scale change programs across the organizations made demanding projects delivered on time, budget and quality.
Gary has worked with educators around the world on innovative programs in addition to delivering programs for Ministry of Education, Singapore schools, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University. He has delivered many nationally accredited programs on behalf of the Singapore Government. He has been teaching robotics and technology in the classroom since 1999 using LEGO and thereafter many other robotics and technology tools. He has contributed his expertise to several others Asian Governmental programs through projects funded by United Nations Development Programs (UNDP). In 2016, Gary was also invited by the Mauritius government to conduct STEM keynote presentations and coding workshops in Mauritius.
Gary delivers leadership development programs for educational institutions globally. He has trained over 20,000 participants in Australia, Singapore, India, China, Maldives and Mauritius amongst other countries. He has been invited as a speaker at various business and technology conferences.
With more than 20 years of training and consulting experience, Gary co-founded Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and Innovate Tech Camps. He spearheaded the start-up of the VEX Robotics program and Competition (VRC) in Australia in 2013 and developed a rookie team to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships – Anaheim, California in 2014.He has also coached and mentored teams for the Vex IQ National Competitions and First Lego League (FLL) and the Vex Robotics World Championships 2016 which his team emerged in 3rd place in the Vex IQ World Tournament out of 200 teams. Gary also co-organized the Asia Pacific Robotics Championships 2015 which was held at the Melbourne Showgrounds which more than 200 teams from around Asia and Australia participated in.
Gary has conducted incursions and teacher PD’s in many schools in Melbourne (Hillcrest Christian College, Mount View Primary School, Oxley Christian College, Kambrya College, Huntingtower, The Peninsula School and more). He also had more than 25 seasons of tech camp holiday programs experience and leads the Innovate Technology and Robotics Competitions. Gary continues to lead a team of coaches and inspires children and teens in robotics and technology on a weekly basis. Gary believes in the importance of mental health and is a Accredited Mental Health First Aider, working with children and adults on this area.
Gary believes – “Change happens faster than ever, so leaders must remain adaptable.”
Sue, Co – Founder, Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy, Innovate Tech Camps Australia
Sue started her career in an international Intellectual Property boutique firm. As an IP Consultant in Singapore she managed the trademarks of clients such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Universal Studios, the NFL and more. She was head hunted to lead the training and development division of a highly successful business and technology consulting company headquartered in Singapore that delivered many innovative projects to the governments and large companies in the Asia Pacific.
Sue co-founded Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and Innovate Tech Camps Australia and is a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certified Instructor. She has been teaching robotics, coding, technology and electronics in the classroom, including high school elective programs in several top primary and secondary schools in Melbourne and Sydney (Huntingtower, Mount View Primary, The Geelong College, Shelford Girls Grammar and more).
Sue has also trained many students from Melbourne, Regional Victoria and interstate with more than 27 seasons of STEM education driven tech camps with Innovate Tech Camps. She has coached and mentored teams for the First Lego League Competitions, the VEX Robotics World Championships, the Vex IQ National Championships in addition to conducting many robotics incursions for corporate clients such as VIC Roads, Melbourne Zoo and neighbourhood learning centres amongst others.
Sue is an Accredited Mental Health First Aider and works with children in the areas of mental health awareness.
Sue is one of the founders who kickstarted the VEX Robotics program and Competition (VRC) in Australia in 2013 with its first 3 seasons before going on to develop other strong robotics competitions such as the Asia Pacific Robotics Championships 2015 at the Melbourne Showgrounds and Innovate Technology and Robotics Competitions (both classroom and competitive robotics challenges).
Sue believes – “When robotics works its magic, students see science at work in their world.”