HI-TEC - Keynotes


Wednesday, July 19
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Rory A. Cooper, PhD

Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories

Advanced Inclusive Manufacturing: Accommodating People with Disabilities and an Aging Work-Force

America’s technical workforce is aging, and at the same time more people with disabilities are interested in joining the STEM workforce. In addition, veterans with disabilities have technical skills acquired during the military service that they would like to build upon and apply for STEM careers. This creates both a challenge and opportunity for academic institutions and high-technology employers. Traditionally in many STEM fields it has been difficult for people with disabilities to achieve STEM degrees and STEM careers. This challenge is due to several barriers that must be overcome to include: social, architectural, physical (machine, tool, and conveyance), and educational (software, methods, materials). The accommodations made for people with disabilities also benefit aging workers, and the overall ergonomics and education of all employees. This could improve both the education of the STEM workforce, and increase safety and productivity for all workers.



Keynote Presentation

Jon Gottfried

Co-Founder, Major League Hacking
Inductee, Forbes 30 Under 30 Education List
Thursday, July 20
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Building Community with Student-Driven Education

Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league that empowers student leaders to run 250 weekend-long hackathons per year hosted at universities and high schools around the world. These hackathons, or invention marathons, are attended annually by more than 70,000 students with mixed technical and non-technical backgrounds. The main goal of a hackathon is to create something new over a limited time period – typically 24-36 hours. Hackathon projects, or ‘hacks’ can come in the form of websites, mobile applications, robots, and more. In partnership with major sponsors, MLH was created as a B-Corp and has grown as a mission driven, student focused community. Jon Gottfried, co-founder of MLH and recent inductee for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education list, will share lessons learned, strategies, and best practices for project-based learning and community building opportunities led by students and how educators can learn from this grassroots movement.