Keynote Speaker


Mike Shannon is a 2012 graduate of Illinois State University and co-founder of the Chicago-based ed-tech startup, Packback. Packback gained national attention when its founders appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in March 2014 and reached an agreement with Mark Cuban. Packback provides college students with a variety of affordable eTextbook offerings, as well as a platform to enhance student-faculty engagement. The company has raised over $2.5 million in funding, and co-founders Mike Shannon and Kasey Gandham were recently featured on the cover of Chicago Crains for the 2015 “20 in their 20s” edition. Mike previously worked as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls for seven years throughout college and is an active blogger and writer of socially conscious rap lyrics.