HACKtivate ED has assembled a panel of judges that represent the voices of key stakeholders in education innovation.  You will receive feedback from technologists, investors, foundations, and of course our education partners.

The full judging panel will be announced soon!


Alex BernadotteAlex Bernadotte is the Founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a national technology-enabled services organization founded in 2009 that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. Alex has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. She was recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow, one of the highest honors for social entrepreneurs in the world, and she won a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. In addition, Beyond 12 was recently recognized as a “top startup nonprofit” working in the field of education by Philanthropedia, an organization working to help donors make smarter donations by connecting them with some of the highest impact nonprofits in a cause. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford University.


Michael Staton ImgMichael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital. He is the founder and former CEO of Inigral, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education and the first Lifecycle Engagement Platform. For Inigral, Michael secured the first ever venture investment from the Gates Foundation into a private company. Because of his years as a public school teacher and his intuitive understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and still serves as a Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s EdTech Portfolio. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU, the ASU Education Innovation Summit, and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation.


SP_headshotShauntel Poulson is an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she focuses on investment strategy, due diligence, and management assistance for the organization’s edtech portfolio ventures. Prior to NewSchools, Shauntel was a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble and also facilitated an afterschool program for high school students from underserved communities. Shauntel has worked with education technology companies globally and was an Education Pioneers Fellow at Wireless Generation where she recommended program enhancements for the School of One. Shauntel received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.