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Lance-Weiler-Headshot1.jpgLance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. Recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology – WIRED magazine named him “One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” He sits on a World Economic Forum steering committee for the future of content creation, is part of a think tank on the future of film at NYU and teaches at Columbia University on the art, craft and business of storytelling in the 21st Century. Lance is currently developing a slate of film, tv and gaming projects. www.lanceweiler.com

screen-capture-42.pngJörgen van der Slootis Senior Research Director of FreedomLab Future Studies, an Amsterdam based research lab and think tank that uses the future as a reference point for reasoning about today. Prior to joining FreedomLab in 2003, Jörgen has had a long career in commercial and public television broadcasting and format development. He experienced the boom and bust of the first internet bubble with an internet company that explored the frontiers of online storytelling. www.freedomlab.org

screen-capture-43.pngGunther Sonnenfeld has been a digital media innovator for 18 years. He plays multiple roles as a content developer, experience designer, data specialist, software architect and social technology expert working with a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is an award-winning writer/producer, an internationally renown speaker, a columnist and a published author. He is completing his second book entitled, "A Literacy of the Imagination", an exploration of the new storytelling paradigm and its influence in shaping the collaborative economy. site

external image screen-capture-22-372x300.pngAntero Garciais an English teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. He utilizes his classroom as a hub of youth participatory research. Antero is also a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA Antero’s research focuses on developing critical literacies and civic identity through the use of mobile media and game play in formal learning environments. Antero was a 2010-2011 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow and currently serves on the conference committee for the 2012 Digital Media and Learning conference. http://www.theamericancrawl.com

external image screen-capture-54.pngBenjamin Salka is the co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, an education and media company that brings together the world’s best entertainers with the world’s best educators to create mind-blowing learning experiences. Started in 2003, Story Pirates now has branches in New York and Los Angeles, with curriculum and programs in place at over 150 schools from coast to coast. Mr. Salka is also the chairman of the board of LinkEducation. www.storypirates.org

janine.jpgJanine Saunders is a creative producer, media collaborator, and DJ living in NYC. Janine currently produces at Workbook Project were she has helped developed and oversee the digital and marketing strategies for Pandemic 1.0, Collapsus, One Hundred Mornings, and most recently The Factory, an Irish filmmaking collective. She is currently producing Robot Heart Stories alongside Lance Weiler, which is launching this year at the du Nouveau Cinema. Outside of WBP she's leading the audience engagement strategy for Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte to air this fall on HBO. Before joining Workbook Project she worked closely with writer/ documentarian/ graphic novelist Douglas Rushkoff and directed and edited Life Inc: The Movie, to support his book Life Inc. Also with Rushkoff she produced The Media Squat, a radio show on WFMU. She has worked with Frontline on the documentary and interactive website, Digital Nation, which explored the "digital native" and the implications of technology on personal and social development.

adipat.jpgAdipat Virdi studied Architecture before deciding to make films. Having studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, Adipat has qualifications that include Creative Writing, Marketing and Design, Strategy and Innovation. Adipat set up MAAJI PRODUCTIONS to develop socially responsible projects and has gone on to practice Transmedia Story Architecture where he has written and produced various projects and set up TRANSMEDIOLOGY as a hub for designing experiences, engaging audiences and managing communities within brands and storyworlds.

ishan-300.jpgIshan Shapiro is one node of Notthisbody, a multidisciplinary entity that maps, creates, mashes, weaves, computes and curates open-ended narratives about the evolution of consciousness through technology. After studying film directing in Paris, France, he shifted his focus to transmedia storytelling, emerging technologies and collective intelligence. He is resident technographer at Rapp Collins Worldwide and sits on the advisory board of the non-profits Immersive Tech and the Institute for Collective Intelligence. He is the co-founder of ThinkState, a digital innovation company taking the best of people, technology and culture to redefine what “digital” means in today’s world.

Ele_in_gallery_square.jpgEle Jansen is PhD candidate and casual teacher in Media Anthropology at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology in Sydney. Her research interests are co-creative practice, innovation and contingency. Working on different transmedia productions, she looks beyond story concepts and asks what underlying practices facilitate or constrain innovative storytelling in a shifting socio-economic environment. The native German spans her work between Australia, the US and Europe; cooperating with Caviar Brussels, Lance Weiler and one of Germany’s leading film schools, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy. She is member of the advisory board of FMX, an annual conference on animation, effects, games and interactive media in Stuttgart, Germany. Before returning to academia, Ele developed crossmedia formats for NGOs and big brands since 2001.

Duke Doyle
Gabe Jewell
Yusuf Bhabhrawala
Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo
Atley Loughridge
Brian Clark
Nedra Kline Weinreich
Nirvan Mullick

wilma.jpgWilma Morales Franco is the Program Director for “ I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHAD-LA). IHAD-LA is a non-profit organization that adopts elementary students and provides long term services with an assure opportunity to attend college. Wilma is responsible for the development and ongoing operation of all "I Have a Dream" Foundation-Los Angeles programs and provides direction to Projects in the development of programs that enhance the academic progress of the Dreamers as well as their psychological and social development. Wilma received her Master of Public Policy degree from USC and Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She has worked for a number of organizations in Los Angeles including Project Hollywood, Jovenes Inc., Koreatown Youth and Community Center and Community Based Learning Center of UCLA.

ben_kamens.pngBen Kamens (online/special guest) started volunteering for the Khan Academy after watching one of Sal's talks and feeling left with no choice but to help. He now spends most of his time helping grow a great development team and working on any code that helps scale the influence of great teachers. He has trouble sleeping if he hasn't coded at least a little bit each day.
Ben was previously VP of Engineering at Fog Creek Software, where he spent five and half years learning how to push bits around with small, fast teams.

external image img_2081.jpg?w=300&h=225Elena Parker (online) is an award nominated video and multi-media professional. She co-wrote and co-produced the HBO Documentary Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain, was the managing editor of The New York Public Library’s first mobile application, a digital magazine titled Biblion: The Boundless Library, and produced content for NYPL’s The John Cage Project, a living archive of John Cage's manuscripts and music (forthcoming). She is currently the videographer and a contributing blogger at the food community website FOOD52 and is also a full time graduate student at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is focusing on interactive video and new platforms for long-form storytelling. http://elenaparker.wordpress.com/

Evelyn Saunders (online)
Ben Moskowitz (online)
Laura Fleming (online)
Lorraine Hopping Egan(online) has written more than 50 books for major publishers (Bone Detective, Chief Joseph: The Voice for Peace, Explore Within an Egyptian Mummy, The Lost Pirates of Waylay Bay), along with interactive adventure scripts (Escape from Antcatraz, Quest for the Pole), radio plays (Kinetic City Super Crew), and countless articles and other content across the media, fiction and nonfiction. She has also invented and developed more than a dozen board games from idea to shelf and designed dozens of educational games published by Scholastic Teacher Resources. She founded her content development company, Hopping Fun Creations, in 1999.
Yo Park (online)
Jason Hood (online)
Maya Zuckerman (online)
Jen Begeal (online)
Cynthia Jabar (online)
Mariana Soffer
Publishers Weekly calls picture book author & illustrator Cynthia Jabar “sassy, spirited & innovative”. She is published by Candlewick Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harper Collins and Houghton Mifflin. Cynthia collaborated with 6th graders on the project based learning experience called DIY app- I LIVE OVER HERE. She is currently developing DIGITAL DIVIDE SLAYER, a Media Literacy Game for teens, digital children’s books with toys & The 7 Transmedia Families card game with @TransmediaReady. www.cynthiajabar.com - __www.transmediakids.com__ -