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Friday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Bridging the gap between researchers and entrepreneurs

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Bridging the gap between researchers and entrepreneurs
Cameron White, Esteban Sosnik, Matt Messinger, Ira Sockowitz

Many researchers and entrepreneurs agree that high-quality games hold the promise of driving student achievement. At the same time, there is a stark, potentially counterproductive disconnect between the fast-paced, iterative logic of consumer game development and the lumbering process of creating and distributing educational games. Much of the best research is locked up inside universities while most experienced game designers are developing entertainment software; developers interested in applying their skills to educational games have limited access to leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. During this session, join the founding team of co.lab -- an edtech accelerator by NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org – and the executive directors of Learning Games Network and the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services, to brainstorm about how we can make research more actionable and create new opportunities for collaboration between startups and universities.

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Matt Messinger

Executive Director, Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services
Matt’s background is hybrid of education and business. To start his career, he spent three years working as a college counselor and teacher at Eastside College Prep, a school for low-income students. Prior to WCEPS, he spent seven years working at for-profit educational technology firms, including four years at Renaissance Learning. Matt earned his MBA and MS in Education from the UW–Madison and his BA from Stanford University.
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Ira Sockowitz

Executive Director, Learning Games Network
With over 20 years in the public policy arena, I have become focused on advancing the use of technology to create and enhance learning tools that provide all learners-- irrespective of age, ethnicity or income -- with an opportunity to succeed. I see this as the great equalizing force that can improve the quality of life for everyone-- learner and teacher, child and caregiver, worker and employer -- leading to a better society as a whole... Read More →
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Esteban Sosnik

Executive Director, co.lab
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Cameron White

Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Cameron White is the Associate Director of co.lab, an edtech accelerator by NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org. Previously, Cameron worked at NewSchools as a Fellow and Learning Technology Specialist. He has also worked at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC, where he helped to align out-of-school programming with the school’s broader missions. | | Cameron graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton... Read More →


Friday June 13, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
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