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Friday, October 4 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Scaled Platforms for Kids Creativity

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What does it take to scale innovative platforms designed to ignite and nurture kids’ creativity? What kinds of market forces must be considered? What are the keys to sustainability? This panel brings together some of the brightest minds behind platforms like Roblox, Scratch, BrainPop, Gamestar Mechanic, and TwoBit Circus to discuss what has worked (and what hasn’t!) in bringing their creative tools to scale.


Katie Salen

University of California, Irvine
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Allisyn Levy

VP, Product Lead, BrainPOP
Since joining BrainPOP in 2007, Allisyn Levy has played an integral role in the creation, launch, and continued development of BrainPOP Educators, our online professional community. Now, as Vice President, GameUp, she leads outreach efforts for BrainPOP's online learning games portal... Read More →
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Alan Gershenfeld

President, E-Line Media
Alan is President and Co-Founder of E-Line Media, a leading publisher of games that engage, educate and empower. Alan was previously a member of the executive team that rebuilt game publisher Activision from bankruptcy into an industry leader. He has spoken on games and social impact... Read More →
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Champika Fernando

Director of Outreach, Scratch
Champika Fernando is part of the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab. She has worked as an engineer and designer and is currently focused on how to best support the use of Scratch as a creative coding tool.
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Dr. Leah Hanes

CEO, Two Bit Circus Foundation
Leah@TwoBitCircus.orgDr. Hanes began her tenure with Two Bit Circus Foundation (2BCF) originally as Executive Director of 2BCF’s predecessor, T4T.org in 2013 giving her an opportunity to marry her two passions – education and the environment. Leah’s early life in rural Canada... Read More →
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Genevieve C. Johnson

Senior Instructional Designer, Roblox
Genevieve Johnson is the senior instructional designer for Roblox, the world's largest user-generated social platform for play. In her role, she oversees creation of educational content and advises educators worldwide on how to use Roblox in STEAM based learning programs. Her work... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Pacific Ballroom A 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697