Keynote Speakers

Dave Zaboski

Professional Artist / Creative Consultant


Dave Zaboski

Dave Zaboski, professional artist, creative consultant, and former Senior Animator with Disney, will share an operating system for innovation used by creators of all disciplines to perfectly phase their ideas into realities. These time tested practices, some that go back hundreds of years, were honed by extraordinary creators and used by the artists at Disney to create powerfully and under pressure. Dave has worked on many notable movies such as Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, and also has painted for the Dalai Lama. He teaches creativity, innovation, and collaboration and will share his views on creativity with conference attendees.


Dominique Evans-Bye

Science Teacher, Clark Magnet High School


Dominique Evans-Bye

Dominique Evans-Bye, Science Teacher at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta, California, will discuss how project based learning unleashes her students’ creativity. Dominique turns classes into adventures in science through projects such as snorkeling in the Channel Islands to conduct citizen science fish counts, and running a remotely operated vehicle underwater to document the marine life on a sunken shipwreck. She will discuss how mapping and analysis are integral to these efforts, in which students use GIS to collect and analyze data, becoming immersed in science and engineering practices.


Sarah Williams

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Civic Data Design Lab, MIT


Sarah William

Sarah Williams, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning, will discuss how the Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps and mobile technologies to develop interactive designs and communication strategies during Sunday's plenary address at the 2016 Esri Education GIS Conference. Professor William’s design work has been widely exhibited, including in the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, where it is currently on display.


Muki Haklay

Professor, University College London


Muki Haklay

Muki Haklay, Professor at University College London, will discuss the wide range of practices that came to be known as citizen science, from crowdsourcing of observed geographical phenomena to participatory science. Professor Haklay will share how the geographical technology tools and techniques that are used for citizen science help in assisting any community, regardless of literacy, to carry out their own citizen science projects, in a form that is known as “extreme citizen science.” He will touch on do-it-yourself tools for aerial mapping with kites and balloons, mapping for humanitarian purposes with OpenStreetMap and working with non-literate hunter-gatherers in the Congo basin.


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