Gayle Manchin is President-Elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Vice President of the West Virginia State Board of Education, and co-chair of the Globaloria-WV Advisory Board. Mrs. Manchin served as West Virginia's first lady from 2005-2010; a commissioner on the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service; the chairwoman of the Governor's Healthy Lifestyles Coalition and the West Virginia Citizen's Council on Children and Families; and as co-chair on the Governor's 21st Century Jobs Cabinet. She currently serves on the board of Vision Shared, as an Emeritus Member of The Education Alliance, a past president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston, and remains involved with the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, Children's Trust Fund, the Mountaineer Food Bank, and the Clay Center Board. As an educator, Mrs. Manchin has worked in Marion County Schools, was on the faculty of Fairmont State University in Developmental Education and was Director of the university's first Community Service Learning Program. In addition, Gayle serves on the advisory board of Horton's Kids in Washington, DC, and participates in International Club III with Senate and Ambassador's Spouses. In 2010, she was appointed by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to the FIPSE (Federal Improvement for Post-Secondary Education) Board.
Dr. Douglas Rushkoff is an award-winning media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist, documentarian, and an author of 12 books. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems, and his ideas for how to help people (especially children) effectively analyze and question the media they consume, as well as cultivate their intention and agency. Rushkoff graduated from Princeton University, and then completed a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. Later he took up a post-graduate fellowship from the American Film Institute. He received a PhD from Utrecht University's New Media Program in June 2012. His most recent book, Present Shock (2013) examines how narrative collapse, digiphrenia, overwinding, fractalnoia, and apocalypto affect self-expression, self-agency, and human-to-human interaction by favoring speedy, superficial, fragmented knowledge. In his book Program or Be Programmed (2011), Rushkoff advocates for kids and youth to learn to develop agency with technology through computer programming, and in this he is aligned with the Workshop manifesto that "coding and computational creativity is the new literacy."
Jennifer Argüello, a Silicon Valley native and dual citizen of Costa Rica and the United States, is a speaker and thought leader on women in technology and Latinos in STEM. She has a background in programming that includes a BS in Computer Science from UC San Diego and over a decade of experience in technology companies creating products from mobile apps to the first Xbox Kinect device. In 2011, she co-founded Latino Startup Alliance, a group to advance Latinos in tech entrepreneurship. She also consults with early-stage startups on product and technology and mentors high school girls in the tech entrepreneurship program Technovation Challenge. Jennifer is active on the alumni advisory board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego; Latinas in Computing, an affinity group for the Anita Borg Institute; and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Jennifer has won much industry recognition, recently being named a 2013 Silicon Valley Latino 40 under 40 Latinos2Watch in Science and Technology, 2011 Femmeonomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech2010; and 2010 National Association of Professional Women: Professional Woman of the Year. Her philosophy is to make every day count and earn your time on earth by adding value to it.
Lisette Titre has been a digital artist for over twelve years. As a digital modeler, she takes data from scanned images, concept art, and photographs and creates beautiful 3-D digital sculptures. She her artistic skills include special effects, character modeling, and texture painting. In addition, she has also managed teams of artists in China, Australia, Canada, and India. Lisette has contributed to some of EA’s highest profile games, including Tiger Woods Golf, The Simpsons, and Dante’s Inferno. Her most recent release is Dance Central 3 co-developed with Harmonix. Currently Lisette teaches game development at Youth UpRising, a transformative community center in East Oakland. She has been working on developing STEM focused game development curriculums designed to expose underserved youth to careers in Tech. In her free time she also runs Evil Jerk Cart, a Caribbean catering company. Ms. Titre has a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Animation and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Lisette speaks publicly about how game-based curricula are the key to engaging today's youth in STEM education topics. She has been a keynote speaker at N.A.S.A., Intel, the San Francisco Environmental Protection Agency and a featured guest on National Public Radio's show Tell Me More with Michelle Martin.
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Dr. Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and author of the critically acclaimed book The Future of Work. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century. Dr. Malone co-founded three software companies. He consults and serves as a board member for a number of organizations. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where his research involved designing educational software and office information systems. His background includes a PhD and two master's degrees from Stanford University, a BA (magna cum laude) from Rice University, and degrees in applied mathematics, engineering-economic systems, and psychology.
Gary Bolles is a co-founder of Xigi Inc. (ZIG-ee), a San Francisco-based consultancy the produces “events with impact,” both in person and online. He is currently co-producer of the Hangout On Air series for Google Science Fair and has served as consulting producer for Google’s Zeitgeist and Atmosphere conferences, TED Corporate Events, and Nokia’s IdeasCamp. He also co-produced “DGREE.org”, a conference on the future of higher education, for Lumina Foundation. Bolles is a co-founder of SoCap, the SocialCapitalMarkets.net conference for “impact” entrepreneurs and investors, and of “Silicon Valley Meets the U.N.” He is also a co-founder of eParachute.com, which creates software to help uncover the “hidden talent market.” Previously, Bolles was the editorial director of technology publications such as Interactive Week, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Network Computing, as well as the host of TechTV’s “Working the Web.” He was also an executive in a variety of software startups, and has consulted on innovation strategies with organizations such as Sony, Intel, Nokia, and Silicon Valley Bank. He has advised organizations such as the Dalai Lama Foundation and Good Capital, a venture fund for socially-focused, expansion-stage, for-profit businesses, and has mentored countless startups.
Tal Keinan is the CEO and Founder of SemantiNet, a company aiming at simplifying access to web-data and pioneering content analysis solutions for publishing and advertising industries. SemantiNet is known for AdExtent, a full service contextual display advertising solution over Real-Time bidding Ad Exchanges. Prior to founding SemantiNet, Tal worked at Morgan Stanley's Risk Department where he was in charge of the bank's Scenario Analysis product for evaluating Trading Risks. Born and raised in Israel, Tal served in the communication department of the leading Israeli Army Computing Division (MAMRAM). Following his service, Tal worked for Israel Government's Mission to the United States. Tal graduated with honors from Columbia University with a B.S in Computer Science and Economics. In 2010, Tal was elected to Bloomberg's inaugural class of NYC Venture Fellows.
Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. He currently cochairs the Digital Learning Council with Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Governor Wise also chairs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Under Governor Wise's leadership, the Alliance has created an active Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy and continues to build its reputation by working to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and to be contributing members of society. Governors Wise & Bush's Digital Learning Council, with its Digital Learning Now! campaign, is leading the nation in defining the policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. Governor Wise is a sought-after speaker and advisor on education issues. He has advised the U.S. Department of Education, White House Transition Team, and frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress. In 2011, he was named to The NonProfit Times "Power & Influence Top 50," an annual listing of the fifty most influential executives in the nonprofit sector and received the 2011 Friend of Education Award from the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Dana Wade is a member of Spencer Stuart's global Consumer Goods & Services and Marketing Officer. She specializes in chief marketing officer, general management and senior-level communications leadership searches across the consumer packaged goods, professional services, retail and consumer durables industries. Dana has held general management and communications management positions at global advertising agencies such as DDB, Young & Rubicam and McCann Erickson. She advised CMOs, CEOs and division presidents of Fortune 500 companies, including Nestle USA, Pepsi Cola, Frito Lay, Johnson & Johnson and McDonald's on brand and communications strategies for highly developed brands and new product launches. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Dana was president of SpikeDDB, a unit of DDB Worldwide, where she quadrupled the agency business in four years through significant new business wins. Dana has been featured for her work in the New York Times, Advertising Age, Adweek, and USA Today. Dana also has won numerous industry awards including Advertising Age's "Women to Watch" and a gold and silver EFFIE. Dana earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the Journalism Advancement Council and a board member to the New York Urban League. She is also a former board member of Advertising Women of New York. Dana is a runner and tennis player and resides in Essex County, New Jersey, with her husband, Ryan, and their son.
Governor Caperton was the eighth president of the College Board and a founding advisor and enthusiastic supporter of the World Wide Workshop. Since his appointment in 1999, Governor Caperton has transformed the College Board into a resolutely mission-driven, values-oriented organization that takes bold steps to connect greater numbers of students to college success and opportunity while raising educational standards. Improving education is not new for Caperton. As a two-term governor of West Virginia from 1988 to 1996, he developed a comprehensive plan that emphasized the use of computers and technology in the public schools. He has received numerous state and national awards and special recognition, including eight honorary doctoral degrees. He was chair of the Democratic Governors' Association and served on the National Governors Association Executive Committee. He holds several board seats at various organizations and corporations.
Dr. Papert is a mathematician by training, and a pioneer of artificial intelligence and programmable learning technologies. He is internationally recognized as the seminal thinker regarding computers and learning for children. Papert is also a leader of the Constructionist educational theory. In 2004 (prior to his tragic accident in December 2006 that left him brain damaged), he was the founding advisor of the World Wide Workshop who helped Dr. Idit Harel Caperton in establishing its vision and mission. He served as an advisor to various organizations, including Logo Microworlds, the One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), and MaMaMedia, Inc. His collaboration with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva led him to consider using mathematics to help understand how children can learn and think. In the 1960s, Papert came to MIT, where, with Marvin Minsky, he co-founded the Artificial Intelligence and co-authored their seminal work Perceptrons. It was at the AI Lab that children first had the chance to use a computer for writing and to make graphics. The Logo programming language was created there, as were the first children's toys with built-in computation. With Nicholas Negroponte he co-founded the MIT Media Lab in 1985. With former Governor of Maine, Angus King, he worked on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, a program that provided a laptop for every middle-school student in Maine. Papert is the author of Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas (1980); The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer (1993); and The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap (1996). Papert co-authored several articles with Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, including "Software Design as a Learning Environment" which appeared in their book Constructionism (1991) and contributed a series of essays on MaMaMedia.com called "21st Century Learning" (1996-2002). The World Wide Workshop's flagship platform and program, Globaloria, was strongly inspired by his powerful idea that kids benefit greatly by growing up learning how to program computers from a young age, and by using computer languages, like a pencil, for creating their own shareable digital artifacts about topics of passion, in an open learning environment--rather than always being instructed by teachers with materials produced by publishers using prescribed, closed pedagogies.