Azadeh (Azi) Jamalian
Azadeh (Azi) Jamalian is the founder of The GIANT Room, an Innovation Hub for kids offering in person and remote programs at the intersection of design, engineering, technology, science, math, and arts. She has a PhD in cognitive studies in education from Teachers College Columbia University, a Master’s degree in instructional technology focused on game design, and a Bachelor’s of applied sciences in systems engineering. Before founding The GIANT Room, she co-founded Tiggly, an early learning company that pioneered the integration of physical play with digital applications, to provide a rich and interactive learning experience for children. Next, she joined littleBits as their head of education strategy, bringing littleBits invention tools to thousands of schools around the world. She is a TED speaker, former TED resident, and has published journal articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics such as designing learning platforms for children, emerging educational tech, mathematical education, and cognition. She has received numerous awards including “IES Prize for Excellence in Research on Cognition and Student Learning” and “The Cooney Center’s certificate of innovation in Children’s Learning”. As founder and CEO of The GIANT Room, she aims to give every child the opportunity and community support they need to act on their most ambitious dreams.