Keynote Speakers' Biographies
Organisation: World Wide Web Foundation
Mr. Stéphane Boyera has played an important role in the creation of the Web Foundation. He is the lead program manager, responsible for the design and implementation of a Web Foundation program which aims to leverage the power of technology to empower underserved populations, particularly those in developing countries.
Mr. Boyera joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1995. Leading the W3C Device Independence Working Group from 2001 to 2005, he played a crucial role in the development and launch of the organization’s Mobile Web Initiative. Mr. Boyera also took part in the management of voice and multimodal activities. Currently, he leads W3C work on the Mobile Web for Social Development Project which is exploring how to extend the reach of the internet and other technologies to make them accessible and relevant for rural communities and underserved populations.
Organisation: Stanford University
Dr. Paul Kim is the Chief Technology Officer for the School of Education at Stanford University. He is currently a senior researcher for Programmable Open Mobile Internet, a National Science Foundation project aimed at developing and evaluating wireless mobile computing and interactive systems for formal and informal learning and assessment scenarios. He works with numerous international organizations to develop mobile empowerment solutions for underserved communities. In his recent experiments in Latin America, Africa, and India, he investigated the effects of SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment), ROSE (Remotely Operated Science Experiment), and PocketSchool Network. His learning technology innovations focus on improving educational systems in developing countries and causing a pedagogical paradigm shifts in classrooms. He serves as a committee member of the National Academies on Grand Challenges in International Development. Dr. Kim also established seedsofempowerment.org, a global education non-profit organization for children in need.
Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Professor Eric Klopfer is the director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education Arcade at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. He explores simulations and games on desktop computers as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Professor Klopfer's work combines the construction of new software tools with implementation, research, and development of new pedagogical supports that transition the use of these tools to broader use in formal and informal learning. He is the co-author of the book, Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo and author of Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games from MIT Press. As the Director of the Education Arcade, Professor Klopfer works to advance the development and use of games in K-12 education. He is also the co-founder and President of the non-profit Learning Games Network.
Organization: Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University
Mike Sharples is Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was the founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. Recent projects have included the Personal Inquiry Project which uses mobile devices to advance inquiry-based science learning, and a collaboration with Sharp Labs Europe to design mobile technologies for language learning. Professor Sharples is the author of over 200 papers in the areas of educational technology, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.