Secret Agents of Change!

January 25th 2023


The secret agents of change are people who work together to make the world a better place. They can take the form of anything from activists, artists, and educators who believe in the power of change. They strive to promote social and economic justice, and to create a more peaceful and sustainable world in which future generations can thrive.

Remix Play 5, explores our roles as individuals, communities, and institutions in influencing, shaping, and mobilising change through playful and frugal practice. Change can take many forms, including social, environmental, economical, cultural, and educational transformation.

The event included inspiring talks, hands-on activities, and exhibitions, and took place on January 25th 2023 with free entry for all attendees!

Remix Play 5 was co-hosted by the Postdigital Cultures and Global Learning research centres at Coventry University.


RemixPlay 5: Pedagodzilla Podcast Special!

RemixPlay 5: Pedagodzilla Podcast Special!

The Pedagodzilla folks spent the day recording sessions and meeting team members at this year’s RemixPlay 5 event. Click to check it out!


Inspiring Talks

Hands-on Activities



Morning Sessions

09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Context Setting

Professor Katherine Wimpenny will open the summit with a call for action on how we as individuals, communities, and institutions can enact and inspire positive change in our world.

Speaker Bio

Katherine Wimpenny is Professor of Research in Global Education and Theme Lead for Global Learning: Education Without Boundaries, in the Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA), Research Institute of Global Learning, at Coventry University. She works with a diverse range of national and international partners and has a track record in the design and coordination of research and innovation projects, both nationally and internationally.

10:10 – 10:40 Ice-Breaker: Uncover your (secret) Identity

Are you ready to explore your formal and informal persona? Uncover your hidden expertise, skills, and interests in this creative, interactive hands-on session!

10:40 – 11:20 Inspiring Talk: Professor Margaret Low, MBE

Creativity, Context and Community.

What can we do to encourage young people to see STEM as a creative discipline? I’ll share some of my experiences in trying to bring change into computing education using tools like Scratch and TurtleStitch to enable young people to interact with digital and physical objects.

Speaker Bio

Professor Low is the Director of Outreach and Widening Participation for WMG at the University of Warwick She works with young people to encourage them to become creators as well as consumers of technology. She collaborates with local, national, and international organisations and communities to explore inclusive, creative learning experiences. In 2008, she set up the student-led, Technology Volunteers project at Warwick, enabling students to present technology workshops for local school children. Professor Low was recently presented with an MBE, for her services to public engagement and widening participation.

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee Break & Exhibition

11:50 – 12:35 Panel Session: Showcasing Agents of Change

This session showcases case studies from the ACES project in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, and a local example based on the community and charity work driven by Crosshair Coventry. The case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam will specifically showcase case studies on how playful and frugal approaches have impacted communities in their respective countries.

ACES Malaysia Team

Fitri Suraya Mohamad
Fitri teaches at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia. In the past twenty years, she has supervised hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate students on various scholarly inquiry related to teaching and learning, particularly in the use of technology to support and enhance learning.

Jacey-Lynn Minoi
Jacey is a computer scientist, currently working at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, where she is Senior Lecturer of Computing and Data Analysis. She has vast experience with indigenous communities in Sarawak on national and international initiatives within the area of technology and social innovations.

Tan Chong Eng
TAN is an associate professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and a senior member of the IEEE. His research is in the areas of wireless communication networks and broadband access technology. After his first encounter with rural communities in 2007, he started to venture into developing ICT technologies to challenge the unique requirements of rural environments towards bridging the digital divide.

Aazani Mujahid
Aazani is a marine scientist with vast experience networking with local coastal/ riverine communities in Sarawak on previous national and international initiatives within the field of climate change adaptation and land-use changes in protected areas and vulnerable ecosystems in Malaysia. She is actively committed to engagement with stakeholders at the national, regional and international level.

Farah Zaini
Farah is a lecturer at Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UNIMAS. She obtained her Doctoral degree and Bachelor degree both in Land Administration and Development from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her research interest is on land administration, rural and urban development; particularly on the law and policy studies, community development and also the application of Geographical Information System (GIS).

ACES Indonesia Team

Muhibudin Fadhli
Fadhli is an Assistant Professor Universitas in the Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, Universitas Negeri Malang focusing on Instructional Technology. Fadhli’s field is Educational Technology, especially the developing of playfull games and co-creation of learning environments. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Coventry University which led to Indonesia’s involvement in the ACES project; investigating the impact of transformative education through playful approaches and experiences towards developing social resilience.

Rochmat Aldy Purnomo
Aldy is a researcher at Universitas Muhammadiyah Ponorogo focused on applied economy. He supports global programmes that imagine and activate new forms of cultural and economic agency, by placing creativity, experimentation, co-design, social purpose, action research, and international connection at the heart of their work, through overseas partnerships including Malaysia, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Mexico, and Australia.

ACES Vietnam Team

HOANG Thi Bich Thuy
Thuy Hoang is a senior lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). She has more than 25 years of teaching and doing research related to chemical engineering field at HUST. She is also the co-founder and head of the Dynamic Lab for Innovation and Transformational Entrepreneurship (D-Lab). Her current R&D interests focus on innovative education and transformative technologies to support the achievement of sustainable development goals in Vietnam. Thuy Hoang is the Co-Investigator of the ACES project, leading the Vietnam team.

Thi Thom Thom Nguyen
Thom Thom has been working as a lecturer at University of Languages and International Studies – Vietnam National University, Hanoi (ULIS-VNU) since 2002. She is a master trainer in a range of teacher training projects conducted by VNU, the National Foreign Languages Project – Ministry of Education and Training, the British Council and the U.S. Embassy. She is also a key researcher in the ACES Vietnam Team. Her research interests include Teacher Professional Development, Emotional Intelligence, Playful & Frugal Education, and Community-centred educational models

Steve Trinh
Details to follow.

Shoubna Naika-Taylor

Shoubna is Curriculum Manager for Digital at Coventry College. She has worked in education for 14 years, lecturing in media, games, and esports. She oversees the esports operations at Coventry Crosshairs and has been a part of creating an inclusive and safe space for young people to participate in esports roles. Shoubna delivers Psychology for Esports Performance on the new esports BTEC providing an insight into the unseen side of esports.

She is a Women in Games ambassador and works hard to encourage girls to undertake extra-curricular activities in esports and games. She is also looking to collaborate with other teachers/organisations and create an initiative that allows further interest and offers advice to young women who wish to pursue a career in esports. Her work in this field has been recognised and has been awarded Top Educator at the GameHERS Award last year.

12:35 – 13:15 Co-Creation Session 1: Building Interpretations of our World

In this hands-on session, we will explore existing and emerging challenges within our world, considering everything from the potential for impact within our local communities through to wider global opportunities to enact positive change.

Afternoon Sessions

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch & Exhibition

During a lunch appropriate for secret agents of change, there will be a variety of inspiring and engaging exhibitions for you to explore, including Homeless Monopoly.

14:30 – 15:10 Inspiring Talk: Anthony Luvera

Agency, Representation, Community

In this talk, Anthony will draw upon twenty years of experience working with community groups on socially engaged art projects and share recent work created with people experiencing homelessness. He will address some of the issues he has encountered and observations made about the potential of collaboration to untangle issues of agency and representation, and prompt us to think further about the intersection of art and social justice.

Speaker Bio

Anthony Luvera is a socially engaged artist, writer and educator. The long-term collaborative projects he creates with individuals and community groups have been exhibited widely in galleries, museums, public spaces and festivals such as Tate Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery and Les Recontres D’Arles Photographie. Anthony is Associate Professor of Photography in the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities at Coventry University and editor of Photography For Whom?, a periodical about socially engaged photography.

15:10 – 16:00 Co-Creation Session 2: Unleashing Pathways to Change

In this final hands-on session, we will explore potential actions to address the identified challenges and opportunities enabled and driven by our identities in the community, both individually and collectively.

16:00 – 16:30 Fireside Chat and Closing Remarks

Discuss and reflect on the co-creation session and experiences from the day’s activities in an informal and collaborative fireside-style chat. (actual fire not included)

Followed by…

16:30 – 17:30 A Celebration of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab!

Feel free to join us for a get together of team members, colleagues, and friends of Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab, as we celebrate the DMLL’s achievements and give it the send-off it deserves!


Frank Whittle Building

Room: ECB 1-29

Coventry University
3 Gulson Rd, Coventry
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