TIM CHANEY

Tim Chaney describes himself as an interactive geriatric having joined the industry in 1981 at the UK outbreak of Vic 20 fever. From hardware sales at Commodore, Tim joined start-up publisher U.S. Gold in 1985 as Managing Director, which by 1989 was the biggest software 'house' in Europe (as they were referred to then). Approached by tiny Virgin Games in 1991, he built Virgin Interactive Entertainment to a joint No. 1 position with EA by 1995. The company was sold to Blockbuster, which was subsequently swallowed by Viacom and Tim bought the company back from Viacom in 1998. Sold to Titus Interactive in 1999, Tim moved to Spain and later purchased Virgin Interactive Entertainment España from Titus in 2002. Virgin Play S.A. (as it was renamed) is Spain's only independent publisher and distributor with titles based on Real Madrid™, Pocoyo™ and others. In 2009 Tim Chaney founded and is Chief Executive of leading mobile entertainment publisher Zattikka.

CHRIS DEERING

Chris has led multicultural motion picture video and computer game publishing for nearly 3 decades, starting with his role as international marketing head at the original Atari in 1982, and as VP -International for Spinnaker educational software He was COO of Columbia Tristar International Video for 7 years and headed Sony Computer Entertainment in PAL countries from 1995-2005. Now in "retirement", he chairs the Edinburgh Interactive Festival. Codemasters Games, and serves on several boards, including Learning Without Frontiers Ltd as non exec Chairman.

ZENNA ATKINS

Zenna Atkins is an acclaimed Social Entrepreneur. She is an executive consultant for Social Solutions, a social sector consultancy company, dedicated to building capacity and maximising opportunities for the third sector, specialising in social Enterprise development and sustainability. She is Chief Executive of GEMS UK, Europe and Africa and former Chairman of Ofsted, the children and learners inspection and regulation body, chairman of the NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust in Portsmouth and the Group Chairman of Places for People, a national property development and management company dedicated to creating neighbourhoods of choice for all, managing 58 thousand properties, building 1700 homes a year. She is the Non Executive Director on the Royal Navy Fleet executive board and Audit Committee chair. She is also a trustee of Legacy Trust UK and voluntary Chair of an innovative young persons organisation dreamwall, offering risk based experiences designed to develop personal responsibility. She has a national reputation, is a sought after conference speaker and is an advisor on governmental panels and committees, exploring a range of issues including health, social engagement and social entrepreneurship. Zenna is a regular columnist for the guardian and has extensive publications in the health and housing press.

In 2000 she won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year South Region and in 2003 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Portsmouth University. Zenna is married and has two fantastic children living with her, a boy aged 12 and a girl aged 8 as well two nearly fully grown and flown step daughters.

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ADRIAN HALL

Adrian Hall is an independent consultant with a respected profile in the use of mobile, game and social media technologies for learning. Prior to this Adrian held the position with Steljes Limited, one of the UK’s leading technology integration companies, is to develop thought leadership around the use of technology in education. He has worked on the Project Inkwell Group, an American based international think tank/lobby group for one to one access to technology for children.

Prior to this, Adrian worked for the UK’s Department of Education and Skills as a senior policy advisor on educational software. His responsibilities included developing the government’s policy in relation to the educational software industry, commissioning new and innovative curriculum software, including software to work on mobile devices, and developing thinking on the use of games in education.

Prior to this Adrian worked as an Archaeologist.

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MARTIN OWEN

Martin Owen is at present developing unique playful, tangible devices for early learning with his own company Smalti. He is also working as an independent researcher and consultant in technology enhanced learning with particular emphasis on social media, games, mobility and augmented reality. He is interested in the power of feedback and assessment supported by technology.

He was the first Director of Learning and Head of Concept Development at Futurelab. At Futurelab Martin was responsible for the key concepts in the mobile game Savannah and the Physics game Racing Academy. Previously he was an academic researcher and teacher trainer at University of Wales, Bangor. Martin has also been a school teacher.

DAVID CAVALLO

Dr. David Cavallo is the former Chief Learning Architect at One Laptop per Child (OLPC). He also was OLPC’s coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean region. As Chief Learning Architect Cavallo is responsible for helping countries develop a vision, local teams, and an operational framework to create a large-scale, high-impact change in the learning environment of their countries; for the development of materials to support learning projects; for coordinating efforts to instantiate initial sites of 1-to-1 learning with connected laptops; for coordination of a new international network of 1-to-1 educators; for conception and development of all electronic support materials; and creating and writing the philosophical basis for the learning effort.

Prior to taking a leave from MIT to join OLPC, Cavallo was a Research Scientist, Principal Investigator and co-director of the Future of Learning Group at the MIT Media Laboratory. His work focuses on human learning, designing technology to facilitate learning, and large-scale reform of educational systems. He designs, implements and helps deploy new technologies for learning through design, expression, and construction. Through his work on “models of growth,” he has focused on comprehensive approaches to large-scale change, including content development, educational methodology, teacher development and organizational change. His recent project work has focused on educational reform in urban areas in the United States, as well as in Brasil, Costa Rica, and other Latin American countries.

Prior to MIT, Cavallo led the design and implementation of medical informatics as part of a reform of health care delivery and management at the Harvard University Health Services. He was also the founder of the Advanced Technology group for Digital's Latin American and Caribbean Region. Dr. Cavallo holds a Ph.D and Master of Science degree from the MIT Media Laboratory where Prof. Seymour Papert was his advisor, and did his undergraduate work in Computer Science at Rutgers University. He has published widely on these issues, and has served as an advisor to governments and international agencies national efforts of educational change catalyzed by technology.

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HEPPELL

Stephen founded Ultralab in the 1980s, moving there from the UK Government's groundbreaking Microelectronics Education Programme. Over a score of years Ultralab grew to become Europe's leading learning technology research centre with projects that pioneered multimedia CD ROMs and on-line communities in the 1980s - before the web!

In recognition of this work, Stephen became an Apple Master in the 1990s.

Stephen was the guiding "father" of a number of social networking projects including *ESW in the 1980s, Schools OnLine for the Department of Trade and `industry in 1995/6, Tesco Schoolnet 2000 from 1999, Think.com from 1999.

Stephen left Ultralab to found his own flourishing policy and learning consultancy Heppell.net which now has a portfolio of international projects including: Learnometer and HorizonTAL. Stephen chairs the charity Inclusion Trust with its flagship project for children excluded from school by behaviour or circumstances Notschool.net

Stephen is a board member of Teachers.TV - a UK public service TV and broadband channel for professional development of teachers.

Stephen sits on BAFTA's Film Committee guiding the BAFTA Film Awards and other cinema related work.

In June 2006 Stephen was awarded the Royal Television Society's Judges Award for Lifelong Services to Educational Broadcasting.Stephen is retained by a number of organisations to help with future policy and direction, including the BBC, is an Associate of KPMG, and is retained by UK government in Horizon Scanning work to advise of future directions for educational policy.

"The most influential academic of recent years in the field of technology and education" - Department for Education and Skills (DfES), UK, 2006

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