It's that time of year again! We're taking keynote recommendations for DevCon and BbWorld17 which is being held in New Orleans on July 25-27.
Think BIG, think small, think |outside the box|. We look forward to seeing all ideas in the comment field below!
If I am thinking big then the following:
Great recommendations, thanks Casey!
How about someone with a NOLA connection?
List of people from New Orleans - Wikipedia
Scott Kelly was an incredible speaker last year. I really loved listening to someone that wasn't speaking from a Blackboard or educational viewpoint since we get so much of that in the sessions. A lot of what he spoke about directly transferred to what we are doing/experiencing. He was very motivational and entertaining. One of the first times that I looked around and I only saw a couple of people on their phones. People were actually listening and focused. It was a nice shift from the normal speakers. I can't even remember the speakers from the previous three Bb World Conferences.
I'd second Sully. If we're going big, how about Warren Buffet?
If we really want an entertaining engagement - Trump. Charles Barkley is never afraid to speak his mind either.
Is Stephen Hawking available?
Sully is a great idea! I wonder if his speaking engagements have doubled since the movie was released .
I just heard about an internal company meeting where Sully was the opening speaker. The session opened in a dark room with just the audio between the cockpit and the air traffic control. You basically hear ATC telling Sully to do XYZ and he, in a calm manner, explains why each option will not work and communicates an alternate plan. This went on for what probably seemed like an eternity, but then Sully came onto the stage and the pitch was that he had all the knowledge and tools. It was just about recognizing the right situation to use them - that was the pitch to the internal company. I probably didn't do it justice, but I got chills hearing about it.
How about Mike Rowe?
I guess you could now invite the new Secretary for Education.
How about Ken Robinson?
Ken Robinson (educationalist) - Wikipedia
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? | TED Talk | TED.com
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | TED Talk | TED.com
Great recommendation, but he has spoken before. He gave a keynote presentation at Bb World in 2011. It was excellent.
I agree that Ken Robinson, again, would be fab. He is a terrific speaker, keeps us all entertained and involved, and brings a different viewpoint to us.
Thanks for the reply Malcolm, I hadn't realised that he had spoken previously, however 5 years is a long time and may be it would be interesting for him to talk again perhaps things that have changed could be newly presented.
Is there a list anywhere of who has previously been keynote at BbWorld.
With regard to speakers in general personally I would prefer to be Inspired rather than Entertained. Also if the presenter talks about something that relates to me, or is a topic I have interest / passion for then this would foster interest.
Whilst I recognise the achievements of some speakers for example Sully (and it is amazing what he did) I don't have the personal connection, in that landing a plane safely on water is not something that I will ever achieve personally. Although I must say I would be extremely grateful if all pilots of passenger jets that I am a passenger on have this skill in their armoury.
I would like to hear Al Franken debate Betsy DeVos.
Martha H Carle
Thinking big again, it would be interesting to hear from someone who focuses on learning, but not necessarily formal education. Say, Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye. Adam Savage (MythBusters). Someone who works with museums, community education, or libraries on the importance of information/knowledge.
I have also been to some fabulous keynotes given by fiction authors, or poets. Someone who can connect the bits and bytes of what we do with artistry and inspiration.
Neil DeGrasse is fantastic! I saw him speak at a conference for high schoolers in science, he was funny and informative!
Bill Nye does a great talk, he spoke at a conference I went to last year, very inspiring.
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Barack Obama (or Michelle). They do have a little more free time now.
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