The Bright Minds Foundation and Howard County Public School System invite you to meet and hear from these engaging speakers about the importance of technology and computer science education for our school system, county, state and nation:

Welcome and remarks:

  • Michael J. Martirano, HCPSS Interim Superintendent
  • Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive
  • Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Lt. Gov.
  • Lynne M. Gilli,  Assistant State Superintendent for Career and College Readiness

Keynote address:

  • Brendan Iribe, Oculus Virtual Reality founder

Following his keynote address, Mr. Iribe will moderate a panel of technology experts who will share their perspectives on the skills needed for tomorrow’s technology workforce.

Panel members include:

  • Lynne Clark, National Security Agency National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
  • Marie Des Jardins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Ryan Frederic, Applied Defense Solutions
  • Ron Gula, Gula Tech Adventures
  • Tina LeBaron, HCPSS Animation & Interactive Media Instructor
  • Angie Leinert, IntelliGenesis
  • Drew Zitnay, LogMeIn

You will also have the opportunity to experience virtual reality classroom demonstrations before the event starting at 2 p.m., and immediately following the event. 

Sponsorships are still available, including an opportunity to attend a private dinner with Mr. Iribe after the event.

Thank you to our current sponsors!

$1000 VIP Sponsor Level

$300 Patron Level




Ellicott CityMaryland—Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) high school students will now benefit from the latest in virtual reality and augmented reality instruction thanks to a $150,000 donation from Oculus VR co-founder and Atholton High School alumnus Brendan Iribe. The funds, facilitated through the Bright Minds Foundation, will provide virtual and augmented reality learning opportunities for the Architectural Design and Visual Arts Academies at the HCPSS Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL).

“I’m excited that our students will be among the first to experiment with virtual reality technology,” said HCPSS Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. “Thank you to Brendan Iribe for his commitment to Howard County schools and for supporting our mission to provide every student with opportunities to achieve academic success.”

Career Academy students can use the virtual and augmented reality technology to develop architectural simulations, video productions, and 3-D graphics and animation.

“Students will develop an in-depth understanding of emerging markets, making it easier for them to participate in internships and enhancing their transition to the world of work or the next steps in their education journey,” said Sharon Kramer, HCPSS coordinator of Career and Technology Education.

“We’re thrilled we could help facilitate the generous donation from Mr. Iribe, which supports Bright Minds Foundation’s mission to provide access to innovative educational opportunities for all Howard County students,” said Patricia Sasse, executive director of the Bright Minds Foundation.

Bright Minds and HCPSS will host an event in November to celebrate the donation and recognize Iribe.

Career Academies offer in-depth courses, research projects and internship opportunities related to students' career goals, and the opportunity to earn college credit or industry certification while in high school. Students from all 12 HCPSS high schools and the Homewood Center may enroll in Career Academy programs at ARL.

The Bright Minds Foundation supports education, aspirations and the opportunity to succeed for all students in Howard County public schools. Bright Minds provides students with equity, equality and access to educational offerings, educational innovation and lifelong skills.

For more information, contact Bright Minds Foundation Executive Director Patricia Sasse at pat@brightmindsfoundation.org or 410-740-0707.





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