2015 Sponsors

Main Sponsoring Organizations

Learning Innovations in Future Education (LIFE)

LIFE is a501(c)3 non-profit corporation focused on research and development of participative approaches to the changing needs of education.

Our main mission is to expand the concept and improve the quality of future learning and performance in a way that makes it more student-centered and tailored to individual needs, whilst equally extending the resources, approaches, skills and tools for teaching and assessment in the coming decade and beyond.

Georgia State University College of Education

Georgia State University’s College of Education is committed to high quality instruction and high impact research to a student population that reflects the diverse composition of our state and nation.

We offer undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs for professionals in education, human development and health-related fields. We draw on the expertise of our faculty, expect the best of our talented students and are inspired by the opportunities of our urban setting.

As Educators
We work to ensure every student lives up to his or her fullest potential.

As Researchers
We explore the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and establish best practices for improving their academic and career success.

As Clinicians
We serve vital roles in schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics and community agencies to promote physical and mental well-being.

As Leaders
We contribute our research, teaching and service to the fields of education while addressing the most important educational issues facing Atlanta, the nation and the world.

For more than 45 years, we have been building a legacy as a college graduating educators and professionals equipped with the tools, knowledge and inspiration to ensure others have an even brighter future. At Georgia State’s College of Education, we are moving lives forward.

Google Fiber

Google Fiber starts with a connection that's up to 1,000 megabits per second. Super fast downloads. TV like no other. And endless possibilities. Super fast internet means less time buffering and more video chatting, uploading family videos, and playing your favorite online games. All you need to do is click and you’re there. Watch 150+ channels and tens of thousands of shows and movies on demand—all in one place. Use smart search to find all your favorite programs and discover new ones. With a fiber connection, a bigger pipe means less compression. Our network has the bandwidth to bring you HD in all its glory. Enjoy one terabyte of cloud storage. With Google Drive, you can back up and access your files anywhere: at home, at the office, or on the go. No matter what happens to your computer or smartphone, your files are safe in the cloud. You’ll experience the fastest speeds with a wired connection, but you can also get online wirelessly using the Network+ Box. That's our gigabit router designed to the latest standards (802.11a/b/g/n/ac).

The Futures Lab, Inc.


Founded at the end of 1996 by Derek Woodgate, The Futures Lab Inc., is an international Futures-based consultancy with offices in the USA (Head Office in Austin, Texas), London, Australia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico; and sister companies in Tokyo and Beijing.

  • Unlike more typical future reports, which are based upon extrapolations of today, we embrace discontinuous change / uncertainties and emerging issues
  • Beyond strategic planning and traditional R & D
  • More expansive than the subject category alone
  • Creating a harmony between consumers, social change, technologies and content delivery
  • A robust Futures Studies approach that offers significantly more depth, breadth and insights than trend-watching and analysis – ensuring short-term decision are future relevant

According to our clients, what makes us different, is our powerful ability to generate the unexpected. This arises from a combination of provocative, innovative thinking that takes us far beyond our own proprietary processes, and our ability to really find future opportunities that lead to category creation and leadership.

Our work is beyond strategic planning, taking a preferred futures approach rather than traditional baseline projections.

Bronze Level Sponsors

Hitachi High Technologies America

Hitachi understands that STEM education is critical to the future of the US and the world.  By 2018, experts predict the U.S. will have 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related occupations—but only 200,000 new graduates will have the skills to fill them. Hitachi High Technologies America is working to inspire a new generation of achievement in STEM education.

In addition to its work in schools and colleges, Hitachi is working with Change The Equation and The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network to promote STEM education nationally. (

Hitachi is bringing to the table everything from interactive white boards and projectors to he TM3030 portable scanning electron microscope in the case of STEAM3 . Compact tabletop system with a smooth magnification from 15x up to 30,000x and digital zoom: 2x and 4x). Such precision is used by scientists in medicine, nanotechnology research, biology, geology, semiconductors, archaeology, aerospace, forensics, entomology, oceanography, and in the case of STEAM3 - NanoArt!!!!

Internationally acclaimed, award winning nanoartist, Cris Orfescu from LA, will have a mini lab set up to with the TM3030 portable scanning electron microscope to demonstrate how he creates his amazing artwork At STEAM3, Cris specializes in using multimedia as well as fractals, digital collage, digital painting and manipulation.

McGraw-Hill Education

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently.  We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Why? Because learning changes everything.


Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm’s 24 offices focuses on local, regional, and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is highly ranked among top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise.
The firm's 1,700 professionals are thought leaders in developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. In 2015, Fast Company ranked Perkins+Will among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” For more information, visit

Robots and Pencils

Robots and Pencils is a mobile application development company that develops iOS, Android and web apps for enterprise, business, education and consumers. They created Robots and Pencils in 2009 with a vision that mobile computing will be more transformative than the Internet. Launched with one robot and one pencil, they now have a team of hugely talented robots and pencils in Canada, the UK and the US.


As a value-added reseller (VAR), ProSys is well known for its nimble approach–customizing processes and solutions to fit customer requests without delay. Details matter in this business. Yet, ProSys engineers aren’t so specialized that they lose sight of the big picture, and that provides clients with unmatched levels of service. Customers, partners and employees all recognize such flexibility and adaptability as a favored trait of the company.


Established in 1960 as Yamaha International Corporation, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the U.S. market. YCA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is one of the largest global subsidiary companies.

Within YCA, there are several product sales and marketing divisions, including AV receivers, headphones, home theater systems, sound bars and Digital Sound Projectors (AV Division), band and orchestral instruments (Band & Orchestral Division), piano and keyboard products (Keyboard Division), commercial audio and live sound products (Pro Audio Division), music production products, guitars, and drums (Pro Music Division) and music content and services (Yamaha Music Interactive).

In addition to these product divisions, YCA has other corporate administrative divisions including Administration, Customer Experience Group, Customer Financial Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Operations.

YCA also manages its substantial artist relations efforts from five US-based facilities: Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI) in New York City, Yamaha Artist Services Nashville (YASN) in Franklin, TN, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis (YASIN), Yamaha Artist Services Burbank (YASB) in Burbank CA, and the Los Angeles Atelier in Buena Park, CA. The Yamaha Entertainment Group of America was established in 2012 as a boutique, one-stop-shop record label, based in Franklin, TN.


NanoArt21 was founded by artist and scientist Cris Orfescu ( The purpose is to promote worldwide the NanoArt as a reflection of the technological movement. Orfescu considers NanoArt to be a  more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to inform people about the new technologies of the 21st Century. NanoArt is aimed to raise the public awareness of nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.

Interactive Entertainment Systems

Richard has designed and installed  Lighting and AV  systems  for over 20  years. His projects have included Nightclubs, Houses of Worship, Bowling  Centers, and even Ice Skating Rinks in the US and Mexico. He is well know for his innovative designs and ability finish the job on time and within budget. In  2007 he shifted IES towards the live event industry and now does more than  60% of his business bringing special events to life!

" I love my work and especially like the live events industry. It's very exciting creating the atmosphere, than bringing it all together  and watching it come to life.

"I like to develop a personal relationship with the client and oversee the  installations myself to make sure it is exactly what the client and I envisioned."

On Richards creative side he is a light artist . Some of his work has been exhibited at the City of Austins New Years Eve Celebration 2013, First Night
Austin 2009 & 2010 & South x South West 2010.  He is also the creator / producer of Light Wizards which is an interactive musical stage experience for
all ages.

Additionally Richard is the developer of Synth-A-Beams®  which is an interactive system that triggers sound and lighting effects as beams of light are
interrupted.  These systems have been used by performers and installed in entertainment venues and science centers  all over the world. More info on