John Balash serves as the Director of Educational Engagement at the Entertainment Technology Center, a graduate department of Carnegie Mellon University and his Alma Mater. John’s work has led to the creation of numerous student and teacher initiatives incorporating experiences exploring the creative chaos of design and development, whether it be for hardware, software, or location based interactions. Beyond establishing in and out of school experiences, he focuses on the design and deployment of award winning transformational technology innovations created at the ETC. His most recent project involves developing low barrier mixed reality authoring platforms. John has near a decade’s experience in the classroom and has presented on the national and international stage on topics related to educational technology.