HighEdWeb 2012 is Sold Out

We’re very pleased to share with you that HighEdWeb 2012 is now full and all seats are sold out.

Yes, you read that correctly:  SOLD OUT.  We know, we can barely believe it ourselves.

That means that, come October, 600+ amazing Web pros will be taking over Milwaukee for 4 glorious days to learn and network and generally just get some of the best professional development out there. Thank you, one and all, for making this all possible. We are truly a conference by and for higher ed Web pros, and we’re thrilled that this great community is ready to come together once again in just a few months.

PS: Did you miss out on registering before HighEdWeb sold out? Add yourself to our #heweb12 Waiting List and we’ll keep you posted as seats become available.

HighEdWeb 2012 Keynote: Adam Savage

Photo of Adam SavageHighEdWeb is very pleased to announce the 2012 Annual Conference keynote speaker: Mr. Adam Savage — artist, teacher, lecturer, builder, creator and, of course, co-host of the popular Mythbusters television show. Mr. Savage will join us in Milwaukee at HighEdWeb 2012 for a candid discussion about trying new things, innovation, success, failure and all things in-between.

Adam Savage was born in New York City in the summer of 1967. The child of a psychotherapist and a filmmaker/painter, raised north of the city in Sleepy Hollow, he showed an early penchant for science classes, art classes, the drama club, and elaborate school pranks–though not necessarily attended to in that order. His young adult years took him back in New York City, working variously as a projectionist, photo developer, graphic designer, assistant animator, set designer, gallery owner, actor, sculptor, and prop-maker.

In the summer of 1990, he turned west to San Francisco and fell into its thriving theater scene, working for dozens of companies as a set designer, prop maker, art director, scenic painter, rigger, master carpenter and producer. In Northern California’s hub of the machine art community Adam’s skill arsenal grew — he welded, fooled with pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, and picked up some rudimentary machining techniques at Amorphic Robot Works, building robotic animals, music-playing robots, climbing robots — even a robotic opera.

During these years he was also sculpting and exhibiting his sculpture in 50-plus solo and group shows around the country. This quirky mix of artistic, theater-design and mechanical skills left Adam with a reputation for solving difficult mechanical set problems for theaters. And that eventually caught the eye of the special effects industry. Starting in commercials, he built and rigged props and set pieces for over 150 commercials, with clients as diverse as Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. He built the props for and art-directed a Coca-Cola commercial which was then nominated for a Clio award.

He left special effects for 18 months to head R&D for a small startup toy company, ZOOB–creators of ZOOB, the building toy. There he oversaw product development, merchandising and package design, as well as trade-show design and implementation. From the toy world he moved again toward special effects– this time to George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where we worked on Star Wars, Episodes 1 and 2, Galaxy Quest, Space Cowboys, A.I., Terminator 3, The Mummy, and over a dozen commercials. Between stints at ILM he worked in the prop department for Disney on Bicentennial Man, and as a model-shop supervisor on the two Matrix sequels. During this time he also taught Advanced Model-making and Problem Solving for five semesters at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

In the spring of 2002, his old boss Jamie Hyneman called Adam to ask if he’d like to participate in a demo reel for a TV pilot– a new show for the Discovery Channel called Mythbusters. The show aired in January of 2003 with Adam and Jamie as its hosts. It was picked up by Discovery three weeks later. Eight years later, it remains one of the network’s highest rated shows. Mythbusters’ 160-and-counting episode hours have tackled over 750 myths and performed nearly 2,500 experiments. Adam and Jamie travel the country to corporate events, museums, and colleges, for groups as small as 20 and as large as 20,000, telling tales of experiments, explosions and hijinks.

Adam has multiple hobbies and is passionate about restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle, and researching and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. But his true love is his family. He lives with his wife, twin boys, and their two amazing dogs.

Why #heweb12?

Believe it or not, October is quickly approaching and this year’s amazing group of volunteers are hard at work preparing for the greatest HighEdWeb ever, HighEdWeb 2012! Sure, I may be a bit biased as this year’s Conference Chair, but we have a number of exciting things in store for you this year:

  • World class presentations and workshops, befitting a conference that’s by higher education Web pros, for higher education Web pros.
  • New session tracks. You’ll hear more on this in a future blog post from our Program Committee chair, Doug Tschopp, but we’ve taken a careful look at how our tracks are organized and made some changes to reflect how various technologies are being used in higher education. Our sessions will reflect what you need in your professional development experience.
  • Larger conference facilities. This year our sessions and workshops will be held in Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center, allowing us plenty of space to grow. Track rooms will be configured to allow for both classroom and theater style seating, giving you the option to sit at a table or in the more traditional style of conference seating. The convention center is connected via skywalk to our host hotel, The Milwaukee Hilton City Center.
  • A new Leadership Academy will be held in conjunction with the conference this year. Building on the success of last year’s workshop session on leadership, the new Leadership Academy will be a day and a half session featuring some of the brightest leaders in higher ed and beyond. With only 25 spaces, this is sure to sell out so be sure to book soon if you’re interested.
  • Wi-Fi with plenty of bandwidth. The Frontier Airlines Center recently underwent a multi-million dollar network upgrade to enhance its wireless capabilities. Attendees will have no problem connecting to the massive 100 Mbps pipe. Stream away, friends!
  • Numerous networking opportunities. From the welcome reception at SPiN Milwaukee and Tuesday night out excursion to the Discovery Center,  to the new “birds of a feather” networking sessions at lunch,  you’ll have many chances to interact with your colleagues and share ideas — some of the very best parts of any HighEdWeb.

On bPhoto of #heweb12 chair Michael Hostadehalf of all of my friends working hard to bring you an amazing conference this year, I look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee this October 7-10. Until then, keep an eye out for some exciting announcements coming soon regarding our keynote speaker and more.


Michael Hostad
2012 Conference Chair

Discovery World (& Discover MKE)

HighEdWeb & the #heweb12 team are pleased to announce that, for our last night in Milwaukee, we’ll take to the shores of Lake Michigan and discover Discovery World, a “120,000-square foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios, and fresh and saltwater aquariums.”  Translated: a huge fun factory just begging to be explored by the HighEdWeb set! Be sure to cap off your time in MKE with us in style as we dance to live music, eat, drink, explore and be merry – and we guarantee there will be one or two surprises waiting in the wings.


Photo of Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI

You SPiN Me Right Round, Baby

What says “Welcome to Milwaukee & HighEdWeb 12” better than an evening  lounging at the local ping pong social club?! We say, nothing … so join us on Sunday night for our #heweb12 Welcome Reception at SPiN Milwaukee (http://milwaukee.spingalactic.com) ! We’ll have games, prizes, music, drinks, nibbles, a fierce tournament and, of course, plenty of time for you to connect with #heweb12 friends and colleagues over a ping pong table or two or twelve – personalized paddles not required.