Meet our Keynote Speakers

At InnovateX, we found new ways to excite students about learning, explored teaching opportunities outside the classroom and delved into the student experience.

During their presentations, our keynote speakers highlighted today's learners—who are motivated towards social change in a world with technology at their fingertips. How do we keep them engaged in the classroom, and how do we push them to step outside that classroom to make a difference?

Shauna Chung

2019 Keynote Shauna Chung

Shauna Chung is a PhD student in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program at Clemson University. With a vested interest in and passion for digital literacy, she has worked with colleagues, administrators, and faculty to develop media assets and learning modules for undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines.

Her experience as a first-year composition teacher has also afforded her with opportunities to push and rethink the boundaries of traditional writing genres, to directly implement tenets of digital literacy into her curriculum, and, as a result, to involve students as active participants in the creation and dissemination of meaning through digital technologies. Post-graduation, Shauna hopes to continue working in the classroom, which is where her heart is and always will be.

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Shauna's Presentation

In our technology-saturated world, “digital literacy” is becoming more a requirement than a recommendation. We see calls for students and teachers across disciplines to know how to navigate technologies and use them in their academic and professional work. But, why and how? When the demands of the classroom are already monumental, why bother with digital literacy? Even if educators opt in, how do they teach, model, and position these technologies to students?

Shauna, with the perspective of student and teacher, explored potential answers to these questions and offered practical examples and strategies to use digital technologies as a conduit through which students and educators can perform, grapple with, and network identities. She focused specifically on the genre of digital storytelling and will show how students can expand their modes of communication, build skills in a fail-forward environment, and use digital technologies for civic engagement.


Learn more about Shauna as she answers questions like, "How do you use technology to keep students excited, rather than distracted?"

Ethan Zuckerman

2019 Keynote Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman is Director of the Center for Civic Media, Associate Professor of the Practice, MIT Media Lab, and cofounder of the citizen media community, Global Voices. Prior to MIT, Ethan worked with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University on projects focused on civic media, freedom of speech online, and understanding media ecosystems.

He led the Media Cloud team, a project that archives news stories and blog posts in order to apply language processing and to analyze and visualize the resulting data, a project that continues on at the Media Lab. Zuckerman also founded Geekcorp, a non-profit technology volunteer corps that has done work in over a dozen countries, and helped to found Tripod, an early participatory media company. His book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, was published by Norton in 2013.

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Ethan's Presentation

Young people in America are more motivated towards social change than they have been in decades. At the same time, many are mistrustful of institutional politics and are looking for new ways to participate and make a difference.

Ethan’s talk looked at why mistrust in institutions—politics, education, churches, corporations—has become a central fact in our civic lives and at how innovators around the world are finding ways to harness mistrust as a force for change.


Learn more about Ethan as he answers questions like "How do students benefit from stepping outside the classroom and exploring their world?"