June 7-8, 2016
(Unconference on June 6)
Neal Blaisdell Center
Keynote Speaker: Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen is an internationally-recognized multimedia artist, speaker, and author. Hansen continues to redefine what art could be by looking for new approaches at the intersection of traditional visual art, pointillism, and offbeat techniques. His is most widely known for his meta-art videos that document the creation process, showing that art is action, not just result. Hansens’s work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discover Channel, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Glamour, and many more. His work is sought-after by many influential clients including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
As an in-demand keynote speaker, Hansen sets out to help other transform their limitations from problems to opportunities. He has shared his inspiring message with a wide array of companies and industry organizations including the TED2013 conference, Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Hansen is also the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials.
For more, visit: www.philinthecircle.com
Keynote Speaker: Tom Hata
Tom Hata is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University who is passionate about developing tools for social good. Tom is a local boy from Hawai‛i who moved to California to study Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. He then pursued and completed his PhD in Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. During his studies, Tom blended his love of the ocean and his talent for engineering to design and build scientific instruments that were deployed in locations such as California’s rocky shores and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It was during this time that Tom also discovered his passion for science education and the need for scientists to participate in the education landscape.
Tom’s current project is the Foldscope, a $1 origami-based paper microscope, invented and developed in Manu Prakash’s lab in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford. The goal of Foldscope is to increase accessibility to microscopes: a tool that has been fundamental to our understanding of the natural world, yet remains inaccessible to a majority of the world’s population. So far, 50,000 Foldscopes have been sent to eager participants in more than 130 countries. These first adopters from around the world have written more than 1,000 posts at the community site (https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/) and they have emphatically shown that Foldscope is already making an impact in science education, public health, and measuring biodiversity.
Conference Strands of Focus:
Coding & Robotics * Collaboration/GAFE * Contemporary Practices in Education * Culture & Technology * Global Collaboration & Learning * Thinking: Critically & Creatively