About the Jurors
Warren Buckleitner has been reviewing children’s interactive media since the 1980’s. He teaches Interactive Design at The College of New Jersey, and is the editor of Children’s Technology Review and creator of the Dust or Magic Institute and the Mediatech Foundation. He’s covered children’s tech for The New York Times for a decade, and is a former preschool and elementary school classroom teacher, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
Paulien Dresscher is working as a researcher, writer, filmmaker and educator in the field of media and digital culture. Currently, she is working as Head of the New Media Department at Cinekid and curates the Cinekid MediaLab. She is affiliated as advisor with the major Dutch cultural funding organizations. She holds a Bachelor degree of Media and Fine Arts from Minerva Academy in Groningen, as well as both Masters in New Media and Research Masters in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Specialities: New media and digital culture, screen cultures, fine arts, media art, storytelling, the technological imaginary. Paulien Dresscher lives with her husband and daughter on a sailing ship in the center of Amsterdam.
Valeria Petrone lives between Milan and Rome, but she grew up professionally in London, where she started illustrating her first books for children. Since 1988, she has published over 40 titles in Italy, The United States, France and Great Britain. Her works range from children’s literature to illustrations for advertising, newspapers and magazines, apps, animation, paintings and sculptures. She has exhibited in Italy and abroad. Her work has received recognition from Society of illustrators NY, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Original Art Show NY, Creatively Quarterly and Italian Illustration Annual. In 2008 and 2014 she was awarded the Gold Medal by 3×3 Pro Show Annual.
Max Whitby founded the app development company Touchpress Ltd with Theodore Gray in 2010. He was CEO for the first four years when Touchpress published many ground-breaking apps, including The Elements, The Waste Land, The Orchestra, and Disney Animated (named by Apple Best iPad App 2013). Max has a PhD in Chemistry and started his career at the BBC where he led an early collaboration with Apple. He co-led a management buy-out and subsequent IPO of the BBC’s pioneering Interactive Television Unit. Max has recently embarked on an ambitious new venture at The Red, Green & Blue Company Ltd (an independent production house he founded in 1987) to produce a digital high school chemistry course. He has a lifelong interest in natural history, which takes him filming around the world.