Co-founder of TakingIT Global
A pioneer of the Net Generation, Michael Furdyk has turned his interest in technology into a series of successful online companies, co-founding MyDesktop.com and BuyBuddy.com (which raised $4.5-million of venture capital). For several years now, he has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies, and is a board member and advisor to numerous groups including Microsoft, Pollution Probe, the 'Anytime, Anywhere' Learning Foundation, and several other national and global organizations.
As one of Teen People's past "20 Teens That Will Change the World," Furdyk has shared his opinions about Youth Engagement and experiences as a member of the Net Generation by speaking at dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National Youth Summit, and Microsoft's 'Anytime, Anywhere' Learning Summits.
Imagining Future Friendly Schools: Technology, Global Citizenship, and Student Voice
Michael Furdyk was one of the first to explore the transformative potential of applying technology to the classroom—and to our education system. In this talk, he takes us through his decade-long journey with TakingITGlobal (TIG), creating an online network engaging millions of youth in taking action on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG has engaged more than 40 million young people in 13 languages in informal learning, and has a growing community of more than 4,000 schools in 140 countries taking their classrooms global. He shares stories of educators collaborating to engage their students in challenge-based learning, and explore what it means to be a Future Friendly School in this complex, rapidly-changing world. To properly educate the Net Generation (students born after 1980), a major overhaul of our schools is needed. Furdyk highlights practical examples that are already in use to show us how education can move, assuredly, into the wired future. How can we successfully integrate technology and teachers, taking advantage of the intrinsic strengths of both? How do we develop curriculum to engage students, who, as a fact of life, are always plugged-in, always looking at one type of screen or another? Furdyk has already helped facilitate global education and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. The world has changed, he has learned firsthand. It's about time education caught up.
Social Networking for Social Good: Using Technology for Global Impact
During this information-packed and entertaining keynote, Michael Furdyk shares his entrepreneurial journey from growing up during the early days of the Internet to starting up three dot-com companies before even turning 18. He provides audiences with an in-depth look at the "Net Generation", and how their use of technology is influencing every aspect of society, and challenging business, government, and education to bridge the gap between how they live, work, and learn. He shares innovations from TakingITGlobal, the global charity he co-founded that engages millions of young people to understand and act on the world's biggest challenges, and insights into upcoming technology trends shaping our world.
Social Networking, Virtual Worlds and Digital Kids
Furdyk has developed youth engagement strategies for some of the world's largest companies, and, in this talk, he shows you how to engage the next generation of consumers and employees using new technologies.
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