Joyce Hakansson is an innovating pioneer in the educational technology field. In 1974 she started one of the first computer labs in an elementary school in Northern California. In the lab, there was a telephone line to a mini computer at the Lawrence Hall of Science as well as a teletype linked by telephone line to a teletype housed at the district's School for the Deaf. In 1978, while serving as Director of Computer Education at the Lawrence Hall of Science, she brought the first computer van to classrooms, libraries, and other educational institutions in Northern California. In 1979 she introduced computer technology to Children's Television Workshop in New York; the Sesame Place Computer Gallery which opened in 1980 was created under her direction, as were the 60+ games running on the 56 networked microcomputers it housed. In 1981 Ms. Hakansson founded her own company, which eventually became known as Berkeley Learning Technologies, Inc. and was later renamed Theatrix Interactive, Inc. As Creative Director, she oversaw the production of more than 100 educational software programs, including Millie's MathHouse, Bailey's BookHouse, Juilliard Music Adventure, Hollywood, and Hollywood High. She also designed numerous handheld electronic learning products for Texas Instruments, Tiger Electronics, Mattel, and Bluebox. Following the merger of Theatrix into Sanctuary Woods in 1997, Ms. Hakansson became Executive Director of the Alliance for Technology Access, a national non-profit disability assistance organization, and from 2000-2003 served as Creative Director at CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) in Boston. She is currently an Educational Technology and Accessibility Consultant.