Stephanie Sandifer (Organizer/Moderator), Educator

Stephanie Sandifer has nearly 20 years of experience educating children and adults at all levels. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for A+ Unlimited Potential, a new innovative - blended, mobile, and personalized learning - middle school which she helped design located within the Houston Museum District, and teaches online at the college and K-12 levels. She is also a co-organizer for EdCamp Houston. She has over 15 years of experience in the classroom — face-to-face and online in virtual school settings -- and 10 years of experience in leadership roles that encompass a wide range of school administration and curriculum/instructional/technology leadership including the development, delivery & facilitation of professional development.

Dion Lim, CEO, PacerRabbit, Inc.

Dion Lim has 20+ years in the technology industry as a serial entrepreneur and investor. He has a successful track record as a startup leader at (IPO), Epinions (IPO, acquired by EBAY), (acquired by Lycos) and leading job search engine SimplyHired. He has also been an advisor/investor in comScore (IPO), Gluster (acquired by RedHat), Tianji (acquired by Viadeo), i2we (acquired by LeapCommerce) and Evite (acquired by CitySearch) and FarFaria. His current educational startup, PacerRabbit, is a marketplace for 21st century learning featuring inspiring and relevant projects that students love. Dion began his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and venture capital in Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Political Economy.

Lindsey Own, Educator

I'm launching my 10th year as a middle school science and health teacher, a career that has been interspersed with research-based curriculum development and state-level science education reform administration. My love is in the classroom, supporting my students in understanding themselves, their growth, and the great impact they can have on the world. I work with edtech entrepreneurs through organizing the Seattle EdTech Meetup, and am a fierce advocate for collaboration between teachers, learning sciences researchers, and edtech entrepreneurs. I believe that - by working together - we can truly improve learning outcomes for all children.

Jay Goyal, CEO, Actively Learn

Jay’s experience spans several sectors with one common theme - using technology to solve important problems. Currently, he serves as CEO of Actively Learn, an online learning platform that empowers educators to transform reading and writing so students understand and retain more knowledge, draw connections between texts, and build lasting skills. Prior to founding Actively Learn, Jay worked at Microsoft as a Director of Bing Mobile strategy and business development, where he led a multi-billion dollar search and commerce deal with Nokia. Previously, he improved systems and processes at a startup microfinance organization in Honduras, led manpower and process design as one of the first 25 members of the Transportation Security Administration, and helped launch a web content management startup. Jay received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics and Public Policy from Duke.