Lord Parry Mitchell
Lord Parry Mitchell is a member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer and introduced into the House of Lords (the Upper House in the UK Parliament) in 2000.
Parry founded the eLearning Foundation in the UK. The remit of this not-for profit organization was to ensure that underprivileged children in the UK have access to portable computing devices to enable them to learn both at school and at home. The initiative was a great success, and became a partner to the UK Government which invested close to $500 million in the project.
By background Parry has been an IT services serial entrepreneur until he sold his final company in 2006. In Parliament, he has sat on the Science and Technology Select Committee and currently is a member of the National Security Select Committee.
Parry was an advisor to the Labour Party both in small business activities as well as digital policy. In the recent campaign to elect a new mayor for London, Parry was Sadiq Khan's business and digital advisor.
Parry has an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York. He is married, and lives in both London and Umbria, Italy.
Dr Tom Chatfield
Dr Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British author, broadcaster and tech philosopher. His six books - most recently "How to Thrive in the Digital Age" (Pan Macmillan) and "Live This Book!" (Penguin) - are published in over thirty languages. He took his doctorate at St John's College, Oxford, and is currently a visiting associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, researching a new book on critical thinking for the 21st century. A faculty member at the School of Life in London and advisor on technology and media to Agathos LLP, he has consulted for many of the world's leading tech firms, and speaks and broadcasts internationally on digital culture. Appearances include TED Global, Aspen Seminars For Leaders, the World Congress on Information Technology, and venues ranging from the Googleplex to the Sydney Opera House. He lives near London with his wife, two small children, two indifferent cats and an over-enthusiastic dog.
Journalist and youth advocate Anne Collier is executive director of the national nonprofit organization The Net Safety Collaborative, which is piloting iCanHelpline.org, the US’s first Internet helpline for schools in California.
Anne gave her most recent talk, “The Heart of Digital Citizenship,” at TEDxGeneva during the ITU’s World Summit on Information Technology in May 2016.
Anne has served on three national task forces on youth and Internet safety, including as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” in June 2010, and the Harvard Berkman Center’s national Internet Safety Technical Task Force of 2008.
In 2011 and ’12, Anne was a member of the curriculum working group supporting the launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, and helped form its inaugural Youth Advisory Board.
Books Anne has contributed to include Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents (Oxford Press, 2014) and Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (Routledge, 2011). With Larry Magid, she co-authored MySpace Unraveled: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking (Peachpit Press, 2006).
Anne has appeared on PBS Frontline’s “Growing Up Online” (2008) and has been quoted in the New York Times, Business Week, the Associated Press, and many other publications.
She currently serves on the Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Ask.fm and Snapchat, and the advisory board of the London- and Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute.
A Massachusetts native, Anne holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Principia College and the University of Chicago, and lives with her family in San Jose, California.
Dierdre Shetler is a middle school technology teacher with 12 years of experience in a low-income district in Phoenix, AZ. She taught grades 6-8 in the regular classroom for 5 years before moving on to teach middle school technology and STEM classes. She is passionate about teaching both students and teachers how to use technology in the most responsible, healthy way possible. In her spare time, she coordinates Edcamp Phoenix, because what teachers have to say matters!
Brock Baker (@wordsintobirds) is an experienced Canadian high school educator, speaker, writer, analyst, consultant and project manager. In collaboration with his students he co-founded the provincial wide sharing network @ONThoughtBakery in 2015 and in 2016 started the student educational conference #OwnYourEd. Brock is a frequent speaker and organizer at edtech conferences, sharing his expertise in eLearning, blended learning, and philosophy of educational technology. He is constantly exploring new ways to engage students to develop the critical knowledge, skills and attitudes required for responsible citizenship and healthier lives. Brock lives near Toronto with his wife, two hilarious children, and the family dog in a tall blue house they designed and built in the country.