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, her films and work have received 66 awards and distinctions including a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the Tribeca Film Festival. Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, including her 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.” The US State Department has selected two of her films (Connected and Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks) as part of The American Film Showcase where they send Tiffany and her films to embassies around the world to represent America. They just sent her to Israel in November 2013. She has a new hit film series on AOL called “The Future Starts Here” that explores subjects including her weekly technology shabbats, modern motherhood, tech etiquette, the creative process, robots, and new thinking on thinking. The series was an instant hit with over 20 million views in the first few months. Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies, and delivered the campus-wide commencement address at UCBerkeley, for which she received a standing ovation from 11,000 people. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She is a member of The Writers Guide of America and contributes to Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine, and Fast Company listed her as one of the people to follow on twitter for 2013. The TED Conferences published her first book, titled Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks. Her latest film The Science of Character will be released March 20th, 2014 for “Character Day.” She writes a quarterly newsletter called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.
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 is the producer and co-writer of Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks. He is a writer, editor, 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 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.”
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.
Patrici Flores is a filmmaker, writer, photographer and citizen of the Internet, and is thrilled to be joining The Moxie Institute as Executive Assistant. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from UC Berkeley. Trici’s work has been featured locally on the Great Wall of Oakland, in various cafes and galleries, and in national magazines. When she’s not on set or managing social media and design for Moxie projects, she writes about tech, gadgets, travel, and food.