FEATURED SPEAKERS

Key speakers during the conference

Keynote Speakers At The Conference

Joi Ito

Opening Keynote Speaker


Joi Ito


Director of MIT’s Media Lab
Tuesday, July 15th
Time: 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Location: Venetian Ballroom


Joi Ito will be kicking off BbWorld 2014. Using his exceptional practical experience and unmatched bird’s eye view of technology, Joi will provide his perspective on what new technologies are just over the horizon and how that they will affect the way education is delivered and received.




 

 

Jay Bhatt

Bb Keynote Speaker



Jay Bhatt


President and CEO at Blackboard
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 10:15am – 11:30am
Location: Venetian Ballroom


Jay Bhatt, CEO, will share his perspective on the new era of education in a learner-centric world and how Blackboard is helping address these changes by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. He will also share some exciting sneak-peeks into our product and solutions innovation agenda and how we are reimagining the education experience.

 

 

Geoffrey Canada

Closing Keynote Speaker


Geoffrey Canada


Author & Children’s Advocate
Thursday, July 17th
Time: 10:15am – 11:30am
Location: Venetian Ballroom

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform.

Since 1990, Canada has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In October 2005, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report.


Bob Wise

Featured Speaker



Bob Wise


President of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Venetian A

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and former governor of West Virginia, will speak to how the effective use of technology in schools will improve education and outcomes, not only for students, but for our nation.


 

Paul Taylor

Featured Speaker



Paul Taylor


Executive VP of Special Projects, Pew Research Center
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Murano 3204

Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at the Pew Research Center that oversees demographic, social and generational research and author of The Next America, will speak on how the widening American generational gap and current state of the well-educated, tech-savvy, and underemployed Millennial are affecting our global workforce.



Angel Sanchez

Featured Speaker



Angel Sanchez


Valencia College’s Distinguished Graduate
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Location: San Polo 3401

Angel Sanchez life’s journey includes being raised in a troubled family of addiction and crime and spending several years in prison. After leaving prison, he moved to Orlando and through a homeless waiver, he enrolled in Valencia College. Despite the hurdles he has faced, Angel has become a fine example of all that can be achieved through flexible academic options and his own innate desire to succeed. Come hear this remarkable story.


Lee Hirscha

Movie Screening


Lee Hirsch



Documentary Filmmaker
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Venetian A


Lee Hirsch, multi-award winning director of Bully and acclaimed director, producer and social entrepreneur, will provide insight on the issue of violence, bullying and the power of media. Following a screening of Bully, Lee will discuss his observations while making the film, including how students, their families, schools and society at large is affected by the national dilemma of bullying.


Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran

Featured Speaker


Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran


President and Co-founder and CEO of EdSurge
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 9:15am – 10:00am
Location: Murano 3304

Elizabeth Corcoran is an award-winning news and business intelligence source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters for educators and entrepreneurs, runs job lists, offers the industry's most comprehensive index of edtech products and hosts Summits around the US that bring together educators and entrepreneurs for candid exchanges around edtech.

Hall Davidson

Featured Speaker


Hall Davidson



Director of the Discovery Educator Network
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: Murano 3304

Hall Davidson, Discovery Education, has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He became part of an Emmy-winning team for the Discovery Channel, creating math and technology integration programs. He has been an educational innovator for 40 years, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning.


Sandra Woodley

Featured Speaker

Sandra Woodley


President, University of Louisiana System
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: San Polo 3401

Dr. Sandra K. Woodley is President of the University of Louisiana System, one of the largest public university systems in the country enrolling 90,000 students at nine universities with an operating budget of $752 million.


Jeffrey Selingo

Featured Speaker


Jeffrey Selingo


Author, columnist and riveting
public speaker
Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Lido 3104

Jeffrey will discuss his thoughts on how higher education will look years from now as our industry is in the midst of one of the greatest periods of transformations it has ever seen.


HIGHLIGHTS

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Joi Ito

Tuesday, July 15th
Time: 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Location: Venetian Ballroom

Bb Keynote Speaker:

Jay Bhatt

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 10:15am – 11:30am
Location: Venetian Ballroom

Featured Speakers:

Jeffrey Selingo

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Lido 3104

Bob Wise

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Venetian A

Paul Taylor

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Murano 3204

Angel Sanchez

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Location: San Polo 3401

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 9:15am – 10:00am
Location: Murano 3304

Hall Davidson

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: Murano 3304

Sandra Woodley

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: San Polo 3401

Movie Screening:

Lee Hirsch

Wednesday, July 16th
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Venetian A

Closing Keynote

Geoffrey Canada

Thursday, July 17th
Time: 10:15am – 11:30am
Location: Venetian Ballroom