Scott Joy

Scott Joy 1


Facilitator, Democracy onAir 
, onAir Systems
Hubs: Virginia Elections & Government Hub and Mason-Fairfax

Interests: Catalyzing Innovation, Tech Entrepreneurship, Healthy and Sustainable Communities

Zip code: 22030


As a partner in one of the first futurist consulting firms, Joy explored commercial spin-off applications of NASA technology for Rockwell (1975-1976). Based on these studies, Joy assembled a team of engineers and marketers as Scienco (Scientific Entertainment Company) and successfully designed and developed, for the game and toy industry, some of the original consumer applications of the microprocessor (1976-1982). He has led the design and development of the first microprocessor-based computer for children (Smart Alec, 1978) and the the first Internet Cafe (The Planet, 1980).

In 1990, Joy founded TelePad corporation.  At TelePad, Joy led the design and development of the first multi-purpose, pen-based handheld and tablet-size computer and communications devices. Vertical applications included use in hospitals and nursing homes.  As Chairman majority shareholder, and CTO, he took TelePad public in 1994 raising over 25 million in the first year.

As founder and president of Roku Technologies (1996-2001), Joy pioneered the wireless connection of mobile devices to PCs, servers, and the Internet via peer to peer software.

Scott’s current focus has been on developing the onAir Knowledge Network System, a knowledge sharing platform with many unique features such as enabling authors to own and share their content across multiple public  and Member Hubs.

Education & Research

Future Options Room

Developed categorization and retrieval system for organizing future options in business, government, education, scientific research, non-profits and other disciplines (FOR, 1975)

In 1974, established one of the first futures research consulting firms, Future Options Room (FOR) with partners Jerry Glenn and Roy Mason with a distinguished board of futurists including Alvin Toffler (author of Future Shock), Herman Kahn (Founder of the Hudson Institute), and Ted Gordon (Founder of the Futures Group).

Discovery at Briggs Pond

As part of masters degree program in Education at the University of Massachusetts, worked with leading New England educators and large suburban real estate developers exploring how to design and build new kinds of educational communities (Discovery at Briggs Pond, 1970) and Supplemental and Alternative Programs (SAP Directory, 1972).

Briggs Pond, Mass.

Smart Alec

At Scienco (see below) I designed one of the first microprocessor-based computers for children that many years later was popularized by Leapfrog.

Other Educational Projects

  • VIX (Video Information Exchange), a pioneer in the sharing of information over cable (1983)
  • Formed a non-profit foundation to provide a variety of educational materials, programs, and funding to support researchers and students in neurosciences and bioengineering  (Brain Research Institute,1984)
  • Created an incubator for the artificial intelligence industry which brokered management, marketing, and technical services for the nascent AI industry (AI Group ,1985)
  • Designed web-based knowledge/research portals for aggregating information and knowledge on a particular topic with subject matter experts as guides and curators, online peer review and easy to create and administer web sites (Web Health Directory (2005)

Technology Entrepreneurship


Founder and partner(1976 to 1982). Scientific Entertainment Corporation (Scienco). Scienco and its engineers designed and co-developed some of the first consumer applications of the microprocessor  targeting the toy and game industry.

Scienco was also responsible for the design of ROM, the first cyborg toy that was marketed by Parker Brothers which became the inspiration for the Marvel comic series of the same name.


Designed and developed one of the first pen-based, pocket-sized handheld computers that featured multipurpose data management and voice/data/video communications i.e. a smartphone (Uni,1990) and some of the early tablet PCs (TelePad Sl, 1991 and the TelePad 3, 1994). Founder and chair of tablet computer company, TelePad Corporation. Took TelePad public as majority shareholder and raised 30 million dollars in equity capital in the first year (1993-94). Telepad was a pioneer in outsourcing electronics manufacturing in Taiwan in addition to  final assembly in US as one of IBM’s first outside manufacturing clients (TelePad, 1995).

TelePad’s initial product development efforts focused on the Uni in 1990.  The Uni was a smartphone prototype designed and developed with the principal developers of the Amiga Computer. The Uni could be operated with a pen or by touch, had voice communications and data modem capability, and much of the computer functionality of the early Palm  handheld computers.

Smartphone and tablet designs 1990

The TelePad SL in 1991 was one the first tablet computers to use Windows Pen Computing software.

TelePad SL

TheTelePad 3, which I was the principal designer, was considered a “a complete rethinking of what a portable computer should be and, in our opinion, succeeded brilliantly” according to Pen Computing magazine in a 1995 issueTelePad 3

Roku Technologies

Conceived and designed a patented, object-oriented, PC-based software platform that was organized around six basic types of information: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How (CUE systems later renamed Roku Technologies, 1996).  Led the conceptual design, product development, and strategy for an industry leader in wireless communications between mobile devices and PCs employing an Internet version of the CUE software in one of the first  peer to peer systems  (Roku, 1998). Formed equity  and joint venture partnerships with major technology companies such as Hewlett Packard, Nextel, and 3Com (Roku Technologies, 1997-2000) and raised over ten million dollars in venture capital.

At Roku, Joy also developed a half dollar-sized device that could be attached to PCs, phones, and other electronic equipment to exchange information and commands between these devices.  Sun Microsystems assisted Roku with the software development and Dallas Semiconductor built the initial prototypes.

Article in Forbes magazine.

Executive Summary below

Air Technology

Developed some of the first applications for 3D topical online environments using standard DHTML and XML web software.  Topical worlds were visualized as graphical isands (iLands, 2001) and digitized representations of real world places (CitiLands, 2003) later adapted for the District of Columbia Government  as the DC Bird’s-eye Tour  (2004).

Space Design & Construction

Projects: Dupont Circle Office Building in Washington, DC;  Bedford Springs eventually evolved into the present Bedford Springs Resort & Conference Center; Planet Restaurant & Internet Cafe, Roku Technology office spaces, and various GMU space related projects.

Commercial Real Estate Development

Dupont Circle Building

Partner  from  1985-1990  in a DC based commercial development firm, CDC, that renovated numerous historic buildings  in DC and Pennsylvania,

I was responsible for the acquisition, design, and development of the 200,000 square feet Dupont Circle Office Building at 1350 Connecticut Ave. in Washington, DC.

Bedford Springs Hotel and Conference Center

Part owner and oversaw the design of an executive conference center as part of a 2300 acre historic PA resort in Bedford Springs(1987-1989)… Bedford Springs eventually evolved into the present Bedford Springs Resort & Conference Center.

Planet Restaurant:  First ‘Internet Cafe’

The Planet Restaurant- World's First Internet (Cyber) Cafe 1980

 Conceived and financed in 1980 world’s first Internet (Cyber) cafe called “The Planet Restaurant”.  We connected three terminals in a lounge to the Source (first online news and game service developed by William Von Meister, inspiration for AOL) as well as New Jersey Institute of Technology’s EIS  computer conferencing system .

Internet cafe and 200 seat restaurant located at 1317 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC, three blocks north of the White House.

Space Design

Also designed innovative office and conference spaces while at Roku.

Roku offices

2C Lab (GMU – 2009 to 2011)

 In partnership with Hank Wolf  formed 2C Lab to facilitate creativity and collaboration (the two “C”s).  One implementation was developing new ways to integrate information and communications technologies into new and renovated office and small conference spaces which we called “Flex Offices” . A student club, Women in Neuroscience, was started and used Flex space for a year and won the educational club of the year award in 2011. Technology ideas now incorporated into SPACS hallways, offices, and lounge/seminar rooms.

College of Science Showcase (GMU – 2006 to 2013)

Designed a multi-purpose video conference facility in the Johnson Center (2006) – to educate present and future Mason students in the disciplines and opportunities in science.. evolved into the College of Science Showcase on the first floor of the Observatory Tower.  First implementation included a 4 x 4 matrix of sixteen 30” high resolution Apple displays driven by four Mac Pros.

Second phase includes 8’ x 12 ‘ projection wall and two 70” LCD displays driven by three Mac minis with multi-purpose furniture and video capture/streaming/conferencing system.

Other GMU Projects

While researching how a research university functions at George Mason University, I was involved with facilitating and catalyzing a number of projects.

Some of the projects I facilitated include the creation of a Geospatial Intelligence certificate program; a multi-purpose meeting and presentation facility; and 2C Lab formed to facilitate Creativity and Collaboration including the creation of “Flex Offices” for faculty.

Information Technology and Communications Projects

Thematic websites (2010-2015)

Developed numerous websites based on various themes to facilitate Mason faculty, students, staff, and the public to find the people and organizations related to a particular topic. These websites included:  Mason Research, Mason Entrepreneurship, Mason SustainabilityMason Big Data, Mason Global Problem Solving, and Mason Global.

Global Environmental Network Center(GEN, 2005-2006)

Assisted in the conceptualization and creation of a research center seeking to improve the simulation of future environmental scenarios

> Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (2007)

Worked with an associate provost to clarify, detail, and propose the Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (or MINDS@ Mason as I called it). Identified dynamic modeling simulation and simulation research and resources in COS & Mason.

> Well-being at Mason (2007 to present)… first project with Gary Kreps, Chair of the Department of Communication, … Games for Health poster for Mhealth Summit 2010 based on fitness wellness project built around a health monitoring device that Sivix  developed. Current project March Madness for Total Fitness..

> the Mason Web (2006 to present)  COS website-

Proposed dynamic, interconnected websites College of Science for  faculty, students, staff, research center, department, and the College main site.  Recommended the use of the open source content management system Drupal.  COS implemented Drupal for the College website

DCHC 2017 conference website (2017)

> Developed a website for the Department of Communication and their DCHC 2017 conference. Website is a members only site for conference attendees and co-authors of conference papers and posters.

Education and Research Projects

Strategic plan for COS (spring 2006)

Asked by co-Dean of the new College of Science  to articulate a number of possible development goals for COS that I had been proposing

Geospatial Intelligence Institute (2006-07)

Identified an opportunity to leverage the College of Science Belmont Bay campus efforts and the relocation of the National Geospatial Agency to Fort Belvoir through the creation of a GEOINT graduate program (launched with a certificate program and now includes a masters program)

Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (2007)

Worked with an associate provost to clarify, detail, and propose the Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (or MINDS@ Mason as I called it). Identified dynamic modeling simulation and simulation research and resources in COS & Mason.

> SEOR capstone projects (2007-2008)

Sivix Corporation, a company that Joy founded in 2006, sponsored and supported  two student senior capstone projects for the Systems Engineering Department… RFID Tracking System and River Quaility Monitoring which won a national competittion..

> Well-being at Mason (2007 to present)…

First project with Gary Kreps, Chair of the Department of Communication, … Games for Health poster for Mhealth Summit 2010 based on fitness wellness project built around a health monitoring device that Sivix  developed. Current project  March Madness for Total Fitness.




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