Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling." and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Information Media Technology Department, School of Information Science and Technology at Chukyo University in Japan.
In his 15-year tenure at DreamWorks Animation, Ed Leonard has served in a number of senior leadership roles including Chief Technology Officer for over 10 years. As part of the senior leadership team at DreamWorks Animation, Ed has played an essential role in the studio’s business growth into a premiere family entertainment company. Most recently, Ed served as co-founder and CEO of Ptch, a new social media startup company incubated and backed by DreamWorks Animation.
In his nearly twenty-year entertainment industry history, Ed has made material contribution to twenty-one of the top fifty animated films of all time. Fast Company has recognized Ed as #23 on the list of “100 Most Creative People” and #5 on the list of “10 Most Creative People in Movies and Television”. He holds degrees in Computer Science/Math and serves on the advisory boards for several leading technology companies.
Brittan Berry graduated from Vivian Webb in 2005, where she was a member of the Dorm Council and also the varsity cross country, soccer and track teams. After Webb, Brittan attended Harvard University, where she studied Sociology and was a member of the varsity track and field team. In her senior year at Harvard, Brittan received the Rockefeller Fellowship, which allowed her to spend a year in South Africa’s rural townships doing community development work. She focused her efforts on orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS while in South Africa.
Today Brittan works at Google in their People Operations department, and lives with her husband and puppy in Indiana. She loves photography, and spent time in local hospitals this past holiday season doing free family portraits for those who spent their holidays in the hospitals. In her spare time, Brittan competes in CrossFit competitions and volunteers as a high school track coach. Her last adventure included a six-day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Jeff Huang is the Vice President for Student Affairs, Admission, and Financial Aid, and a Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. He has spent the last 25 years working with college students and researching the influence of new technologies on their lives.
He poses the following questions:
How are young people using and inventing new technologies? How does technology change the social interactions of young people and their attitudes about the world? What are the ethical concerns in all of this?
"New technologies can create new problems, but what's unusual is that technology can also be used to solve many of its own problems." – Jeff Huang
Glen Hastings has spent the majority of his career in the technology industry as an engineer, strategist, and analytics lead. He is currently a finance manager at Facebook where he is responsible for analytics that assess the impact of marketing programs and the efficacy of advertising products. Immediately prior to joining Facebook, he was at Yahoo where he worked on all forms of online advertising and was one of the finance leads for the re-launch of the Yahoo search advertising platform (at the time the largest launch in Yahoo's revenue with two billion dollars of revenue under management).
He has experience at large and small companies (including starting his own), and has previously written on privacy, information security, and technology. Glen is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in La Verne with his wife (Janel Henriksen Hastings VWS '87) and his children David and Elizabeth. He enjoys cycling in the mountains above Webb, reading, craft beers, and travel.
Jea Yun (Jenny) Sim & Alicia Y. Zheng
Jea Yun (Jenny) Sim (’13) and Alicia Y. Zheng (’14) are two fabulous women of the Vivian Webb School, where they are actively engaged in various communities off and on campus. Jenny is a member of the Dorm Council, and sits as the chairwoman of the Service Council. She actively works with various service organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, off and on campus. Jenny is also a member of SPARK team, a girl-fueled activist movement to working towards an end of sexualization of women and girls in media. Alicia is part of the Peer Advisor program, editor of the newspaper, and captain of the varsity badminton team. Jenny and Alicia are also part of the planning committee for Dies Mulieres, a biannual gender conference at The Webb Schools.
The two girls are also part of TEDxTheWebbSchools planning committee and are eager to discuss the effects of technology on Generation X, Y and Z, all three of which have impacted and will impact the two girls in some way or another. Whether it was Jenny’s first school report turned in on a floppy disk or Alicia’s first iPod as a gift for her tenth birthday, technology has revolutionized the way that the two girls have grown up in the twenty-first century. Heavily affected by such advancements, the girls will explore and discuss the darker side of technology, such as the lack of person-to-person communication, in an engaging forum that is not to be missed.
Neil Harbisson is a praised name of the TED community for sharing his insights of cyborgism and how he has used technology to extend his senses.