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EdTekTalks

Join us for this provocative series of five mini-keynotes from thought leaders beyond the world of ed tech. From inventors to researchers to social entrepreneurs, this session will inspire and intrigue. The session begins with a student performance by Remix Interactive, a large scale multimedia event presented by a consortium of Philadelphia schools.

Monday, June 29 2:30-4:15 p.m.

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Adam Braun

Adam Braun

Best-selling author, founder of Pencils of Promise
Adam Braun is a New York Times best-selling author and the founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools and delivered over 25 million education hours to children in poverty around the world.

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Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths

Photographer for National Geographic, women’s rights activist, writer and artist
As a contributing photographer to National Geographic and one of the magazine’s first female photographers, Annie Griffiths has captured images in nearly 150 countries. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects, including stories about Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand and Jerusalem. Her award-winning photos have also appeared in LIFE, Smithsonian, Fortune, Stern and many other publications.

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Sergei Lupashin

Sergei Lupashin

Aerial robotics researcher, inventor
When Sergei Lupashin saw how an aerial photograph of massive protests around the 2011 Russian federal elections inspired media coverage, he was struck by the power of an image to change the world’s perception of situations and events. However, he quickly discovered that aerial photographs — even those taken by unmanned aerial vehicles — are tricky to produce, since it’s difficult to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles safely, and government regulations restrict their use.

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Amy O'Toole

Amy O'Toole

Student, scientist
A 15-year-old student from the United Kingdom, Amy O’Toole helped run a science experiment inspired by Beau Lotto, neuroscientist and founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab. The participative science project, called “i, scientist,” inspired a science experiment by a group of 26 primary school students in Blackawton, Devon, United Kingdom.

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Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi

Entrepreneur, investor, co-founder of Code.org
Hadi Partovi co-founded Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools while increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike, and as an angel investor and startup advisor, he has built a portfolio that includes Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, Zappos, Opower, Indiegogo, BlueKai and many others.

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