Jackson attended Parsons School of Design in NYC and received his BFA in Communication Design. He fell in love with early Macintosh computers, started tinkering with them, and built his own digital portfolio of interactive designs. He was able to transition to digital design professionally by winning a one-day test conducted by Thirteen/WNET’s New Media Group that hired him as the stations’ first Interactive Designer.
Ever since then, he has worked in digital design for companies such as Viacom New Media (video games), ESI Design (museum interaction designs for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Museum and Pope John Paul II Cultural Center), VTech (electronic learning toys), MTV Networks (MTV.com redesign, VH1 digital initiatives), and most recently, DRAFTFCB and RAPP (multi-platform digital user experiences for clients such as Motorola, Jamaican Tourist Board, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Coty and Humana).
Dr. Larry Chiagouris
Called a “branding guru” and "consumer behavior expert" by the media, Dr. Larry Chiagouris is a rare combination of an expert who has both substantial experience as a senior executive and an accomplished academician. His focus is branding and advertising issues in addition to Internet marketing and market research. Chiagouris has served as Chairman of the Advertising Research Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the American Marketing Association. His professional experience has included appointments as a senior executive for major Fortune 500 companies and global advertising agencies. He continues to consult with some of the largest marketing organizations in America.
He currently serves as President of BrandMarketing Services, a marketing consulting company and as Professor of Marketing at Pace University. Author of more than 50 articles and books, his most recent book, The Secret To Getting A Job After College: Marketing Tactics to Turn Degrees Into Dollars has been endorsed by employers and career services professionals throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, Fox News, the Today Show on NBC and been quoted by the Associated Press, Crain’s New York Business, E-Commerce Times, InformationWeek, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
Epirot Ludvik Nekaj
Epirot Ludvik Nekaj is the Founder & CEO of Crowdsourcing Week. In 2008, he created Ludvik + Partners - one of New York’s hottest boutique virtual ad agencies built on a 100% crowdsourcing model. Epirot is one of the pioneers in the crowdsourcing ad space, an industry expert and thought leader in entertainment advertising - including public relations, event production, experiential marketing, consumer advertising and digital marketing.
Epirot earned a BS in Advertising & Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and has been a serial entrepreneur since graduation. His varied and global experiences throughout his career have taken him across the US and Asia, where he honed his skills in advertising and media with high-profile clients and power brands.