George Siemens is writer, theorist, speaker, educator, and researcher on learning, networks, technology, analytics and visualization, openness, and organizational effectiveness in digital environments. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. Siemens is currently a researcher and strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Knowing Knowledge has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, and Hungarian. Previously, he was the Associate Director, Research and Development, with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba.
Siemens has pioneered open connectivist courses that have included over 10,000 educators and students as participants. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences detailing the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society, having presented at conferences in more than 30 countries. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers, radio, and television. Siemens has maintained the elearnspace blog (http://www.elearnspace.org/blog) for eleven years and http://www.connectivism.ca for six years.
Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), one of the world's most visited learning sites on the Web. She is the author of many articles and a number of books on social learning and the use of social media for learning, and is a regular speaker at learning conferences and events.
Jane has worked with business and education for over 25 years, providing independent advice on the acquisition, implementation and use of new technologies. Jane currently helps organizations use a SMARTER approach to Workplace Learning; which is about encouraging and engaging learners in new ways that are relevant both to today's workers and at the same time meet the needs of today's organizations. Jane is also a Principal of the Internet Time Alliance, a think tank of leading learning and business performance practitioners helping organizations exploit emerging practice to work smarter.
Mitch Kapor is a startup investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business. In 1997, he established the Mitchell Kapor Foundation (http://www.mkf.org), a private foundation that works to ensure fairness and equity, particularly for low-income communities of color. He is a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org), which defends free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the digital realm. He is also the founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation (http://www.mozilla.org), creator of the Firefox web browser.
Mitch is a Board member of the Level Playing Field Institute (http://www.lpfi.org), working to increases fairness in education and the workplace by closing the opportunity gap and removing barriers to success. He is currently Managing Partner at Kapor Capital (http://www.kaporcapital.com), which invests in seed and early-stage startups whose success in business generates positive social impact.
Tony O'Driscoll Ed.D. is a Professor of the Practice at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business where he also serves as Executive Director of Fuqua's Center for Technology, Entertainment and Media (CTEM); a research center dedicated to understanding the strategic, structural, operational and business model issues in these vibrant and volatile sectors.
His research has been published in leading academic journals such as Management Information Sciences Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. He has also written for respected professional journals such as Harvard Business Review, Strategy and Business, Supply Chain Management Review and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. His most recent book Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration explores how emerging virtual technologies will influence how organizations will orchestrate and coordinate work and learning in the future. Prior to joining Fuqua, Tony was a founding member of IBM Global Service's Strategy and Change consulting practice. In that role, he consulted with business leaders around the world on how to best leverage technology to create sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly global, networked and knowledge-driven economy.