Featured Speakers

Jimmy served twenty-two years as a school leader. Under Jimmy’s leadership, Bettendorf HS was named one of the best high schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News and World Report. Moreover, BHS was ranked as a Top AP school in the state of Iowa ten years straight by the Belin-Blank Center for the Talented and Gifted during Jimmy’s tenure as principal. Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for the 2013 National Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Pledge. In 2015 he received the Bammy Award for National Principal of the Year. Jimmy currently serves on the Professional Development Faculty for the National Association for Secondary School Principals and also serves as Principal Advisor for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He currently resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but he used to teach fifth grade in Nebraska. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a classroom website before many classrooms even had internet access. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school. Tony experienced how empowering it was for students to be equipped with tools to help them be productive and creative.

Eric is an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator who has provided training and consulting for schools and organizations all across Ohio and around the country for more than twenty years. He also works as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio. He provides a wide range of services including training, presentations, and consulting with a focus on all things related to Google Apps.

HackBerry Lab is a space for creative individuals to engage in designing, inventing, building, and problem solving. Home to the Berry College Creative Technologies program, it is a special place which houses the tools, technology and community to support students and others need to let their ideas take shape. These tools include a variety of 3D printers, laser cutter and vinyl cutters, an extensive woodworking shop, welding equipment, and the tools and materials necessary to program and develop electronics from prototype to professional circuit boards. Housing programs like HackBerry RND, HackBerry Hands, and HackBerry Motorsports, we provide students opportunities to develop their specific skills and interests and share them with the community at large.