Keynote Speaker #6: Michael Furdyk




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Keynote Speaker #6: Michel Furdyk

Location: Cafeteria


Keynote Description: Collaborating for Global Impact: How will you change the world?

Michael Furdyk will take us through his decade-long journey with TakingITGlobal, creating an online network engaging millions of youth in taking action on the world’s greatest challenges. He will share stories of students and schools collaborating on challenge-based learning, and programs that everyone can use to connect their local actions to global issues.


Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.

In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including, which sold to in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World”. Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, including the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition, and on the International Advisory Council for Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program.