CrossRoads by Infosys Foundation USA hosts some of the most distinguished visionaries, thought leaders and innovators from the field of computer science and Maker education. They will bring into play ideas, thoughts, insights and concepts that will help us move ever closer to exciting possibilities, ideas and the hope of a rewarding future for all our children.

DAY 1 - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time Program
16:00 – 18:30 Registration & Coffee
18:30 – 18:45
Continental Ballroom
Welcome Address
18:45 – 20:00
Continental Ballroom
Innovation in a Time of Climate Change
Keynote Address by Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States.
20:00 – 22:00
Grand Ballroom A
CrossRoads 2016 Dinner
Hosted by Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA.

DAY 2 - Thursday, April 28, 2016

06:30 – 08:00
Grand Ballroom B
08:00 – 08:10
Continental Ballroom
Opening Remarks
08:10 – 09:40
Continental Ballroom
Zero Distance
Keynote Address by Dr. Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys.
09:40 – 11:10
Continental Ballroom
Future of Making
Bran Ferren and Hiroshi Ishii join a panel moderated by Alan Kay.
11:10 – 12:00
Continental Ballroom
Purposeful Collaboration: A Pioneering Approach to Advancing CS Education
Charles Best, Jan Cuny
and Vandana Sikka share their transformative model of a public-private-community partnership in this panel moderated by Kumar Garg. The CS for All community-giving model will empower stakeholders to support computer science education in local schools and communities.
12:00 – 13:00
Grand Ballroom B
13:00 – 14:45
Franciscan B Franciscan C Franciscan D
13:00 – 13:45

13:00 – 13:45 13:00 – 13:45

CS for All: How may we better work together?

Join Kumar Garg and Vandana Sikka for a participatory session to explore and ideate on the many opportunities for collaboration in the push for CS for All.


Understanding Impact and Maximizing the Efficacy of Programs and Funding

What does impact mean to you? Learn about some strategies used to measure the impact of programs and the prudent use of financial resources.


Enabling a Culture of Making

How might we help children develop the Maker mindset? Hear about possibilities for parents, educators and communities to support this and share your own experiences.


14:00 – 14:45

14:00 – 14:45 14:00 – 14:45

Computational Thinking in the Post-Logo World

Computational thinking should be a life skill more than a job skill. Hear from leading experts on how to teach some of the deepest concepts at the heart of computer science.


Diversity and Inclusion in CS Education: Why it matters and how might we accelerate it?

Share thoughts and explore what diversity means to you and why it is important in this open discussion.


Empowering Makers

How might we best support Makers with tools, infrastructure, knowledge and community? Join this conversation with our expert panelists and share your ideas in the discussion afterwards.


14:45 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:00
Franciscan B Franciscan C Franciscan D
15:15 – 16:00 15:15 – 16:00 15:15 – 16:00

CS for All: Looking Ahead

Hear how, CSTA and NSF view the next few years of implementing the CS for All vision. Panel followed by open discussion with audience.


Enabling CS Education through Government and Policy

Hear from Government and Policy leaders on the impact of advancing CS education and lessons from key regions around the country.


Demystifying Design Thinking - Overview

Participate in a hands-on introduction to Design Thinking. Learn how strategies of empathy and experimentation can help you innovate more confidently in everything you do. Gain first-hand experience stretching your creative capacities, and discuss/reflect how to cultivate more designful habits of mind in yourself, in your organizations, and in your work.


16:15 – 17:00 16:15 – 17:00 16:15 – 17:00
Bootcamps, Hackathons and Afterschool Programs as Stepping Stones to CS for All

Share thoughts on the relevance of non-traditional instructional options like bootcamps, coding clubs and afterschool programs in this open discussion.


The Future of Jobs

Leaders from forward thinking employers discuss how changes in technology and education will impact the nature of jobs and consequently the skills we will need.


Demystifying Design Thinking - Deep Dive

Roll up your sleeves and try applying Design Thinking strategies directly to the challenges you face. Run a mini design sprint, and learn how to approach complex problems in a more designful way, and inspire unexpected ideas for unlocking (latent) value in your work.


17:00 – 18:15

Wine, Cheese & Technology in Action

18:30 – 19:00
Hilton Lobby

Bus Departures to the Concert Venue (Dinner served at the venue)

19:00 – 22:00
Masonic Center

The Infosys Confluence Concert

DAY 3 - Friday, April 29, 2016

07:00 – 08:30
Grand Ballroom B


09:00 – 09:30
Failure IS an Option
Adam Savage discusses the importance of failure in the growth of the creative spirit. We need to move away from our societal fear of failure and embrace the thinking that risk and setbacks are essential parts of the maker process.
09:30 – 10:30
Success in a Digital World
What does success mean to you? Will it be learning to code? Will it need more experiential learning? Share your thoughts, comments and insights in this open plenary discussion facilitated by Dan Garcia, John Kembel and Stephanie Santoso.
10:30 – 11:15
Continental Ballroom
Be As You Imagine
Keynote Address by Hugh Herr.
11:15 – 12:00
Continental Ballroom
Game for More!
Panel discussion with tennis legend Stefan Edberg, Chris Kermode and Pravin Rao moderated by Pat Cash.
12:00 – 12:45
Continental Ballroom
Future of Education
Panel discussion with John Etchemendy, Aoying Zhou and Daphne Koller moderated by Vandana Sikka.
12:45 – 13:00
Continental Ballroom
Closing address
13:00 onwards
Grand Ballroom B
Lunch & Departure