Sonny Kirkley is an innovator, entrepreneur, designer and co-founder of seven technologies companies, including IU’s first two spin-out companies – Information in Place, Inc. and WisdomTools, Inc. – where he served as CEO for each a combined 16 years. He is currently the president of two startups in the public safety sector with connections to IU – Zenext (voice AI) and iMixedReality (augmented reality) – and has served as mentor to numerous company founders.
Kirkley has published and presented extensively in the areas of human-computer interaction design, augmented and mixed reality, advanced technologies for performance support and instruction, serious games, and education and training across industry sectors. Much of his career has been focused on learning technologies implementing programs in diverse settings, including Fortune 100 Companies and K-12 schools.
He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in instructional systems technology from IU Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is an adjunct assistant professor of human-computer interaction in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Areas of Expertise
Entrepreneurism, innovation, startups, learning technology, instructional design, IoT, mixed reality, augmented reality, AI.
Bloom magazine profile of The Mill: https://www.magbloom.com/2019/04/the-mill-an-incubator-for-entrepreneurial-start-ups/
Tech to Protect Challenge winning team: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2020/05/iupui/20-tech-to-protect-award-voice-ai-law-enforcement-artificial-intelligence.html