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Tiffany  Shlain

Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker & Founder of the Webby Awards

Biography

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Read More >

A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Shlain is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas about culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and projects. Her films have been translated into eight different languages, along with 60 awards and distinctions, including audience and grand jury prizes and a Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times said examined “everything from the Big Bang to Twitter” and “Incredibly engaging.”

Her previous two award-winning films are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, about reproductive rights in America, and The Tribe, an exploration of American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll.

She is director of The Moxie Institute, an organization that creates films, discussion programs, theater experiences, and Internet experiments around social issues using emerging technologies.

A sought-after world-renowned keynote speaker, Tiffany Shlain is entertaining, insightful, informative, and makes use of highly visual technology, which usually includes one of her award-winning films. She speaks about what it means to be “connected” in the 21st century, the Internet and its effect on society, and the changing roles of women, among many other topics. She has spoken at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies, and delivered the campus-wide commencement address at UCBerkeley, for which she received a standing ovation from 11,000 people.

Shlain is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley where she was selected as a valedictorian speaker for the interdisciplinary studies department and received the highest honor in art, The Eisner Award, for filmmaking. She received her BA in film theory and interdisciplinary studies in 1992. Shlain studied organizational change at Harvard Business School and film production at New York University’s Sight & Sound Program in 1990. She is a ranking advisory board member of a multi-university leadership committee that oversees a global research partnership that includes the MIT Engineering Systems Division's Geospatial Data Center, Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation at Saïd Business School, UC-Berkeley's Center for New Media, and others working to effect positive social change by promoting transparency and data security.

Shlain is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute, a visiting professor at the University of Wales, and a member of the advisory board of MIT’s Geospatial Lab. She was selected to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the role of the Internet and technology in society in 2010.

The US State Department has selected two of her films as part of The America Film Showcase when they send Shlain and her films to embassies around the world to represent America. They are sending her to Israel in November 2013. She also has new hit film series on AOL called “The Future Starts Here” that explores subjects including her weekly technology shabbats, modern motherhood, tech etiquette, the creativity process, robots and new thinking on thinking. Shlain is a contributing writer for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine, vogue.com, and Fast Company listed her as one of the people to follow on twitter for 2013. Her latest film The Science of Character will be released this winter.

As a director for both theater and film, she has worked with Harrison Ford, Peter Coyote, and Alan Cumming and was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Headland Center for the Arts, as well as for a film residency at the San Francisco Film Society. Shlain’s films and discussion programs have been used in many diverse settings to spark dialogue about social issues. She has been singled out by The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Sundance Institute for her cutting-edge work using documentaries and Internet distribution in unique ways to engage audiences. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

What Does it Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century?

The Future Starts Here: Why We Love Robots

The Future Starts Here: Participatory Revolution

Speech Topics

The Future Starts Here: Motherhood Remixed

Tiffany Shlain, award-winning filmmaker, speaker, and founder of The Webby Awards, explores being a mother in the past, present, and future. In addition, she looks at how the Internet, flexible schedules, and shifts in gender roles have revolutionized what it means to be a parent in today’s world.

The Future Starts Here: TechEtiquette

In this talk, Tiffany Shlain calls us all out with a hilarious portrayal of the technology pet peeves that we’re all guilty of and that drive us crazy. In addition, she offers audiences suggestions for a more civilized, tech gadget filled world.

The Future Starts Here: Why We Love Robots

In this speech, Tiffany Shlain introduces audiences to her husband, Ken Goldberg, a professor of robotics. The purpose of this is to dive into the past, present and future of robots and why it is that humans are so fascinated with the most “human” of our technologies.

The Future Starts Here: Participatory Revolution

Shlain goes behind-the-scenes into her current project in this speech. It is a collaborative filmmaking experiment she calls “Cloud Filmmaking,” which explores why this era in human history, “the participatory revolution,” will change art and creativity forever.

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