Keynote Speakers Announced for 2016 STEM Education Awards


Captain Irving and Dr. Gillespie


STEM awards - lightbulb logo (00000002)ATLANTA- (October 6, 2016) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced that Captain Barrington Irving and Dr. Darria Long Gillespie will serve as keynote presenters for the 5th annual STEM Education Awards on November 4th. This conference and awards program promotes excellence in STEM Education and recognizes schools, programs, and companies who are helping to develop our future workforce.

Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA, FACEP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Strategy with Sharecare will serve as the lunchtime keynote presenter. As a board certified emergency physician, Dr. Long Gillespie is a frequent health expert on national TV and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, FoxNews Network, and The Dr. Oz show. In addition, she is a featured blogger on The Huffington Post for “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Health…and Sanity” and She also oversees the development of content for Sharecare’s award-winning app, AskMD, and leads Sharecare’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Council.

Captain Barrington Irving will serve as the dinner keynote.  He has traveled to 50 countries and conducted more than 30 STEM expeditions. He successfully challenged middle school students to build a car faster than a Ferrari 430, and high schoolers to build a plane he flew on its test flight. In 2007, he set two world records—at age 23—as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world. He has a passion to explore, inspire, and educate others. Now 32, Barrington is transforming the way students learn STEM by engaging them in problem-solving activities that enable them to overcome new challenges.

Following the luncheon keynote, there will be a series of panel discussions designed to provide the audience an opportunity for learning and networking. At the evening awards event, TAG and TAG Education Collaborative will recognize 43 schools, organizations, and companies for their achievements. Presented by sponsors and community figures, seven finalists will take home awards for excellence in the categories of Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Post-Secondary & Corporate Outreach, Extracurricular, STEM Day Activity, and STEM Certified School Outreach.

For information about the awards program and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Amanda Hendley at and 404-920-2023.


About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative initiatives include an internship program for high school students interested in technology careers, two web-based team challenges for high school students interested in health IT and/or web design, and the Vine Event, a fundraiser launched in 2009 which has raised more than $160,000 to support STEM education.  The TAG Education Collaborative provides programs to feed information to middle and high school students to generate interest in S.T.E.M. education and technology careers.  Through partnerships with other programs providing hands-on activities, TAG-Ed fosters student and teacher interest in technology, and promotes the opportunities available in technology careers. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit



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