Jean Hammond at Empow Studios


Jean is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch. She is also the founder of JPH Associates and Quarry Technologies, and a co-founder of AXON Networks, acquired by 3Com. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth start-ups. She is a member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group, and she is the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. Jean was awarded the 2011 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the 2014 Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association in recognition of her work advancing angel investing and entrepreneurship. Jean also was awarded the 2013 Boston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award.


For 24 years, Tom was a bond portfolio manager for one of the world’s leading investment organizations, Wellington Management, and managed an aggregate $70B for over 50 clients. More recently, as a 2013 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, he began to investigate ways to leverage existing STEM education efforts to exploit quantitative skills of lower income/ early generation Americans and boost their awareness of rewarding (but unfamiliar) career paths. He is also an active angel investor and advisor to educational technology companies, as well as a Trustee for Bridge Boston Charter School.

Thomas Pappas at Empow Studios
Scot Osterweil at Empow Studios


Scot Osterweil is the Creative Director of the Education Arcade and a research director in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program. He is a designer of award-winning educational games, working in both academic and commercial environments, and his work has focused on what is authentically playful in challenging academic subjects. He has designed games for computers, handheld devices, and multi-player on-line environments. He is the creator of the acclaimed Zoombinis series of math and logic games, and leads a number of projects in the Education Arcade, including the MIT/Smithsonian curated game, Vanished (environmental science), Labyrinth(math), Kids Survey Network (data and statistics), Caduceus (medical science), iCue (history and civics) and the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Language Learning Initiative (ESL). He is a founding member of the Learning Games Network (www.learninggamesnetwork.org).

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