Phaedra Boinodiris | IBM
Phaedra will be keynoting on "The Intersection of Cognitive Computing and Games". In her role as IBM's global lead for serious games and gamification, Phaedra has incubated a game development ecosystem on IBM’s cloud, a games for marketing program, and IBM's very first consulting practice integrating games with real data and real processes to solve complex problems for organizations. She is also the author of Serious Games for Business, published in 2014 by Megan-Kiffer press.
In 2010, Boinodiris was made responsible for IBM’s serious games strategy for the US Public Sector mainly focusing on US Defense. Her strategies for evolving serious games have been championed by 4-Star generals and she has presented her ideas for advanced process optimization games to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and to the head of DARPA. She has keynoted two NATO Simulation Summits and continues to co-chair serious games summits internationally.
Boinodiris' earlier work in serious games are being used in over 1,000 schools worldwide to teach students the fundamentals of business optimization. Boinodiris was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. In November of 2015, Boinodiris was elected as a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology. Boinodiris happily mentors business school students at her alma-mater UNC-Chapel Hill where she is also UNC’s 2015-2016 Social Entrepreneur in Residence.
Covert agent for good, Katherine von Jan advises the most innovative organizations to challenge the status quo and realize bold opportunities in education, talent and work. Katherine's innovation clients have included IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Shazaam, Humana, Morningstar, Credit Suisse, Deluxe, Aon-Hewitt, CEOs for Cities, Western Governor's University, ManpowerGroup, Wrigley, Kraft, Yum Brands and more. She's led opportunity identificaiton and realization related to a variety of themes including the Future of Mobility, Future of Motherhood, Future of Achievement and Future of Work.
Katherine's entrepreneurial accomplishments include creating the revolutionary game-based campus-recruiting platform, RadMatter, as well as the online innovation academy, Agents of Epic, and Fathom + Hatch, a foresight agency, which sold to Edelman in 2009. Katherine is a Huffington Post Blogger on education innovation, and author of 101 Wacky Ideas for Reinventing Higher Education. She is an avid speaker on talent, technology and innovation, and her views have been shared broadly including BBC, MSNBC, Wired Magazine and many more.
Katherine has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Harvard and MIT, and Katherine is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the School for Innovators. Katherine currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fund for Learning to advance creativity, innovation and experiential learning in public schools in her home town of Pleasantville, NY, as well as leads The STEAM Team to foster a love for STEM studies through the integration of Art.