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Thursday, June 26 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
What's Next for Technology and Education

John Carpenter

Blue Sky Innovation
John Carpenter is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation. A veteran, award-winning Chicago journalist, he has covered everything from business new to education to transportation to politics to crime - often tackling the last two subjects at the same time! Before joining the Tribune last year, he launched the Homicide Watch Chicago website for the Chicago Sun-Times, which recently won a Peter Lisagor Award from the... Read More →


Drew Geant

Andrew Geant is cofounder and CEO of WyzAnt, the leading marketplace for in-person and online tutoring with nearly two million registered users. Founded in 2005, WyzAnt is headquartered in Chicago where it currently has 75 employees. (WyzAnt's hiring!) Through WyzAnt, Drew is passionate about making tutoring more affordable and accessible. As a former tutor, he's also dedicated to helping tutors reach more students, manage their business and... Read More →

Christopher Klundt

Chris is Founder and President of StudyBlue, a fast-growing learning app used by nearly five million students. While studying computer science and biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, Chris was frustrated with the lack of innovative technology specifically for students and determined to find a solution. He went to work by creating a collaborative, personalized learning app that reaches beyond the limits of pen and paper and revolutionizes the... Read More →

Ashish Rangnekar

Ashish Rangnekar is the CEO and Co-Founder of BenchPrep, an educational technology startup based in Chicago.  At BenchPrep, Ashish designed the first testing and assessment engine for iOS in 2008 and led the product development for the first cross-platform exam prep app. He has helped several education publishing companies and advised their executive teams on mobile distribution strategies.

Mike Shannon

PackBack Books
Mike Shannon co-founded Packbackbooks.com as a senior in college (Illinois State U.). Packback provides students with a range of services to save money on textbooks, most notably the first ever "pay per use" digital textbook rental model. Mike & team gained national exposure in March of 2014 by presenting Packback on ABC's "Shark Tank" and reaching a deal with Mark Cuban.

Thursday June 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654