Area of Expertise:
Social networking within youth communities;
digital media learning tools for youth-focused organizations
Akili served for five years as the founding director of the Digital Youth Network. In that role, he helped to define DYN’s unique hybrid model to support youth in developing and applying digital skills in the classroom, out-of-school programming, and in the home. Currently, as director of digital strategy and development, Akili leads DYN’s work in innovating new digital learning tools and supporting youth-focused organizations to develop models for successfully integrating digital media as a way to increase engagement and effectiveness. Akili is the creator of the iRemix platform, which allows educators to leverage social networking in a safe solution for educational environments, leveraging social tools and integrating both recommended and custom goal and standard-based curriculum. He is the co-founder and serves as a board director and senior advisor for Remix Learning. Akili received a B.A. in Computing and Information Systems from Northwestern University and is currently completing a MS in Business Information Technology at Depaul University.