Anya is a staff writer at Fast Company Magazine and the author of two books, Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), which dealt with generational economics and politics including student loan policy, and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010) which investigated the roots of the cost, access, and quality crises in higher education as well as innovations in technology and social media to address these crises. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post, received a 2009 National Award for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing by the Village Voice in 2005. She travels and speaks at campuses across the country, and often gives comments on NPR, CNN and other news networks. Twitter: @anya1anya
Marc is a global thinker, writer and consultant who is focused on the profound change technology is having on crime, security, business and international affairs. He has built his expertise in cybercrime, cyberterrorism and critical infrastructure protection working with organizations such as INTERPOL, the United Nations and NATO. Marc has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on technology-related security risks including publications in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Oxford University Press and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Marc founded Future Crimes Institute to inspire and educate others on the security implications of disruptive technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, robotics, ubiquitous computing and location-based services. Marc is Chair of the Law, Policy and Ethics program at Singularity University. Twitter: @futurecrimes.
Heather is currently conducting her doctoral research at the intersection of robotics and entertainment at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. She also runs Marilyn Monrobot in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. Her installations have been featured at the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, LACMA, Pop!Tech, SIGGRAPH, Mindshare LA, TEDxUSC and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. Her work also includes: robotics and instrumentation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs (including an award-winning Rube Goldberg machine music video with OK GO), and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics. She is an alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, earning her bachelors and masters at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Twitter: @heatherknight
Greg is co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2011), with John D. Kasarda. Aerotropolis examines how and where we live in a globalized world – in cities that have coalesced around airports, rather than the other way around. He also speaks frequently about the future of cities, most recently at Expo 2010 in Shanghai and at Singularity University. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, and has written for Fortune and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. His writing has also appeared in Time, New York, Condé Nast Traveler, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and other publications. Greg’s Website. Twitter: @Greg_Lindsay
Sonia is an author who has written about the impact of new technologies on society for more than a decade. Her most recent book is 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. She is a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, located in Mountain View, CA. She is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and a columnist for TechNewsWorld. As a frequent media contributor and guest, her work has appeared on CNN and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sonia’s website. Twitter: @SoniaArrison
Molly Webb is head of smart technology for The Climate Group and is responsible for developing and coordinating the organization’s SMART 2020 Programme, which supports climate change action across the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. The initiative follows the report Molly co-authored, SMART 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age, which identified opportunities for 15 percent of global emissions savings through ICT. She co-authored “The Disrupters: Lessons for low-carbon innovation from the new wave of environmental pioneers” (2007) and “South Korea: Mass Innovation comes of age” (2006). She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics, and has five years of experience in website and software business development and production in New York and Japan. Twitter: @MollyWebb
Jason is a Venezuelan-American television personality, filmmaker, gonzo journalist, writer and founding producer/host for Current TV. He produced and directed a short documentary film titled The Immortalists, profiling scientists and philosophers, including Ray Kurzweil, about the philosophical implications of tinkering with our biology, merging with our technologies and overcoming our biological limitations. Inspired by the Stewart Brand quote: “We are as gods and might as well get good at it,” the film is a love letter to science and technology. Jason is now working on a feature length follow up aptly titled ‘Turning into Gods’. Jason regularly writes for The Huffington Post, and has written for Vanity Fair, Motherboard.com and HPlus Magazine. He is currently working on a feature article about the accelerating technology and the future of humanity for Playboy Magazine. He resides in Los Angeles, California and New York City. Twitter: @jason_silva
Natasha is a transhumanist, media artist and designer, with a science background, known for designing “Primo Posthuman.” This future human prototype incorporates biotechnology, robotics, information technology, nanotechnology, cognitive and neuroscience for human enhancement and extreme life extension. Natasha is Chairman of Humanity+ and Creative Director of H+ Lab for scientific and artistic design collaborations. Vita-More is currently a Visiting Scholar at Twenty-First Century Medicine, Advisor to the Singularity University, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+. She is a PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth. Her thesis concerns human enhancement and extreme life extension.
Lucy Bernholz is a philanthropy wonk. She is trying to understand how we create, fund, and distribute shared social goods in the digital age – what she calls the future of good. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com. Her work in philanthropy led The Huffington Post to hail her as a “game changer.” She is a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and has been a Fellow of the New America Foundation. Bernholz serves on advisory boards to several national and international philanthropy research centers and is frequent speaker and media source on philanthropy and social innovation. She is the author of numerous articles and books on the philanthropic industry, including Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Twitter: @p2173
Daniel received his Ph.D. from the Nanoscience group at Georgia Tech in 2006. He is the co-author of “What Is Nanotechology and Why Does It Matter?: From Science to Ethics“, which explores scientific and philosophical issues related to developing technology. Daniel is also the director of the Nanoethics Group and a scientist with IBM. His work at IBM involves development of nanoscale processes for semiconductor devices and developing solutions for Smarter Planet. His research in nanotechnology has appeared in scientific and trade journals such as Applied Materials, Environmental Nanotechnology, and NANO Magazine, as well as at several conferences. Daniel is also an avid world traveler and home brewer.
The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the past Interim Executive Director of the Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina is currently the strategist for Three Generations and a partner in the social change strategy team for the Resist Network. She has created the Transmedia Activism framework and co-created the Modeling Global Change framework, and has provided strategic support to films such as Born into Brothels and The Devil Came on Horseback, and a group of organizations dedicated to social impact, ranging from UNESCO to BYkids. Trained as an attorney at New York University School of Law, Lina is based in New York, New York. Twitter: @lksriv
Jason is the Founder and CEO at Immersive Labs which has been featured by CNNMoney, New York Times, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Mashable, and Business Insider. For the last four years, he has been researching Digital Signage and HCI (human computer interaction) with a focus on bridging the gap between the virtual (online) world and physical world through intelligent content. Twitter: @jason_sosa
A former teacher and school principal, Robert J. Torres, Ph.D, is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helping to lead their digital media and college readiness work. Until recently he served at the Chief Research Officer at Institute of Play where he co-founded Quest to Learn, a games-based school in New York City. His research at Quest to Learn and on Gamestar Mechanic, a video game designed to support kids development of basic game skills, has focused on the potential game design and games-based environments have in supporting cognitive development. Robert works within social-cognitive and social-cultural research traditions, and as such is especially concerned with learning contexts, and the degrees to which games and digital media create deep worlds that enable learning and mastery.
Lea is an investor at Northzone, a leading technology investment fund. She is a big believer in the power of technology to tackle global challenges and improve human lives and happiness. Her focus is on game-changing early stage companies with a clear purpose. Lea’s professional experience includes Ericsson, L’Oreal, McKinsey and Morgan Stanley, Lea also worked for Sweetriot, a startup in New York and set up StartMeUp, a retail and technology focused advisory firm in London. Lea’s well-rounded background means that she happily rolls up her sleeves and works closely with Northzone’s portfolio companies. She holds a joint MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics and HEC (Paris), as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School. Lea is also a Kaufmann Fellow and serves on the Boards of Artfinder and FlyBy. A frequent speaker at technology events, Lea is passionate about discussing trends that are shaping the world of tomorrow; in particular the importance of entrepreneurship, the necessary seamlessness between online and offline, and the intersection of humans, art and technology. @leabajc @northzoneVC
Mathias J. Holzmann
Mathias is an entrepreneur who co-founded Palomar5, a catalyst and network for young individuals to play and build. He is also co-founder of play&build, an Internet technology incubator. Mathias is driven by the desire to connect young entrepreneurs worldwide and to foster their potential and to collaboratively work on disruptive ideas. His companies including play&build provide an environment where abstract ideas can be developed turned into disruptive and meaningful business models. Mathias studied Law and Philosophy in the Netherlands and in Germany with a focus on Art Law, Cultural Policy and 20th century Philosophy.
Patricia is a leading laser holographer, Ms. Rangel has exhibited her work at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Burning Man Festival, San Diego Space 4 Art, House of the Future, Synergy Foundation’s “Art Revelry”, and the CalArts Main Gallery. She works exclusively with emerging technologies and has created custom solutions for the Shanghai World Expo, Centennial Olympic Games, Vancouver Olympic Games, Coca Cola Greater China, ESPN, and the United Nations. Her work includes product development and integrated systems using fully immersive virtual reality, 3D stereoscopic projection, holographic projection, augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual configurations.Future plans include the creation of advanced biomorphic design for a portable Virtual Reality lounge using eye-tracking, biometrics, custom magnetics, multisensory technology, and entrainment modules with sound frequencies.
Ian Marlow is a widely recognized leader in real estate, technology and the development of “smart cities.” He is Managing Partner at FiTech Consultants. He advised Gale International and New Songdo International City (Incheon, South Korea) on the design, development and strategic oversight of the property management and technology designs needed to service and manage the largest real estate development project underway in the world ($35B USD/100M Sq. Ft.). In 2008, the New York Post named Ian one of New York’s Commercial Real Estate Movers and Shakers and InformationWeek named Mr. Marlow #122 in the top 250 Innovators in the United States. Recently, Ian was as one of Realcomm’s “Stars to Watch” and was honored at the House of Lords for his contributions to real estate management in the UK.
Shane is a GraviTV Programmer of Everware-There-Is-Masstaken-iPlentities, Quacker-Caster of Hyper-Spatial Sentient Sopper See-Source Serum and Artist-in-Residence at the Hybrid Reality Institute. He received his MFA in Qubit-Built-Quilted Public Panopticon Powder Policy from the Accelerationistas School of Add-Ons Off Your Overclocker Rocker POV-Vapor Xmit Rights and founded the Morph-Feral-Foglet-Fabbed Fertilizone which forges algorithmicracked-out crypto-junk-DNAnarch-keys to un-nanoblockonomic-lock fine jouler-bots-that-gots-watt-a-lots. His current practice flocuses on artilectual femtofactured mind-splaces, fluidentities, thunkuppetrees, post-conscious subthreaded sales-swarms, and prescient peek-a-boo plunderware portraiture on percept pus. He has exhibited widely including at the Gooplex Gallery of Goo Gardeners’ Collablobject-Oriented Co-op Computronium Commonage Corpus Cluster; the Mass-Mod-Mood-Meds Museum; and the whEnvelopment-nDevelopment Center for getArtistTraces. Shane is represented in Newer York by Winkleman Upwhenever and Everland of Evoluture Futures. Shane’s Website.
Sanford is a catalyzing technologist, product expeditor and a remitting/relapsing roboticist. Involved in the intersection of engineering, collaboration, and design, Sanford has been at the forefront of a number of breaking social technologies. He is known for his engagement in politics as the CTO of the John Kerry for President Campaign, bringing about engagement to drive action from supporters, Product Director for the Texai Remote Presence system and currently serves as CTO of PeerIndex, a social capital analysis company determining the impact of individual influence in social environments. An avid entrepreneur and instructor, he has held teaching positions at Cooper Union and Polytechnic in New York City, teaching engineering and entrepreneurship though collaboration processes. Additionally, Sanford is the cofounder of New Work City, one of the first NYC coworking spaces and the cofounder of collabraCode, a community training program designed to develop programming talent in a collaborative fashion. Sanford is a prolific writer and his current enthusiasm for remote presence systems can be found at Pilot Presence. twitter: @sanford