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DML Competition 3 Judges

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation would like to thank the following initial judges for their expertise, time, and dedication in selecting our 2010 Competition finalists. This crucial work was an enormous undertaking, accomplishing the difficult task of establishing the finalist pool from approximately 700 applications.

Edna Andrews, Professor of Linguistics & Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Andrews is a specialist in neurolinguistics and semiotics.

Emer Beamer, Director of Research & Development, Butterfly Works
Beamer leads the experiential learning programs, Learning about Living in Nigeria and Words over Weapons in South Africa, at Butterfly Works, a do-tank which combines design with finding sustainable answers to international social issues.

Pim Betist, Founder, SellaBand
Betist is the founder of SellaBand, an online movement that enables unsigned artists to record a professional album funded by fans.

Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Boellstorff is Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association and also author of Coming of Age in Second. Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Geoffrey Bowker, Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor, Santa Clara University
Bowker works on the generation, deployment and sharing of knowledge in information infrastructures, notably scientific cyberinfrastructure.

Bill Bridges, Game Designer and Writer, CCP Games/White Wolf
Bridges has designed and written numerous computer games and fictional worlds for companies such as White Wolf, Holistic Design, Viacom, and SegaSoft.

John Briggs, Kiva Fellow,
Briggs was assistant managing editor at Yahoo! News, where he worked for over 10 years, and was a 2007 Knight Fellow at Stanford University; he is now a Kiva Fellow doing volunteer field work for, a website that enables person-to-person microfinance.

Laura N. Brown, President of Strategy and Research, ITHAKA
The former President of Oxford University Press, USA, Brown is now Managing Director of Ithaka S+R and has been involved in consulting on digital initiatives in the scholarly community for the past five years.

Simone Browne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Browne's teaching and research interests include race, technology, and cultural studies.

Ingrid Bruynse, Educational Media Specialist, Bright Media
Bruynse runs Bright Media, an educational media and training company, and has many years of experience in using media for learning.

Dennis Burke, Associate Dean of Curriculum, Emily Carr University
Along with developing curriculum in Digital And Interactive Arts, Burke is an award winning film composer and sound designer with over 100 films to his credit.

Richard Carey, Richard Carey > Digital Media
Carey is a media visionary, creative director and producer who leads the strategy, design, development and production of digital media for education, entertainment and business communications.

Daniel Churchill, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Hong Kong
Churchill has over 15 years of experience in design of interactive digital media for education and his multimedia designs have received awards from educational institutions and industry such as the Macromedia award for best multimedia on the Web.

Paul Conway, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Conway's research encompasses the digitization of cultural heritage resources, particularly photographic archives, the use of digitized resources by experts in a variety of humanities contexts, and the measurement of image and text quality in large-scale digitization programs.

Chris Crawford, Founder, Storytron
Crawford is an early pioneer of computer games who has developed a technology for interactive storytelling.

Elizabeth Dorland, Academic Coordinator, Washington University
Dorland is a former NSF program officer and college chemistry faculty member who promotes information and visual literacy in the context of Web 2.0 at Washington University in St. Louis and in Second Life.

Maureen Engel, E-learning Manager for the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Engel manages E-Learning for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta and teaches in the MA program in Humanities Computing.

Bill Gannon, Director of Digital Media, Lucasfilms Ltd.
Gannon, a former award-winning journalist, is the former Editorial Director of Yahoo! Inc., and has strategic and operational leadership roles and responsibilities for all digital media activities at Lucasfilms Ltd.

Laurie A. Henry, Assistant Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy, University of Kentucky
Henry researches the development of new literacies for reading and writing among middle school students and their teachers in online environments.

Will Hindmarch, Freelance Writer and Game Developer
Hindmarch is a writer and game developer most recently of the storytelling game Vampire: The Requiem.

Kenneth Hite, Game developer & designer, Contributor to IPR & Weird Tales
Hite has designed, written, or co-written over 70 roleplaying games and supplements, including four Origins Award-winning games.

Adrian Hon, Chief Creative and Co-Founder, Six to Start
Hon is Co-Founder of Six to Start, Europe's leading alternate reality game company.

Dan Hon, CEO, Six to Start
Hon is Co-Founder and CEO of Six to Start, a leading cross-media entertainment and alternate reality game producer.

Andrew Jakubowicz, Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney
Jakubowicz researches cultural diversity and social change and directs the website Making Multicultural Australia (

Amy Jussel, Founder/Executive Director, Shaping Youth Inc.
Shaping Youth uses the power of media for positive change by leveraging tools & techniques of industry insiders to flip creative content in a healthier direction; our nonprofit consortium concern is that media/marketing messages are defining kids before they can even define themselves.

Shin Dong Kim, Professor of Communication and Director of the Institute for Communication and Arts (iCat), Hallym University Korea
Kim has recently taught media culture of East Asia at Sciences Po Paris and City University of Hong Kong as visiting professor, and has worked on the areas of mobile communication, transnational media culture, policy issues.

Kevin Leander, Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University
Leander is Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University, where his research interests are literacy and technology, literacy and space-time and learning in and out of school.

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Lynch's work at the Coalition for Networked Information focuses on digital content and advanced technology in support of scholarship.

Jackie Marsh, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield
Marsh is involved in research relating to the role and nature of popular culture, media and new technologies in young children's literacy practices both in- and out-of-school.

Marilyn Gell Mason, Recently Retired Founder & Executive Director, WebJunction
Mason was the Founder and Executive Director of WebJunction, a division of OCLC and an online community that provides training and technical support for library staff.

Meghan McDowell, Producer, Pollination & Web, Maxis

John McGowan, Director of Institute for the Arts & Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
McGowan is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature, specializing in intellectual history.

Dan Moskowitz, Senior Engineer, Maxis
Moskowitz is Senior Engineer at Maxis, and was Lead Engineer on the ground breaking content creation tools in the game Spore.

Frederick Noronha, Independent Journalist
Noronha is a professional journalist, co-founder of BytesForAll, and is active in promoting ICTs-for-development for almost a decade, through various innovative networks in South Asia.

Ugochukwu Nwosu, Program Manager,, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Nwosu is an Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) enthusiast and advocate.

Susanna Paasonen, Visiting Professor of Digital Culture, University of Jyväskylä
Paasonen studies and teaches media culture with specific interest in affect and Internet research.

Lanita Pace-Hinton, Director of Multimedia & Technology Training, Knight Digital Media Center
Pace-Hinton is the director of Multimedia Training Programs for the Knight Digital Media Center at University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Lisa Parks, Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
Parks is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual and is a member of the steering committee of the Center for Information Technology and Society.

Lucy Petrovich, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
Lucy Petrovich is a new media artist, researcher and educator whose work focuses on the exploration of interactive, immersive virtual-reality environments.

Guillaume Pierre, Associate Producer, Maxis
Pierre started at Maxis as an intern, then became a tester and eventually entered production; he likes the finer things in life.

Sundar Sarukkai, Director, Manipal University
Sarukkai is a philosopher and he is currently the Director of the newly created Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India.

Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Sesan is an Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, member of the UN Committee on Youth & ICTs, and was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador.

Oreoluwa Somolu, Executive Director, The Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
Somolu is Executive Director of the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-profit based in Nigeria working to encourage Nigerian women to use technology to empower themselves socially and economically.

Juha Olavi Suoranta, Professor of Adult Education, University of Tampere
Juha Suoranta works and lives in Tampere, Finland.

Margaret Tan, Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and Deputy Director of Singapore Internet Research Centre at Nanyang Technological University.
Margaret's research interests focus on the deployment of cyber infrastructure in collaborative knowledge creation, sharing and learning which also include digital rights management, data protection and privacy in online social networks.

Jeff Tidball, Freelance Writer and Game Designer
Tidball writes and designs board, card, roleplaying, and mobile games. He is the co-founder of and Gameplaywright Press.

Mark Valledor, Marketing Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment America

James Wallis, Games Designer and Consultant, University of Westminster
Wallis is an award-winning tabletop and digital games designer, and runs the games consultancy Spaaace and lectures in games design at the University of Westminster.

Christine Wang, Associate Professor, SUNY- Buffalo
Wang is interested in young children's collaborative learning in technology-mediated environments, and her recent project explores the potential connections between theory of mind (ToM) and practical epistemology in the context of the technology supported collaborative science inquiry.

Floyd Webb, Creative Director/Producer, e22.creative
Webb is the Creative Director of e22.creative, a multimedia company working in digital creative production for commercials, music videos and spot news for web and mobile applications.

David Wortley, Director of Serious Games Institute, Coventry University
Wortley is Director of Coventry University's Serious Games Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.