Sean Oakes

Principal & Creative Dir
Backpack Interactive

Sean is the Principal and Creative Director of Backpack Interactive, a strategy, UX and design firm focused on EdTech product design. For nearly 20 years, he has set the mission and creative vision for the highly regarded firm, solved business problems through creativity, helped passionate clients find success, and garnered industry recognition. Sean is devoted to pioneering new ways to inspire teachers and learners through technology. His obsession with how digital tools can affect learning, business goals, and social change are at the heart of Backpack's culture. Sean earned a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and started his career in design and art director positions at New York start-ups and agencies. His work has been recognized by SXSW Interactive, The Webby Awards, The Codie Awards, Communication Arts, Business Week, The Smithsonian, and Apple. Sean lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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