2020 Eportfolio Forum Keynote Presenters

2020 Eportfolio Forum Online

Digital Identity – Ethics and Experience

29-30 October 2020

Online (and supported by Deakin University, Melbourne [Kulin nation])

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Opening Keynote Speaker:
Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training, Australian National University


Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training, Australian National University

The Thesis Whisperer

Twitter: @thesiswhisperer

How I learned to relax and love Linkedin

In this session, A/Prof Inger Mewburn will reflect on 10 years of blogging and social media, and how this practice helps to create a digital footprint that supports a professional identity across multiple platforms. Academics can struggle with the problem of ‘context collapse’, where they are trying to maintain multiple roles and identities across different platforms. The possibility of ‘interference’ from one role into another takes active management and narrative strategies, such as the crafting of different bios and taglines for different social media platforms. In an era of ‘platform capitalism’, where platforms are free, but our attention and personal data is the product, how do academics balance off the needs for self promotion and the desire for privacy?


Dr Inger Mewburn was born on Nuenonne country, which is now known as Tasmania, Australia.  Inger has a background as a designer and a researcher, which was nurtured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Since 2006, Inger has worked exclusively with PhD students and early career academics. Inger helps people finish complex research projects with (sometimes very) demanding stakeholders. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential as researchers and helping to create a kinder, more inclusive academy. Inger strives to create spaces where people can do their best work and advance human knowledge for the good of all.

Inger is currently the Director of Researcher Development at The Australian National University where she runs and curates professional development workshops and programs for all ANU researchers. Aside from creating the Thesis Whisperer, Inger writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in post PhD employability.

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Jeanette Cheah, CEO & Founder @ Hacker Exchange

Hacker Exchange

Jeanette Cheah, CEO & Founder @ Hacker Exchange

Jeanette Cheah, CEO & Founder @ Hacker Exchange

Twitter: @jeanette_kc

Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate Digital Identity

Educators have had to adapt to some steep learning curves in recent years. Like an ill-fitting suit, we’ve shrugged off pure theory-based learning and became comfortable with practical ‘work integrated learning’ and digital identities to bridge the gap from passion to employment.

Now, we have been thrust into the new world of virtual learning with scant opportunity to adapt — even those of us with the most foresight. And through no fault of their own, the younger generations are now at the frontline of an epic transition of ‘work readiness’. Instead of cufflinks, they’re heading to work in their activewear. But here’s why this might be for the best…

The transition taking place is one of authenticity. Lockdown has become the ‘great level playing field’ where no one can hide behind the correct office attire and jargon. Now the humanity of people has been exposed and we are all just our authentic selves, working together to solve a problem. Authenticity is what it’s about. And Entrepreneurship as a study and as an expression of self is the ultimate way to develop a work-ready, highly-authentic digital identity. We’ve seen that self-driven experience setting up one’s own business or working in an agile, often scrappy, startup turns out to be the perfect learning environment for students moving into the future.

Drawing on insights from working with thousands of student entrepreneurs in innovation hubs like Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond, Jeanette Cheah will show you why she’s so excited about our future leaders, how innovation thinking can create the ultimate digital identity – and how starting a startup could ironically lead to a dream job.


Jeanette Cheah is co-founder and CEO of Hacker Exchange (HEX), a tertiary-accredited organisation helping the next generation of entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality – and build a powerful community along the way. She’s passionate about empowering underrepresented leaders, and is an in-demand speaker on tech diversity, innovation and education trends at events like SXSW, Future Work Summit, Melbourne Knowledge Week, Pause Fest, and the Women’s Economic Forum, London.

A Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist and G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance delegate, Jeanette is dedicated to helping leaders grow as global citizens and develop crucial innovation and employability skills for the rapidly changing economy. She’s worked as a startup mentor at Deakin SPARK, Catalysr, La Trobe Accelerator Program, RMIT Activator, and serves on the Entrepreneurship Course Advisory Team for Monash University’s Business School.

Before founding HEX, Jeanette spent 14 years building innovation, marketing and digital solutions for ANZ, AXA, AMP and Origin Energy. In 2019, Jeanette received the ‘Women In Tech – Global Ally’ Award in Portugal for her work driving diversity into tech. Jeanette has a background in Economics, Sociology, Marketing and UX Design.

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Major sponsors:

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Also proudly brought to you by the in-kind support from: ePortfolios AustraliaAustralian Catholic University, Charles Darwin University, Charles Sturt UniversityDeakin UniversityDigital CapabilityEdith Cowan UniversityEuroportfolioGriffith UniversityMelbourne Graduate School of Education – University of MelbourneMonash University, Otago Polytechnic, Queensland University of Technology, University of New South WalesUniversity of Queensland and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL).

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