Jessie Hughes is committed to education and knowledge-sharing, regularly sharing her learnings with students of ranging backgrounds, and is an advocate for using technology creatively for social change. Jessie works as a Design Strategist, Interaction Designer and Creative Technology Consultant, toying at the cross-intersection of design, technology, art, research and strategy for social innovation. Jessie is an internationally recognised Australian new media artist and creative technologist, her works having exhibited most notably at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Tate Modern, and Cannes Film Market. Last year, Hughes was awarded Australia’s most prestigious academic scholarship, the 2020 John Monash Scholarship, supporting her post-graduate studies abroad. She has previously been named one of Australia’s Future Changers by the Foundation for Young Australians for her commitment to using digital innovation for positive social impact. Jessie has designed and implemented solutions for tech-giants such as Oculus, Facebook, and Adobe, and has been featured in over 80 media articles in radio, newspaper and TV, including ABC and Network Ten’s Children’s TV shows. Jessie is a Winston Churchill Fellow, Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellow and a UN Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Talent. Professionally, Jessie works as a Creative Technologist at the cross-intersection of design, storytelling, technology, art, research and strategy. Jessie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive and Visual Design from the Queensland University of Technology, and while currently completing her Masters in Screenwriting and Filmmaking at the London Film Academy. She has also studied at San Diego State University USA, Royal College of Art, UK, and Sonoda Women’s University, Japan. Jessie has also worked in the not-for-profit sector, driving fundraising efforts for both national and international non-profit organisations.