Meet the judges

Here are the judges for the Future Transport Competition 2017. In July, they will be busy picking the winners.

Daniel Faitaua

Daniel FaitauaDaniel is a familiar face on TV as the newsreader for TVNZ Breakfast and 1News Midday. Before that he developed extensive experience as a broadcast reporter for One News and Close Up, an evening current affairs programme.

Daniel is of Samoan descent and dad to three boys. He’s a graduate of the New Zealand Broadcasting School and the University of Canterbury.

“Don’t let the lights and camera fool you, the job of a TV reporter is far from glamorous. Journalists must use dogged determination and persistence to investigate and research stories to keep people informed, facilitate change and hold those in power accountable.”

Dr Bron Stuckey

Bron Stuckey Bron is a Global Consultant Specialist in game play, game inspired learning, communities of practice and learning communities.

Bron cut her teeth in games for learning through her 10 years with the highly successful Arizona State University Quest Atlantis program. She coined the term "lived curriculum" through her work on digital citizenship in online games and virtual worlds.

She also explores, curates and supports teachers using Minecraft in their classrooms. She works both in school with kids and teachers and online. Her work focuses on jumping the chasm from early adopters of gameful practices to mainstreaming games, game based learning and game design.

James Everett

James Everett James is a Lead Game Designer at Magic Leap/Weta Workshop.

He is also the Chairperson of the New Zealand Game Developers Association.

In his 15 years in game development James has worked in Canada and New Zealand, across a wide variety of genres and platforms, with teams ranging from the single to triple digits.

"Get to prototyping as quickly as you can, and share your prototypes with everyone for feedback. Think about how your prototype will help to explain your idea."

Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer Director of Education at NetSafe, the organisation that supports all New Zealanders to confidently access digital opportunities and prevent online harm.

Karen has expertise in the design of future-focused learning approaches that harness digital technologies effectively and safely. With 20 years’ experience in the education sector in New Zealand and the UK, Karen is known for her humour, energy and professionalism.

“This competition is an amazing opportunity to weave the mind-bending transport trends of tomorrow with the creative power of today’s digital technology. I‘m looking forward to pieces that will make us all think twice about what lies ahead.”

Inspector Paula Holt

Paula Holt Paula is Community Services Manager at the National Prevention Centre at Police National Headquarters, and mum to two busy children. She oversees community police and school community policing.

Over 100 dedicated school community officers work with schools across the country and this includes a focus on road safety that enables students to travel safely in their community and build a safety consciousness around roads.

“The Future Transport Competition lets students look at how we use our roads today and what we could do in the future. This is your turn to be designers of a safer system for everyone.”

Ben Kenobi

Ben Kenobi Ben teaches in the Bachelor and Masters of Creative Technologies programmes at Colab and the Game and Play Design Minors in Art and Design at the Auckland University of Technology.

He has a background in architecture and game design.

He is the current director of the PIGsty: Play and Games Lab at AUT, a board member of the NZGDA (NZ Game Developers Association) and is an active member of the NZ commercial and indie game scene.

"We have a lot to discover about how play experiences can affect our lives. Don't let assumptions about what a game should be like stifle your ideas. We're in an age of game design pioneering."

Rachel Prince

Rachel Prince Rachel manages New Zealand’s road safety ad campaigns, working on notable campaigns such as Legend (Ghost Chips), Blazed and Mistakes. She’s held this role at the NZ Transport Agency since 2002.

Rachel says the campaigns are based on research and evidence, gaining thorough knowledge of the road safety issues that need addressing, and a deep understanding of the relevant target audiences for each of these issues.

“Future Transport is an open brief, so I encourage students to investigate what is happening locally and nationally and find a focal point for your creative skills. Paint us a vivid picture of what you think the future holds.”

Alex Elton-Farr

Alex Elton-Farr Alex works at Auckland Transport as a Community Transport Coordinator.

He draws on his experience of curriculum, strategy and resource development to work on educational programmes that support safe active travel for the city’s schools.

Alex is also a qualified and experienced teacher, and a keen cyclist.

“What I’m looking for in students’ work are innovative approaches to future transport solutions that could provide efficient, safe and sustainable travel options. I’d love to see entries that challenge the boundaries of conventional thinking around transport.”

So what wil the judges be looking for?

Here are the judging criteria.

Investigation: The quality of your research. Evidence about how you looked into the future of transport.

Presentation: How well your game or narrative was developed.

Ideas: Evidence of deep thinking and innovative ideas.

Sharing: Evidence of how you shared your ideas in your school community.

Overall Impression: The "wow factor" of your entry.