Big Ideas 2016

Please join us for BIG IDEAS 2016 sponsored by Hofstra’s Faculty Computing Services. Come hear innovative professionals share their experiences and insights on education, technology, and the future. Click here to RSVP!

Date: Wednesday, March 9; Time: 11 A.M. – 3:45 P.M; Location: Calkins Hall, Room 106

Tentative Program:

11:00 A.M. – 11:10 A.M.Opening Remarks

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.: ‘Academia Between Two Waves of Transformation: Towards the Future of Education’ presented by Bryan Alexander, Senior researcher, New Media Consortium; futurist, writer, consultant, speaker

12:35 P.M. – 1:10 P.M.: Lunch Presentation: A First-Hand Report from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show Hear about the latest Virtual Reality innovations from Faculty Computing staffers who attended this year’s CES

1:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.: ‘Recreating Historical Musical Instruments through Digital Fabrication’ presented by Christopher Morrongiello, Lutenist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music. Dr. Morrongiello will also perform with his lute!

1:50 P.M. –  2:15 P.M.: ‘Makers Who Make for The Internet of Things’ presented by Lia Martinez, Artist and Interaction Designer for Microsoft

2:20 P.M – 3:00 P.M.‘Who Is Not in the Room:  Groups that Are Under-Represented in Computer Science Classrooms, Why They’re Not There (and Why It Matters), and What We Can All Do to Open the Doors Wider’ presented by Chrissy Ziccarelli, Deputy Director of Instruction, Girls Who Code

3:05 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.: A Hofstra student panel will sound off on current topics in technology and education moderated by Elisabeth Ploran, Hofstra Assistant Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Assistant Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Faculty in Residence

Schedule Subject to Change

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

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