A former public school educator who is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer. His recent work on characteristics of BOLD schools is provoking serious conversation around real change. Will is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over 5,000 teachers worldwide in the last five years. He's also the author of, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 3rdEdition 2010), Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, (Solution Tree) and Learning on the Blog. Will can be found blogging at www.willrichardson.com, and on Twitter at @willrich45
Mick is the Founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an award-winning design and animation production company, and the nonprofit The Not Impossible Foundation. In 2009, Mick flew a group of programmers and hackers from around the world to Los Angeles and in the living room of his home the EyeWriter was born. Honored by Time Magazine as one of The 50 Best Inventions of 2010, The EyeWriter is a collaborative, open source, DIY device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. With no technical background in ocular recognition technology, Mick asks the question: “If not now, then when? If not me, then who?” In Mick’s 2011 TED talk , "The invention that unlocked the locked-in artist" he discusses the creation of The EyeWriter and his mission to raise public awareness and inspire change though global collaboration. Currently Mick is working on a global pediatric cancer initiative in partnership with Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
Scott Klososky, a former CEO of three successful startup companies, specializes in looking over the horizon with how technology is changing the world. Scott’s vision and ability to see trends in emerging technologies allow him to be a thought leader who applies his skills to help organizations thrive, leaders prosper, and entire industries move forward. His love of being a technology entrepreneur assures that he continually works in the trenches of building his own companies. Scott's website is www.klososky.com. He publishes a blog at www.technologystory.com, and can be found on Twitter at @sklososky.
Jennifer D. Klein taught high school and college English (and occasionally Spanish) for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. With a BA and an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, she has published a wide array of creative and educational writing. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, a consulting business dedicated to enriching global educational approaches in schools through curriculum development, professional development, and the use of e-technologies and purposeful pedagogies which encourage social change. Jennifer has a broad background in program planning, curriculum enrichment, single-sex education, student travel, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. Raised in early models of experiential, progressive education herself, Jennifer is an expert in authentic project-based, student-driven learning strategies. She will be representing TakingITGlobal at Innovate2013, for whom she designs and delivers internationally accredited online e-courses for teachers around the world.
Michell Zappa is a global technology futurist who has spent his life between São Paulo, Stockholm, Amsterdam & London. His work, called Envisioning Technology, focuses on explaining where society is heading in the near future by extrapolating on current technological developments. His research develops plausible scenarios by drawing on current trends, technological imperatives and a degree of Sci-Fi inspiration. In this, he tries to guide both corporations and public institutions in making better decisions about their (and society's) future.