About Remix Learning

Remix Learning provides an online platform for schools, cultural institutions, libraries, museums, and after-school programs to create their own customized social learning network. The company was founded by Dr. Nichole Pinkard, Akili Lee and Robert Chang in April 2010, emerging from work developed at the Digital Youth Network and supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Remix Learning is a privately held company currently based in Chicago, IL.

  • Dr. Nichole Pinkard, Chairman and Chief Scientist
    Nichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is also the co-founder of the Digital Youth Network and part of the founding team of YOUmedia at Chicago Public Library through support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Pinkard is the recipient of a 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies, and an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. Dr. Pinkard’s research focuses on the design of tools, curriculum, and social practices to develop students’ digital literacies both in formal and informal spaces. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.
  • Akili Lee, CEO
    Akili Lee is the co-founder of the Digital Youth Network (DYN), a digital literacy program serving hundreds middle and high school aged youth throughout Chicago. In this 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. Akili leads DYN’s work in innovating new digital learning tools and supporting youth focused organizations 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 introduce social networking in learning contexts. 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.