Marcos Navas has been an active member in the makered community and edtech space for many years. In addition to being a speaker and presenter, he is an ambassador and champion for an array of companies and organizations such as Dremel, Ultimaker, Pi-Top and Osmo. Being an advocate of student voice, Marcos is one of the original Flipgrid Ambassadors and a TED Ed Innovative Educator helping spread student TED Talks via TED Clubs. Within the coding and STEM space, he is one of the original Raspberry Pi Certified Educators in the US and one of the original founders of Hands on Coding, LLC. Marcos most recently completed his Fellowship with IDEO Teachers Guild making him one of 10 educational experts in Human Centered Design & Design Thinking. Marcos is a Technology Facilitator for the Union City Board of Education and is a proud advocate of his district and the Union City Summer STEM Camps. He is the founder of EdcampUrban, which is free professional development for urban educators, for teachers, by teachers. Marcos is truly STEAMing his way through the Maker Revolution and bringing education along for the ride!
Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. In addition, as a speaker, presenter and thought leader in the education space, she has had the opportunity to work with schools across the nation. Laura created a digital badge-based professional development platform and is the creator of the Worlds of Making Digital Academy, which provides online professional learning for educators. She is also the author of the best-selling book, Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Her library makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards '20 to Watch' in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014 and was recently nominated as a White House Champion of Change for Making. Her blog was recognized in 2017 as one of the top K-12 IT blogs by EdTech Magazine. She is also the winner of the 2015 Bammy Award for National School Librarian of the Year. Her second book, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, is due out in October of 2017.EndFragment
Joann has been educating, inspiring, and driving change in Technology Education for over 20 years. A Code.Org Affiliate and Professional Development Facilitator, Joann works with school districts implementing Computer Science, Makerspaces and Design Thinking into the classroom. Her professional development focuses on fun and engaging tools to build students problem-solving, persistence, creativity, communication and collaboration skillsets. After an extensive career in Corporate America, Joann knows first-hand the gaps that exist in finding talent in technology and is passionate about exposing students to computer science at a young age. She loves teaching teachers how to incorporate computer science and STEM into their classrooms and believes this exposure helps demystify an intimidating field to both students and teachers alike.