AppCamp 2016 Speakers

  • Here are some of the people you’ll meet at this year’s AppCamp. Bios were supplied by the speakers.

    Visit the agenda to see when they’ll be speaking or to learn more about each topic.

    • Tamera Kaldor

      Tamera Kaldor 

      Tamara Kaldor is the Assistant Director for Erikson Institute’s highly regarded Technology in Early Education Center (TEC), which empowers early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. TEC Center is the innovative continuing education entity within the Erikson Institute, the nation’s premier graduate school for early childhood development.  She has over a decade of experience teaching and consulting with parents, educators, and leading international organizations to integrate technology to suppor...

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    • Keli Winters

      Keli Winters, Evan-Moor

      Keli Winters 

      Keli Winters is the Director of Production at Evan-Moor Educational Publishers. Keli has been with Evan-Moor for 10 years, working with a team of Editors and Designers toward achieving the goal of creating innovative K-6 supplemental teaching materials. She works closely with various departments to shape the technology vision for the Evan Moor including technology that is integrated with print products, standalone technology products, and Evan-Moor's internet presence.

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    • Valérie Touze

      Valérie Touze 

      Valérie Touze is the founder of Edoki Acadamy formerly know as Les Trois Elles. She has been developing apps since 2010.  Education is in the company DNA: 2 of its 3 founders have been Montessori teachers.  The company's apps cover numeracy, geometry, creativity, phonics… in 15 languages, making it an international actor.  All their are available on the App Store and 6 are now also on Android. Valérie has an international background: she grew up in Canada where she studied Business.  She then lived in France where she trained to become a Montessori teacher le...

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    • Shazia Makhdumi

      Shazia Makhdum, Google

      Shazia Makhdumi 

      Shazia Makhdumi oversees global business development for educational apps and games on Google Play.  Her team is responsible for bringing the best apps to kids, in class or at home, and works with mobile developers worldwide to help them grow their businesses on Android. They also work closely with internal product teams to influence development within key areas including business models, discovery and distribution. Shazia has spent over 15 years in the tech industry, from Netscape in the early days ...

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    • Pierre Abel

      Pierre Abel 

      Pierre Abel is the founder of L'Escapadou, a family design studio based in the south of France. He started creating apps as soon as the iPad was released, and is the author of several awarded apps (including Montessori Crosswords and Word Wizard). Watching his homeschooled kids  learn and play is his main source of inspiration for the apps he designs with his wife. Previously, Pierre has worked as User Interface Designer/Developer, has done academic research in Information Visualization, and has developed his first game - a long time ago - on Apple IIGS. Pierre holds a PhD in ...

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    • Dan Russell-Pinson

      Dan Russell-Pinson 

      Dan Russell-Pinson President, Freecloud Design, Inc. Dan Russell-Pinson is the creator of several top 10 educational and entertainment apps including Stack the States, Tipping Point, Stack the Countries, Mathmateer, Presidents vs. Aliens and Monster Physics.  Dan has recently expanded his reach by supporting the Android and Windows 8 platforms.  He studied Computer Science at Clemson University and combines his interests in programming, graphics, music and sound to create games that are educational and engaging.  In his free time, Dan enjoys photography, unicycling, music and spending ti...

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    • Mark Schlichting

      Mark Schlichting

      Mark Schlichting 

      Mark Schlichting is a passionate promoter for play. He is also a pioneer of the multimedia industry, an expert in children’s interactive design, and is probably best known as the creator of Brøderbund’s Living Books CD-ROM series. In 2000 Mark founded NoodleWorks Interactive, a creative consulting and production company specializing in innovative design for children. In November 2011, NoodleWorks released its’ first iPad app, a word toy called Noodle Words. His ...

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    • Warren Buckleitner

      Warren Buckleitner 

      Warren Buckleitner is an educational psychologist who reviews children's interactive media. He's been a preschool, elementary and college teacher in TCNJ's IMM program. He is the founding editor of Children's Technology Review ( He speaks at education and library conferences, and contributes content books and publications, including a decade of children's tech coverage for the New York Times. He holds a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), an MA in early childhood edu...

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    • Caroline Hu Flexer

      Caroline Hu Flexor, Duck Duck Moose

      Caroline Hu Flexer 

      Caroline Hu Flexer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Duck Duck Moose, an award-winning creator of educational mobile apps for families. Founded in 2008, the company has created twenty-one top-selling titles from its first musically focused title, Wheels on the Bus, to its most recent educational platform, WonderBox. Duck Duck Moose has received 20 Parents’ Choice Awards, 17 Children’s Tech...

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    • Daren Carstens

      Daren Carstens 

      Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children's Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category, 2010 & 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Awards - Parents' Choice Foundation, and 2010 & 2011 Editor's Choice Awards - Children's Technology Review. Daren combines the rare talent of a thorough understanding of learning processe...

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    • Barbara Chamberlin

      Barbara Chamberlin 

      Barbara Chamberlin directs game development at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab.

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    • Aleen Stein

      Aleen Stein 

      Aleen Stein is a founding partner and principal shareholder of the Criterion Collection. She’s also CEO and Publisher of Organa L.L.C., a new media publishing company. Organa seeks to bring the best in children’s animation from around the world to American families, and include art, science, cultu...

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    • Ariella Lehrer

      Ariella Lehrer 

      A 30-year software industry veteran, Ariella Lehrer is the founder of three successful game companies. Lehrer currently serves as CEO of Legacy Interactive/Legacy Games, which she founded in 1998. Based in Los Angeles, Legacy is best known for its downloadable and mobile games based on popular licenses such as Crayola, Tarzan, Criminal Minds, Murder She Wrote, Law & Order, and others. Lehrer's many game credits include pioneering "real-life games" through the introduction of the popular "Zoo Vet," "Pet Pals: Animal Doctor" and “Emergency Room” product lines. Lehrer’s team was also tapped b...

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    • Jeannine Herron

      Jeannine Herron 

      Jeannine Herron is a neuropsychologist who is also the Director of Talking Fingers.  She has researched dyslexia at UCSF for 10 years.  She has received 5 Small Business Innovative Research awards from the National Institute of Child Health  (NICHD) to develop and do research with software and apps for early  literacy. She has developed Read, Write & Type, Wordy Qwerty and recently Taking Shapes, a seven app curriculum for kindergarten being tested by colleagues at Yale. Her presentation will be called "How the Brain Learns to Read...

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    • Tico Ballagas

      Tico Ballagask, Co-founder Kindoma

      Tico Ballagas 

      Rafael 'Tico' Ballagas is the Co-founder & CTO of Kindoma, where he strives to make video calls fun again.  Kindoma's award winning apps pair video calls with kids favorite activities to promote family engagement at a distance. Storytime allows families to read books together over video chat, and has been awarded the Parents Choice Gold Award. More recently, Kindoma has launched Drawtime which marries video calls with a shared drawing canvas to promote creative collaboration.  Before Kindoma, Tico was at Nokia Resear...

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    • Reyne Rice

      Reyne Rice 

      Reyne Rice is a seasoned industry professional, with over 30 years of experience in analyzing, strategizing and trend-hunting for the toys, games and kids technology industries. Her articles have been published in over 60 countries, and she speaks at over 20 Key Industry Events each year.  She has worked at Mattel, NPD Research, the Toy Industry Association and is currently the Lead Trend Hunter for Spielwarenmesse, the largest annual Toy Fair in the world, held in Nuremberg, Germany. She has owned her own consultancy, ToyTrends, since 2003, and can be reached at...

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    • Rex Ishibashi

      Rex Ishibashi 

      Rex Ishibashi’s entrepreneurial career reflects his passion for entertainment, education, and technology.  Rex is the co-founder and CEO of Originator Inc., the leading developer/publisher of education+entertainment mobile apps for kids.  He has previously held key roles at Callaway Digital Arts, Electronic Arts and Wired, and has advised a number of ventures including Elevation Partners, SecondLife, Chowhound/CBS Interactive, Blurb, and MOG/Beats.

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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Unique, inspiring, eye-opening. I would recommend anyone involved in the interactive space for kids to attend at least one. Thank you to everyone for sharing and being an inspiration."

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      Valerie ConnellVP Product & Market Strategy, The Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic 2010

      "Top Notch conference with A-list attendees - a pleasure to be included with the best of the best!"

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      Kate WilsonFounder & Managing Director, Nosy Crow, Dust or Magic 2011

      "Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key."

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      Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

      "The best part is the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans."

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      Jens Peter de PedroPlay Designer, Toca Boca, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "If you are in Children's Interactive Media it's like coming to Church. You got to go for spiritual reasons. And it's only once a year!"

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM '13 Institute

      "Dust or Magic Fall is a must attend event to help increase chances of making successful children's new media products."

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      Charity GerbrandtCreative Lead, Disney Club Penguin, DM Institute '13

      "So great to share with like-minded people in a low pressure, no drama environment. Great size, space and leadership."

    • Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015

      "A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."

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      Jayne ClarePresident, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

      "Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"

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      Erin ReillyCreative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, Dust or Magic eBook Retreat 2013

      "This was just the retreat I needed to learn and to be inspired by others." 

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

      "Come for toys, stay for friendship; leave with knowledge."

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      "Great crowd, great minds, great learning experience."

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      "Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"

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      "Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."

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      Aleen SteinCEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Even though I'm not making apps right now, exciting and relevant to my life."

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      Lorraine AkemannMoms With Apps

      While there is no shortage of conferences on kids and tech, Dust or Magic stands out in the crowd. This might be because attendees are required to leave their egos at home, or cast them into the ocean until the sessions are finished.