2013 Keynote speakers
We’re pleased to announce a stellar lineup of keynote speakers at this year’s MozFest:
- Anil Dash
- Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
- Gi Fernando
- Camille François
- Bethany Koby
- Aron Pilhofer
- Mitchell Baker
- Mark Surman
A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Mark has overseen the development of Popcorn.js, which Wired has called the future of online video; the Open Badges initiative, launched by the US Secretary of Education; and the Knight Mozilla News Technology partnership, which seeks to reinvent the future of digital journalism.
Prior to joining Mozilla, Mark was awarded one of the first Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowships, where he explored the application of open principles to philanthropy. During his fellowship, he advised a Harvard Berkman study on open source licensing in foundations, was the lead author on the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and organized the first open education track at the iCommons Summit, which led to him becoming a founding board member of Peer-to-peer University (P2PU).
From 2005 to 2008, Mark served as the first Director of Telecentre.org, a $26M initiative to connect 1000s of community technology centres around the world supported by Microsoft, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the Swiss Development Corporation. While at Telecentre.org, Mark spoke at the first World Summit on the Information Society, provided the keynote at the Global Knowledge Partnership Summit, and built a global network of community technical centres that spanned over 25 countries.
As a consultant and social entrepreneur, Mark has designed and implemented community-driven technology projects for dozens of organizations including the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Association for Progressive Communications, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the Canadian Labour Congress. He has raised more than $30M, authored two books, presented at 100+ conferences, written dozens of papers, and traveled to more than 40 countries. Despite his travels, his favorite place remains the armchair next to the fireplace in his living room.
Mark lives in Toronto, Canada with with wife Tonya, founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, and his sons Tristan and Ethan. Mark holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the University of Toronto.
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl directs National Programs and Site Development for the National Writing Project (NWP), a network of nearly 200 literacy-focused professional development and research communities located at universities across all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based at the University of California-Berkeley, Eidman-Aadahl designs and leads nationally-networked learning and research initiatives for educators working in K-12, university, and out-of-school settings. A recipient of the Hollis Caswell Award for Curriculum Studies, her publications include studies of literacy and learning in the context of of our new digital, networked ecology as well as research into how educators of diverse backgrounds reason together about this social transformation, literacy, equity, and agency for themselves and their youth.
Elyse’s interests include working with educators in schools, libraries, and museums as they rethink their teaching and learning environments with a view toward digital composition and production, connected learning, equity, and civic engagement. In that regard, Elyse is the founder, along with Christina Cantrill, of NWP’s Digital Is project and community, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative (DML), and is a member of the DML’s Youth and Participatory Politics research network. She is a founding member of the Connected Learning Alliance and works closely with the YOUmedia network, the Make to Learn Initiative, and Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age.
Formerly a high school English and journalism teacher, university professor, and evaluation consultant, she holds a Ph.D. in curriculum theory from the University of Maryland College Park and has worked with organizations as diverse as the YWCA, the Mongolian Open Society Institute, National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, NIOST, Understanding Science, and numerous organizations focused on youth development and civic learning as they work to create and assess powerful learning contexts for young people and the adults who work with them. Current partnerships include leading projects that engage partners in science and maker/tinkering communities to theorize the relationship of literacy to efforts in STEM/STEAM education. She is a broadly published author and presenter, well-known for co-authoring Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Writing for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning through Social Action (Jossey-Bass, 2008).
An entrepreneurial engineer and active angel investor, Gi co-founded global social technology leader Techlightenment (sold to Experian plc), the first company to provide a tool on top of the Facebook Ads API.
Gi is passionate about using tech to create a level playing field through unlocking digital skills in young people, and enabling greater diversity and social inclusion.
Gi is Chairman of Freeformers, which he founded in 2012, with a mission to use accelerated learning techniques to help young people, from all backgrounds, to develop high impact digital skills. He created an innovative 1-for-1 model whereby for every person a corporate pays to train, Freeformers delivers the same training to a young person who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.
Gi is a Trustee of Apps for Good, which works with nearly 100 schools across the UK to teach young people how to make apps that will change the world and give thousands of 11-18 year olds the chance to develop digital skills. He also sits on Nesta’s Digital Makers Panel and is a Trustee of Cage Cricket.
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products. Mitchell was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organization’s rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO. Mitchell remains deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission.
As Executive Chair of Mozilla, Mitchell continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents. TIME Magazine profiled Mitchell under “Scientists and Thinkers” in its TIME 100 and she has appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “CNN Global Office” to discuss open source software and the Firefox phenomenon. Mitchell was honored as winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Women of Vision Award and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. In 2012, Mitchell was inducted into the founding group of the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame.
Bethany Koby is a mom, CEO, designer, art director and artist interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imaging a more positive and collaborative future.
In 2011 Bethany co-founded Technology Will Save Us – a business dedicated to helping people become more productive and creative with technology through its beautifully designed educational DIY kits for every day life. As the CEO, she is responsible for its strategic growth, partnerships and balancing R&D projects with retail relationships and the all important educational agenda.
Bethany’s goal is to grow TWSU to create more impact with its products and services, while shaping a collaborative, creative, beautiful and fun business to work in. Technology Will Save Us creates products to imagine a world where technology is more bespoke and more meaningful because people have the skills to be creative with it.
Bethany holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a MSC in Responsibility and Business practice from Bath University and was a scholarship holder at Fabrica in Italy. She has been creating innovative relationships between brands and communities for well over 10 years both commercially and personally. Previously, she was a design director and social impact specialist at the international branding and innovation company Wolff Olins.
Anil Dash is the cofounder of ThinkUp, a new startup in New York City which is building an app that makes our time spent online more meaningful. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, a consultancy which helps companies at the intersection of technology and media. He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, his site Dashes.com has been running continuously since 1999, acting as a platform for his activism and perspective on technology, policy, pop culture and media. Prior to his current work, Dash has been a columnist for Wired magazine, founded Expert Labs with backing from the MacArthur Foundation to encourage public engagement with lawmakers and the White House through use of social networks, and serves on the board of Stack Exchange and the New York Tech Meetup. Dash also advises a number of startups and non-profits, and takes advice from his wife Alaina Browne and his son Malcolm.
Aron Pilhofer is Associate Managing Editor of Digital Strategy at The New York Times. His team blends journalism and technology to enhance The Times’s reporting online through social media, community and dynamic, data-driven Web applications. Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper’s newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team, where he specialized in stories related to money, politics and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau. He is also co-founder of DocumentCloud.org, a non-profit startup designed to improve journalism by making source documents easier find, search, analyze and share online, and co-founder of Hacks and Hackers, an organization designed to bring journalists and technologists together. Founded in 2009, Hacks and Hackers now has 12 chapters in five countries and more than 2,400 members worldwide.
Camille is a Fulbright Fellow who works on the legal, political and ethical frames of cybersecurity, cyberwar, and cyberpeace. She also studies how academic institutions address Internet policy issues. She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. She helped structure the School of Public and International Affairs program in Cybersecurity and worked for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), organizing the Expert Workshop on Privacy in Cyberspace at the agency’s headquarters. In 2013, she won first place for Columbia at the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 National Challenge in Cyber Policy. She previously worked for Google in Europe, managing research on market insights, key policy and privacy trends.
In her home country of France she has worked mainly in politics, serving two years in the Parliament as a legislative aide and holding leadership positions in national and local campaigns. She also participated in the main research project on religious politics in the French suburbs, published by the think tank L’Institut Montaigne.
Camille is a free culture advocate: she served on the board of Students for Free Culture, created its French chapter, researched for the Open Video Alliance, and co-founded two Paris-based free cultural startups. She enjoys helping out with projects exploring the impact of technology on war and peace, and recently joined the organizing team of the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference at NYU Law School.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences-Po Paris University, and a Master’s degree in International Security from the Columbia School of Public and International Affairs. She completed her Bachelor at Sciences-Po Paris, with a year as a visiting student at Princeton University, and received legal education at Paris II – Sorbonne Universités.