Bringing the World to the Classroom

Matthew Boggie

Matthew Boggie (CAS’99) is a Senior Manager at Accenture Ltd.—a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Matt is a leader within Accenture’s Media and Entertainment division, focusing on the areas of content creation, distribution, and monetization. In addition to working on both strategic and technical projects for major broadcast and publishing companies, including a custom-built system that managed PBS’ programming content, he has published points of view on the future of the digital content industry and was interviewed on these topics by both industry magazines and international news agencies. Most recently he coordinated the content of Accenture’s presence at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, responsible for selection and delivery of demonstrations and workshops for prospective clients.

As impressive as Matt’s professional successes are, it was his exceptional record of volunteer work—and how he used and continues to use his CS background and education to make a difference in society—that is most impressive.  Over the last decade, the emphasis placed on global education has significantly increased in primary and secondary education. Thanks in large to computing and networking technologies, students and educators are no longer limited by the geographic locations of their places of learning: IT can literally bring the world to the classroom. ProjectExplorer, is a not-for-profit organization that pioneered this vision. ProjectExplorer provides a global cultural experience aimed at fostering the next generation of global citizens. It does so by producing free online films and educational programming for primary and secondary school students and teachers. Matt serves on the Board of Directors of ProjectExplorer and since the project’s inception has single-handedly supported the site’s technical platform and content development. For his work with ProjectExplorer, Matt was recognized by Accenture as the New York / New Jersey area Volunteer of the Year for 2005. Matt also won a 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for ProjectExplorer.org in his role as site developer. And he was the BU Computing Alumni Network (CAN) Distinguished Alumnus for 2010.

Matt has completed the National Novel Writing Month challenge two years running (2008 and 2009), each year writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch in 30 days. In what remains of his spare time, he is an aspiring chef and an ardent traveler.

Matt received his BA in Computer Science from Boston University in 1999. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jenny Buccos—founder and director of ProjectExplorer.

Read Matt’s address to the class of 2010