Leonard Medlock(@thelock85) addressed the innovative crowd at the Design Thinking Summit about what he calls the “fallacy of high achievers.” He will take you through his journey as a dreamer at an early age to his time at Duke, IBM, and Stanford. Hearing from a high performing professional like Leonard forces us as educators and parents to rethink how we do school even for the “high achievers.”

Leonard Medlock is co-founder of Inner City Educational Technologies (ICEdT), where he designs casual learning games geared towards urban youth. He is currently working on RAPGA.ME, a Twitter app that fuses Hip-Hop battle tradition with on-the-go status updates to spur creative writing. He began working on the game as part of his Master’s project, BarupMobi, completed at Stanford’s Learning, Design, and Technology program. Leonard also hones his writing skills as an associate editor for EdSurge newsletter, and does research at the Stanford PBL lab on knowledge worker engagement. In his free time, you can find him coaching at the Stanford d.school, or chasing his youth on the basketball court.