Media Design School thought leaders at Techweek 2023

From 15-18th May, a number of Media Design School staff and alumni participated in Techweek TV - a series of live, online video sessions broadcast throughout Techweek. Catch up on each of the insightful sessions in the links below!


Dr. Matt Stevens, Programme Coordinator - Master of Digital Transformation

Becoming More Digital, Becoming More Human

Digital transformation needs to put people first, rather than the technology, if we are to successfully navigate the complex problems and radical uncertainty of the 21st Century. By placing people, humanity, and the planet at the centre of our digital transformation, we can use new and emerging technologies as tools to create a better world in which we can become both more digital and more human.


Ivan Khmel, Programme Coordinator - Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Careers in Games

The video game sector in New Zealand has grown exponentially, which is a good sign for creative people looking to pursue a potential for career for in this industry. Ivan Khmel shares his knowledge on the evolving landscape of the game art world, and provides insight on what kind of expectations an artist can have as they prepare to explore the industry. More than that however, and, perhaps the best tool in the kit: you'll find an approach for self-development in the creative space and how to continue improving yourself even after your studies. 


Ani Tawhiao-Lomas - Co-Founder + Creative Director, Yawye Babies; Alumni of Master of Design at Media Design School

Journey of Building a Family & Building a Business

A descendant of Ngāti Hikairo and Ngāi Te Rangi iwi, Ani leads the creative direction for Yawye. With a background in art and design, combined with a Masters and many years working within the advertising, film and event industries, Ani brings extensive knowledge and creative vision to the Yawye brand. Having worked with many different kaupapa over the years, Ani understands the importance of using imagery to connect with audiences. Using the creative skills she has developed, she brings the concept of Yawye to life. And as a new mum, Ani is excited to blend her worlds of whanau, art and kai into one. 


Sofia Piven - Lecturer/Learning Facilitator, Game Development

Games of mass effect: an industry diverse in opportunity

Explore the key skillsets games and games-adjacent fields draw from, opportunities within and outside of game studios, and the importance and outcomes of greater representation in the games industry.


Jim Murray, Programme Director - Bachelor of Media Design & Tammie Leong, Senior Lecturer — Media Design

Design in the Age of AI

Discover the amazing career pathways that exist in creative tech, with a focus on Interactive UX, Motion and Graphic Design, and the future of creative tech in relation to the rise of AI.

Media Design School partnered with NZTech for Techweek23, delivering 5 inspiring talks on the various tech and creative fields that MDS is involved in

Thought leaders from Media Design School shared their knowledge and expertise at this year's Techweek.