Before joining Google, he and Viégas founded Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, Wattenberg founded and managed IBM's Visual Communication Lab, exploring new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. A key project was Many Eyes (http://www.many-eyes.com), an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis.
His visualizations of the stock market and baby names are considered Internet classics. Viégas and Wattenberg are also known for their visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, London Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The panel will explore how new media might augment education. We’ll focus on the properties of the medium, both good and bad: Can new, interactive media help us with traditional subjects like reading, writing, and math? Conversely, are there cases where pencil and paper are the best tools for learning programming? There will be plenty of time for a lively discussion sparked by the panelists' experiences and demos.