Maya Georgieva


Maya Georgieva is an EdTech strategist, author and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. She is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Bodies, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive virtual reality and wearable technologies on education and society. She sits on a number of educational and corporate learning boards and is a member of the Expert Panel for the New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education. Maya has been instrumental in developing partnerships within and outside of higher education with startups, corporate and non-government organizations. Maya speaks frequently at national and international forums on innovation and the future of education and consult startups in this space.

Previously she was the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Maya provided strategic leadership to advance academic initiatives that transformed the teaching-learning environment. She has spearheaded the implementation of instructional design and technology, learning space design, blended and online learning, digital storytelling, mobile and social platforms and faculty development initiatives. Her work and projects focused on design thinking and the innovative use of immersive and mobile technology  to foster higher levels of student engagement.

Maya is the recipient of the 2014 Campus Tech Education Futurist Award. Watch Maya’s Five Minutes of Fame talk on innovation in education delivered at the 2013 New Media Consortium. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver her second Five Minutes of Fame talk at NMC with focus on the design of new learning experiences and the future of education. Her work has been featured at EDUCAUSE, ELI, New Media Consortium (NMC), Online Learning Consortium (OLC) , EdMEDIA, Campus Technology, GMAC, AACSB, SXSW, Google and Intel Engage Education. In 2010 – 2011, in partnership with XanEdu Publishing Maya lead the iPad pilot initiative at Stern. The project was recognized with the Campus Technology Innovator Award for designing a student centered iPad App.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • VR & AR: Driving a Revolution in Medical Education & Patient Care
    • Blog

    One of the most exciting developments in virtual reality has been its rapid entry into medical education and healthcare, where researchers, doctors, and nurse educators are discovering innovative ways to transform both healthcare teaching and practice.

  • AR and VR in STEM: The New Frontiers in Science
    • Blog

    Virtual and Augmented Reality are poised to profoundly transform the STEM curriculum. In this blog, we offer several inspiring examples and key insights on the future of immersive learning and the sciences.

  • A New World: VR and AR Tech Developments
    • Blog

    With new patent filings, talent acquisition and the rapid developments in both hardware and software, it’s an exciting time in the immersive technology space.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ELI Challenges Project
    • Member: 2008 - 2009