Lance WeilerFounder/Director, Digital Storytelling Lab, Columbia University

    Lance is one of the top thought leaders and experience designers helping to bring storytelling into the 21st Century. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting lab, he was named by WIRED magazine as “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” His creative entrepreneur skills provide him with a well rounded understanding of how to bridge the gap between technology and entertainment. Since 2011, he has sat on two World Economic steering committees – one on the Future of Content Creation and the second on New Visions for Education. As the Director of Experiential Learning and Applied Creativity at Columbia University, Lance is exploring the future of work and learning by harnessing story, play and design. He is also a Founding Member and Director of Columbia’s Digital Storytelling Lab. In 2012, he co-founded Connected Sparks, a toy and storytelling company focused on story-lead education. Lyka’s Adventure, the company’s first interactive storyworld, recently inked an 8-book deal with Penguin and will be released in the United States in 2016.

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