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Saturday, April 9 2:00 pm
Iowa City Public Library

A conversation about the brave new world of educational technology, with panelists Alec Whitters (Higher Learning Technologies), Michael Eynon-Lynch (PearDeck), Dan Smith (ACT), and Adam Ingersoll (Compass) on reshaping curriculum with technology. Moderated by Shawn Cornally.


About Shawn Cornally (moderator)

Shawn Cornally is the co-founder and CTO of Iowa BIG.


Shawn Cornally is a experimentalist dedicated to finding out how to optimize educational experiences for humans. His current experiment is Iowa BIG, a school that uses its city for a classroom, allows students to organize their time, doesn’t give grades, and demands service from all curriculum. Shawn also helps run a small farm to feed his wife, 3 kids and 2 goats.


About Alec Whitters

As a third-year dental student at the University of Iowa, Cedar Rapids native Alec Whitters found himself relying on paper flashcards to study for his board exams.


Wouldn’t it make better sense, he thought, to use his smartphone to study? When his search for an effective mobile-learning solution turned up empty, he decided to create it. And in 2012, Higher Learning Technologies was launched. Since then, HLT has grown into the market-leading platform for m-learning applications, and their products have now been used by one and a half million students in almost every country in the world. With a fast-growing suite of solutions, HLT apps deliver effective learning content where today’s students learn best: On their mobile devices.


When not exercising his passion to transform the way students learn, Alec also enjoys traveling the globe and immersing himself in local cultures, competitive and adventure sports (the more adrenaline-infused, the better), and mentoring young entrepreneurs.


About Adam Ingersoll

Adam Ingersoll’s two decades of experience in entrepreneurial ventures includes roles as a founder and advisor in ed-tech, digital marketing, CRM, professional services, and SaaS businesses.


Adam co-founded Compass Education Group, a leading educational services firm based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Compass employs 400 instructors and provides services to thousands of students annually through in-home tutoring in CA and web-based tutoring internationally.


In 2007 Adam co-founded TigerLead Solutions, a CRM system and online marketing platform for the real estate industry. TigerLead was acquired by Move, Inc. (Realtor.com) and subsequently by News Corp.


Locally, Adam’s investments and advisory relationships include Higher Learning Technologies, Telepharm, Pear Deck, How Factory, the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and many other equity investments. Adam, along with partners Ravi Patel and Roby Miller, is a co-founder and managing member of Built By Iowa (BBI), an early-stage equity fund created to support Iowa-based businesses in need of capital and strategic guidance. BBI was named the 2014 Investor of the Year by the Silicon Prairie News.


Adam is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and four children and commutes to Los Angeles semi-monthly.