EdgeMakers
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About Us

Our Misson

The mission of EdgeMakers is to help all students realize their full potential. We empower them to think more creatively and work on problems more effectively, so they become highly skillful innovators and entrepreneurs who can make a difference in the world — now.

Who we are

We are a team of people who believe passionately that teaching innovation to young people can have an impact on their lives and the whole world. We’ve seen it. We are a global community of learning and interaction designers, innovation domain experts and professional development specialists. We launched EdgeMakers to supply the “missing ingredients” in formal education that we believe are required for professional and personal success. Our goal is to build a global community of engaged “EdgeMakers” who use their newfound capabilities for innovation and entrepreneurship to create a better world for themselves and for all of us.

Meet Our Founder John Kao

John Kao has spent the better part of 30 years creating compelling learning experiences for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. His eclectic career mirrors the complexity of innovation and entrepreneurship. He was a professor at Harvard Business School, and he taught at the MIT Media Lab and Stanford’s Bowman House. He was an advisor to countries on innovation policy and is a serial entrepreneur. He also is the best-selling author of books about innovation, a Tony award-winning producer of stage and screen, Yamaha Music’s first “artist in innovation” and a Yale Medical School trained psychiatrist. Each experience has enriched his pedagogical approach. Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and a “serial innovator” by The Economist, John Kao is a renaissance man and self-styled “innovation activist” whose creativity forms the DNA for our company.

Meet the Team

Kevin Norman - Vice President of Education Partnerships

Kevin Norman

Vice President of Education Partnerships

Lisa Ashley - Director of Education Partnerships

Lisa Ashley

Director of Education Partnerships

Amy Bucher - Director of Academic Affairs

Amy Bucher

Director of Academic Affairs

Ava Fruin - Senior Advisor

Ava Fruin

Director of Implementation and Efficacy

Samantha Xie - Senior Advisor

Samantha Xie

Design Lead

About EdgeMakers Institute

EdgeMakers Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers scholarships for the full suite of EdgeMaker courses, contests and camps. It also supports EdgeTeachers by providing funding for comprehensive and inspiring professional development.