WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 27, 2014 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today unveiled the lineup for its inaugural EdTekTalks at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. Five thought leaders from beyond the world of ed tech, including futurists, designers and social entrepreneurs, will deliver these mini-keynotes on Monday, June 30, from 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.                                     

“By looking and listening beyond our own communities, we discover new ideas and are inspired to innovate in ways we hadn’t previously imagined,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Our new EdTekTalks will encourage and trigger us, as individuals and organizations, to imagine new ways to leverage technology to advance learning and teaching.” 

The thought leaders who will make these provocative presentations at ISTE 2014 are: 

Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine, creator of Maker Fair and coiner of the phrase “Web 2.0,” brings the do-it-yourselfer mindset to everyday technology, celebrating the right to tweak, hack and bend any technology to your own will. 

Convinced of the power of design to change the world, Emily Pilloton founded Project H to help develop effective design solutions for people who need them most. Her work in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest and most rural county in the state, was the subject of the nationally released documentary, “If You Build It.” 

Co-director of the IDC Media Invention Lab, Guy Hoffman, explores the humanity of robots – how they think, feel act and move – as they interact with humans. His work has been named one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. 

When a hand tremor endangered his intense style of pointillism painting, Phil Hansen rebounded by learning to “embrace the shake.” Visual artist, creative collaborator and author, he has invented different approaches to making art by exploring personal and universal limitations. 

Shaherose Charania’s passion for technology and making a positive difference in the world inspired her to create Women 2.0, a media brand at the intersection of women, entrepreneurship and technology that’s designed to foster the next generation of technology leaders. In 2010, she was recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. 

Attendance at the EdTekTalks is included in ISTE 2014 registration, but seating is limited. Registered attendees are encouraged to sign-up in advance at http://isteconference.org/2014/program/edtektalks.php. 

Those not attending ISTE 2014 can participate virtually in the EdTekTalks, the Monday, June 30, keynote address from Kevin Carroll, author of “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball,” and 20 other conference sessions. The complete virtual conference program and registration information are available at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/iste_live.php. 

About ISTE 2014

Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo, to be held June 28 – July 1 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, is the epicenter of forward-thinking where attendees share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges – all while connecting to a global network of education colleagues and resources.                                                                                         

Online pre-registration for the ISTE 2014 Conference & Expo closes June 7, 2014. Educators and others interested in being a part of this highly regarded event are encouraged to register at

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. 

ISTE's innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo — one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events — as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For more information, media only:
Jodie Pozo-Olano, Chief Communications Officer, 804-986-6911, jpozoolano@iste.org
Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-278-2800, lwolfe@lwolfe.com

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