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2013 Keynote Speakers

Co-founder and Chairman

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Bushnell was the first and only man to hire the late Steve Jobs and wrote the bestseller, Finding the Next Steve Jobs, published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, culture, creativity, innovation and education.

Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects. His Anti Aging games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving.

Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow and also attended Stanford University Graduate School.


Shiza Shahid is co-founder and CEO of Malala Fund, the organization set up by the young Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education. Shiza has supported Malala’s work since 2009, when she mentored Malala and others in a summer retreat in Pakistan to raise awareness about the Taliban’s attack on female education. A graduate of Stanford University, Shiza began her career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East. She grew up in Pakistan and was an activist for girls' rights from an early age. She is now leading Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education, so they can recognize their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities.