Speakers are presented in the alphabetical order by last name

Grazia Guermandi

Expert of Regional Policies at Emilia-Romagna Regional Government


Grazia is a Psychologist specialized in the use of technologies for learning and training. She has worked as a training expert and project manager for almost 20 years for different Regional Governments in Italy. She is the project manager of the Emilia-Romagna regional project  “Pane e Internet” and for the “E-Learning Federated System of the Emilia-Romagna”.




Achilles Kameas

Associate Professor at the Hellenic Open University

Achilles Kameas

Achilles Kameas is Associate Professor with the Hellenic Open University, where he teaches Pervasive Systems and Software Design. He is the Director of the Postgraduate Study Programme on “Engineering of Pervasive Computing Systems”, the Head of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Social Systems) Research Group, and Chair of the Board of ALL DIGITAL European network.

Achilles pioneered the realization of the Ambient Intelligence vision; nowadays he contributes to creating an equal and inclusive society via the development of the digital skills and scientific knowledge of ALL citizens.

He has participated in more than 30 EU and national projects (coordinated more than 10 of them), has published over 150 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and authored / co-edited more than ten books. He has contributed to the standardization of European e-competences framework, the application of DigComp framework and the development of ESCO. His current interests include learning platforms and MOOCs, education for inclusive society, flexible learning pathways, STEM education, digital and ICT competence frameworks, and of course, Internet of Things and mobile computing systems.

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Davide Marocco

Associate professor of Psychometrics at the University of Napels Federico II


Davide Marocco is Associate Professor of Psychometrics at the University of Naples Federico II. He works with computational models for research and evaluation in psychology with particular interest in the use of innovative assessment methods, such as serious games for negotiation, effective communication and conflict resolution, and innovative methods of psychological analysis. His research activity is centered on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling.

Previously, he was Professor in Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Plymouth, and researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the CNR of Rome; he is the coordinator of various European projects in the context of the use of technology in psychological intervention. Between the most recent is the Erasmus+ ACCORD project which aims to define an educational tool that integrates theoretical and practical aspects on conflict management in intercultural domain in the school context.


Sophie Viger

Managing director of 42

Ecole 42  Février 2019

Sophie has been passionate about geek culture since early childhood. She was one of the first role-playing gamers in France in 1981 and that same year, at the age of 7, she was offered a ZX-81. At the age of 10, she learned the BASIC programming language at school and became passionate about all kinds of games (video, board, puzzles, etc.) as well as the worlds of science fiction and heroic fantasy. She is very involved in social issues and is a member of several NGOs.

A strong supporter of project-based pedagogy, Sophie has been an independent developer and professor of computer programming, the director of the Web@cadémie, the Samsung Campus and the Coding Academy by Epitech. In 2016, she founded one of the first courses in IT development, “Female Ambition”, which is made up of 80% women. She is also a director of #JamaisSansElles (#NeverWithoutHer).

It was therefore obvious for her to join 42 in 2018, as she highlights not only the technical skills of the 42 students, but also exceptional qualities sought today such as ethics, critical thinking, creativity and empathy.

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Cecilia Waismann

Vice-President of Research & Development of MindCET EdTech Innovation Centre

Cecilia WaismannDr. Lea Cecilia Waismann – VP of Research & Development of MindCET EdTech Innovation Centre (established by the non-profit Center for Educational Technology, Israel’s leader in technological-based educational solutions) which brings together educators, researchers, students and entrepreneurs in order to accelerate innovation. Dr. Waismann is an expert on the impact of cutting edge technology and internet culture on the way the newest generations learn and relate to the education system.

PhD in Psychology – Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.; MSc in Social Psychology – London School of Economics and Political Science. Dedicated to research, clinic and policy aspects of the chronically mentally ill in England and Spain, and since 1997 dedicated to education from the classroom to management, in Spain and Israel. Previous work places include SEF of the European Community, Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital of London, Andalusia Health Services- Spanish Government, Principal of School in Madrid, Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, and School of Education – Tel Aviv University. Extensive publications in mental health, education and the impact of internet culture and new technologies in learning and education.