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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.

From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. 

Emory Craig

As Director of eLearning at The College of New Rochelle, Emory Craig is responsible for a broad range of innovative technology initiatives, faculty training and the integration of emerging technologies in the curriculum. A Frye Fellow and frequent keynote speaker, he has written and presented extensively at both national and international conferences on innovation in education and the impact of the digital revolution on contemporary culture.

He is the Cofounder and Partner at Digital Bodies – Immersive Learning, a global consulting group assisting corporate, nonprofit and educational organizations in the implementation and use of immersive and wearable technologies. His current research focuses on the ways VR, AR and Mixed Reality developments are transforming human experience. An active participant in the NYC startup community, he currently teaches a seminar on New Media and Society. 

Maya Georgieva 

Maya is the Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Bodies - Immersive Learning, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive and virtual technologies on education and society. She is an EdTech strategist, author and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. Her most recent work focus on learning design, storytelling, immersive VR and AR experiences, innovation and digital strategy.

Maya's work has been featured at EDUCAUSE, New Media Consortium (NMC), Online Learning Consortium, SXSWedu, EdMEDIA, Campus Technology and others. She is the recipient of the Education Futurist award from Campus Technology. Maya is a member of the Expert Panel for the New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education and sits on several educational and corporate learning boards. She actively writes and speaks on the topics of innovation and the future of education and consults organizations and startups in this space. 

Ian Roy

Ian was the project lead in developing both the Research Technology department and the MakerLab at Brandeis University. Ian is descended from samurai and has studied Japanese sword for over 10 years. He is also a Brandeis alumnus, graduating in 2005 with dual majors in Philosophy and Economics and a concentration in Film Studies. From 2005 to 2010, he worked for a high end jeweler in downtown Los Angeles as the in-house photographer. He has a strong background in digital photography, digital fabrication, and new media marketing. He has also read and pitched around 1000 screenplays as a professional reader at a small boutique Los Angeles-based production company. He coached the Brandeis Ski Team for 2 seasons, a team on which he was a 2 year captain during his undergraduate career, and works for the USCSA Mcbrine Division as the ski league’s photographer. He is currently the staff advisor to the Brandeis 3D Printing Club and the Brandeis Aviation Club, the Brandeis VR Club, and BITMAP.

Jodan Tynes

Jordan Tynes is Manager of Scholarly Innovations at Wellesley College. He works across campus to develop interdisciplinary workflows and methodologies for many aspects of the higher education experience. Jordan often uses cutting-edge technologies to enable previously unfound ways of teaching, learning, conducting research, and communicating scholarly efforts. He also supports experimental combinations of well-tested technology, which often results in the formation of new academic collaborations. Jordan has overseen the evolution of a new media center by contributing “maker” technologies, as well as developing an associated internship program for students to learn and support the most recent technology available on campus. His latest research involves new methods for 3D scanning and aerial imagery in support of curricular experiments in VR/AR. Jordan is also excited to be a part of a growing consortium of higher education professionals interested in expanding the “maker mindset” on college campuses.


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