Sylvia Martinez

Author and Former President of Generation YES


Sylvia Libow Martinez is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, a book that has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” For ten years Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit organization evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Prior to this, Sylvia oversaw product development, design and programming for consumer software, video games and educational games at several software publishing companies. She advocates globally for authentic learning using real-world design principles and hands-on experience.

A popular international keynoter and consultant, Sylvia speaks on design thinking and making, lessons for schools from the global Maker Movement, student empowerment, STEM, gender issues in technology, games and learning, and digital citizenship. Sylvia weaves examples from present-day schools that use technology in authentic ways with her own experiences from the real world of video game development and aerospace engineering. Sylvia started her career designing high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.