Idit Harel

CEO and Founder

Dr. Idit Harel is an accomplished Israeli-American entrepreneur, award-winning author, thought leader, and innovator in educational technology. As founder and CEO of Globaloria, she is advancing STEM and computing education worldwide by transforming education systems to better prepare today’s youth for the global knowledge innovation economy.

Idit launched Globaloria at the World Wide Workshop, an ed-tech incubator which she founded in 2004 to develop innovative learning technology applications. Over the past 8 years, Globaloria evolved to become a leading blended-learning platform with innovative game-design and programming courses for 5-12 graders, and has received over 15 awards including the 2014 GoogleRISE Award; the 2013 Tech Award in Education; and 2013 STEM Innovation Award in Science.

From 1995 to 2004, Idit was founder and CEO of MaMaMedia, an Internet media company that became the first web-based educational brand for kids. The Company’s original suite of games and communities for learning digital design, programming and publishing attracted over five million registered members and tens of millions of monthly visitors. Idit scaled the company to a staff of 200 and established advertising and distribution partners including AOL, Coca Cola, Disney, General Mills, Intel, Microsoft’s WebTV, Nintendo, and Scholastic.

From 1988-1994, Idit was a research scientist and lecturer at the MIT Media Lab, where she led innovative research projects in Boston’s inner city schools. Her breakthrough research led to publishing Constructionism with Seymour Papert and her book Children Designers, which received the 1991 Outstanding Book Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA).

Idit was named the 2010 recipient of the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy by the National Telemedia Council. She has served on advisory boards and committees at the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, CU-ATLAS Institute, PBSKids Next Generation Media, MEET in Israel, TIG in Canada, and in Shanghai.

Idit holds a B.A. from Tel Aviv University, an HGSE Ed.M. and C.A.S. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Idit is a former professional dancer and competitive gymnast on Israel’s national modern gymnastic team. A proud mother of three, she describes herself as a “fearless futurist” and “education disruptor."