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Horace Dediu is a Senior Fellow at The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Horace is an extraordinary visionary. Through 25 years of research, analysis, and publishing, this renowned analyst has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers and audiences across professions, industries, and organizations. Through engagements and performances in front of companies as diverse as IKEA, IBM, Apple, Facebook, Fidelity Investments, Motorola and Riot Games, attendees are treated to a feast for the mind and eyes with dazzling live, interactions with data and empathic appeals to action. Horace has a presentation technique using custom-built tools which are truly unique and must be seen to be understood.

Named the “King of Apple Analysts” by Fortune/CNN, he appears frequently on Bloomberg TV and BNN. His blog Asymco.com has set the standard for public, open access to deep industry analysis. His podcast The Critical Path has changed how commentary is conducted on matters of technology strategy, shunning sensation while seeking causality. Horace is a distinguished influencer on LinkedIn, widely followed on Twitter and boasts over 100,000 of the most influential followers across social media. He established the conferences Asymconf and the IBM-sponsored workshop Airshow to bring audiences together in debate using the case method. His repertoire includes the long-term recognition of patterns of technology adoption, the upheaval of and by Computing, the cycle times of Innovation, "Postmodern computing” and the eras which will follow.  He applies value chain evolution, technology adoption curves and asymmetry of information to strategy, operations and organizational behavior all while keeping the audience enthralled in a story set in the present.

Horace is a Senior Fellow at The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation where he devotes time to teaching and research on the impact of technology on the disruption of sectors such as Banking, Automotive and Energy and the impact of disruption on technology sectors such as Mobile, Computing and Wearables. He is also a member of The Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School. He has worked as an analyst and business development manager at Nokia and as a manager or researcher at Chase Manhattan Bank and Verizon Laboratories. He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

Horace is the author The Critical Path, The First Year (2012). His 124 podcasts have 25,000 regular listeners while his most recent 1200 articles on Asymco.com are widely cited.

Dr. Alec Couros is a Professor of Educational Technology & Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. 

Alec has been an educator for more than twenty years and before working at the University, gained significant experience as a teacher in the K-12 sector (middle years & high school), in the adult education/technical sector (computer information systems program administrator) and in youth corrections (as a teacher/therapist). Alec also has over a decade of experience working with Indigenous Education programs, and has recently completed a significant, Government-funded project connecting digital storytelling (through iPads) with First Nations and settler knowledge around Treaty Education.

Alec is probably best known for his pioneering work in Connected Learning. His 2006 PhD dissertation is widely read, and has been cited thousands of time. Most significantly, his Networked Teacher Diagram has been used in countless numbers of professional development workshops around the world, and the work that it inspired has helped to spur the development of theories related to Personal Learning Networks/Environments. As a result of his influence in the field, Alec has facilitated hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the world on topics such as social media in education, digital identity, digital citizenship, networked activism, critical media literacy, open education, blended/online learning, and digital ethics.

Alec has an excellent reputation as presenter. His recent closing Keynote at the D2L conference in Boston received a standing ovation from over 1200 educators. In general, Alec’ presentations have acclaimed to be funny, entertaining, inspiring, and informational - what seems to be a winning combination for educators and administrators hoping to move their practice to the next level.

Alec is also noted to be one of the pioneers in what we now know as the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement. His innovative “Open-Boundary Grad Course” first developed in 2007 has become a model for dozens of connectivist-MOOC courses and professional learning events. His ability to develop and foster authentic, networked communities has been widely recognized. And most importantly, Alec is widely respected by his students. Recent class evaluations include comments such as, ““Taking a class with Alec is a must have for future teachers”, “There is no better prof than Alec”, and “Just being in class with Alec and watching his passion is what makes this course so great.”

Academic qualifications and experience aside, Alec is a husband and father of three young children. His work is deeply connected to the future of his children, especially in understanding the role of technology in learning, and in understanding what it means to be a digital citizen. In addition, there is a strong commitment to social justice that runs throughout his work.

Jonathan Grudin is a Microsoft Principal Researcher
Jonathan Grudin's research currently focuses the adoption of technology in K-12 schools, primarily those starting device-per-student deployments. Working with several schools, he designed the OneNote Class Notebook Creator application that was released in 2014. Prior to joining Microsoft Research in 1998, Jonathan was Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. He worked as a software developer, has a PhD in cognitive psychology from UC San Diego, and is an ACM Fellow. 

Prior to working at Microsoft Research, Dr. Grudin was a Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine from 1991 to 1998. His career has spanned numerous institutions. He worked at Wang Laboratories as a Computer Programmer. He was a Visiting Scientist in the Psychology and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories at MIT and then a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit now known as the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. He spent from 1986-1989 at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation before taking a series of faculty positions at Aarhus University, the University of California, Irvine, Keio University and the University of Oslo.

From 1997 to 2003, he was Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), one of the most prestigious journals in the field of HCI. Dr. Grudin was inducted into the selective ACM SIGCHI CHI Academy in 2004. In 2012, he was made an ACM Fellow for "contributions to human computer interaction with an emphasis on computer supported cooperative work." He holds a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Reed College (1972), a M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, San Diego (1981). His CV is at http://research.microsoft.com/~jgrudin/.

Joe St Sauver, Ph.D., is a Distributed System Scientist with Paul Vixie's new data-driven security company, Farsight Security, Inc.

Joe comes to Farsight from the University of Oregon (where he worked for the Computing Center/Information Services for roughly 28 years), and Internet2/InCommon, where he was Internet2's Nationwide Security Programs Manager, and responsible (under a UO contract) for the InCommon Certificate Service and Multifactor Program. During Joe's three years of work with the Certificate Service, participation in that offering increased from 120 to 310 universities or university systems. 

Joe's remains active in a number of other cyber security efforts, including serving as: 

One of half a dozen Senior Technical Advisors for M3AAWG (the Messaging, Mobile and Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group), whose membership includes companies servicing over a billion mailboxes worldwide. 

  • A strategic advisor and professional member of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), 
  • A member of the board for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Email (CAUCE), 
  • A community representative for the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG)
  • A member of the Research and Education Information Sharing and Analysis Center Technical Advisory Group (REN-ISAC TAG), and 
  • A participant in various Federal Communications Commission's Communications Security, Interoperability and Reliability Council (CSRIC) working groups. 

Joe has also been appointed as a Courtesy Associate Professor with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon Library, where he provides advice on cyber security-related topics. 

Joe routinely writes and presents on a variety of cyber security topics. Recent topics have included the future of advanced academic networking, SNMP security, cryptography, multifactor authentication, botnet metrics, security architectures, PKI/client certificates, SOPA/PIPA, malware analysis, SSL certificates, physical security, disaster recovery, cloud computing security, securing mobile devices, the botnet problem in India, registrars and malicious domains, DNS Security and DNSSEC, and IPv6 security, among many others. These and other talks can be found linked from Joe's personal home page at https://www.stsauver.com/joe/

Joe can be reached at: stsauver@fsi.io (work), joe@stsauver.com or joe@uoregon.edu 

Keith R. Krueger is the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking 
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.  

In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade.

He serves on many Advisory Boards including eSchool News, the Education Committee of the National Park System, the Friday Institute at NC State University and the Wireless Reach Advisory Board. He is a past Board Member/Treasurer of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).  

Keith has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has organized senior level U.S. delegations to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and South America to examine best practice in ICT in education.

As a Certified Association Executive, he has extensive background in nonprofit management and has a Masters from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.