MEDIA ALERT: Computing Pioneer Cynthia Solomon to Deliver Inaugural Seymour Papert Memorial Lecture

Headline Keynote at Infosys Foundation USA’s CrossRoads 2018 Conference Will Celebrate Papert’s Vision and Contributions to How the World Sees Learning

December 06, 2017

PALO ALTO --(BUSINESS WIRE)— Dr. Cynthia Solomon, a pioneer in educational technology, will deliver the inaugural Seymour Papert Memorial Lecture at CrossRoads 2018. A close collaborator of Papert, the role that Dr. Solomon has played in bringing computing experiences to children is comprehensive. This includes co-inventing Logo, the first programming language for children.

Personifying the enduring spirit of innovation in education, she will share her personal perspective on Papert’s research in learning theory--with its emphasis on child-driven, project-based learning. Dr. Solomon will also discuss the relevance of Papert’s ideas to today’s action items such as the every-child-learn-to-code movement, the maker movement, the development of various educational programming languages including blocks based languages like Scratch, Snap!, and GP, the development of programmable DIY kits with motors and sensors, and the educational benefit gained by making things that help one's community.

Infosys Foundation USA is grateful to have Dr. Solomon as the inaugural keynote at its annual CrossRoads conference to help introduce Papert’s ideas to new audiences and new applications in education.

What: CrossRoads 2018

When: May 21 – 24, 2018

Where: 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA

Who should attend: Education researchers, innovators, practitioners, and influencers focused on increasing access to high-quality education in Computer Science, coding, and Making, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. Press who cover this topic are encouraged to request an invitation.

Why attend: Share new ideas and enjoy a carefully-curated agenda of keynotes, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and peer-learning opportunities.

For more information about CrossRoads 2018, please send an email to Please note that attendance at CrossRoads is by invitation-only.

About Infosys Foundation USA:
Infosys Foundation USA is focused on bridging the digital divide in America by supporting high-quality computer science education and coding skills with a particular focus on underrepresented communities. It aims to give children and young adults the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. In pursuit of this mission, the Foundation has partnered with internationally acclaimed non-profits and institutions like, Computer Science Teachers Association,, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Infosys Foundation USA committed a million dollars to the Infy Maker Awards to inspire makers across the U.S. to demonstrate creative excellence in making projects with genuine impact. Learn more at, follow on Twitter @InfyFoundation or Facebook at

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