Leading women educators impacting education worldwide . . . experience this international conference with a Technology theme. Come to the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California.

Potential topics will focus on:

  • Technology in the Arts, Leadership and Global Awareness
  • Technology in Professional Research and Education
  • Effects of Technology of Children’s Brains
  • Technology of the Future

You will also be able to learn about Costa Mesa, California and visit these sites:

  • A Broadway production or concert at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Shopping at South Coast Plaza, largest mall on the west coast of US
  • Shuttle Anaheim Resort Transportation to Disneyland Resort
  • 10 miles from Newport Beach – Pacific Coast

 Mark your calendar to come early or stay late! International Conference July 17-20 in Costa Mesa, CA.


  • Crystal Washington works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity.
    As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Washington takes complex social media, app, and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people.
    Washington’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Microsoft, and GE, and, as a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.
    She has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes and is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.
    Washington is the author of One Tech Action: An Efficiency Guide for Busy Non-techie Professionals to get More Done, Build Better Relationships, and Enjoy More Free time and The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business.

  • Professor Katie Salen Tekinbaş works at the intersection of games, design, and learning, bridging the gap between academia and industry to create practical, real-world platforms that better educate and empower the next generation. “I’m trying to figure out how you develop really engaging learning experiences for young people that are centered around their interests.” For the past decade, Salen Tekinbaş has been working with educators to bring core principles of game design, play, and connected learning to school curricula and informal learning activities because, as she explains, “people learn best when they can work on something that they care about, with the support of others who have a shared interest.”
    With UCI colleague Mimi Ito, Salen Tekinbaş started the nonprofit Connected Camps, which runs hands-on online camps and courses in Minecraft to promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. She hopes to expand the camps to support not only STEM activities such as coding and engineering but also socio-emotional learning. She’s working to embed the teaching of soft skills, such as mindfulness, into online communities like Minecraft. “We talk about it as ‘raising good gamers’ by helping kids develop skills in conflict resolution, peer mediation, problem solving, independent learning, and mentorship.”
    Salen Tekinbaş also teamed up with other informatics professors on a project sponsored by the Samueli Foundation to launch an Orange County high school esports league focused on the game League of Legends. “There are lots of kids interested in video games, so this validates their interests and creates a platform for helping youth develop positive approaches to gaming online,” she says. Attached to the league is a pilot program for a year-long course on esports entrepreneurship, which will explore STEM topics through the lens of esports broadcasting, web development, IT support, streaming, marketing, and merchandising, exposing students to game-related career opportunities.


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