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Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer




Simeon Schnapper is chief executive officer of Youtopia, an engagement and gamifciation platform and winner of the 4th Annual Digital Media Learning Competition supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to founding Youtopia, Simeon spent his time leading a myriad of startups at the forefront of trending new industries. Simeon produced, directed, wrote, and starred in DOT, a feature length critically acclaimed comedy for Showtime and multi-festival award winning darling. Simeon was trustee and president of the Hinman Foundation, a nonprofit focused on making grants to community based organizations and Buddhist communities to preserve the culture and heritage of Vajrayana Buddhism. He formulated the vision and led all efforts on the ground in Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar, India, and Bhutan. As the founder of a multinational trading and manufacturing company he led innovation from Shanghai for 7 years. Simeon also founded the world’s first Visionary Art Gallery and Medical Marijuana Dispensary praised as a paradigm shift at the very beginning of the end of prohibition as featured in the Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. Simeon was a faculty member of the Second City Conservatory where he taught thousands of students over many years. Born into a Peace Corps family, his early life was spent on assignment overseas where the ethos of exploration and helping others became deeply ingrained in his belief system.

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