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At ISTE 2014, ‘EdTekTalks’ aim to inspire attendees

Futurists and entrepreneurs are among the thought leaders scheduled to deliver ‘mini-keynotes’ at the annual ed-tech conference from ISTE this year

Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine, is one of five thought leaders who will give EdTekTalks. (Photo from

The 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta later this month will mark the debut of a new format for engaging and inspiring ed-tech leaders: a series of “EdTekTalks,” or short, provocative presentations featuring thought leaders from the world of technology.

Five thought leaders from beyond the realm of ed tech—including futurists, designers, and social entrepreneurs—will deliver these mini-keynote addresses on Monday, June 30, from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

“By looking and listening beyond our own communities, we discover new ideas and are inspired to innovate in ways we hadn’t previously imagined,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Our new EdTekTalks will encourage and trigger us, as individuals and organizations, to imagine new ways to leverage technology to advance learning and teaching.”

The thought leaders who will give these EdTekTalks at ISTE 2014 are:

Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine, creator of the Maker Fair, and coiner of the phrase “Web 2.0.”

Emily Pilloton, who founded Project H to help develop effective design solutions for people who need them most. Her work in Bertie County, N.C., the poorest and most rural county in the state, was the subject of the nationally released documentary, “If You Build It.”

Guy Hoffman, co-director of the IDC Media Invention Lab, who explores the humanity of robots—how they think, feel, act, and move—as they interact with humans. His work has been named one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year.

Phil Hansen, a visual artist, creative collaborator, and author, who has invented different approaches to making art by exploring personal and universal limitations.

Shaherose Charania, whose passion for technology and making a positive difference in the world inspired her to create Women 2.0, a media brand designed to foster the next generation of female technology leaders. In 2010, she was recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology.

Attendance at these EdTekTalks is included in ISTE 2014 registration, but seating is limited. Registered attendees are encouraged to sign up in advance at

ISTE 2014 also will feature keynote speeches by actor and humanitarian Ashley Judd; Kevin Carroll, author of “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball”; and 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeffrey Charbonneau.

Those not attending ISTE 2014 can participate virtually in the EdTekTalks, the keynote address from Kevin Carroll, and 20 other conference sessions. Information about attending ISTE 2014 virtually is available at

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