Speakers

2011

TEDxSilicon Valley is bringing together some of the most inspiring speakers around the theme of Living by Numbers at Stanford University on May 14.

Directions to TEDx Silicon Valley 2011

We are always looking for remarkable stories on how technologies and creative thinking can positively impact social change. If you want to nominate a speaker for a future TEDx Silicon Valley, please write us at speakers@tedxsv.org.

 

Tim O’Reilly

O’Reilly Media

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Summit. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar, “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is on the boards of CollabNet, Safari Books Online and Code for America, and is a partner in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

 

Dr. Bernardo A. Huberman 

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Stanford University

Bernardo is the Director of the Social Computing Lab at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, a Senior HP Fellow, and a faculty member in the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. Bernardo has created novel mechanisms for enhancing privacy and trust in e-commerce and negotiations, and currently works on designing novel mechanisms for discovering and aggregating information in distributed systems, and understanding information dynamics in large networks. He serves as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has authored numerous publications and won many distinguished awards for his work and research.

 

Kriss Deiglmeier

Kriss Deiglmeier

Kriss Deiglmeier

Stanford University

Kriss Deiglmeier is the founding executive director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has more than 20 years of management experience spanning the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.

Upon coming to CSI, Kriss marshaled support for a new mission that has established the CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field. Kriss is recognized as a pioneer in the social innovation field and has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships, as well as guest-lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Hitotsubashi University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, and Nagoya University.

 

Sinan Aral 

NYU Stern School of Business

Sinan Aral is a faculty member at the NYU Stern School of Business and affiliated faculty at MIT. His research focuses on social contagion and measuring and managing how information diffusion in massive social networks affects information worker productivity, consumer demand and viral marketing. Sinan’s research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship (2010), an NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2009), four best paper awards at the International Conference on Information Systems, the ACM SIGMIS Best Dissertation Award (2007) and the IBM Faculty Award (2009). He has been a Fulbright Scholar, serves on the board of SocialAmp, a social commerce startup, and is currently an organizer of the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN): http://www.winworkshop.net. His work has been published or is forthcoming in leading journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, Marketing Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science, Organization Science and the Sloan Management Review, and has been mentioned in popular press outlets such as the Economist, the New York Times, Businessweek, Wired and CIO Magazine. Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University and holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University. He received his PhD from MIT. You can find him on twitter @sinanaral

 

Robert Strong 

Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician, has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between! Twice voted San Francisco’s ‘Best Comedian’, Robert has appeared on every major television network, in more than 40 different countries, and twice at the White House. Inspired by TEDxSV 2009, Robert launched a speaker series, Comedy Talks, in 2010 that celebrates the lives and careers of comedy legends.

 

George Legrady

University of California, Santa Barbara

George Legrady is Professor of Interactive Media and director of the Media Arts & Technology Experimental Visualization Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His interactive installations have been featured internationally in Asia, Europe and North America at places such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art; the International Center for Photography, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and many other places. He has received awards from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Canada Council. His commission for the Seattle Public Library is one of the few digital artworks to collect and parse data since 2005. “We Are Stardust” realized in collaborative with the NASA Spitzer Science Center at Caltech was featured at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in winter 2010. His artwork in interactive, digital media explores the intersections between culture, narrative and emerging technologies.

 

Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale

Palantir Technologies

In 2004, Joe Lonsdale cofounded Palantir Technologies – a software company in Palo Alto, California which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. Palantir is a market leader in several government segments, is widely used by large hedge funds and banks, and is one of the fastest growing mid-size companies in Silicon Valley. Joe currently serves as CEO of Addepar, an emerging leader in private wealth management technology, and is the President of Anduin, which specializes in early-stage venture investing. He is also the Chairman of the Board for ONEHope Wine, a national wine brand partnered with the Mondavi family and a leader in cause marketing technology, and is an advisor to several Silicon Valley technology companies. Previously, he worked with the financial arm of PayPal while at university and then joined as an early executive at Clarium Capital, and was a key player in growing Clarium into a $5-billion AUM world-class global macro hedge fund during his five year tenure. Joe has a variety of philanthropic pursuits including sitting on the Board of Strive for College and The Seasteading Institute. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2003, where he also studied Economics and Mathematics.

 

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Chris Anderson

Wired

As editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson is one of the most knowledgeable, insightful and articulate voices at the center of the new economy. In a series of groundbreaking articles and books, he has identified important new trends in the economy and described new business models for seizing the business opportunities they represent. With his New York Times bestseller The Long Tail, he named the rise of the niche as a powerful new force in our economy-why the future of business is selling small quantities of more things to the few people who want those things; how all of those small communities together make up a vast market potential, and how the efficiencies of digital and web technology make it possible.

 

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Damon Horowitz

Google

Dr. Damon Horowitz is a Philosophy Professor and Serial Entrepreneur. His work explores what is possible at the boundaries of technology and the humanities. Horowitz was co-founder and CTO of Aardvark, the popular social search engine. Aardvark was acquired in 2010 by Google, where Horowitz is now In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz helped build several companies around applications of intelligent language processing, including Perspecta (acquired by Excite), Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and NewsDB (now Daylife).Horowitz has taught philosophy and cognitive science at Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison. He speaks at conferences ranging from TED to AAAI to Web2.0, and his work has been featured in media ranging from the New York Times to Discovery Channel to TechCrunch. Horowitz was recently named one of the AdAge “Creativity 50″ most inspiring thinkers and innovators of 2010.Horowitz earned his B.A. from Columbia, M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Media Lab, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford.

 

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Patrick Philippe Meier

International Network of Crisis Mappers

Patrick Philippe Meier is an international networker and connector. He is the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and previously co-directed Harvard University’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. He has consulted for many international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on numerous crisis mapping and conflict early warning projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. Patrick is a recognized expert and thought leader on the intersection between new technologies, early warning, civil resistance, human rights and humanitarian response. He has written extensively on these topics and has presented his work at numerous high-profile conferences worldwide.Patrick is also completing his PhD at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Program on Liberation Technologies. He is on the Board of Digital Democracy, the Meta-Activism Project and the Konpa Group. Patrick has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and is an alumnus of the Sante Fe Institute’s (SFI) Complex Systems Program.

 

Jeff Hammerbacher

Cloudera

Jeff was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners in 2008 immediately prior to co-founding Cloudera. Before Accel, he conceived, built, and led the Data team at Facebook. The Data team was responsible for driving many of the applications of statistics and machine learning at Facebook, as well as building out the infrastructure to support these tasks for massive data sets. The team produced two open source projects: Hive, a system for offline analysis built above Hadoop, and Cassandra, a structured storage system on a P2P network. Before joining Facebook, Jeff was a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University.

 

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Lara Stein

TED and TEDx

Prior to becoming the director of licensing for TED and TEDx, Lara Stein was President of Comedylab Productions, Inc. (formerly iCAST Comedy), overseeing programming and content development, and played a key role in all strategic planning and business development. Ms. Stein has extensive experience in broadband entertainment programming, animation and interactive Web development, having held senior management positions at Nelvana Entertainment, Microsoft’s MSN online entertainment division, and iXL, a leading interactive and web development agency. Ms. Stein joined TheComedylab from iXL’s eTV/Broadband unit where, as President, she oversaw production, new business development, acquisitions and management for all next generation platform projects. Prior to heading up iXL’s eTV/Broadband division, Stein founded and built iXL’s NY office, eventually managing a team of over 250 individuals. Stein also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN unit, where she ran MSN’s NY office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development. Prior to Microsoft, Stein was Director of Interactive Publishing and licensing for Marvel Comics.

 

Thomas Goetz

Wired

Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of Wired magazine, where, he says, “My job is to help steer the ship and oversee all editorial efforts. Informally, you could say my job is to be a trend spotter or zeitgeist watcher.” After a decade as a writer and journalist, he went back to school for a Master’s of Public Health from UC Berkeley, informing his coverage of medicine, technology and public policy. In 2010 he published The Decision Tree, a critically-aclaimed look at modern medical decision-making and technology, which former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler called “a game changer.”

 

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Eric Rodenbeck

Stamen

Eric Rodenbeck is Stamen’s founder and creative director. He has been working in, on and around interactive design since 1997, focusing on extending the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. Eric led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired Magazine and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He is a sought-after speaker and has lectured and spoken at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Southern California, numerous O’Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson’s PC Forum, OFF in Barcelona, Lift in Jeju, South Korea, and South by Southwest, among others. Eric was born in New York City, where he studied architecture at Cooper Union, put himself through school by drawing plans for office spaces at the World Trade Center, managing numerous New York farmers’ markets, drafting architectural ornaments in the stoneyard of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and working summers for Kenneth Snelson. He received a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research in 1994. In 2008 he was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest” new designers and thinkers, and one of ID Magazine’s top 40 designers to watch. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

 

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Daniel Kraft

Singularity University

Dr Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, with over 20 years experience in both biomedical research, innovation and clinical practice. He chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and directs its new FutureMed Program which is exploring exponential technologies in health and medicine (ranging from genomics & personalized medicine to robotics and mobile applications). After completing an undergraduate degree in Biochemisty at Brown University, he attended Stanford Medical School, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow and graduated with honors in research. He went on to complete the Harvard Combined Residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He returned to Stanford for fellowships in hematology/oncology and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation at completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the stem cell laboratory of Irv Weissman. He has multiple scientific publications including in Nature and Science. Daniel has served as a member of faculty at the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and on the clinical faculty for pediatric bone marrow transplantation at UCSF. Dr. Kraft has been awarded several patents for his innovations, including in immunology, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. While a fellow at Stanford, participating in the BioDesign program he invented the “MarrowMiner”, a minimally invasive approved device (FDA approved) for the harvest of bone marrow stem cells (now being commercialized by Hospira). Dr. Kraft is also the founder and consulting Chief Medical Officer of RegenMed Systems, a company that develops tools to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. He is a Kaufman fellow and is a venture partner with Proteus Venture Partners. Daniel has a long standing passion for space and aviation, is a private pilot and for the past 11 years has served as flight surgeon, currently with an F-16 squadron in the California Air National Guard. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine and was recently a finalist for astronaut selection with NASA.

 

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Anna Kristina with her duet “DNA Sings”

Singer

Anna Kristina is a California native. Inspired by her artistic mother and bass playing father, Anna has been surrounded by and magnetically attracted to music all her life. Anna performed at her first festival at age 11, singing “Summertime.” She dabbled with many different musical instruments including saxophone, trumpet and piano. Piano has been the consistent instrument of choice. Anna did her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz focusing on Theater Arts and American Studies. She really found her focus continually steering to the exploration of the theater, and the mesmerizing elements of jazz and singing as the lead singer in the band “Jazz on the Line” (later called “2am”). Anna moved to San Francisco to study voice. She had classical voice training in San Francisco under Edward Sayegh. Training combined with constant performing in San Francisco provided the ultimate learning environment. Anna has sung in venues around the Bay Area and beyond, and recorded with jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman and many other world class musicians. She’s performing at TEDx Silicon Valley with her duet “DNA Sings.”

 

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Ruth Kaiser

Spontaneous Smiley

Ruth Kaiser is the creator of SpontaneousSmiley. As Smiley Captain number one Ruth joins us today to make us all smile. Her Smiley philosophy is all about deciding to notice just how great life can be, if you choose to think it is!

Smile. Be happy.
It’s a choice you can choose.
Give it try.
You’ve got nothing to lose.

 

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Jennifer Pahlka

TechWeb

Jennifer Pahlka (Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair) has spent the past 15 years in the company of the technology elite. After graduating cum laude from Yale University, she went to work in the non-profit sector, but soon found herself in the business-to-business technology media world, running the Game Developers Conference. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, overseeing GDC, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo.

 

Mitch Kapor

Information Technology Pioneer

Mitchell Kapor, 60, is a pioneer of the personal computing revolution and has been at the forefront of information technology for 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, angel investor, and activist. He is widely known as founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s.

 

 

 

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Chris Hogg

Health 2.0 advocate

Chris Hogg is a Health 2.0 advocate, tech enthusiast, and researcher/analyst of all things healthcare. Outside of working as a commercial strategist for a major biotech company in the Bay Area he writes and blogs regularly about the changing healthcare landscape, the value and utility of health data, the changing relationship between physician and patient, and technology’s impact on behavioral change.

 

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Jonathan Attwood

Zamzee

Jonathan Attwood is a successful entrepreneur and executive with experience in the development and launch of products for the youth market. Atwood is the CEO of Zamzee, an online rewards program for teens that’s powered by physical activity. Before Zamzee, Jonathan was CEO and founder of the UK-based start-ups SwapitShop and Webswappers, and he’s worked in a variety of business consulting roles. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the UK. Attwood was recognized as one of the top 10 UK business leaders in science and innovation on the Courvoisier The Future 500 list, published by The Guardian.

 

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Yasmin Lukatz

Evo

Yasmin Lukatz is the head of marketing for Evo, a consumer electronics start-up creating the first smartphone controlled remote parenting experience by letting parents know how their baby is doing by listening to their activity and applying smart notifications or streaming. She is also the Chairman of the Board of the Israel Hayom newspaper, Israel’s leading national weekday journal. Prior to joining Evo, Lukatz was the Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands. She received her degree in Business Administration from Stanford in 2006.

 

 

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Brian Krejcarek

GreenGoose

Brian Krejcarek has a passion to build stuff. He is a tech entrepreneur driven to bring unique ideas to market that bridge the real-world with the virtual one. Brian is the founder of GreenGoose, a real-world game platform that uses tiny motion-sensing stickers that attach to everyday objects and track activities such as exercise, drinking water, or flossing teeth. GreenGoose recently raised $500,000 from angel investors.

 

Kevin Carroll 

Katalyst

Kevin Carroll is the acclaimed author of Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work. He travels the globe speaking to businesses and young people about the importance of sport and play in life. He is a dedicated advocate in the Sport for Social Change movement.

 

 

 

 

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Monika Steiner

Artist

“I have always been interested in how abstract concepts express what can’t be understood by the eyes and mind, yet can be clearly felt. I am attracted to spheres because they are nature’s most efficient shape, and to me, the most perfect and mathematically elegant three-dimensional object- conjuring entities as massive as planets all the way down to the shape of sub-atomic particles.” Born in Switzerland, Monika Steiner currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she received her BFA degree from Sonoma State University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and public exhibitions.

 

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Belinda Galiano 

Campus Party

In 1996 Belinda Galiano co-founded Campus Party, which has become Europe and Latin America’s largest technology extravaganza, focusing on innovation, science, and digital entertainment. It’s a 7-day, 24-hour per day festival, where 8,000+ young hackers/developers/gamers and geeks, all equipped with laptops, camp out at the event venue, and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment. Co-chaired by Al Gore, Time Berners-Lee, and Vint Cerf, Campus Party has an exciting announcement to make at TEDx Silicon Valley about coming to the U.S.A.

 

Eoin Harrington 

Musician

Eoin Harrington is a San Francisco-based musician who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Surrounding by music since early childhood, and a classically-trained pianist, Eoin (who is also a chemical engineer), is a songwriter and performer and has released two albums, including Story.

 

 

 

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Tweet Dreams

Twitter Musicians

TweetDreams is a multimedia musical performance made from live Twitter data. During a performance the audience is invited to tweet, and their tweets are displayed and sonified into short melodies. The
tweets of the audience are joined by those of the world, as anyone tweeting with one of our search terms becomes an unwitting participant in this simultaneously local and global musical interaction. TweetDreams is created by Luke Dahl, Jorge Herrera, and Carr Wilkersonat Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

 

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Paul Kedrovsky

Infectious Greed

Dr. Kedrosky is an investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He is a sought-after speaker; a contributing editor for Bloomberg; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; and the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the best known business blogs. He is frequently quoted in major publications around the world.
Dr. Kedrosky is currently a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, where he is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of risk capital. He is also Senior Research Advisor to Ten Asset Management, a southern California institutional money management firm using innovative quantitative techniques in capital markets. He is also a fellow and on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Innovative Financial Technology. He is an advisor to various other companies, institutional investors, and venture capital firms.

 

2009

TEDxSilicon Valley is bringing together some of the most inspiring speakers around the theme of Innovation For Social Change. Feel free to download the program for our inaugural TEDxSV at Stanford University on December 12.

Reid HoffmanReid Hoffman

LinkedIn / Greylock
Reid Hoffman, an entrepreneur and angel investor based in the Silicon Valley, is Executive Chairman and a co-founder of LinkedIn, and in 2009 joined Greylock Partners. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal where he led business and corporate development. After working at Apple Computer and Fujitsu, Hoffman co-founded his first company,SocialNet.com.
Reid serves as Director of a variety of successful Silicon Valley businesses, most in the social media domain, including Mozilla, Six Apart, Kiva.org, Tagged, and Zynga. Reid has also been an investor in Facebook, Flickr, Digg, Nanosolar, Care.com, Last.fm, and several other successful companies.Reid graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in philosophy and a Marshall scholarship.

Peter ThielPeter Thiel

Thiel Foundation / Clarium Capital / Founders Fund
Peter Thiel, best known as the founder of both PayPal (sold to eBay in 2002) and hedge fund Clarium Capital, in 2009 launched the Thiel Foundation, a private foundation based in NYC that defends and promotes freedom in all its dimensions: political, personal and economic. The Thiel Foundation supports innovative scientific research and new technologies that empower people to improve their lives, champions organizations and individuals who expose human rights abuses and authoritarianism in all its guises, and encourages the exploration of new ideas and new spaces where people can be less reliant on government and where freedom can flourish.
Peter also promotes freedom by sponsoring the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Seasteading Institute, and the Human Rights Foundation. He funds the artificial intelligence research of the Singularity Institute. He also aids work against violence through the Oslo Freedom Forum and through the research of philosopher Rene Girard, which is extended and promulgated by Imitatio. Peter occasionally teaches on globalization and sovereignty at Stanford and serves on the board of overseers of the Hoover Institution. He co-produced the film Thank You for Smoking, and was rated a master by the United States Chess Federation. He serves on the board of directors of Facebook and several other companies.

Thomas GoetzThomas Goetz

Executive Editor, Wired Magazine
Thomas has been a journalist for more than 15 years, first reporting on media and business at the Village Voice, then at the Wall Street Journal, followed by a crazed two years at the Industry Standard. Most recently, he’s Executive Editor of Wired Magazine where Thomas oversees all editorial efforts. He describes that job as being “a trend spotter or zeitgeist watcher.”
Thomas Goetz’s forthcoming book, “The Decision Tree” (Feb. 2010 release), proposes a new strategy for making better health decisions in an age of proliferating medical information, direct-to-consumer genomics, health focused social networks, and personal data collection tools. Mr. Goetz shows how a strategy for making better choices – a Decision Tree – can give individuals control over their health, and can significantly improve each of our lives.

David de RothschildDavid de Rothschild

Adventure Ecology
David is the founder of Adventure Ecology, an organization that harnesses the power of dreams, adventures and stories in order to inspire, educate and activate individuals, communities and business’s to start moving towards a smarter more sustainable planet 2.0 way of living.
In 2006 David spent over 100 days crossing The Arctic, becoming one of only 42 people, and the youngest British person, to reach both geographical poles. Prior to this, David had already become one of only 14 people to traverse the continent of Antarctica, and was part of a team that broke the world record for the fastest ever crossing of the Greenland Icecap. David is the author of both The Global Warming Survival Handbook, Dorling Kindersley Earth Matters and the host of Sundance Channel’s Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living.
Accolades include, National Geographic Society ‘Emerging Explorer’ and The World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ and UNEP ‘Climate Hero’.

Clay CarsonDr. Clayborne Carson

Professor of History, Stanford University
Director, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, remains the definitive history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1985 the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Dr. Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project, a component of the Institute, has produced six volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peter HirschbergJosette MelchorPeter Hirshberg & Josette Melchor

Gray Area Foundation
Peter and Josette co-founded Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Guided by the principles of openness, collaboration, and resource sharing, our programs promote creativity at the intersection of art, design, sound, and technology.
The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Recent projects include Seaquence, an online social music experiment that allows users to create step-sequencer micro-compositions.
Peter Hirshberg is a veteran Silicon Valley executive and co-founder and chair of The Conversation Group and acts as chair the advisory board of Technorati, web marketing companies. He’s also a TED speaker. Previously Peter served as president and CEO of Gloss.com, the online prestige beauty business co-owned by Estee Lauder Companies, Chanel and Clarins and was founder and CEO of Elemental Software (sold to Macromedia in 1999). During his nine-year tenure at Apple Computer, Peter ran enterprise marketing, where he grew Apple’s large business and government revenue to $1 billion annually. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton.
Josette Melchor is the Executive Director of Gray Area Foundation for the building social consciousness through digital culture. By funding and curating projects that offer insightful perspective on the information of our age, using the technologies of our time, GAFFTA provides a means to decode and humanize the evolving global database. Josette’s previous projects include Gray Area Gallery and Gray Area Beacon, a new media arts program that she founded in 2008 with Peter. She has facilitated many large- and small-scale events up and down the west coast including notable pioneering media artists.

Nancy LublinNancy Lublin

DoSomething.org
Nancy Lublin is the CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org, the largest organization in America for young people and social change. She is also the founder of Dress for Success, the organization that helps women transition from welfare to work. She created Dress for Success with a $5,000 inheritance she received from her “Poppy Max.” Dress for Success now exists in 96 cities in 8 countries and has helped nearly 1 million women reclaim their destinies.
Nancy received her BA from Brown University, an M.Litt. from Oxford University where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a law degree from NYU where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She writes a column for Fast Company magazine and is the author of “Doing More with Less: 11 Things Big Business Can Learn from Not for Profits” to be published in April by Penguin. Nancy is proud to have been selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and to be the mother of two young children who love broccoli.

Leila ChirayathLeila Chirayath Janah

Founder, Samasource
Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork – small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource was a winner in the International Business in Development Challenge in 2007 and the Stanford Social Enterprise Challenge in 2008 and is a current grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In recognition of her work with Samasource, she received the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and has been invited to serve as a TED and Social Enterprise Institute Fellow. Prior to Samasource, Janah was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and advised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen to develop new financing mechanisms for pharmaceutical R&D on diseases of the poor. She has served as a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and a Visiting Researcher at Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Leila received her BA from Harvard University in 2005, where she led the Harvard International Development Group and published work on the Rwandan genocide.

Alberto C. VollmerAlberto C. Vollmer

CEO, Rum Santa Teresa
Alberto C. Vollmer is Chairman and CEO of Rum Santa Teresa, Venezuela’s leading premium rum manufacturer. He entered the company as a third shift production supervisor in 1996, was later assigned to the export department and since 1999 – due to a financial crisis – lead the company turnaround as its new CEO. Since, the company has grown both in business and in social development initiatives.
After 2000, in a politically volatile Venezuela, he faced other external challenges like land invasions, land seizures and community leadership. In 2003, after gang members assaulted the company, he founded Project Alcatraz, a reinsertion program for criminals. Since, he has continued causing change in the local community; has done consulting on reinsertion of violent individuals both in Colombia and in El Salvador. Alberto participated in the Venezuelan Police Reform Commission; he’s a fellow Young Global Leader, a member of YPO and sits on several boards, namely the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce, CONAPRI, Domegas, and Fundacion Bigott among others.
Prior to his entry to Rum Santa Teresa, Alberto practiced as a civil engineer dedicated to alternative construction in the slums of Caracas and as a photographer. He studied engineering at the Metropolitan University of Caracas and pursued other studies in France and in the United States. He is married to Maria Antonia Capiello, is an avid traveler, rugby player and Enduro addict.

Drue KataokaDrue Kataoka

Artist, Social Entrepreneur
Drue Kataoka is a contemporary artist and social entrepreneur. She has used her art to raise visibility for causes as diverse as the Legal Aid Society, the Rotary Foundation, Sally Ride Science Clubs�, numerous Stanford Athletics scholarships, Stanford CAL Camps for Underprivileged Kids, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the United Way, NPR, Coaches vs. Cancer, Koret Foundation and many more.
After September 11th, 2001 her project Highway Hopscotch united young people around the globe in a conversation about the role of the arts, and raised the funds to create an endowed Rotary Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship. For her recent project “Around the World in a Single Stroke” she co-hosted events in 12 cities celebrating 12 global leaders who had contributed to humanity through their field, including Wynton Marsalis (in New York), Coach Bill Walsh (in San Francisco), Tokizo Nakamura V (in Tokyo), Odile Gilbert (in Paris), to name a few. With Bill Fenwick, she co-moderates a blog called ValleyZen which is devoted to the open and collaborative spirit of the Valley. Her recently launched web video show called CultureLick focuses on bridging art & technology.
Besides her art, Drue is an accomplished flutist. Drue Kataoka’s flute playing is sought after for her unique sound and rich lush tone which captivates audiences across cultural borders, boundaries, and time zones. She is equally influenced by the shakuhachi textures of Japan, the demanding structures of the Classical flute tradition, and the soulful sophistication of the Jazz tradition. Her musical mentors include Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the legendary flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Di-Ann EisnorDi-Ann Eisnor

Chairman Platial, Community Geographer at Waze
Di-Ann lives in Palo Alto, by way of Portland, OR, Boston, New York City and Amsterdam. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Di-Ann functions as both Chairman of Platial, The People’s Atlas, and as Community Geographer at Waze. Platial is a widely adopted mobile and online social mapping service funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ram Shriram and others with approximately 15MM unique users. Waze is free crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic. Started in Israel and well past critical mass, Waze now has top quality map, navigation and traffic data in the country.
Di-Ann is setting up US operations and crafting the cartography of “live mapping”.She will be speaking about transactional cartography which is the movement from map providing entertainment/information to map as enabling action. This shift in mapmaking is possible due to the merging of crowd-sourced information and access to real time data. Both bring location to vast amounts of complex data and allow for new forms of analysis and visualization. In the past we emphasized mapping (relatively) static objects like rivers and roads, it evolved to mapping people and their movements and now continues to accelerate to mapping complex processes. Transactional cartography and the utilization of these new sources and abundance of data can actually impact decisions and actions such as a when/where to purchase a product, when/where and with whom to barter, when/where most effective routes for emergency response, when/where to build new roads or public facilities, when/where to buy a home, change a route or itinerary based on real-time circumstances and real world situation. In this realm, time is inextricably linked to location which removes historic obstacles to actionable or live mapping.

Sekou AndrewsSekou Andrews

Motivational Poet & Strategic Presenter
Motivational Poet & Strategic Presenter Sekou Andrews is inspiring the business world one poem at a time with The Sekou Effect. As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, playwright, actor and musician, Sekou has mastered the art and business of creating original, custom-written spoken word pieces that electrify the messages and accelerate the missions of corporations and non-profits worldwide. Sekou does not inspire you with his story, he inspires you with your story.
An ex-elementary schoolteacher turned national poetry slam champion, any given day may now find Sekou presenting an original piece for European marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a healthcare conference, or presenting passionate poems for Barack Obama at a party in Oprah’s backyard. His work has been featured on such diverse media outlets as ABC, MSNBC, HBO, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has performed privately for such prominent individuals as Quincy Jones, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Hillary Clinton, P-Diddy, and Coretta Scott King and family. Companies that have experienced “The Sekou Effect” include Kraft Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Nike, Time Warner, eBay, Microsoft, ACLU, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Wieden-Kennedy, NBA, Eliza Corp, Global Green, NCAA, and Ferrazzi Greenlight to name but a few.
With inspired audiences from the HBO US Comedy Arts to The Pasadena Pops Orchestra under his belt, Sekou is now emerging as a powerful voice for healthcare, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at multiple cutting edge conferences, including TEDMED, IHI Forum, Big Task Weekend, and Health 2.0. With impressive versatility, and inspiring insightfulness, Sekou Andrews is a powerful storyteller telling your powerful your stories.

Eoin HarringtonEoin Harrington

Singer/Songwriter
Singer/Songwriter Eoin Harrington was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland before making his home in San Francisco a few years back. He is a clasically trained multi instrumentalist, producer and engineer. His new album, Story, has been met with critical acclaim, a string of sold out shows and front page write ups by newspapers like the SF Chronicle. He has performed with Alanis Morissette, Train, Sara Bareilles and many others.
He has recently completed a US tour and has made several European performances including a show for the President of Ireland. Locally, you might have heard Eoin during one of his many appearances on KFOG or Alice Radio, KGO, KRON4 and NPR. He has also spoken as an industry expert on NPR and at colleges and conventions such as UCSF and the California Lawyers for the Arts on the new business paradign of the music world. He has written songs for the MGM global release “Her Best Move” and scored the complete soundtrack for “Love on the Line” to be released next year.
Eoin has teamed up with the Hardrock Cafe to raise money for cancer research – a cause close to his heart and the inspiration for his hit song, “So Wrong.”

Daneil BerkmanDaniel Berkman

Musician
Daniel Berkman is a San Francisco based composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora (a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa). His early recordings for kora highlighted his use of electronic devices and loop boxes to transform his kora in real time in live performance. His first three cd’s, “Heartstrings”, “Feverdreams” and “Headlands” mark this period between 1996 and 2000 which feature Daniel creating other worldly soundscapes and a playing technique drawing on his myriad influences, including that of the great kora masters of our time.

Andrew HesselAndrew Hessel

PinkArmy.org
Andrew Hessel is a genomic scientist and consultant in DNA technologies. Working with leading academic and commercial groups, he has traveled the globe for more than 15 years in his exploration of digital biology, the successor to recombinant DNA technology which is transforming DNA into an easy-to-use programming language for biological systems. Andrew’s work is empowering a new generation of young researchers to tackle big biology-related problems like sustainable fuel production, environmental cleanup, superbugs and cancer.
He is a strong supporter of open source biology for accelerating innovation and as a counterbalance to proprietary biotechnology. Andrew is also launching an open source biotechnology venture that will make personalized, affordable medicines for breast cancer.

Victor TsaranVictor Tsaran

Musician and Yahoo! Accessibility Lead
Victor was born in Vilnogirsk and grew up in Drohobych, Ukraine. Beginning the age of 8, he learned music studying the bayan (chromatic squeeze-box). At 12, a friend showed him a few guitar chords and since that time the instrument has not left his hands for long. Along the way, Victor also learned to play the sopilka, a Ukrainian folk wind instrument and some piano. Besides a limited introduction to classical guitar, Victor’s musical education has been gained from countless hours of self-training and studying guitar theory on his own. Victor’s own unique style of music brings together Bossa Nova, Pop and Acoustic Folk genres, to name a few.
Victor also runs Yahoo!’s accessibility program. He helps to make sure that computer users with disabilities are able to use Yahoo!’s web sites. Victor’s made it his mission to educate designers and engineers, helping change their assumptions that accessibility somehow requires sacrifice. His work is driven by a belief that technology has a potential to make lives of people with disabilities more meaningful and the web more friendly for everyone.
Prior to his work at Yahoo!, Victor has worked for a number of international organizations and taught computers to visually impaired kids and adults in South East Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Yvonne Lee SchultzYvonne Lee Schultz

Artist
Yvonne Lee Schultz, born in Berkeley, California, USA, lives and works as an artist in Berlin and San Francisco. As a Master of Fine Arts of Markus Lupertz she received the Letter of Academy (Diploma) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf. For the realization of her conceptual work the artist uses diverse media and materials. Recently she worked with porcelain and KPM (Royal Porcelain Manufacture, Berlin). The artworks of Yvonne Lee Schultz have been shown for more than 10 years in German and international museums, exhibition projects, art fairs and galleries, such as the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Sprengel Museum Hannover, State Museum Baden- Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, CAMK, Museum of Contemporary Art Kumamoto, Japan or the Sydney Biennale, Australia. Yvonne Lee Schultz’s work includes site specific art installations, which are related to the given architectural context, challenged by location and space as well as content, purpose and function of a building. As such they are present in various collections, institutions and companies as Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Nord/LB in New York or in the European Patent Office in Munich.

Robert StrongRobert Strong

Magician
Robert Strong has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between! Recently voted “San Francisco’s Funniest Prop Comedian,” “The Bay Area’s Best Performer,” and “San Francisco’s Best Comedian,” Robert has appeared on CBS This Morning, performed for the United States Congress, and taken his act to more than 30 different countries. Although Robert specializes as a corporate entertainer, he regularly appears at a broad range of events: Corporate trainings, business retreats, trade shows, conventions, conferences, product launches, sales seminars, awards ceremonies, banquets & galas, cruise ships, colleges & universities, comedy clubs, festivals, theaters, private parties, political events, non-profit organizations, and much more.
No two Robert Strong shows are ever the same! He believes in creating a unique theatrical experience for each audience that is both interactive and simply magical. Robert’s contagious enthusiasm and engaging charisma invariably leave audiences buzzing with excitement and with memories that will last a lifetime!

Youth SpeaksYouth Speaks

YouthSpeaks.org
Youth Speaks is a non-profit which empowers the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. They challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change.Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Presenters of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series, and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and the after-school hours, and conducts numerous publications and youth development programs. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has created partner programs in 36 cities across the United States.

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