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Defy Convention: Ed Tech

February 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Meet people who are doing the things everyone said couldn’t be done in education technology! We’ll listen to two brands that are changing the game in ed-tech present their ideas, business barriers, and questions to a diverse panel of experts for constructive feedback.

As part of our industry-specific audience, we invite you to share insight, ask questions, find resources, and above all, network with other big thinkers and status quo challengers in the education and ed-tech community. Together, let’s build valuable connections, gain exposure, spark ideas, and make big waves.

Light food & beverages. Plus, childcare will be provided.

Can’t join us this time? Defy Convention happens every month, so be sure to check out the other featured industries we have coming up.


February 19, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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4611 N Ravenswood Ave Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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Meet Our Brands


Kim Michelson and Joyce Anderson founded Honest Game to support high school counselors and coaches to better navigate NCAA eligibility. Honest Game delivers automated athletic eligibility tracking to align high school academics and NCAA requirements, provides complete high school course review for alignment with NCAA core course requirements, and measures Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in partnership with high schools in the areas of academic growth, core subject competency, college access, college scholarships, attendance and graduation rates.




Education Walkthrough is a data-driven informal teacher evaluation platform founded by Adam Sobol for principals, administrators, and school leaders to observe, document, and analyze teacher instruction.





Josh Chicoine founded PACplus (Parents Leading Us) to be an online resource that connects parent advisory committees and school administrators to service providers and vendors for parent engagement programs as mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act / Title I grants. PAC-plus.com is a searchable vendor database and clear online communication dashboard that produces better outcomes for parents and principals while giving vendors access to their potential clients for the benefit of students and the community.

Meet Our Experts


Daleele Alison

Daleele Alison is a digital marketing and technology professional with experience delivering solutions across multiple platforms. His diverse background allows him to see things from different perspectives while his hands-on experience gives him the ability to catch the small details that can make a huge impact. Daleele has worked as a consultant, business analyst, and project manager for various companies that range in size from fortunate 500 to SMBs. He’s currently the CEO of Rooks Digital Marketing where he works with clients to deliver eCommerce and technology solutions that help their business grow.



Andi Mints

Andi is Owner and Principal Designer at Andi Mints Design Studio, a collective of talented brand storytellers. Originally from Texas, she learned the value of working with her hands at a young age.

With a business marketing background and a career start in advertising, Andi focuses on making smart brand design decisions rather than just making things look pretty.




Don LaBonte

Don LaBonte is a Learning Designer with Participate. He has worked in the classroom and also in curriculum design supporting educators to integrate digital media into their practice. Don believes in the power of play and looks to infuse it into the fabric of all learning experiences.

He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from The University of Iowa, an M.A.T from National-Louis University, and is working towards his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from The University of Washington. Bikes are his preferred mode of transportation and he believes the correct number to own is n+1.


Denise W. Barreto

Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx speaker Denise W. Barreto is a prominent 21st Century voice on leadership and storytelling. Whether she’s in her role as a business strategist & managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC or behind the camera as executive producer & co-founder of Serqet Productions and Media, LLC, Denise is always building new, more inclusive narratives.

By delivering strategic planning facilitation, organizational & leadership development, and inclusion & diversity strategy, Denise has quickly become a go-to resource for businesses of all sizes who want to better leverage their relationships to grow their bottom line.


Marc D. Hans

Marc Hans works with the world’s largest brands to identify challenges and lead the facilitation of innovative, human-centered solutions. He is dedicated to leading teams through creative strategy, complex problem solving, ideation, rebranding, and design thinking.

He gets no greater joy than helping organizations, individuals, brands and others devise innovative, disruptive and creative strategies to build brands that resonate with their users.