Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster.
In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web, with Tony Parisi and Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Pesce brings his skills as a futurist to diverse sectors of the economy, including financial institutions ranging from Westpac, World Bank, HSBC and SWIFT, and regularly facilitates and mentors hackathons on topics as diverse as fintech, blockchain, virtual reality, and education.
An internationally sought-after speaker, for seven years Pesce was a panelist and judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions and inventors. Pesce writes fortnightly a column for the internationally respected tech publication The Register, and co-hosts This Week in Startups Australia, the nation's #1 tech podcast.
Pesce has written six books, including The Next Billion Seconds, which explores how connectivity amplifies human capacity, and The Playful World, which used toys such as Furby and Sony’s PlayStation to illuminate the interactive world of the 21st century.
As an educator, Pesce founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California’s world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. Pesce currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney’s Digital Cultures Program, in addition to an adjunct professorship at the University of Technology Sydney's new Animal Logic Academy.
In 2006, Pesce opened the doors of the Digital Growth Partnership, a Sydney consultancy dedicated to helping clients identify and benefit from the opportunities of connected business.