Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Michael has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.
John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He currently advises dozens of technology businesses as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers— world-leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. An internationally recognized speaker and author, John’s books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Andrew Davis’ 20-year career has taken him from local television to The Today Show. He’s worked for The Muppets in New York. He’s marketed for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. His latest book, Town INC hit shelves in 2015. He’s produced for Charles Kuralt and MTV. He even produced a documentary film called Roadside Ambition: The amazing true story of one small town with two huge balls.
As the world's first Chief Content Officer (at MarketingProfs), Ann speaks and writes about how you can rethink the way your business markets. She has been cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in Social Media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers. A pioneer in digital marketing, Ann is the co-founder of ClickZ.com, which was one of the first sources of interactive marketing news and commentary. She started her career as a business journalist and editor.