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Speakers & Mentors | Lean Startup Conference 2013. Mureen Allen, MD, MS, MA, FACP currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Clinical and Affordability Lead for Optum’s Relationship Office. Dr. Allen previously served as the Vice President for clinical informatics strategy for OptumInsight. Dr. Allen has held a number of positions in the healthcare technology industry. She has worked on a variety of health information technology (IT) initiatives, including solutions directed to physicians. Dr. Allen is committed to the development of IT solutions that improve the delivery of health care. Dr. Cindy Alvarez runs User Experience and Product Design for Yammer (a Microsoft company).

Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies. Kent has been a consistent innovator in software development for 30 years. Steve Blank is the author of Four Steps to the Epiphany and Startup Owners Manual. Brian M. 2013 Speakers | Money2020. Speakers | EmTech 2013 | MIT Technology Review. The Golden Age Of Management Is Now. Sandra Blakeslee : Science Writer. Jeff Hawkins. 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] Early life and career[edit] Hawkins grew up with an inventive family on the north shore of Long Island.

They developed a floating air cushion platform that was used for waterfront concerts. He attended Cornell University, where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1979. Grok[edit] They have been using biological information about the structure of the neocortex to guide the development of their theory on how the brain works. Numenta, Inc., was founded in 2005 to be a catalyst in the emerging field of machine intelligence. Neuroscience[edit] In 2002, after two decades of finding little interest from neuroscience institutions, Hawkins founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute in Menlo Park, California. References[edit] Books[edit] Gear Analytics - Who we are. 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. Xavier has extensive knowledge in Predictive Modelling and hands-on experience in a variety of projects (risk management, strategic planning, product development, M&A, Embedded Value calculation, financial and management reporting and tenders for Business Intelligence and Accounting software) and held key roles in international bancassurance partnerships and acquisitions.

His research on Extreme Value Theory techniques was published in the French Actuarial Journal in 2010. Rita Gunther McGrath | Author. Speaker. Consultant. Professor Nigel Shadbolt. Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FREng FBCS Nigel Shadbolt is an academic and commentator who studies and writes about open data, artificial intelligence, computer and web science. During his 33 year career, he has also worked in philosophy, psychology and linguistics. In 2013 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours “for services to science and engineering”. Today, Nigel draws together this multidisciplinary expertise to focus on understanding how the web is evolving and changing society. He is passionate about how humans and computers can solve problems together at web scale: Nigel says: “Society will change because of three developments - open innovation – allows any one to participate and contribute to the generation of new insights, content and knowledge. Current roles Nigel is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton and is Head of the Web and Internet Science Group within Electronics and Computer Science.

Looking for top tech talent here in NZ. 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.'s 30 Under 30 America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.

JESS3 was also named Ad Age's Gold winner Small Agency of the Year in the Southeast of the States. The agency, based in Washington DC, specialises in data visualisation, its services ranging from User Interface/User experience (UI/UE), animation, content creation and digital PR to developing large-scale installations, social strategies, data visualisations and infographics. Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture' : All Tech Considered. Hide captionKenyan 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 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. 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. A group like Akirachix would have been unthinkable even five years ago. Kenya has laid hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable.

But you need more than tech giants and broadband and even money to launch a local tech industry. Bridging The Gender Gap Susan Oguya is also an Akirachick. Solving Local Problems. Minds at Work : What Is Minds At Work ® : What We Do. Frances Westley | Social Innovation Generation. 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. Explore the full Wired 2012 agenda - PDF download. 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. Troy Carter, David Karp and Lily Cole speaking on 'Building a Business on Social' and there will be guest curated sessions on 'The Future of Cities and on Astounding Creativity'.

"Thomas Heatherwick and Alexa Meade will lead a session entitled 'Re-think What You See'. Individual programme session subjects include: DAY ONE - Thursday 25 October. The desert of the unreal. 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!

And now it’s the space race for skyscrapers.” Together, musician Al Qadiri and writer Al-Maria have coined the term “Gulf futurism” to describe their subversive new aesthetic, which draws on the region’s hypermodern infrastructure, globalised cultural kitsch and repressive societal norms to form a critique of a dystopian future-turned-reality. Phillip D. Long, Ex-Officio | Learning Spaces Collaboratory. 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. CAL Entertainment.

Digitak immersion: Inventing the Future with Robert Tercek, Transmedia storyteller. 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. Variety has named him one of the “Digital Dozen” most influential players in new media. The Industry Standard dubbed him a “TV Anarchist”.

Tercek has served in executive leadership roles at major media companies, most recently as President of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and previously as Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Sony Pictures Entertainment and earlier as Creative Director at MTV: Music Television. To design interactive products, Mr Tercek draws upon his broad experience as a television director, game designer, artist, and educator.

MediaShift Idea Lab . Authors. The Most Innovative Digital Coverage of Superstorm #Sandy. 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. Newhouse School. In that role, I’m adopting an Idea Lab “beat” that I call “Journovation“ that seeks to put the spotlight on innovative ways that journalists, and the people formerly known as the audience, do their jobs. First up: natural disaster reporting thanks to Superstorm Sandy. Disasters bring out many of the most predictable cliches of traditional media (reporters standing in the middle of a storm surge, photos of empty store shelves, and worse), but they also lead to some of the best and most impactful work by journalists, computer programmers, and online services.

Here’s a short list of innovative coverage that I drew up with Brian Moritz, a Newhouse doctoral student who helps with the Journovation Journal. Data Visualization, Infographics and Social Media More Reading. Big History at Macquarie - Macquarie University. What is Big History Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified and interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity. Big History is ambitious - it seeks understanding by bringing together and linking the knowledge available in many different scholarly disciplines.

Alexander von Humboldt sought a synthesis of nature and history more than 150 years ago, but was restricted by the limitations of scientific knowledge in his time. H.G. Wells attempted a Universal History in his 'Outline of History'. Big History offers us the possibility to understand our universe, our world, and our humanity in a new way. Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone...

Van Gogh's' Starry Night Over the Rhone was painted in Arles, in September 1888. This sense is experienced by astronauts in the 'overview effect' - as they see planet earth from space. Big History Institute Macquarie University is the intellectual birthplace of Big History. Speakers and Performers » The Institute of Art and Ideas. Hoover Institution. Opening | Techonomy. Speaker Excerpts We think there’s a hole in the dialogue about progress.

The role of technology as a tool is underappreciated. We do believe that revolutions are underway. There’s a fear now that resources cannot match needs. John Marshall Roberts – Keynote Speaker and Consultant for Strategic Business and Social Change. Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. The Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world. Welcome to the first Wired Smart List. We set out to discover the people who are going to make an impact on our future --by asking today's top achievers who, emerging in their field, they'd most like to have a leisurely lunch or dinner with. So we approached some of the world's brightest minds -- from Melinda Gates to Ai Weiwei -- to nominate one fresh, exciting thinker who is influencing them, someone whose ideas or experience they feel are transformative. Some suggested names you may be aware of, others might be new. Either way, they're all people you really need to know about.

And wired will be inviting all nominators and nominees to a giant dinner party... Richard Branson -- entrepreneur selects Lesego Malatsi -- designer Lesego Malatsi has a business called Mzansi Designers Emporium, based in Johannesburg. Geoffrey West -- theoretical physicict selects David Krakauer David Krakauer is a true polymath, full of ideas and creativity. Mona Eltahawy. Smart People To Follow On Twitter. Biog. Forum. Amy Sun. FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey. The DaVinci Institue - A community of entrepreneurs and visionary thinkers. Iceland Speakers. Join the Club. Business Speakers | HR pro Sharlyn Lauby on workplace issues.

BIF-8. The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012. The (En)Rich List | The (En)Rich List. Australian Ideas Worth Spreading. Cheat Sheet For Hiring And Paying Professional Speakers. Todd Watson - Walter Isaacson: The Stuff of Great Innovators. Shanghai President's Lecture with Harry C. Hui. Mr. Harry C. Hui. Harry Hui: Executive Profile & Biography. Brainstorm Tech 2012. Front End of Innovation 2012. Yvonne Cagle (6/2007) Ex-Apple Designer Creates Teaching UI That "Kills Math" Using Data Viz. Dr. Astro Teller - Entrepreneur, Author, and Scientist. Nielsen, M.: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.

Kevin Niall Dunbar | University of Maryland - Academia.edu. Selena Griffith » UNSW COFA - College of Fine Arts. Sherry Turkle (Cultural Analyst) 2011 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship | Brandeis University International Business School: Business, Economics and Finance for Global Leadership. 408604) (15) SMLXL Incubate 2.0: designing business success in a non-linear world. (15) My experience at the Do Lectures. Ferran Adria – speaking at Google and his new book — blog.jedchristiansen.com. Blprnt.blg | Jer Thorp. Generation Flux: danah boyd. 17 Women To Rock Stage @TED2012. Conference Calendar. Marketing Speaker | Branding Speaker | Keynote Marketing Speaker | Rohit Bhargava.

Keynote: Rohit Bhargava on The Seductive Myth Of Brand Storytelling: Why Some Stories Work And Most Don't. Dr Paul Howard-Jones - Neuroscience, Games & Learning. Contact Us | One Week Job. Occupy the Future: TribeSourcing the Revolution... Suresh Fernando. Here's The Crack Team Of Super-Geniuses Google Invited To Hash Out The World's Top Problems.