Idit Harel, PhD
CEO & Founder
Gazelle Consulting LLC


SXSWInteractive 2015!

Mar 17, 2015

Next up on my Austin agenda is SXSWInteractive – from March 13-17, 2015. The annual SXSWInteractive Festival is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, featuring the best new websites, video games, and startup ideas the world has to offer. SXSWInteractive has definitely become the place to preview the technology ideas of the future and the people who invent and execute them well. This year, there was a special section on gaming and learning. I joined Erik Martin (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology), Gary Hoover (CEO, Bigwig Games) and Lonny Stern (Senior Director of Business Development, Skillpoint Alliance) on stage for the panel, “Gaming in Education, Education in Gaming” to talk about the effects of adding game design and coding to schools’ curriculum, and how it can be integrated into traditional and nontraditional educational settings. It was a great talk with fantastic feedback. My SXSWInteractive experience was enhanced especially by my colleagues at the M.I.T. Media Lab Lounge, featuring this year the theme of Synthetic Biology. Here are some tweets from my SXSWInteractive experience. Can’t wait for next year.

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Exposed NYC: An Initiative by SMPLCT Lab

Feb 28, 2015

I had the pleasure to moderate an exciting panel in the Exposed NYC about entrepreneurs developing environmentally-conscious behaviors using meditation, yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, and wellness in our everyday life. Yoga is a passion of mine which I strive to practice diligently to harvest the benefits for my life, health and work as a CEO. It was hosted at The Farm, a cool co-working space in Soho. My panel, “Breaking Down: Mind, Body, and Soul” included Nitika Chopra (Founder, Bella Life), Elizabeth Wilkes (Founder, Exuberancy), Veronica Ruelas (Founder, AshramChic) and Nicole Cardoza (Founder, Yoga Foster). Thank you Virgillia Pruthi (Founder, Network of Women) and Cynthia Hellen (CEO & Founder of SMPLCT Lab) for a very inspiring day!

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