TEDxSilicon Valley is bringing together some of the most inspiring speakers around the theme of Living by Numbers at Stanford University on May 14.
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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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
Anna Kristina with her duet “DNA Sings”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
David de Rothschild
Dr. Clayborne Carson
Peter Hirshberg & Josette Melchor
Leila Chirayath Janah
Alberto C. Vollmer
Yvonne Lee Schultz