Looking Forward to Educause 2011

I will be attending the Educause 2011 Annual Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center next month (Oct. 18-21). I have been attending the Educause annual conference since 2006. It is always great to hear the ways other universities are using instructional technology, especially when they present assessment data to go along with their solutions.

My team will be giving a presentation at this year’s conference on our experience developing and supporting the official mobile application for The George Washington University. We launched the iOS version of GW Mobile in January 2011, and released an Android version in April 2011. To date, the app has been downloaded over 10,000 times across the two mobile platforms.

I am also excited to hear Seth Godin speak at one of the conference’s general sessions. I expect him to have some interesting things to say to the higher education community.


Final Semester of Grad School!


I started my final semester of graduate school tonight. I will complete my MBA from The George Washington School of Business in three short months! Between now and then I need to write a complete business plan. I will also have the opportunity to enter my plan into several cash prize competitions if I decide to move forward with it.

Now I just need to figure out which idea I am going to run with.

CNN Event

I highly recommend CNN’s upcoming television special, “The Next President: A World Of Challenges.” I had the pleasure this afternoon of being in the audience for the tv taping at GW’s Lisner Auditorium.  Former secretaries of state, Albright, Baker, Christopher, Kissinger, and Powell were asked about the advice they would give to the incoming President of the United States.

This event was taped for broadcast on CNN and will premier Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 9 pm.  It will also be available online at CNN.com.  For the entire written transcript of the presentation, go to this link.

The event was also > Newsroom >> Live-blogging the secretaries of state” href=”http://blogs.gwhatchet.com/newsroom/2008/09/15/live-blogging-the-secretaries-of-state/” target=”_self”>live-blogged by The GW Hatchet, The George Washington University’s independant student newspaper.

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US Secretaries Of State

I waited in a very long line yesterday to get a ticket to a roundtable discussion between five former secretaries of state that will take place on September 15 at The George Washington University.  Madeleine Albright, James Baker, Warren Christopher, Henry Kissinger, and Colin Powell will assess the foreign policy challenges confronting the next presidential administration.  The event will be moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Frank Sesno, and will air at a later time on CNN.  I am very excited for this panel.

Only in Washington DC would you see over 800 students lining up for several hours to see former secretaries of state!

The SolarTaxi Visits GW



Louis Palmer made a stop yesterday at the campus of The George Washington University in his SolarTaxi, and he even took the university’s president, Steven Knapp, for a ride around the University Yard. Palmer is currently driving this vehicle around the world to stimulate reflection on ways we can change our habits for a better environment.

The SolarTaxi Route

The SolarTaxi Route

According to the Solartaxi website,

The Solartaxi is an electric vehicle with a five-meter solar trailer covered with 6 square meters of solar cells. The electricity is stored in a newly invented ZEBRA battery, so we can even drive at night, without any sunshine. The solar cells on the trailer produce enough electricity to run the car up to 100 km a day.

SolarTaxis Solar Panel

SolarTaxi's Solar Panel Trailor

SolarTaxi at H St & 20th St NW, Washington, DC

SolarTaxi at H St & 20th St NW, Washington, DC

Update:  09.15.2008

Check out the WRC NBC4.com article on this event, or watch the report.