Columbus, Ohio

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, USA 43215
Tel: (614)  463-1234

Plenary Speakers

 Sunday, Oct. 26
1pm Plenary Session 1
Geneveive BellGeneveive Bell
An internationally recognized ethnographer, Genevieve Bell has developed product shaping insights into consumers world-wide and is bringing a research driven, end-user focus to Intel. Her influence has been recognized with the award of Intel’s highest honor: an individual Intel Achievement Award.

Bell is particularly interested in issues of cultural difference as they are expressed around technology adoption and use; she has conducted fieldwork around the world and is currently working on a book based on her recent ethnographic research in Asia. Her work has been widely published and cited and she is active in the fields of anthropology, computer-human interaction and ubiquitous computing.

Howard RheingoldHoward Rheingold
Howard Rheingold, internationally syndicated author of the weekly Tomorrow column, author of best-sellers Virtual Reality and The Virtual Community, editor of best-seller The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, takes audiences on a journey through the human side of the technology-shaped future. 

He's been in on the Web since the beginning, and long before. He's studied Internet enterprises and started them. Rheingold was the founding Executive Editor of HotWired, the pioneering online publication launched on the World Wide Web by Wired magazine. He was the founder of Electric Minds, named by Time Magazine one of the ten best websites of 1996. He's a participant-observer in the design of new technologies, a pioneer, critic and forecaster of technology's impacts, and a speaker who involves his audience in an adventure in group futurism.  For more, see

Andrew KeenAndrew Keen
Andrew Keen is the author of the international hit Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture. Acclaimed by The New York Times’ Michiko Kakutani as having been written “with acuity and passion” and by A.N. Wilson in the Daily Mail as “staggering”, Cult of the Amateur has been published into twelve languages and was short-listed for the 2008 Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. 

Andrew has appeared on the Colbert Report, McNeil-Lehrer Newsnight show, The Today Show, Fox News, CNN International, NPR’s Weekend Edition, BBC Newsnight and many other television and radio shows around the world. He writes a syndicated column for the London Independent, as well as for the leading Dutch paper Volksrant and the Belgium daily De Standaard. He has written for many other publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Guardian, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, Prospect, Fast Company and Entertainment Weekly. 

As a pioneering Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founding in 1995 and built it into a well-known first generation Internet music company. He produced the new media show “MB5 2000” and remains active as an advisor and investor in promising start-up companies. Andrew was educated at London University where he got a First Class Degree in Modern History, at the University of Sarajevo and at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, dean, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Brenda Dervin, professor, School of Communication, Ohio State University

 Wednesday, Oct. 29
10:30am Plenary Session 2
Connie M. YowellConnie M. Yowell
Connie M. Yowell is the Director of Education in the MacArthur Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development. In this role, she focuses on grants relating to public education, and on the implications for education of young people's use of digital media.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Yowell was an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her work included the study of reasons why Latino youth drop out of high school. Previously she worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning of the U.S. Department of Education. Before that Yowell was a Research Assistant at the University of California at San Francisco and at Stanford University. Yowell earned her bachelor's degree from Yale and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.