Keynotes

Jad Abumrad

Opening keynote
Sunday, June 25
5:45-7 p.m.

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of the popular public radio program “Radiolab,” which is broadcast on 524 stations across the United States and has been downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast.

Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as a composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, including the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism and the legal foundation for the war on terror.

The program’s origin dates back to 2002 when Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new show that would be an open-ended radio laboratory. “Radiolab” emerged as the product of that tinkering and has evolved into one of public radio’s most popular programs.

Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and is also the show’s lead producer, composer and managing editor.

In 2010, “Radiolab” was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and in 2011 Abumrad was honored as MacArthur Fellow (known as the Genius Grant). “Radiolab” also earned a Peabody Award in 2015 for the episode “60 Words.”

Last year, Abumrad premiered the “Radiolab” spinoff called “More Perfect,” a series on untold stories of the Supreme Court.

In addition to his radio work, Abumrad works as a composer and remixer, and many of his works are currently being performed throughout the U.S.

He has degrees in creative writing and music composition from Oberlin College in Ohio. Early in his career, he wrote music for films and reported and produced documentaries for local and national radio programs.

Jennie Magiera

Tuesday keynote
June 27
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Jennie Magiera is the chief innovation officer at Des Plaines Public Schools in Chicago and the author of Courageous Edventures. Previously the digital learning coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Magiera leverages her experiences in the classroom to inform her passion – supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students.

She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for what she calls “edventures:” student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. With this mantra in mind, Magiera’s work centers on acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them, freeing up teachers and students to dive into classroom edventures.

Magiera is also devoted to reimagining professional development to ensure teachers receive relevant training and support.

She has served on the Technical Working Group for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts, including PLAYDATE, a collaborative online space where educators tinker with edtech tools, programs and apps.

She has been recognized for her work with honors including White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator, and she has been featured on NBC’s “Education Nation,” C-SPAN’s “Reimagining Education” and NPR.

Magiera shares her experiences with taking risks in the classroom and provides hints to help others feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Reshma Saujani

Closing keynote
Wednesday, June 28
2:45-4 p.m.

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its summer immersion programs and clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Started in 2012, the organization has grown to reach 40,000 girls in every state by the end of 2016. This year, Girls Who Code will run 78 summer immersion programs and 1,500 clubs. The results speak for themselves: 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian-American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Saujani has also served as deputy public advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for public advocate in 2013.

Saujani’s TED talk, “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection,” has more than 3 million views and has sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is also the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line.

Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School. She’s been named one of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders,” Fortune’s 40 under 40, a Wall Street Journal Magazine “Innovator of the Year,” one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, CNBC's Next List, Forbes's Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State's Rising Stars and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

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Technology-charged
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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017