Scott Joy


Chair and Chief Strategy Officer: onAir Networks
Network Admin: Neuroscience Knowledge Network

Scott Joy has been developing and applying leading-edge technologies for the past forty years. Scott was founder and Chair of the first tablet PC company to become a public corporation as well as the first P2P Internet company to integrate smart phones with email.

onAir Networks is licensing its online knowledge sharing software system to Open Network Alliance, a non-profit social enterprise, that is developing open access public Hubs focused initially on Health and Science. The Neuroscience Knowledge Network is part of Open Networks (ON).


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Scott Joy has been pursuing innovative technology applications for the past 40 years. For slide show on previous projects, go here.

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 that 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.  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.

As co-founder of Sivix Corporation (2006-present), Joy has assisted in the design of a variety of mobile communications and communications devices for security, health, and logistics applications.

Scott’s major focus for the past 14 years has been developing Air Networks, a knowledge network system with many unique features such as enabling authors to own and share their content across multiple public and custom networks and Hubs.  At Air Networks, Scott has developed, with Air’s engineering team, some of the first applications for 3D topical online environments using standard DHML and XML web software later adapted for the District of Columbia Government as the DC Bird’s-eye Tour. Air Networks has also developed numerous websites for various departments, research centers, and administrative units at George Mason University.

Education & Research

  • 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)
  • Established one of the first futures research consulting firms with Jerome C. Glenn and leading futurists including Alvin Toffler, Herman Kahn, Ted Gordon, and Willis Harman  (Future Options Room, 1974)
  • Designed one of the first microprocessor-base computers for children (Smart Alec, 1978)
  • Designed and co-developed  some of the first consumer applications of the microprocessor licensed to Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers ,and other toy and game companies (Scientific Entertainment Company, 1979)
  • 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)

Information Management & Communications

  • Developed categorization and retrieval system for organizing future options in business, government, education, scientific research, non-profits and other disciplines (FOR, 1975)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Sivix Corporation was started with a former Apple systems engineer to provide students and faculty at universities with a one button emergency communications device. Product development has included mobile sensing devices and wellness solutions (2007 to2012) Presently working with Georgia Tech engineering group on applying nanosensors for patient monitoring system.

Notes to Information Management and Communications Projects:

1)  Eleven  patents in consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, and the Internet.

2) Took public a tablet computer company as Founder, Chairman/CTO, and majority shareholder and raised 30 million dollars in equity capital in the first year (TelePad Corporation, 1993-1994)

3) Pioneered outsourcing in electronics manufacturing in Taiwan in addition to  final assembly in US as one of IBM’s first outside manufacturing clients (TelePad, 1995)

4) 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.

Space Design & Construction

  • Conceived, co-designed and built a four story, theme restaurant and futures club three blocks from the White House. Introduced  the first Internet Cafe- connecting three terminals in a lounge to the Source (first online news and game service) and EIS (the first computer-conferencing system (The Planet, 1981)
  • One of two partners in a commercial development company that spearheaded numerous historic renovations in DC and Pennsylvania. Lead partner in the acquisition, design, and development of the Dupont Circle Building in Washington, DC and the design of an executive conference center as part of the Bedford Springs resort in Pa. (CDC, 1985-1990)
  • Designed and oversaw the construction of an innovative high tech office renovation with state of the art meeting rooms, offices, video production and recreational spaces (Roku Technologies, 1999) and a unique, glass-enclosed office/brainstorming retreat with large screen displays and interactive interface technologies surrounded by a park (Chantilly, Va, 2002)
  • While researching how a research university functions at George Mason University, Scott was involved with facilitating and catalyzing numerous projects in Information Technology and Communications; Education and Research, and  Tools and Spaces.  Some of the projects he spearheaded include the creation of a Geospatial Intelligence certificate program (2006-7); a multi-purpose meeting and presentation facility (COS Showcase 2007- present); and 2C Lab (2008 thru 2011) formed to facilitate Creativity and Collaboration including “Flex Offices” that integrated information and communications technologies into new and renovated office and small conference spaces.


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