Due to the weather, all classes on Tuesday, January 26 will be taught and attended remotely.
Tech leader and STEM education advocate, Dr. Phillip Alvelda will be our guest speaker during the Parents' Weekend All School Meeting.
Dr. Phillip Alvelda is the CEO and chairman of TaDa, a technology and media startup delivering live television and voice service over broadband networks, and the founding chairman of The Westminster Institute for Science Education [WISE], an organization that helps schools extend and enrich STEM education with an emphasis on technical design, creativity, and innovation. Prior to TaDa and WISE, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, the world's leading provider of live TV, video-on-demand and music over mobile networks. Dr. Alvelda and his team took the idea of "rich media delivery over wireless networks" from concept to market leadership with the world's first live television experience over mobile phones, creating an entirely new media distribution channel, now called mobile television. Since MobiTV's 2003 debut on Sprint, Dr. Alvelda grew the service to more than two million paying subscribers on all the major US, Canadian, UK, and Latin American wireless networks. The company now has over 17 million subscribers, making MobiTV the US's third largest television provider by distribution.
Dr. Alvelda received an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, was selected by Fast Company as the US's 15th most influential high technology entrepreneur, and has been granted numerous other technology and industry leadership awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Fierce, Frost & Sullivan, Mobile Entertainment (one of the top 20 most influential new media executives), Red Herring, and other influencers for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media and telecom industry events including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a "Technology Pioneer" in 2007.
Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO and CTO of The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of high-resolution miniature displays for low cost HDTVs. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and software systems, and new computing architectures at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built a series of sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 20 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a bachelor's degree in Physics from Cornell University, and masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).