SXSW Interactive 2012 speakers

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Aaron Pompei

Dir of Multimedia Strategy & Dev, Savannah College of Art and Design

Aaron Pompei has developed innovative approaches to the delivery of distance learning programs globally and in our community. He has demonstrated a capacity to rapidly adjust to the evolving nature of the field. Pompei has moved up through Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from eLearning Analyst, Media Designer, Senior Media Designer, to Director of Multimedia Strategy and Development. In these roles he has worked with faculty, staff, and the community over the years in many capacities. His experience in live course support as well as in course development has given him an excellent perspective of the needs of online students and how SCAD can give them a fully-rounded academic experience. These needs directly impacted his direction as a media designer where he was able to create meaningful interactions for students. This access allows online education to reach beyond existing pedagogy. He is fostering a constructive learning environment full of ideas. Through his work on the Virtual Lecture Hall, a compilation of video from events and lectures, he has connected our community to a global education environment. With this, students, faculty and educators have access to be engaged and participate regardless of their location. This resources gives all SCAD students, faculty and staff 24/7 access to connecting with high caliber guests the university attracts, enabling them to learn from leaders and visionaries. This connection of educators allows education to evolve to something new. The Virtual Lecture Hall has been a great platform to many community outreach endeavors. Pompei recently implemented live streaming to the Virtual Lecture Hall to increase the delivery opportunities, access options, and audiences. This project now extends the impact of guest lecturers brought to Savannah to a greater audience beyond the boundaries of the hosting location. He has successfully implement this during many of the department hosted guest lectures, conferences, and speaker series over the last year. The service has also given the project the ability to extend its reach to mobile devices, our international audience, and improve overall production process to include aspects of communication through social media, reduced post-production overhead, and an improved streaming experience for students. This capability has been able to translate to many platforms of education. For example, he had significant impact in the community with COINs2010. Pompei was responsible for spearheading live streaming and open social media touch points for attendees at a distance and the public to interact with the conference. This effort was a success as speakers and attendees interacted directly with public and remote conference members through out the two-day conference synchronously through live video and chat. In collaboration with a highly talented group of Design Management graduate students he is taking on individual aspects of this project allowing it to grow further in features, service and content through student feedback and collaboration. Intentionally assembling this team of graduate students was an opportunity to extend the collaborative, evaluation and design thinking skills they are learning in their degree program to a real world project, which will impact them as well as their peers. Each team member has a specific area of responsibility with overlapping areas of interest leading many times to organic collaboration and bubbling up insights for decision making as a team. His mentoring in the community has had profound impact for students and their careers. Pompei has developed a new template that all our fully online courses utilize. The template leverages technology to allow accessibility and functionality. The template has been a benchmark for pushing our courses to the 21st century. As mobile increases, accessibility demands become increasingly important. The impact on education brings new opportunities for learning. The template will foster this. SCAD e-Learning’s courses and degree programs have set the standard for art and design distance education services and course development, and the college has received numerous awards in recognition of SCAD e-Learning. Pompei has been instrumental to accomplishing these goals as a higher education institution for art and design.

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Allison Kent-Smith

Dir of Digital Dev, Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Originally from New Orleans, Allison started her digital career in Colorado at Vail Resorts as National Partner Marketing Manager. After a few winters in Vail, she landed at texturemedia in Boulder as Senior Director of Business Development. During her tenure, the agency grew from 15 to 75 people and sold to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in 2008. While at CP+B she led digital education and development including the launch of a new industry focused school, Boulder Digital Works @bdwcu. At BDW she led executive education, marketing, PR, industry development, and partner management. At GS&P she is responsible for digital education and development for employees and clients. Curriculum includes Interaction Design, Business Development, Experience Design, Social Media, Mobile, Strategy, Analytics, Production, Programming and rotating cultural and creative topics. Students attend pop-ups, field trips, classes and workshops. Allison has a MA in Integrated Marketing and a BA in Fine Arts and Communications. She lives in Mill Valley CA with her husband, daughter, and two Abyssinians. She’s known to play chess until the wee hours and makes a mean dish of Cajun BBQ Shrimp.

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Angela Maiers

Three Innovative Approaches to Mobile Learning, Angela Maiers Education

Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications. She is an alumnus of The University of Iowa and has her masters degrees in educational supervision and reading from the University of Iowa and has spent 22 years working in Elementary, Middle and University settings as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, coach, special programs facilitator, and University Professor. Today, Angela is at the forefront of  New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. An active blogger and social media evangelist, she deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology. Her intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of literacy as change have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker and a vibrant courageous voice in both the business and education space. As owner and lead consultant at Maiers Educational Services, using her passion for literacy and technology to discover creative ways to assist schools and organizations in meeting their learning and productivity goals. When she is not at home in Clive, Iowa,  spending time with her husband and two children.

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Betsy Corcoran

Co-Founder & CEO, EdSurge

Cofounder and editor of edSurge, the fastest growing news source on education technology.

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Bjorn Billhardt

CEO, Enspire Learning

Bjorn founded Enspire Learning in 2001 with the vision to change the way people learn. He has been a speaker at conferences such as Training, ASTD, and ISPI, and he has helped clients such as Microsoft, Bank of America, Harvard Business School, and the World Bank develop successful leadership development programs. Bjorn conducted training classes in Europe and the US as a consultant and corporate trainer for BAAN, a Dutch software company, and he also worked for McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Bjorn holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual BA/BBA from the University of Texas, where he is an alumnus of the Plan II and the Business Honors Program.

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Cindy Royal

Assoc Professor, Texas State University

Cindy Royal is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos where she teaches Web design and online media courses. She completed Ph.D. studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. Her research focuses on the effects of the Internet on communication and culture, most recently studying the role of programming to the journalism profession. Her students have covered SXSWi at www.sxtxstate.com for the past five years. Cindy loves technology, live music and living in Austin. She hosts a music blog and Web talk show at www.onthatnote.com and a tech blog at tech.cindyroyal.net. She also writes for Texas Music magazine. For more information, visit www.cindyroyal.com.

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Dale Stephens

Chief Educational Deviant, UnCollege

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David Conover

Instructor, Game Dev, Pflugerville ISD

I’m a high school teacher with a calm, cool, and collected attitude. My work is important to me because it allows me to be curious, abstract, inventive, confident, and creative. Recently one of my students won a national award for game design and I had a chance to speak at the Austin Chamber of Commerce's 6 Ideas that Changed the World. Now my career is in overdrive. I am fortunate to work with a supportive school district (PISD), as well as to work with some great companies, such as AMD, Game Salad and Get Your Learn On (GYLO) and others.

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Don Christian

Dean, College of Business, Concordia University Texas

Dr. Donald Christian, accomplished musician and former band director, serves as the Dean of the College of Business for Concordia University Texas, a position he has held since the fall of 2005. Over the past seven years, Dr. Christian has grown the Bachelor of Business Administration program by over 80%, launched The Concordia MBA in the fall of 2010, and provided leadership in creating a required freshman orientation course across the campus. He has also engaged the community in the growth of the College by bringing together multiple program advisory boards, establishing a monthly speaker series which spotlights leaders from the Central Texas region, and partnering with different not-for-profits that provide real-life experiences for select Concordia students. Dr. Christian received his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix where his research and dissertation focused on the correlation between leadership skills and interagency collaboration among organizations. His teaching expertise is in the areas of leadership and management, focusing on developing the critical and creative thinking process for his students. Recent speaking engagements have included the IACBE National Conference, the Austin Leadership Forum, and the International First Year Experience Conference. In the spring of 2011, Dr. Christian was one of three finalists for the position of President at Concordia University, St. Paul. He currently serves as the Vice-President of ECHO Austin and as Chairman of LINC-Houston.

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Doug Mitchell

Project Mgr, Career Coach, Knowledgewebb.net

Doug is a nationally recognized media trainer, project strategist and career coach. A former Knight International Press Fellow and current William S. Fulbright Senior Specialist, Doug spent 21.5 years as a producer and director at NPR in Washington DC. While at NPR, he created and ran a professional development program for young people titled "next generation radio" and built NPR's "Intern Edition." Currently, he’s co-director of a startup camp funded by the Ford Foundation to develop journalists of color as tomorrow's media CEO's and works as a consultant in developing youth media enterprises and journalism curriculum in-class, on-air and online.

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Dr William J Ward

Social Media Professor, Newhouse School Syracuse University

My name is Bill - Dr. William J. Ward aka DR4WARD. I'm the Professor of Social Media at Syracuse University in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. I enjoy helping connect students and pros to learn about all forms of communication and creativity. I talk about, create, and curate content on: Digital, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Social Media, Journalism, Higher Ed, Innovation, Creativity, and Design.

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Drew Davidson

Dir, CMU

Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories across texts, comics, games and other media. He is the Director of the Entertainment Technology Center – Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University and the Editor of ETC Press.

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Efrin Carrion

Co-Founder and Director of Expansion, Student Success Academy

EJ’s primary tasks and activities focus on increasing awareness of the Student Success Academy. EJ ensures that the proper outreach is taken place to increase involvement with parents and students in the Student Success Academy community. Before founding the Student Success Academy, EJ was a nationally recognized motivational speaker. He is also the author of two books over student development. EJ has also worked with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education and Teach For America. EJ’s childhood dream job is to become a famous rapper. One of EJ’s raps was used by ESPN.

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Gary Natriello

Professor, Teacher's College Columbia University

Gary Natriello is the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on online learning environments, at-risk youth, and the organization of schooling. Gary is the founder and director of the EdLab, a design and development unit devoted to creating new educational possibilities for the information age. EdLab projects include the creation of online tools such as the Vialogues video discussion application (https://vialogues.com/), digital curricula such as the Let Freedom Swing, based on an exploration of democracy and jazz by Sandra Dey O’Connor and Wynton Marsalis, and tools to support libraries such as the PocketKnowledge digital archive system (http://pocketknowledge.tc.columb...). Forthcoming projects include the launch of a new mobile journal covering innovation in the education sector and a high school curriculum drawing on the history of Rock and Roll for the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (http://www.rockandrollforever.org/). Gary is the author of numerous articles, books, and conference presentations. He received an A.B. in English from Princeton, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford in Sociology and Education. He is the executive editor of the Teachers College Record, and the director of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College.

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Giselle Schmitz

Global Agency Mktg Mgr, Facebook

Giselle Schmitz grew up in advertising agency- literally. After watching her parents slog it out in traditional and PR agencies, she started her career client-side at Coca-Cola and Cisco. She took a sabbatical from the business world in 2007 to work for the Obama for America campaign as a Regional Field Director where she experienced first hand the power of social media in moving message. Fully hooked, she co-founded a social startup born of the campaign which a year later led her to join Facebook. Giselle joined Facebook to build inspirational educational programs like Facebook Studio Live and the Creative Garage. She and her husband Brian (also a Facebooker) live in Mountain View, CA. You can subscribe to her updates at facebook.com/gisellemarie

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Glenn Cole

CCO, 72andSunny

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Gregory Fenves

Dean, UT Austin Cockrell School

Gregory L. Fenves is dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He leads one of the largest schools of engineering in the U.S. with 7400 students and 270 faculty. The Cockrell School educates students to be leaders and innovators with active research programs in high-priority areas such as energy, healthcare, and manufacturing, totaling more than $160 million a year in research expenditures. Many of the research innovations are commercialized by faculty and students. Fenves was previously on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley for more than 20 years during which time he had an inside view of Silicon Valley and the amazing successes that are possible when innovation is matched with creative technology and user needs. He reinforces this mission through his role as head of the engineering school at UT. The Cockrell School contributes on an annual basis $1.3 billion a year to the Texas Gross National Product and $74 million in annual state tax revenues. The school is credited with 15,500 permanent jobs in the state. Holding a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Fenves has received numerous national awards, including the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award and four major awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Heather Staker

Sr Research Fellow, Education, Innosight Institute

Heather Staker is a Senior Research Fellow for the Education Practice at Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. She is the author of numerous publications, including “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” which Innosight Institute published May 2011. Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning listed it as one of the 11 most valuable reports for online learning policymakers and practitioners in 2011. Staker is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at education innovation conferences throughout the country and testifies regularly before state policymakers, including in Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Scholastic’s blog named her one of 5 people to watch in education in 2012. Prior to joining Innosight Institute, Staker served under Governor Pete Wilson’s administration as a member of the California State Board of Education. She was also a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, a sales manager for Procter & Gamble, and the co-founder and CFO of Karaeiga, LLC, now Yoostar Entertainment. Staker graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a concentration in Government. She received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. She is the mother of four elementary school students.

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Henry Leitner

Sr Lecturer on Computer Science Assoc Dean for Information Tech & CTO, Harvard University

Henry Leitner is the associate dean of information technology and chief technology officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE), Harvard University and Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University. In this role he provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of technology-based initiatives that serve both the administrative and academic areas, including online teaching and learning. He created and directs the Master of Liberal Arts in information technology program at Harvard Extension School, a graduate program of study in which adult learners are exposed to modern software engineering methodologies, theoretical and formal areas of computer science, advanced topics in cryptography, nanoscale science, digital media arts and sciences and enterprise computing. As senior lecturer on computer science, for more than two decades Leitner has taught large introductory computer science courses and other advanced courses for Harvard Extension and Summer Schools, as well as Harvard College. In 1999, he received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2006 he was honored for 25 years of teaching at Harvard Extension School. He co-founded Articulate Systems, Inc., a company that pioneered the use of voice recognition technology on the Apple Macintosh computer. He helped to found the Indian Computer Academy, a nonprofit institute based in Bangalore, India, and currently oversees the distance education program at DCE. He received his master's degree and his doctorate from Harvard University, and his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

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Jared Carney

Chief Strategy & Mktg Officer, Milken Institute

Jared Carney, the Milken Institute’s chief strategy officer, is responsible for its programs and partnerships. He oversees the Institute’s relationships with innovative international leaders in finance, business, government, education and philanthropy to further the Institute’s goals of improving health, job creation and access to capital. One of his primary responsibilities is the design and execution of events that bring together a variety of stakeholders in pursuit of solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. He leads the Milken Institute Global Capital Markets Advisory Council, a group of investors with $12 trillion in assets under management who share ideas about investment issues and policy trends. Separately, Carney is an advisor to several schools and education businesses. He serves on the board of directors of Children’s Creative Learning Center – part of the Knowledge Universe group. Jared is a member of the board of directors of The Growing Place, one of Santa Monica’s leading preschools. Previously, Carney worked in tech, launching such innovative companies as Intranets.com (an Idealab firm sold to WebEx) and rolling out Java for Sun Microsystems. A pioneer in Web content, he produced the original “X-Files” website and the first theatrical production incorporating performers on multiple continents via the Web.

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Jeffrey Young

Sr Editor, Technology, Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeffrey R. Young leads The Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of technology and its impact on teaching, research, and student life. He also contributes to and oversees content for the Wired Campus blog, and is co-host of the monthly Tech Therapy podcast. In College 2.0, his regular news-analysis column, he tracks game-changing technology ideas at colleges and the often thorny questions they raise. Past installments have looked at redefining textbooks, split personalities on social media, and how technology is challenging the lecture model. Young has written for national publications including The New York Times and New Scientist. An article he wrote appeared in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing 2007. Young is a frequent speaker at conferences across the country, discussing technology trends, computer security, and technology journalism. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 1995, focusing on hypertext literature, and a master's in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University in 2001.

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Jennifer Openshaw

Founder & CEO, SuperFutures

Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of SuperFutures and longtime Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal columinst, is known for using technology to bring financial empowerment to everyday Americans. One of our nation’s most passionate advocates for families, she appears frequently on shows ranging from Oprah and Dr. Phil to CNBC, Fox and CNN. In 1999, Jennifer founded Women’s Financial Network, for which she was named one of the Internet’s 25 Rising Stars. WFN was sold to Siebert Financial (NYSE:SIEB). Jennifer later founded Family Financial Network and then WeSeed, a Facebook-meets-Wall Street investment educate site used in hundreds of schools. She previously served in the California State Treasurer’s Office under Kathleen Brown, sister to Governor Jerry Brown, and as Senior Vice President of Bank One (JP Morgan Chase). Most recently, after hearing from parents and students about job fears in the new global economy, Jennifer dedicated herself to SuperFutures to help students answer: what do I want to be when I grow up and how do I get there successfully? Designed with Harvard experts and working in partnership with Iqbal Theba, “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee, SuperFutures offers programs to help students succeed in college, career and life. A Rotary Scholar and author of The Millionaire Zone (Hyperion), Jennifer holds an MBA and BA from UCLA. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University (NYU) and serves on the Advisory Boards of Women’s Leadership Exchange and SpringBoard Enterprises, both focused on helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

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John Boyer

Virginia Tech

John Boyer is an award-winning Senior Instructor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech where he has taught ever-expanding courses on World Regional Geography and the Geography of Wine: in last decade, enrollments have grown from average class size of 50-60 to 550-600, with the World Regions now being taught to a record-breaking 2750 students every Fall. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Geography and has been teaching since 1998. He has published textbooks on world geography and wine, developed a graphic novel series, produces podcasts and an educational website for his classes, and actively incorporates all manner of technologies into the classroom in order to increase interaction and learning for the students, and the world.

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Julie Lytle

M3, Theological Education Media Consultant, Episcopal Divinity School

Julie Anne Lytle, PhD, is President of M3, a consulting firm dedicated to helping educators appropriately integrate digital media. A leader in efforts to blend on-campus and on-line interaction in theological education, she combines academic training in journalism/advertising, theology, and education with professional use of every form of media and pastoral experience in parishes, dioceses, national and university settings. As a digital evangelist, Julie is currently a theological education media consultant to Virginia Theological Seminary as they explore digital ways to expand their summer MA programs. Over the past six years, she led the development of the Episcopal Divinity School's innovated Distributive Learning Masters option and the creation of EDSConnect, its lifelong formation and education division. Her other innovations include Interpreters Carelink, a videoconference-based hospital emergency room interpreter service for the deaf, hard of hearing, and non-native English speakers at Beth Isreal Deaconness Medical Center, in Boston and CTNC, a parish-based, satellite distribution network for faith based programming in the 1980s. Finding that leaders often make media decisions without due process, Julie seeks to guide communities as they define a message, choose methods, and then select media to reach their intended audiences and goals. Her research includes an ecological approach to study the impact of the digital convergence on individual and communal formation, the interactive methods that are emerging for lifelong faith formation, and the transformative potential of social media.

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Katherine Burdick

VP of Dev, Learning A-Z

Katherine Burdick has worked in the education sector for over thirty years. Using her experiences as a teacher and a school administrator, she has developed a strong track record of creating innovative leading educational products while holding marketing and editorial positions within companies such as Pearson Education and Scholastic Inc. For the last seven years she has worked in product development at Learning A-Z directing the development of reading, writing, and science products delivered online. Learning A-Z is a winner of the distinguished CODiE Award, Teacher's Choice Award, and AEPs Beacon Award. Katherine is passionate about mobile learning and is busy learning and teaching others about all its possibilities.

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Katie Pritchard

Technical Asst, Virginia Tech

Katie Pritchard is a technical assistant in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech. She specializes in research, incorporation, and implementation of new educational technologies and social media/networking into large and ultra-large classroom formats, with a specific focus on creating teacher-student and student-student interaction opportunities. Education technologist

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Linda Smarzik

Dean, Computer Sciences & Advanced Tech, Austin Community College

Linda Smarzik, Dean of Computer Studies and Advanced Technology with Austin Community College District (ACC) oversees several highly innovative programs such as, Visual Communication, Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Architecture Engineering & Computer Aided Design, and Electronics and Advanced Technologies. Her scope of influence encompasses initiatives such as the successful Game Development Institute—a multi-disciplinary program with ACC’s first Applied Game Lab—to the Texas Energy Institute. Linda continues to teach adult learners to develop conceptual thinking skills when applied to problem solving. Currently, Linda is in the final stages of writing a book, developing strategies to access the process of creativity when combined with brain-based concepts.

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Lori Kent

Independent Scholar: Visual Studies, Hunter College

Lori Kent is a visual artist, education researcher, and sometimes professor of art and visual studies. Based in New York City, she lectures on the culture of technology, invents community-based art projects, and facilitates creativity workshops. Dr. Kent is a graduate of Columbia University (Ed. D. College Teaching of Art) and has an MA in Critical and Creative Thinking. She has worked in numerous museums and universities in New York and Boston and is a recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (Stanford University). As a first-timer to SXSW, I look forward to meeting folks interested in digital education, social justice, and great ideas simmering in culture.

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Matt Federoff

Chief Information Officer, Vail School District

Matt Federoff is the Chief Information Officer for the Vail School District in Vail, Arizona. Matt has been with Vail since 1999. Before Vail, Matt taught high school science for eight years. Matt was the 2005 Arizona Technology Director of the Year, and in 2007 was named one of the National School Board Association "20 to Watch". Matt lives with his wife and children in a straw-bale house in the wilds of the Empire Mountains south of Vail.

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Matthew Brimer

Founder, General Assembly