TIFFANY SHLAIN, FILMMAKER & FOUNDER OF THE WEBBY AWARDS
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. She delivered the campus-wide keynote commencement address at UCBerkeley and her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “Incredibly engaging” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter,” and The US State Department just selected as one of the films to represent America at embassies around the world for their 2012 American Film Showcase. She is currently working on a film series which is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking she and her film studio call CLOUD FILMMAKING. The series, titled Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, will include 16 short 2 to 10-minute films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life. Each of these films both invites participants to send in videos from their cell phones and after the film is completed her team them makes free customized versions for non-profits all over the world. The first film in the series, A Declaration of Interdependence, with music by Moby, has been translated into 65 languages and she has made 100 customized versions. The new film in the series just released is Engage which looks at the importance of engaging in society. Please view these both if you are interested in receiving a free customized version for your organization. The third film in the series Brain Power: From Synapses to Hyperlinks, looks at new research on how to best grow children’s brains and applies this to thinking about the best way to grow the global brain of the internet. Brain Power is both a 10 minute film and a TED Book and will premiere at Nov 8th at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco at the Imagine Science Film Festival in NYC. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, and member of the advisory board for The Prince of Wales Fellowship at MIT, MIT-IBM Network Science Research Center, The Institute for the Future and she was invited to advise Secretary State Hillary Clinton about the internet and technology.
Ken Goldberg is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media. At UC Berkeley, Ken teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media. Ken was awarded dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and the School of Information. Ken also has an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Ken has published over 150 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media, Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.
SAWYER STEELE, PRODUCER/WRITER
Sawyer Steele is a writer, editor, producer, and filmmaker, and has been with The Moxie Institute since its inception. He was a co-writer on the award-winning feature film Connected, and is producer and co-writer of the short film series Let it RIpple: Mobile Films for Global Change (including Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, A Declaration of Interdependence and Engage). His work with Tiffany Shlain has been instrumental in pioneering a new type of participatory filmmaking their team is calling “Cloud Filmmaking.”
Haley Seppa is a filmmaker and has been with The Moxie Institute for three years as partner development manager, social media manager, and a production coordinator on the award winning feature-length film Connected. She is the Special Project Manager for the new film series “Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change” which uses new type of participatory filmmaking called “Cloud Filmmaking.” She is from Northern California with a background in festival coordination/production and is pursuing her degree in film.
Jesse Wakeman is a documentary filmmaker with a B.S. in Video Production from Ithaca College. With The Moxie Institute team, she works primarily with the organizations involved in the Let it Ripple project, helping them to best customize the 3 films for their outreach purposes. She also has worked as an editor and associate producer on the Let it Ripple project. Her other areas of involvement include media management for screenings and festivals (Moxie has 7 films currently playing in theaters, conferences, festivals and schools around the world) and website management for all domains.