Dr Bernie Byrnes

University of Portsmouth

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Dr Bernie C Byrnes is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. She is an established theatrical practitioner, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Guild of Directors. She has staged work nationally and internationally including projects at The Globe and with the RSC. Bernie is an award-winning writer/director/dramaturg. She has a PhD in Literary Criticism with a widely published academic porfolio. She also regularly lectures at the universities of Portsmouth and Chichester.

Dr Bernie Byrnes is speaking at the following session

PONToon - Digital Skills, Employment and Empowerment

PONToon is an exciting project that uses a range of new and developing technologies such as games development, 3D/virtual reality, social media and web/mobile apps to engage, support and up-skill women in order to aid their employment opportunities. The project is centred around community development, social and economic inclusion and equality. It aims to produce a method of working that's not only scalable and transferrable but also applicable to broader demographic sets and geographical regions for continuing impact.

Takeway
- Ideas about how to provide engaging ways of teaching women how to use technology such as games development and 3D/virtual reality technology. 

- Ideas for creating a range of new and developing technologies to engage, support and up-skill women in order to aid their employment opportunities.

- Ideas about how gamification techniques can foster community development, social and economic inclusion and equality. 

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