Director of ‘Brain Power’
Founder of the Webby Awards
Co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. She delivered the campus-wide keynote commencement address at UCBerkeley and her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including the “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “Incredibly engaging” and “Examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter,” and The US State Department just selected as one of the films to represent America at embassies around the world for their 2012 American Film Showcase. She is currently working on a film series which is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking that she and her film studio call CLOUD FILMMAKING. The series, titled Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, will include 16 short 2 to 10-minute films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life. Each of these films invites participants to send in videos from around the world and after the film is completed her team then makes free customized versions for not-for-profit organizations all over the world. The first film in the series, A Declaration of Interdependence, with music by Moby, has been translated into 65 languages and she has made 100 customized versions. The second film in the series is Engage, which looks at the importance of engaging in society and has been customized for over 200 organizations. The third film in the series, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, looks at new research on how to best grow children’s brains and applies this to thinking about the best ways to grow the global brain of the internet. Brain Power is both a 10 minute film and a TED Book and premiered at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, and member of the advisory board for The Prince of Wales Fellowship at MIT, MIT-IBM Network Science Research Center, The Institute for the Future and she was invited to advise Secretary State Hillary Clinton about the internet and technology.