As a leading writer and speaker on the ways the Internet positively impacts society, Clay Shirky is also helping lead that revolution. Since 1996, he’s written about the Internet for publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Wired; the Guardian named his bestseller Here Comes Everybody one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time. The original Professor of New Media at Hunter College, he’s currently both Associate Arts Professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and Distinguished Writer in Residence in the journalism department at New York University. He’s a widely quoted expert on topics including crowdsourcing and mass amateurization (consumers who are now also producers of content), known for his phrase “the Internet runs on love.”
Jay Bhatt is president, chief executive officer, and a board member of Blackboard Inc. Jay has a deep background building and growing software and technology companies, spanning early stage privately held businesses to more mature public corporations. Jay previously served as president and chief executive officer of Progress Software. Prior to his role at Progress, Jay was senior vice president of the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) solutions division at Autodesk, Inc. Jay is also a former teacher with a passion for Blackboard’s mission of “everyone educated.”
From Hole in the Wall to School in the Cloud, Professor of Educational Technology Sugata Mitra has long been a leader in broadening both the definition and reach of education in the digital age. In a New Delhi slum in 1999, Mitra and his colleagues installed a computer literally within a hole in the wall. Via hidden camera, they observed children not only teaching themselves how to go online but also showing others how to do so. This now-landmark experiment inspired numerous similar projects—and the novel that was the basis for the Academy Award Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire. Mitra has earned multiple ed tech patents and awards, notably the 2013 TED Prize. At BbWorld, he will expand on his TED proposal to build a school in the cloud so no matter where they live, children will have access to quality education—from both teachers and fellow students.
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