Tethix

About us

We’re a social impact venture with big dreams. Dedicated to helping people (re)imagine and create technology that enables collective human flourishing.

Read Tethix TL;DR for a quick overview of the problem we’re solving and the solutions we’re building, or continue reading to learn more about the team and our story.

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Founding team

A experienced founding crew driving the mission forward. To help all people (re)imagine and co-create technology that enables collective human flourishing.

Mathew Mytka

Chief Vision Shaper (CEO)

Shaping the vision and strategy for Tethix. A moral imagineer, dad, husband, amateur gardener, systems thinker, and wannabe extreme sports enthusiast. Experience working with startups and governments thru to fortune 500 companies. Mat helped establish Australias’ first entrepreneurship college and has worked at the intersection of operationalising applied ethics, trust and technologies for more than a decade.

Known to sometimes break out raps & rhymes.

Alja Isakovic

Chief Product Sculptor (CTO)

Leading the direction of the platform experiences people have on Tethix. A multi-passionate systems thinker and storyteller, focused on improving tech & education with imagination, innovation, and inclusivity, building upon two decades of UX, product, and startup experience. Alja founded ResponsibleTech.Work, European Commission-backed Europe Code Week, and other initiatives aimed at making tech more accessible.

Experienced cat herder, gamer, and LEGO builder.

Advisors

Brilliant humans guiding us in keeping aligned to our purpose, values and principles. Helping us in ensuring our our tech is being built in alignment to the public interest.

Katina Michael

An inspirational socio-technical dynamo, author, poet and educator and mentor to many. A professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University. Founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society and published academic with over 200 peer reviewed papers. A passionate pursuer of creating tech in the public interest.

Roba Abbas

A persistent advocate for socio-technical design and public interest technology. A published author and educator with the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong. Roba’s areas of focus include co-design and socio-technical systems, and emerging technologies. She is Co-Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society and was the Technical Chair of the IEEE Socio-Technical Systems Committee.

Nathan Kinch

Working with partners and the broader ecosystem to support co-creation and commercial value delivery. Nathan is a practical sociotechnology ethicist that has spent the last decade leading major programs in responsible innovation all around the world. Contributing to bring about more trustworthy organisations on a better track to make technology a force for good.

Stuart Hudson

Bringing deep technical expertise to bring the Tethix Runtime to life. A true tinkerer and technologist with rich philosophical grounding. Stuart has more than 3 decades experience working in senior leadership positions architecting and building innovative technology. His deep care about the problems worth solving in operationalising ethics in tech is combined with pragmatism and passion.

Our story

The initial seed for Tethix was planted in 2020 with Greater Than Learning, an online learning platform with courses on operationalising data ethics, trust & trustworthiness, and ethical design. The courses were practical and well-received. But we kept hearing from participants that more collaborative learning experiences were needed.

Drawing from our diverse experience in teaching and instructional design, we shifted focus to explore a new kind of learning experience designed for how people learn best: by doing, together. In a complex field like tech ethics we know decision-making should be an inclusive, social process. We decided to create an active learning context to simulate this.

In March 2022, we guided our first pilot fellowship on a unique exploration journey in tech ethics. Taking place as a collaborative simulation in the Tethix Archipelago. You can learn more about this pilot on our blog.

But this is just the beginning of the adventure we want to embark on as we continue building tools to make ethics accessible and practical in tech.

Just a small taste of the experiences we want to design together with you. Yes, you. Because it will take diverse perspectives and more than our small team of firekeepers to imagine and pave the way to a better tech future.

Humanising the experience

Relatable storytelling

Practical application