Dr. Dan D. Yang is the founder and CEO of Rullingnet Corporation, creator of the VINCI learning platform. A serial entrepreneur in fiber-optic networking, Dr. Yang earned her Ph.D in Optoelectronics from University Paris-Orsay, France. An inventor with more than 20 granted or pending patents, her earlier inventions are used by telecom operators around the world to transport voice and data. Dan is the proud mother of 2 daughters, one an award winning senior student at Pomfret School CT; the other, at 32 months old, is the inspiration for developing safe yet technologically advanced learning systems to inspire the genius in young children.
Russ Warner serves as President & CEO of ContentWatch. Prior to ContentWatch, Russ worked at SageCreek Partners as a Managing Director. His role there was management consultant. He helped start-up companies expand their market reach through channel and strategic alliance development, as well as in fund-raising. One notable result included a business expansion that increased revenue in a region of one of SageCreek’s Fortune 500 clients by more than 146 percent.
Scott graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Photographic Illustration. As president of 360KID, Scott is known for his ability to bring extraordinary design and engineering talent to each project the company undertakes, and for his deep knowledge of the education and entertainment industries. He speaks at national conferences and was an instructor at Harvard University's Extension School for twelve years.
Michelle Tinsley is the general manager of the Intel Personal Solutions Division. In this capacity, she is responsible for Intel’s efforts in the Retail and Healthcare Sectors, which cover Transactional and Visual Retailing Devices, Medical and Fitness Solutions, and Gaming Devices along with Software and Services needed to solve end customer business problems. During her 19-year span at Intel, Tinsley has progressed from controller proxy in Copenhagen, Denmark, to supporting the Intelligent Systems Group in various controller positions. Outside of Intel, Tinsley is an active member of the Arizona State University Dean’s Council of 100, a hand-selected group of professional thought-leaders who council the W. P. Carey School of Business in both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. Tinsley received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Andrea is an award-winning news and technology producer for ABC News Radio. Her daily network broadcast, Cybershake, has been heard on radio stations across the country for more than 10 years. She has appeared repeatedly as a guest expert in technology segments on Good Morning America Now, WABC-TV, World News Now, and ABC affiliated Radio and TV stations across the U.S. She has been writing about families and technology since 1995, when she started a monthly column focusing on children’s software. She lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband and communicates via every tech means available (Facebook, text, IM, Twitter, Skype), with her son in college.
Carly is a researcher, developer, and author in the children's media and toy industry. As the inaugural Fellow at The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Carly has researched and authored numerous reports, including D is for Digital and iLearn. Since her fellowship, Carly has continued her work with the Center, leading many of their industry initiatives with a focus on consumer trends, informal learning, and mobile devices. Throughout her career, Carly has worked with a host of children's media and entertainment groups, including Sesame Workshop and Spin Master. She holds a Master's degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Carly frequently tweets, blogs, and speaks at conferences worldwide on the topic of children's informal learning through technology. Carly is passionate about the magic that happens when fun, research, and education converge, and is dedicated to working on quality children's products that inspire thought and creativity.
As Chief Technology Catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, North America, Lori is responsible for driving technology innovation at one of the world's largest marketing communications companies, with a focus on igniting IP creation for marketers and their brands. Lori works with the clients & top creative & strategic executives of all Worldgroup companies to ensure understanding of new and evolving technology.
Previously, Lori was one of the key principals to launch the highly regarded Interpublic Media Lab. She piloted brand interaction opportunities on behalf of Interpublic, as well as facilitated emerging media upfronts and exclusive deals for Interpublic agencies and clients, including Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, Nestlé and Sony.
Lori is a frequent speaker at major industry events and has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media and Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch with” by MediaPost Publications.
Trends Expert, Consultant, Journalist, Media Spokesperson, Futurist Reyne Rice is a seasoned industry professional with 30 years of experience in marketing, researching, and analyzing the toy & game, entertainment & licensing industries and the youth marketplace. She advises the media and consults, on the hottest trends and innovations in toys, games, technology, entertainment and licensing as it affects the youth market. She is an international journalist, public speaker, media spokesperson and an ambassador to the toys and games industries. Co-Editor for the Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (www.thetoyinsider.com). Owning her own ToyTrends and expert consultancy since 2003, Reyne Rice can be reached at Reyne@reynerice.com. Follow Reyne on Twitter @ToyTrendExpert. Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/in/reynerice
Nancy is CEO & Co-Founder of Fingerprint Digital, the first mobile learning and play network for kids and their grown-ups. A veteran of the kids business, she previously was EVP of Product Innovation and Marketing at LeapFrog, where she led the charge around connected learning with the launch of the Learning Path Online, Tag Reader and Leapster Gaming Systems. Before LeapFrog, she held senior marketing roles at LucasArts as VP Global Sales & Marketing and Hasbro Interactive as VP Marketing. With over 100 products launched, 11 #1 titles, and $2 billion in revenue, Nancy knows kids at play.
He serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com. He also writes columns that appear on CNET News, CBSNews.com, Huffington Post, The NYTimes and the San Jose Mercury News. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, the Today Show and CBS Early Show. He has written several books including the best-selling Little PC Book and is co-author (with Anne Collier) of MySpace Unraveled. Larry served on the Obama Administration’s Online Technology Working Group and the Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technology Task Force.
As the mom of four boys and CEO of her household, Joanne Lang was organized; she just wanted to spend less time getting that way. As an SAP executive specializing in cloud computing, Joanne saw how this technology allowed businesses to gain new levels of efficiency and she began considering how families could realize these same benefits. Then, one of her boys had a medical emergency and stopped breathing on the way to the hospital. She had her phone but was unable to answer the paramedic’s questions because all the information was at home and no one was there to get it for her. This experience prompted her to develop AboutOne - an online family management system that not only replaces the file cabinets, notebooks, and various tools that people use to store household information, but also saves time by automatically organizing that information so it’s useful and readily available.
Carley Knobloch is a personal tech expert and founder of Digitwirl.com, the go-to source for busy women who want to save time, money and their sanity with technology. Digitwirl brings together Knobloch’s passion for problem-solving, and her knack for helping women love the gadgets in their handbags. Prior to Digitwirl, Carley held various creative positions in digital Hollywood, building some of the first-ever film and television websites for clients like Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Fox. Carley is a regular contributor for Lifetime's The Balancing Act, and she's offered her tech tips on ABC News and Fox News, as well as in Babytalk and Women's World magazines. When she’s not scouring the virtual globe for the next revolutionary gadget or life-changing website or app, she can be found wailing on her RockBand drum kit. Her husband and two children are often allowed to play too.
David Kleeman is President of the American Center for Children and Media, an executive roundtable that leads the US industry in developing sustainable and kid-friendly solutions to long-standing issues.
The Center also promotes the exchange of ideas, expertise, and information as a means for building quality, and looks worldwide for best practices. David is Advisory Board Chair to the international children's TV festival, PRIX JEUNESSE.
David is in demand as a strategist, analyst, author and speaker. He has advised producers, broadcasters and organizations like the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, PBS Kids and Baby Einstein. He has written two book chapters, a major study for PBS on the role of public broadcasting for children in the digital age, numerous articles for trade, academic and general press, and blogs for The Huffington Post.
For the past 20 years, Suzanne Kantra has been on the front lines of the technology revolution, exploring and writing about major advancements in science and technology that have literally changed the way people live, work and play.
Former senior technology editor for Popular Science and in-house tech expert for Martha Stewart Living and host of “Living with Technology” on Sirius Radio, Suzanne used her expertise to create Techlicous.com, a women’s lifestyle site that provides consumers with friendly, helpful advice for making informed buying decisions and getting the most out of the products they already own.
Throughout her career she has served as a consumer technology expert on TV, including CNN, NBC, CNBC, FOX News, and The Rachel Ray Show, as well as many radio shows across the country. Suzanne is also a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living Radio and MSNBC.com/Today.com.
David Hwang is the co-founder and chief executive officer for Fantage.com, Inc., developer and publisher of Fantage, the popular virtual world for kids, tweens and teens. Actively involved in all fresh content updates for the site and new directions for the company, David created Fantage as a way for his children to have a safe and fun place online to play with their friends across the country.
David worked as Fund Manager at Samsung before coming to the United States where he pursued a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Rochester, New York. He then headed up corporate software start-up MTier as chief financial officer, followed by a move to the east coast where he co-founded e-commerce hair product vendor wigsforher.com and The Red Collections, an importer and distributor of hair products.
He currently resides in New Jersey with wife and Cindy Hwang, and their two children.
Fred Howard serves as Vice President of Marketing for KingsIsle Entertainment and oversees marketing initiatives for the hit online game Wizard101. Over the last three years, Wizard101 has become one of the leading online games for families. Today, the game serves a multigenerational audience of more than 20 million registered players. Prior to joining KingsIsle, Fred served as Vice President of Marketing for Hoover's, Inc., D&B's online business division. In his leadership role he and his team were responsible for all marketing initiatives including customer acquisition and retention, traffic generation, product marketing, pricing, and on and offline merchandising. From 2001 until 2005, Fred worked in Dell's consumer marketing organization and held positions driving customer retention, as well as managing the P&L for Dell's consumer services business and its 6 billion dollar consumer desktop business. Prior to joining Dell, Fred spent five years in the financial services business.
Listed by the Wall Street Journal among their Top 25 Most Influential People in the industry, Jill Hamburger has one of the most respected opinions in the video gaming industry. She is the president of Vida Gaming, LLC, a consulting company that provides major and emerging businesses in the video gaming industry with the analysis, strategy and connections to successfully develop, market, distribute and sell gaming products in the retail environment. Inspired by continuous innovation within the video gaming industry, Jill champions new research and trends that make gaming accessible and appealing to multigenerational users, as well as applications that provide enhanced social interaction and other benefit such as improving the health of players. Before starting her consulting business, Jill spent 22 years at Best Buy, where she became the retail industry's foremost authority on video game products.
Tom Dusenberry, Dusenberry Entertainment
Tom Dusenberry is the Founder of Dusenberry Entertainment. He has been involved in the games industry for the past 30 years. A former CEO of Hasbro Interactive, Games.com and Atari, Mr. Dusenberry is closely associated with great games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Frogger, Star Wars, NASCAR, Roller Coaster Tycoon and hundreds of other fun games. He is a creative strategic thinker who can expand existing markets and develop new markets. His career focus in consumer electronics and media content applications includes electronic games, video console games, video hand-held games, CD-ROM/DVD, internet games, wireless entertainment, FLASH animation, social networking, consumer robots, Movie Games, interactive toys and emotion based entertainment. To learn more check out www.dusenberryentertainment.com.
Greg Duffy is the Founder and CEO of Dropcam, Inc. and has nearly a decade of experience in software engineering. Prior to founding Dropcam in early 2009, Greg was the Principal Software Engineer at Xobni, where he created Xobni search, the fastest email search for Microsoft Outlook. Greg has been working on startups since he was 16, and has a passion for networked devices, digital signal processing, and machine learning. Greg is quickly becoming an industry veteran whose experience also includes project work at Microsoft and IBM. Greg has a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Texas at Arlington.
Stacy DeBroff, founder and CEO of Mom Central Consulting, the leading social media consulting firm focused on Moms, brings more than a decade of award-winning experience to the nation’s top brands. As the author of several best-selling parenting books and a seasoned social media expert, Stacy offers organizations deep insight into the Mom Marketplace. With national media experience ranging from The Today Show, to The Wall Street Journal, to CNN, Stacy remains a sought-after corporate spokesperson. With offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Toronto, MCC works with over 300 national brands, specializing in influencer relationships within the Mom community. Recently, Inc. magazine named MCC to its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In the 1990s, Stacy founded and ran, as an attorney, the Public Interest Office at Harvard Law School. She lives outside Boston with her husband and happily engages in imperfect parenting of their two teens.
Asi Burak is Co-President of Games for Change. He leads the development of programs to raise the quality of social impact games, and co-produces the Annual Games for Change Festival, the largest gaming event in NY. For partners including USAID, The World Bank, AMNH, and NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof (“Half the Sky”), he is guiding the investment of $8 million into new games. Burak was recently named one of the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment” by PGA & Variety.
Before G4C, Burak co-founded Impact Games, the creators of the acclaimed “PeaceMaker” & “Play the News” (acquired 2010). He is often interviewed by international media, and has been invited to speak at conferences and institutions including TEDxGotham, Harvard Kennedy School, Sundance, Skoll Forum, SXSW, and the US Army College. He is a faculty member at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation, and holds a Masters from Carnegie Mellon.
Beth Blecherman is the Chief Technologist at CoolMomTech.com, the intersection between tech, parenting and style and consults with companies to beta test tech products. She left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then decided to blog as a career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com (@TechMama ), a platform to discuss technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics. Beth has been named a Parents Magazine “Power Mom”, Forbes 100 Best Websites for Women for 2010 & 2011 and @ForbesWoman Best Branded Women on Twitter. In 2011 she was included in the PC Mag Top 100 on Twitter and the Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds. Beth was one of the Co-Founders of Silicon Valley Moms Group, that was acquired by Technorati. Beth Blecherman (TechMama) has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, Laptop Magazine, MSNBC, Parents.com, BBC, PBS, Forbes.com, Advertising Age and she has written articles for Real Simple and Scholastastic.com. Beth Blecherman is on the Board of Advisors for MommyTech summit at CES.
John Barbour has served as LeapFrog's Chief Executive Officer and as a board member since March 2011. Prior to joining LeapFrog, Mr. Barbour served as President of the GameHouse Division of RealNetworks, Inc. from October 2008 to August 2010, where he led the business to profitability. From October 2006 to October 2008, he was Managing Partner of Volta Capital, LLC. Mr. Barbour has a long standing history with Toys “R” Us, Inc. He served as U.S. President from August 2004 to June 2006 and was responsible for $5.5 billion of retail sales and built the private brands business to over $1 billion of annual sales. He also served as President, Toys “R” Us International and Chairman, Toys “R” Us Japan from February 2002 to August 2004, and from 1999 to 2002 Mr. Barbour served as President and Chief Executive Officer of toysrus.com.
As Vice President of Research at Communispace Corporation, Manila leads the Research Team, where she is focused on conducting systematic research to understand and describe the ways in which Communispace-facilitated communities potentially add value for their sponsoring companies, and in identifying and incorporating emerging best practices into Communispace’s offering. She works closely with various client groups to formulate and explore those questions that will help Communispace and its clients maximize the value of community membership and activity.
Manila brings nearly twenty years of experience in management consulting and organizational development to her role at Communispace and ten years of experience in developing and conducting independent research. Manila has worked (as a consultant and as a researcher) with client organizations in various industries. Her doctoral work explored organizational and post-industrial applications of psychology, including career development, leadership, team and group process, organizational learning and community.
Noopur Agarwal is Senior Director of Public Affairs for MTV, the #1 youth brand, and MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, which reaches over nine million students across 750 campuses nationwide. In this role, she oversees the strategy and execution of major “pro-social” campaigns to engage and activate America’s youth on the biggest issues impacting their generation. These initiatives include mtvU’s Emmy Award-winning Sudan campaign, the Peabody Award-winning mtvU mental health campaign, Half of Us; mtvU’s Emmy-nominated fiscal responsibility initiative, Indebted; MTV’s Webby Award-winning A Thin Line, which addresses the emerging issue of digital abuse; mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign on human trafficking and many more. Noopur has been recognized with the MTV Innovation Award, a company-wide honor granted to individuals who have demonstrated fresh thinking and a pioneering approach in their work.
Noopur received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in Economics from Harvard College.
Ashley Sayed is a product development specialist & industrial design Leader with over 15 years experience in GSM Mobile & Consumer Product Development for the mass market.
Ashley has a proven track record in developing some of the worlds most successful and innovative products. Ashley previously worked as head of Design at TomTom, developing their most successful product range over a three year period. He also worked at Motorola developing the thinnest cellphone on the market at the time. Another of Ashley's recent accolades was his work for Philips, developing and delivering to the market their most successful shavers to date.
Ashley then proceeded to set up his own venture Karuma in 2009, who provide full turn-key product development services based in Singapore.
He recently created Karuma Innovations, who launched his new technology creation, PlayBase. The worlds slimmest and most advanced kid-proof tablet that can also be used by adults.
Laura recently joined McCann Worldgroup as Global IQ Director.
She has worked in consumer research for 12 years and has travelled the world talking to a wide range of consumers about a variety of different topics and brands; including cognac drinkers in Paris, ice cream lovers in Manchester and frequent flying business men in Shanghai.
For the last 6 years Laura has worked as head of trends and insight for London advertising agency McCann Erickson. She started the prestigious Mood of Britain research which has been covered extensively by the British press. She has presented the findings to deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and discussed the findings on BBC Radio Four.
Prior to that she worked as a global researcher for international research agency, Synovate.
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts”. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. His web site is www.davidpogue.com
Doug is the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) Director of Online Safety and focuses on ensuring customers are safe when using IEB online services (e.g. Xbox LIVE).
Doug has more than 8 years of experience working within the Xbox ecosystem with notable achievements of leading support efforts around Xbox 360 launch in 2005, Kinect for Xbox 360 in 2010, and being the first dedicated Online Safety Manager for IEB in 2011.
Doug’s primary area of focus is to drive policy and strategy across the business to ensure customer, brand, and business protection in five key areas: parental controls, abuse management, user generated content, social integration, and account safety.
Mia Kim founded Popgadget.net, a technology and innovative lifestyle blog for women in April 2004. Popgadget is a digital lifestyle magazine that embraces technology as a regular and essential part of women's lives.. Popgadget has been featured in Time Magazine’s listing of “The 50 Coolest Websites”. As a digital media strategist, she has worked with clients such as Intel, Oxygen Media, USA Today, Proctor and Gamble, and Sony Entertainment to help develop marketing campaigns aimed at reaching women. As a technology expert, she has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC News, Good Morning America, The Oprah Magazine, G4TV, and NPR. . She has a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, where she also got her BFA in Film and Television. She has been a new media instructor at NYU and contributes to many style and technology publications.
George Garrick was the CEO of Flycast Communications, the Internet’s first direct response advertising network and the network which defined today’s model for Internet display and direct response advertising. Prior to that he served as CEO of A.C. Nielsen and Information Resources Inc. Currently George is the Chairman of Tapjoy Media and has also served as Chairman and CEO at Mochi Media, President and CEO at Jingle Networks, CEO of Placware, and President and CEO at Wine.com.
Caitlyn Gatrell is the “KidsTech” correspondent for “Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline”, the international radio network show that has been covering Consumer Electronics & Technology for over 16 years. Caitlyn is 11 years old and has been officially reviewing, reporting and sharing information on the coolest technology for all kids and teens since early 2010 and can’t wait to keep providing her peers, their siblings and parents with information on the latest in “KidsTech”. Caitlyn is an awesome big sister and enjoys checking out what’s new in technology for her toddler sister and then teaching her how to use it as well as recommending to her friends. You can see Caitlyn’s latest reports at www.Kidstech.tv and become friends on Facebook www.facebook.com/kidstech Be sure to let her know what you think! You can also visit www.IntoTomorrow.com for more.
Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 and serves as COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research. With her leadership, BlogHer conferences have grown from a single conference in 2005, to five diverse events, hosting over 4,000 attendees in 2011. Her work has generated coverage from leading media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, The Today Show and the Wall Street Journal. Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment, and was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute. She lives in San Jose with her software developer husband.
HP Supplies Technology Specialist and "Resident Inkologist"
Often described as "your friendly neighborhood ink geek," Thom Brown knows everything there is to know about the art and science of printing - and he's always looking for fun and creative ways to share his knowledge of ink technology. Thom has been with HP for more than a decade, and when he's not hard at work in the HP Labs he serves as the company's "Resident Inkologist," communicating the quality, reliability and value of Original HP ink through creative Web videos, speaking engagements and interactive demonstrations. Learn more about Thom and the fascinating world of Inkology on his YouTube Channel, Inkology Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @ThomatHP #inkology.
Kate has 25 years’ publishing experience. She started her career as a rights seller, before becoming MD of Macmillan Children’s Books, Group MD of Scholastic UK Ltd, and then (briefly!) CEO of Headline. She cares about good books, design, literacy and technology. In September 2011, she won the title of Inspirational Business Mum of the year at the MumpreneurUK awards. Since starting Nosy Crow, she likes waking up in the morning.
Mark Schlichting is a well-known pioneer of the children’s multimedia and interactive design industry. He is an expert in children's interactive design and is probably best known as the creator of Broderbund’s Living Books series. In 2000 Mark founded NoodleWorks, a design consulting and creative development company specializing in children's interactive design and social networking. Throughout his career, Mark's titles have won over 100 national and international awards for excellence in entertainment and education. Mark is the author and illustrator of "Harry and the Haunted House", a children's book and CD-ROM title that sold over 300,000 copies in six languages, is currently authoring a book on the psychology and art form of computer interaction, titled "Understanding Kids - Designing Interactive Media for Children", and he just released his first iPad app titled "Noodle Words", a highly animated word toy for young children.
Dale Dougherty is the founder of Make magazine and the creator of Maker Faire, which leads a growing maker movement. He is GM of Maker Media at O'Reilly Media in Sebastopol, California. Dougherty is a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, a technical publisher and conference organizer known for its advocacy of Open Source and the Web. An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference. Make Magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. This year, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area, Detroit and New York City.
David Kleeman is President of the American Center for Children and Media, an executive roundtable and professional development hub that promotes exchange of ideas, expertise, and information as a means for building quality. The Center is leading the children's media industry in developing child-friendly, sustainable solutions to long-standing and emerging issues. The Center looks worldwide for models of excellence; its global connections make Kleeman a valued international consultant, especially on the role of culture in media. He has been a featured speaker on all world continents. Kleeman chairs the International Advisory Board for the international children's TV festival (PRIX JEUNESSE), and is a frequent consultant to the festival; he created the rules and manages its Web Prize. He has chaired North American advisors to four World Summits on Media for Children. David graduated from Harvard College. Married, and with two adolescent daughters, he discovered that running offers time with no phones, computers, TV or sibling squabbles. Apparently, he enjoys the quiet; he's run fourteen marathons
Wendy Bronfin is the director of the kids’ digital products group at Barnes & Noble.com, where she lead the development and launch of NOOK kids, the first digital reading platform especially designed for children. She and her team have produced hundreds of digital children’s picture books including beloved classics like Go, Dog, Go and The Little Engine That Could, as well as new favorites including Olivia, Fancy Nancy, and Llama Llama Red Pajama. Prior to joining BN.com, Bronfin was VP of Product Development at Educate Inc., where she developed educational programs for the Hooked on Phonics brand including Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read, Discover Reading, Hooked on Spanish and others. She created a home video series called Hooked on Baby and spearheaded the redesign of the PBS television series Reading Rainbow. She has also worked across a spectrum of media, beginning with entertainment titles for Nintendo and PlayStation consoles. She then designed and developed Web sites for pre-teens, including Scholastic’s Baby-sitters Club and National Geographic. Bronfin also served as Director of New Business Development and a Senior Producer at Children’s Television Workshop where she produced award-winning CD ROMs and interactive toys
As director of marketing for Disney Online's Family Network, Maureen Bergmueller manages the marketing and positioning for various Internet properties including Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com and Wondertime.com. Her responsibilities include leading acquisition and retention programs, managing national advertising campaigns and conducting usability testing to maximize the consumer experience online. Bergmueller has been with Disney Online more than seven years, and began her tenure as marketing director for various online premium products and services related to Disney.com, including Disney's Toontown Online, the first massively-multiplayer online game created for kids and families. Bergmueller has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and brand-building. Prior to joining Disney, Bergmueller served as a senior marketing consultant for McKinley Marketing Partners, where she provided executive and management level consulting services to well-known brands including Visa, Verizon and Diamond Cable. Prior to that, Bergmueller was as a senior consumer brand marketing manager for MCI Telecommunications.
David Samuelson is responsible for games and augmented reality strategy as part of the digital strategy team for Pearson plc. In this capacity, Mr. Samuelson explores new global business opportunities across Pearson’s education, trade publishing and information businesses in the fast growing games industry. David started at Pearson in 1997 and served in a variety of roles including President of Global Schools, CMO and product strategist for Pearson’s US School division, and VP of the Family Education Network. Before joining Pearson, David was VP for product development both at Living Books (a JV between Broderbund and Random House) and at MECC, maker of The Oregon Trail. David’s career in theatre and television included an Emmy award-winning stint as a children’s television producer. David is married and has three grown children.
Warren Buckleitner is an expert on children and interactive media. In 2003, he started writing for the New York Times and is currently a contributor to the Gadgetwise blog. From 1997-2002, he coordinated the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s New Media Prize. He’s been an advisor to Consumer Reports WebWatch, provided testimony t the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Congress and he has taught at NyU and Rutgers. Besides the New York Times, he contributes the Scholastic Parent & Child, Parents, Kidscreen and his own publication, Children’s Technology Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), a masters in early childhood education (Pacific Oaks College) and a doctorate in education psychology from Michigan State University.
As Director, Hardware Marketing, at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), John Koller is responsible for the management and marketing of the PlayStation 3, PSP (PlayStation Portable), PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network marketing, and all related peripherals in North America. In his current role, Koller oversees PlayStation hardware platforms, including brand management, product features, strategic initiatives, movie studio and music label content development, peripheral launches and more. Koller has nearly 15 years of consumer product marketing experience, including more than 13 years in the videogame industry. Previously, Koller launched more than 30 top-selling PlayStation 2, PSP and PlayStation software franchises and was also an associate product marketing manager for 989 Studios, a division of SCEA that developed games for the PlayStation and Windows personal computers.
Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children's Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category, 2010 & 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Awards - Parents' Choice Foundation, and 2010 & 2011 Editor's Choice Awards - Children's Technology Review. Daren combines the rare talent of a thorough understanding of learning processes with the ability to bring creativity and innovation to sound instructional products. In addition to creating and developing its own products Carstens Studios has partnered with other companies including PBS, The Jim Henson Company, and Money Savvy Generation.
Jim Mitchell has served as Chief Executive Officer for Fuhu, Inc. – creators of Nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive – since the Company was founded in March 2008. Prior to joining Fuhu, Mr. Mitchell served as Managing Partner at Accenture for over 18 years working with global market leaders in the Media and High Tech industries. As one of the youngest Partners in the Firm, Mr. Mitchell co-founded the Firm’s ecommerce practice and established Internet centers throughout the Country to deliver Internet-based solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Mitchell was responsible for a portfolio of clients that included Google, HP, Sun, DirecTV, Ingram Micro, Qualcomm, Toshiba, Intel and Nokia.
Robin Raskin has spent longer than she cares to remember exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, events and conferences creator, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and consultant, Raskin says she's never met a media she doesn't like, and is happiest when she's writing about technology's second citizens: kids, seniors and women.
Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She's been a columnist for USA Today Online and Yahoo! and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age and one book as the parent of college graduates called The Parents' Guide to College Life. For the past five years, Raskin partnered with the Consumer Electronics Association, where she produces a number of different lifestyle events including Living in Digital Times, HigherEd Tech, KidsatPlay, MommyTech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health, Sports and Fitness Tech, Last Gadget Standing, Mobile Apps Showdown, and FashionWare. Each mixes entertainment, education and great technologies to create some of the most popular forums at CES. Raskin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
Jill Waller is the Vice President of Mobile Learning at LeapFrog. She currently serves in a dual role as the head of marketing and leads the mobile learning unit, which includes driving product management for such devices as LeapPad and Leapster Explorer, as well as all digital and cartridge content including the LeapFrog App Center. Ms. Waller started her career in Seattle, WA at Wizards of the Coast where she launched the popular Pokemon card game. Following her time at Wizards of the Coast Ms. Waller joined Cranium Inc., which became the third largest games company in the world. In 2007, Ms. Waller joined Hasbro as Vice President of the Games Group where she created innovation strategies for game development and oversaw the reinvention of the Trivial Pursuit brand in addition to continuing at the helm of Cranium.
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