iPadpalooza 2014 has ended

iPadpalooza is a three-day event held at Westlake High School in Austin, TX.  This learning festival is a celebration of the cultural-shift the iPads have brought about in education and the world.  This event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, engagement and the compelling ways schools have integrated iPads into their classrooms.  This year we will also premiere our “iLead Academy” which will take place on June 17th (8:30-4:00) and is focused on helping campus and district leadership thrive in a mobile learning environment.

The festival will start on the evening of June 17th at 6:30pm (registration opens at 4:00pm) and end on June 19th and will feature amazing speakers from all over the world, lots of live music and of course, food trailers. Please note there will be limited seating to this event and the iLead Academy.

iPadpalooza…It’s not a conference, it’s a learning festival!


Christian Long

A much older version of Christian Long – many years into the future – can be found in semi-retirement at a tree-covered summer camp where he’ll continue to marvel first-hand at the shared joy of children and adults alike. Prior to that imagined professional shift, he feels blessed to spend his days as a merger between ‘papa’, educator, designer, school planner, plausible futures dabbler, and an unapologetic advocate for wonder and curiosity as the root of all learning worth doing. Christian is the co-founder of Wonder, By Design: A Learning and Design Expedition, a collaborative multi-disciplined venture that explores the future of learning thru a human-centered design lens. He is also the proud founder of Prototype Design Studio, an on-going experimentation in social-driven design done in partnership with students, teachers, professional creatives, and community leaders around the world. Christian speaks internationally on topics ranging from design thinking mindsets, trends in education, emerging technologies, and innovative school design practices. He also embraces any chance to talk passionately about the hero’s journey, wonder and curiosity. In past chapters of his design career, he served as Vice President for Cannon Design, supporting their global K-12 and Higher Education practices, while also co-leading the firm’s innovative The Third Teacher+ studio; founded Be Playful, a collaborative global design agency focused on the intersection between school planning/design, emerging technology, professional development, and future trending; served as President/CEO of DesignShare, a global research and consulting practice dedicated to the school architecture/planning industry; and was the Director of Research for Learning Environments for Huckabee, a K-12 architecture firm in Texas.
Beyond his work in the school design industry, he spent 15 years as an educator, coach, program director, and experiential education leader in the US, as well as an educator in Tokyo, Japan and on the Navajo Reservation (New Mexico). He also authored and directed an innovative architecture, design, and planning program for urban high school students in Washington D.C. and was a volunteer educator at the National Building Museum. Additionally, he has been very active in the global TED / TEDx communities. He founded and co-led TEDxBloomington (where 2 of the speakers are now ranked in the 20 most viewed TEDx talks globally) and TEDxYouth@Columbus, as well as receiving the only TEDx license in the world for a non-event for the TEDxClassroomProject which he co-created with a group of his past high school students in Texas. He has also spoken at TEDxGreenville, TEDxOverlake, TEDxFurmanU(niversity), and TEDxIndianapolis.

Christian has served as a national juror on the American Institute of Architects annual school architecture awards program as well as for the global Design for Change program that empowers children to design solutions for the world’s greatest problems. He also served on CEFPI’s (Council for Educational Facility Planners International) World Conference 2010 / San Jose (CA) planning team, the national CEFPI Innovation planning team, and the CEFPI Southern Region planning team.
Christian holds a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in school design, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was also a member of Boston’s Codman Academy planning team serving under founder Meg Campbell. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate of secondary education from Indiana University (Bloomington), was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow for emerging school leaders at Teachers College, Columbia University, and participated in extended professional development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Christian is married to Karla, a brilliant middle school principal, social studies teacher and experiential education leader. They have 2 young children (Beckett, class of 2025, and Berkeley, class of 2027) that wonderfully help shape (and challenge) everything they know about education and learning.