March 28, 2018

TGR Foundation heads to ASU + GSV Summit

TGR Foundation heads to ASU+GSV Summit

In just a few weeks’ time, TGR Foundation will be heading to the 2018 ASU + GSV Summit in San Diego, California. Founded in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual conference brings together business leaders, venture philanthropists, entrepreneurs and K-12 and university leaders and policy makers to discuss how we can use innovation to raise educational outcomes.


As a sponsor of the summit, TGR Foundation is excited to host several sessions tackling a range of topics from innovation and equity to eSports and the STEM Ecosystem. Joining us in conversation are friends of the foundation, Dr. Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation; Gerald R. Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation; and Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.


In addition to our sessions, Dr. Katherine Bihr, TGR Foundation’s Vice President of Programs and Education, will take the stage at ASU + GSV and join fellow thought leaders to speak on the issue of equity and access in the fourth industrial revolution in a session titled, Designing Innovation for Equity. Dr. Bihr’s session will be moderated by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

ASU + GSV Speakers for TGR Foundation


Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Tower, Suite 824

Monday, April 16 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Welcome Reception

Meet the TGR Foundation team!


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Connecting Innovation with Equity

Hosted by:

  • Dr. Milton Chen – Senior Fellow & Executive Director, Emeritus, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Dr. Katherine Bihr – Vice President of Programs & Education, TGR Foundation


Tuesday, April 17

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

STEM Learning Ecosystems: Connecting Education and Corporations for Better Workforce Preparedness

Hosted by:

  • Gerald R. Solomon – Executive Director, Samueli Foundation
  • Dr. Katherine Bihr – Vice President of Programs & Education, TGR Foundation


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Designing Innovation for Equity


Tom Vander Ark – Co-Founder, Getting Smart


  • Dr. Katherine Bihr – Vice President of Programs and Education, Vice President of Programs & Education at TGR Foundation
  • David Birnbach – Founder, STEAM Studio Education Foundation, MIT
  • Dr. Tommy Chang – Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
  • Caroline Hill – Co-Founder, Equity Design Collaborative


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

Creating Connections: STEM, Equity and Tech Happy Hour

Come for the cocktails, stay for the conversation! Join us for appetizers, drinks and some honest dialogue about how we can bring innovation to underserved schools and students.


Wednesday, April 18

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

eSports for Education: STEM Learning in a High School League

Hosted by: 

  • Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
  • Gerald R. Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

TGR Learning Lab: STEM Open House 

Hosted by:

David Tong – TGR Foundation Learning Facilitator, Director of TGR EDU: Create

Explore hands-on STEM activities and learn how TGR Foundation is making educator professional development accessible worldwide.


We certainly have a busy couple of days lined up at the ASU + GSV Summit, but we can’t wait to connect, collaborate and innovate with a dynamic group of thought leaders. If you’re planning to be at the summit and would like to attend any of our sessions, please email us for more information.


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