World class innovators/speakers
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Jeffrey Hawkins (born June 1, 1957, in Huntington, New York ) is the founder of Palm Computing (where he invented the Palm Pilot ) [ 1 ] and Handspring (where he invented the Treo ). [ 2 ] He has since turned to work on neuroscience full-time, founded the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (formerly the Redwood Neuroscience Institute) in 2002, and published On Intelligence describing his memory-prediction framework theory of the brain. In 2003 he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering "for the creation of the hand-held computing paradigm and the creation of the first commercially successful example of a hand-held computing device." Hawkins also serves on the Advisory Board of the Secular Coalition for America and offers advice to the coalition on the acceptance and inclusion of nontheism in American life. [ 3 ]
Xavier Conort is the Managing Director and founder of Gear Analytics. Xavier is a Fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries with more than 12 years’ working experience in France, Brazil, China and Singapore for CNP (Life Insurance) and AXA (General Insurance). Prior to moving to Singapore in 2009 Xavier was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary of Sino-French Life Assurance, the joint venture between CNP and China Post in China.
Discovery Driven Planning is a Harvard Business Review best-seller and has been adopted by companies all over the world as a key innovation tool. Rita McGrath’s main argument is that most established companies have everything they need to take advantage of high-growth opportunities, with one exception: the right disciplines. Her entertaining and provocative sessions will help you and your people understand the disciplines that work to drive innovation and growth. Selected Topics
Professor Nigel Shadbolt FREng CEng FBCS CITP CPsychol Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the University of Southampton and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group. He is a Director of the Web Science Trust , and of the Web Foundation - both organisations have a common commitment to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web's positive impact on society. In June 2009 together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee he was appointed an Information Advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information.
Jesse Thomas, the rising US entrepreneurial star with his digital creative agency, JESS3, is looking to set up a New Zealand office, most likely in Auckland. "When I started the agency, I always thought of NZ as a place to have an office," says the American who has dual citizenship with New Zealand, thanks to Hamilton-born parents. "Auckland has always been my number one location for an office," says Thomas. His parents are hoping to retire to Waiheke Island from Washington DC in the next couple of years. Thomas, with his co-founder, was named in 2012 as Inc.'
Kenyan Susan Oguya created an app to help farmers in her homeland. Shown here in the office of her company, M-Farm, she also belongs to the group Akirachix, which seeks to bring more Kenyan women into the tech world. Gregory Warner When a collective of female computer programmers in Kenya needed a name for their ladies-only club, they took their inspiration from the Japanese cult film Akira. "So akira is a Japanese word. It means energy and intelligence.
MINDS AT WORK ® helps individuals, teams, and organizations make those personal and collective changes that are most important to them-- but have proven resistant even to thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions. We bring our method to our public workshops, organizational consultation, customized programming, personal coaching and coach-certification programs. What makes us distinctive is that all of our services are built on 30 years of research and innovation at Harvard University by our two founding partners, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.
Frances Westley joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007. In this capacity she is one of the principle leads in a Canada wide initiative in social innovation, SiG (Social Innovation Generation), a cross sectoral partnership to build capacity for social innovation in Canada funded by the J.W McConnell Family Foundation, University of Waterloo and the Ontario government. At University of Waterloo she leads a research team dedicated to understanding social innovation, and has designed both graduate and undergraduate curricula in social innovation. Dr. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems.
Wired 2012 will explore the ideas, innovations and people that are reshaping our world and will be an amazing two-day programme of inspiration, discovery and knowledge sharing. Here's what you can expect over the two days of 25-26 October 2012. Download the Agenda PDF Speaking about the agenda for Wired 2012, David Rowan, Editor of Wired said, "Ajaz Ahmed and Stefan Olander will be among speakers in a session on 'The New Rules of Business'. We will also have another speaker strand which will examine 'The Power of Data'. "Sessions at Wired 2012 will examine 'The Unfinished Social Revolution', with speakers from the front line of online activism.
Gleaming sci-fi skylines against inhabitable barren landscapes feature heavily in western ideas of the future, but in Gulf they are already a reality. Arab-American artists Fatima Al Qadiri and Sophia Al-Maria grew up in the oil-rich region. “The first thing you notice is this unbelievable horizon – deserts with massive blue, pink and green skies,” says Al Qadiri. “It’s like you’re on the surface of another planet… the starkness creates this post-apocalyptic feel. When you’re surrounded by sand and sky, there are no limits to the gargantuanism you can dream of – the Hanging Gardens of Babylon , the Tower of Babel , these are all Arab ideas!
Phil Long is Director of the Centre for Education Innovation and Technology (CEIT) at the University of Queensland. In this position, he is on a five-year mission to find out more about how technology can enhance active-learning, involved in CEIT’s research on environments that have potential to innovate teaching, learning, and creativity, This includes research, development, and dissemination of educational innovation through the strategic use of physical and virtual spaces and technology. With CEIT colleagues, Long is working to foster a community of scholarship with technological innovators and researchers around the world, sharing research interests focusing on designing built pedagogies, both physical and virtual, to support active learning and research collaboration.
Robert Tercek is one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, telecommunications and software. In 2009, he was named one of the “25 Executives to Watch” by Digital Media Wire .
The Most Innovative Digital Coverage of Superstorm #Sandy by Dan Pacheco ( Bio ), November 1, 2012 Tagged: coverage , hurricane , media , natural disaster reporting , sandy , superstorm Updated Nov. 5, 2:15 p.m. EDT. While I've been blogging on Idea Lab since 2008, this is my first post since starting my new job as the Peter Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at Syracuse University's S.I.
The Big History Institute provides a hub for scholars interested in interdisciplinary research on fundamental scholarly problems. The Institute also provides a focus for Macquarie University's teaching, in-service training, and knowledge dissemination in Big History. Macquarie University is the intellectual birthplace of Big History. Whilst exploring conceptions of history on very large scales Professor David Christian coined the term "Big History" to argue for an expansion of the temporal and disciplinary limits of history. Big History has since emerged worldwide as an exciting area of interdisciplinary research and teaching.
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