Ken Jennings, all-time "Jeopardy!" champion, will open AIHce EXP 2017 with a presentation entitled, "Life in the Form of a Question."
Jennings was born just outside of Seattle, but he grew up overseas. During the 15 years he spent in South Korea and Singapore, his only lifeline to American pop culture was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched "Jeopardy!" religiously after school. He moved back to the United States to attend university, where his passion for trivia stayed with him. While working as a software engineer for a healthcare company, he got the call that he had been accepted on "Jeopardy!" His appearance on the show led to a six-month winning streak during which he won a total of 74 games and $2.52 million.
Since his six-month "Jeopardy!" run, Jennings has been keeping busy. He speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and has co-invented two trivia games. He has released the book "Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs," about his bizarre "Jeopardy!" adventures and about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, as well as "Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks," a book about the allure of geography. His latest book is "Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids."
AIHce EXP runs June 4-7 in Seattle, Wash., with professional development courses being offered on June 3, 4, and 8. For more information or to register, please visit www.AIHce2017.org.