Meet the Panelists from Junyo, OpenStax College, OER Commons, and Learnist

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Photo credit: Noble Desktop

Our next event is right around the corner, so it’s about time we revealed the representatives from the companies who will be discussing disruption in education publishing.

We’re introducing a panel of stellar edtech companies and non-profits at our upcoming SF event, Revision Ready: Rewriting Education Publishing on Thursday, October 10. The event will take place at our very own TriplePoint office at 115 Sansome Street in San Francisco from 6:30-9 p.m.  We’re pleased to announce that participating panelists will include representatives from Junyo, OpenStax College, OER Commons, and Learnist.

Tickets are limited and selling out fast. To purchase tickets, click here.

We’ll mix and mingle with drinks and appetizers, which will be followed by the panel discussion, led by our moderator and TechCrunch writer Rip Empson. Rip covers startups for TechCrunch, with a particular focus on health and education. Hope to see you there!

Meet the Panelists

Wayne Poncia: VP of Business Development, Marketing, & Sales – Junyo

Junyo Vice President Wayne Poncia is a seasoned edtech  entrepreneur with multiple successes delivering K-20 products and services.  Wayne holds 20+ product trademarks and copyrights, and has sold a number of his product startups to publishers, edtech companies and government.  As a senior Junyo executive, he directs BD and sales at both a corporate level and for EdLights, the company’s K12 market-intelligence platform for publishers and suppliers.  Junyo is a pioneer in developing data-centric solutions with the power to improve efficiencies and learning processes within the education system. They deliver innovative solutions that provide unique market intelligence and help make sense of the enormous amount of educational data available to vendors, schools, teachers and students.  Their first product is Edlights, a market-intelligence platform that matches the right publishers and suppliers with the right schools.

David Harris: Editor in Chief – Connexions and OpenStax College

Connexions and OpenStax College are non-profit organizations based out of Rice University in Houston, Texas. David is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked extensively in higher education publishing. During his career David has held a range of leadership positions allowing him to collaborate with leading authors, editorial groups, and media development teams in the industry. David is the recipient of many publishing awards and speaks regularly at education conferences and schools on the emerging role of OER in the market.  Prior to joining Connexions  David was the president of WebAssign, the largest independent online homework provider. As Editor in Chief for Connexions and OpenStax College, David works with the teams to make sure that the projects meet scope/sequence requirements and reach quality thresholds.  David also participates in OpenStax’s innovative ecosystem partner model that provide additional services for customers while at the same time enhancing the sustainability of the project.

Lisa Petrides, Ph.D: President and Founder – ISKME/OER Commons

Lisa is president and founder of ISKME, an independent, education nonprofit established in 2002, and a pioneer in knowledge sharing and innovation in the education sector. Dedicated to improving the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector, Lisa has raised over $13 million for grant-sponsored research and development including the creation of the award-winning OER Commons, an open teaching and learning network that facilitates the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, open, and available for a diverse range of learners; as well as an international “best of breed” event dedicated to catalyzing education innovation, the Big Ideas Fest. A former professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College, her research has been at the forefront of understanding how education can be made relevant to learning through open access, social learning, information sharing, and knowledge collaboration. Lisa has led development efforts that have enabled schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them to expand their capacity to collect and share information and create knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success. Lisa received her MBA from Sonoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.

Farb Nivi: Chief Product Officer – Learnist

Farb is the Chief Product Officer of Learnist (formerly Grockit), a company developing collaborative, rich-media learning experiences on the web and mobile devices. Farb founded Grockit as an adaptive and social learning platform with the goal of proving online social learning to be more efficient and engaging for learners.  After helping millions of people realize better academic performance and higher admissions test scores, Farb broadened the application of social learning via Learnist. In July of 2013, the Grockit brand and platform were sold to Kaplan, the global leader in test prep products and services. Prior to Grockit, Farb served as an academic director at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions where he managed the teachers and academic quality of Kaplan’s Pre-College program in Southern California. Before Kaplan, Farb was a Princeton Review master teacher, developing and publishing course curriculum and training teachers for the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE and MCAT.  In 2001, The Princeton Review honored Farb as National Teacher of the Year. Earlier in his career, Farb founded mobile computer service startup Vision Computer Solutions. He also authored a proposal based on the company’s business model that garnered a Entrepreneurship Award from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Farb earned his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan.

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Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.