Skylar Tibbits (Higher Education)

Skylar Tibbits, Co-Director and Founder of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is the founder and co-director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab housed at the International Design Center. The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes. Skylar is also the Editor-In-Chief of the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal and the founder of SJET LLC, a small multi-disciplinary design practice. Skylar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios. He has a Professional Degree in Architecture from Philadelphia University. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science under the guidance of; Patrick Winston, Terry Knight, Erik Domaine and Neil Gershenfeld.

Dale Dougherty (Informal Education)

Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO at Maker Media, Chairman at Maker Education Initiative

Dale Dougherty has been a champion of the makers and a leader of the Maker Movement, claiming in a TedTalk that “All of Us are Makers.”  In 2005 he founded MAKE: Magazine and a year later organized the first Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, both of which were catalysts for a global Maker Movement.  At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business.  Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad.  He is founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco, CA.

Pam Moran and Ira Socol (K-12 Education)

Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent of Schools at Albemarle County Public Schools

Ira Socol, Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation at Albemarle County Public Schools

Pam Moran is Superintendent and served as the 2016 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.  Ira Socol, Director for Innovation and Learning Technology for Albemarle County Public Schools (Virginia), leads a staff team to integrate the district’s learning technologies and modernized learning spaces with contemporary pedagogies. Together, they support a thriving and creative community of adult and youth learners in a district nationally recognized as home to some of the most engaging contemporary learning spaces in the United States. Represented by a commitment to a “search, connect, communicate and make” model for unleashing the lifelong learning potential of young people, the district encompasses 26 schools across 726 square miles of rural, suburban and urban environments. The Monticello High School Library is a recipient of the Magna Award from NSBA for its premier maker spaces. The school district was featured in Newsweek’s article “Will the Maker Movement Reinvent Education?” and has been the subject of numerous articles and posts on the maker movement. The Albemarle school district has been profiled in media produced by AASA, USDOE, EdSurge, Edutopia, BAM Radio, Harvard Project Zero, and MakerEd. Graduates of Albemarle County Public Schools perform above state and national averages on multiple performance measures. The cohort dropout rate is close to 2%.