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Four world-class talks on education, technology and leadership, one day at the Kennedy School.

November 3, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

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Dave Gray
Kristen Swanson
Katie Henry
Derek Ham

Envision the future of education.

An afternoon of talks from four speakers whose ideas are at the forefront of digital learning culture. This event invites educational leaders to draw a breath of fresh air and focus on the big ideas.

McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

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Refreshments Provided
Appetizers and drinks served at 12:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.


  • 10:30 a.m. Check-in & Refreshments
  • 11:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 11:15 a.m. First Speaker
  • 12:00 p.m. Refreshments Served
  • 12:30 p.m. Second Speaker
  • 1:10 p.m. Third Speaker
  • 2:00 p.m. Refreshments Served
  • 2:30 p.m. Final Speaker
  • 3:10 p.m. Closing and Social

Dave Gray

Founder, XPLANE

Dave Gray's objective has been and continues to be finding ways to help people improve their ability to build shared understanding, so they can better coordinate joint action on things that matter to them. In 1993, Gray founded XPLANE, the visual thinking company, to help people develop shared understanding, so they can make better, faster decisions, and work better together to create more lasting, sustainable impact. He has written three books on design, change and innovation.

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Kristen Swanson

Director of Learning, Slack

Kristen Swanson is a lifelong educator that cares deeply about building human learning experiences. She is a founder of the Edcamp movement and currently serves as the Director of Learning at Slack.

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Katie Henry

Professional Development Manager, BirdBrain Technologies

The world is Katie's classroom. Seriously. Earlier this year she gave workshops on three continents in three weeks. Formerly a classroom and STEAM teacher, Katie is a licensed principal and K-12 technology integrator who is passionate about breaking STEM stereotypes. Even though she's based in Pittsburgh, PA as the Professional Development Manager for BirdBrain Technologies, you'll usually find her in a classroom in another time zone.

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Derek Ham

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, North Carolina State College of Design

Derek Ham, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Affiliate Assistant Research Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State’s College of Design. His research interests span the areas of game based learning, algorithmic thinking, and digital fabrication/making. He completed his doctoral work in Design Computation from MIT, holds a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University. In his research, he continues to investigate both virtual reality (VR) and augmented realty (AR) technology to find ways these tools can expand the way we teach and learn.

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