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April 17, 2016
San Diego, California
United States

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Irwin M. Jacobs Theater - Qualcomm
5535 Morehouse Dr
San Diego, California, 92121
United States
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Andrew Svehaug

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Code To The Future
Andrew Svehaug is the Founder and CEO of Code To The Future, an organization dedicated to developing advanced Computer Science skills in students beginning in Kindergarten. He believes ensuring that all students have access to high-quality Computer Science and STEM programming is a social justice issue, and that high expectations are the key to equity in Computer Science Education. In an effort to create a replicable model for advanced Computer Science Education at the elementary school level, Code To The Future partnered with the Cajon Valley Union School District to launch America’s first K-5 Computer Science Magnet Schools. Among other distinct characteristics in this model, students as young as 4th grade begin learning Java in a programming environment used by professional software engineers.

Ann Linson

Superintendent East Noble School Corporation
Ann Linson is in her sixth year as superintendent of East Noble School Corporation; a district of 3,700 students located in rural northeast Indiana. Her previous experiences include being a classroom business teacher at the high school and post-secondary levels, administrative positions as assistant director of a vocational cooperative, principal at East Noble High School, and assistant superintendent at East Noble School Corporation. Ann earned her bachelors, masters, and Ed.S. degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She was selected to participate in the Connected Superintendents Summit held at the White House in November, 2014. She was named one of the National School Board Association’s Technology Learning Network’s “20 to Watch Technology Leaders.”

Anne Fennell

Creative Arts Department Chair Mission Vista High School
Anne Fennell is the Creative Arts Department Chair at Mission Vista High School in Vista Unified School District and teaches both music composition and steel drum performance ensembles. She has taught music education, K-12, for 29 years, in addition to her national and international consulting and workshops in assessment, curriculum, and creativity. Anne is a published author with Pearson Education, the GRAMMY Foundation, and Disney, and chairs and holds national council positions in music education. She has received numerous local, state, and national awards and holds a Bachelors in Music Education, certificates in Orff-Schulwerk, second language acquisition, and character education, and a Masters in Leadership Studies. She is passionate about music education, creativity, and engendering lifelong musicians.

Ashley Kolaya

TED-Ed Education
Ashley is a Program Manager for TED-Ed, TED’s global youth and education initiative, whose mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of youth and educators around the world. Working with the thousands of students in the TED-Ed Clubs program, Ashley has the honor of helping to develop and share the next generation of ideas worth spreading. Ashley cut her teeth as a passionate advocate for youth voices during her time as a Senior Director for the YMCA’s national civic engagement program, Youth in Government. Prior to joining TED, Ashley served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of HumanMomentum, a leadership and team development consultancy, where she worked with teams at GE, Etsy, and NYU to build stronger teams and organizational culture. Ashley received a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Organizational Management at New York University. She is a diehard mental health advocate and has at various times also been: a political strategist for a failing US Senate campa

Brandon Allen

High School Senior and Vice President of Leadership Development Michigan DECA
Brandon Allen is a High school senior from Westland, Michigan. He has always had an innate passion for public speaking, which is how he got his start in the TED­Ed program at Westland John Glenn High School. His first TED­Ed Talk, "Debunking the Black Male Stereotype" caught the eye of the TED Youth team in New York ­ who later invited him to speak at their 2015 event this past November. There he performed a vibrant spoken word piece on today's culture compared to that of the late 80's and 90's. Aside from TED, Brandon serves as the Vice President of Leadership Development for Michigan DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Brandon is currently running to be elected as an International Executive Officer for DECA Inc.

David Miyashiro

Superintendent Cajon Valley Union School District
Dr. David Miyashiro currently serves as Superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. David recently was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by ACSA (Association of California School Administrators), Region 18. Under his leadership, Cajon Valley has undergone a seamless transition to the digital age. Cajon Valley has achieved system-wide success with blended and personalized learning for all students through inclusive planning, design, and an iterative approach, Cajon Valley has been dubbed "One to Watch" by The Classroom of the Future Foundation and has earned both local and national recognition for its leadership in transforming public education. In 2015, The Cajon Valley Union School District was inducted by Digital Promise into The League of Innovative Schools. orth Spreading”, the Cajon Valley Union School District launched the first district-wide TEDx and TED Ed Club in the United Sta

Devin Vodicka

Superintendent Vista Unified School District
Dr. Devin Vodicka was hired as Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified in July 2012. Vista Unified School District has received numerous awards and recognition while Dr. Vodicka has been Superintendent, including the "Golden Bell" award from the California School Boards Association and acceptance into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Vodicka was one of 30 Superintendents from across the United States that participated in the Superintendents Technical Working Group in collaboration with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and he was invited to the launch of the President's ConnectEd to the Future summit at the White House in November 2014. Vista Unified was selected as one of four featured districts across the country at the 2015 Digital Learning Day hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Irwin Jacobs

Co-Founder and Former Chairman Qualcomm
Irwin Mark Jacobs is Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, a company he co-founded in 1985. As CEO through 2005 and Chairman through 2009, he led its growth from startup to Fortune 500 Company. Qualcomm pioneered the CDMA wireless technology used by all third-generation cellular networks to deliver broadband Internet access to over 3 billion customers, and is the leader in supplying fourth-generation technology. Through continuing innovation, Qualcomm has become the world’s largest semiconductor supplier for mobile devices. Dr. Jacobs previously served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of LINKABIT Corporation, leading the development of Very Small Aperture Earth Terminals (VSATs) and the VideoCipher® satellite-to-home TV system. LINKABIT merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, and Dr. Jacobs served as executive vice president and a member of the board of directors until his resignation in April 1985. Over 50 San Diego communications companies trace their roots to LINKABIT.

Joseph South

Director of the Office of Educational Technology U.S. Department of Education
Joseph South is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Joseph provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology and is part of the team that is realizing the President's ConnectED Initiative to bring high speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for teachers and leaders, and high quality, low cost digital content to our nation's classrooms. Joseph is responsible for developing national educational technology policy, supporting Future Ready educators, collaborating with other stakeholders to a nurture robust ecosystem of ed tech entrepreneurs and innovators, and increasing the use of openly licensed educational resources via the #GoOpen campaign.

Karen Cator

President and Chief Executive Officer Digital Promise
Karen Cator Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise and a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska.

Katie Martin

Director of Professional Learning University of San Diego Mobile Technology Learning Center
Katie Martin is the Director of Professional Learning at USD’s Mobile Technology Learning Center. She teaches graduate-level courses in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and works with teachers and administrators in diverse K-12 schools. Through partnerships with local and national school districts, she has helped develop systems that facilitate personalized professional learning for educators. Dr. Martin works with leaders to create a culture of learning and innovation to ensure all students are equipped with knowledge and skills to be successful today and in their future. Prior to joining USD, Katie spent 10 years in Hawai’i on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu. She taught middle school English language arts and was an instructional coach. She continued as a new teacher mentor and coordinator of district programs to support and retain effective teachers.

Lynn Crockett

LEGOLAND California Education Manager FIRST® LEGO League Operational Partner, Southern California
Lynn is the Education Programs Manager at LEGOLAND® California, leading STEM programming, events, and marketing. She shares her ideas at LEGOLAND properties worldwide, including Billund, Denmark and Windsor, England. As Operational Partner for FIRST® LEGO League, Lynn leads a committed, strategic group of robot-obsessed friends who nurture teams and run FIRST® LEGO League robotics tournaments for regional and international students. She also co-founded the nonprofit SoCal Robotics League. Her roots and passion are in education. Lynn taught special needs youth, and directed a private school in Illinois and Texas. Lynn has a master’s degree in Education from Illinois State University, and post-graduate work at Texas Woman’s University. As executive director of a local foundation, Lynn led the Kids Are Worth a Million charge to raise $1M for technology in schools.

Mark Ray

Chief Digital Officer Vancouver Public Schools
Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Thanks to his experiences with technology, libraries and teaching, Mark has been able to connect the dots to ensure that librarians can help students, teachers and systems navigate the digital shift. Early success stories have been featured by Digital Promise, the U.S. Department of Education and articles in Education Week and School Administrator. As a national advocate for libraries, he has been active with Project Connect and more recently in collaborations with U.S. Department of Education and Alliance for Excellent Education.

Matt Miller

Mentor Public Schools Superintendent
Matthew Miller is the superintendent of Mentor Public Schools, a suburban school district located just east of Cleveland, Ohio, serving 7,700 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. He has spent the last 22 years serving Ohio communities as an educator in the roles of superintendent (11), principal (6) and teacher (5). These roles have given Matt the opportunity to implement innovative instructional practices in the classroom that have touched the lives of thousands of students and hundreds of educators. Matt is a proponent for sharing resources to ensure all children have access to a high quality education. He is actively involved in the prestigious and nationwide League of Innovative Schools, is the Chairperson of the Ohio Blended Learning Network, and was selected as one of 100 superintendents nationwide to attend the #FutureReady National Connect Superintendents Summit at the White House in 2015.

Mike Nagler

Superintendent Mineola Union Free School District
Mike is the Superintendent of the Mineola School District, a suburb of NYC. Mike began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999. He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his seventeen years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a platform to assess student learning using electronic portfolios and digital badges. Mineola has two Apple distinguished schools and is a member of the League of Innovative Schools.

Pam Moran

Superintendent Albemarle County Public Schools
Dr. Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, has been a middle school science teacher, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. Her school district is home to some of the most contemporary learning spaces in the United States, represented by a commitment to a “search, connect, communicate and make” model for unleashing the lifelong learning potential of young people across 26 schools, 726 square miles of rural, suburban and urban environments. Educators from her district are well known for their work to infuse Maker work across the curricula. Libraries in the district are transformative and the Monticello High Library recently received the Magna Award from NSBA for its premier maker spaces. The school district was featured in Newsweek’s article “Will the Maker Movement Reinvent Education?” and has been the subject of numerous articles and posts on the maker movement. The district was a charter member of the MakerEd Maker Corps.

Steph Ng

TED-Ed Education
Stephanie Ng is currently a TED-Ed Program Manager at TED Conferences. She manages the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program where she has the privilege to work with some of most passionate educational leaders around the world on bringing innovations to education. Before joining TED, Stephanie was a Special Education and General Education elementary school teacher in New York and Louisiana. Stephanie is passionate about sharing the voices of the next generation, promoting equity in American urban education, and eating breakfast foods. Stephanie has a BA in Public Health from Rutgers University and a MA in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Stephanie Lo

TED-Ed Education
Stephanie Lo is the Director of Programs for TED-Ed, the education initiative of TED, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and information around the world. TED-Ed is an extension of TED’s mission and focuses on celebrating and sharing the voices of students and teachers around the world by creating curiosity-focused educational videos, customizable for teachers and learners to use via the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com). Stephanie oversees TED-Ed’s content and programmatic areas, focused on bringing TED to educational environments and and connecting global youth and educator communities around the world. She also develops new educational programs and works with partners interested in TED’s overall mission and work. Prior to joining TED, Stephanie was the Director of Growth and Development for Relay Graduate School of Education, where she worked on business and infrastructure growth to launch a nationwide graduate school of education.

Steve Regur

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Educators Cooperative, Inc.
Steve Regur is a founder and the current CEO of the Educators Cooperative, a partner in innovative K-12 education solutions. Steve leads a diverse team with a wide range of projects designed to empower teachers and increase opportunities for students, while staying grounded in solid research about teaching and learning. Current projects include developing competency-based professional development systems, providing embedded coaching for personalized learning, and strengthening professional learning networks. Steve Regur Ed.D. graduated from the USC Rossier School of Education in 2010. His doctoral work evaluated the conditions necessary for districts to support college and career ready skills that prepare students to succeed in a dynamically interconnected world.

Organizing team


El Cajon, CA, United States
  • David Miyashiro
  • Mark Lovett