2011 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

11:00amOn-site registration opens.
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday Sessions

Never Sorry

Filmmaker Alison Klayman will preview selected portions of her debut documentary film, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. While living in China from 2006-2010, Klayman spent two years following the artist/activist, gaining unprecedented access to his life and work. In this exclusive engagement, Klayman will take us through the ups and downs involved in creating a portrait of one of the world's most (in)famous artists.

Preserving Tradition

Join Salt Water Farm chef/owner Annemarie Ahearn and farm director Ladleah Dunn to revisit traditional methods of food preparation. Many culinary arts, such as butchering, preserving, and bread baking, have been lost in the age of commercialism and convenience. This session will explore ways in which we can live more sustainable lives by shifting our dependence on the outside world to our own two hands. Through basic principles and culinary techniques, participants will visit some of these lost arts and break bread together, smothered in homemade butter and marmalade.

Scientific Fluke

Gale McCullough, citizen scientist and 2010 PopTech presenter, hosts this special trip aboard the Schooner Appledore. During a sail in Penobscot Bay, McCullough will share her story about going from nursery school teacher to amateur whale watcher to "flukematcher" extraordinaire and offer her extensive expertise on the diverse wildlife of the Maine coast. This session is weather dependent.

Science of Character

What drove Bernie Madoff to cheat investors out of millions? How could Eliot Spitzer, who railed against prostitution, turn out to be secretly using the services of an escort? What makes people cheat, lie, and disrupt what otherwise appears to be a very good life? Psychologist David DeSteno has spent years studying the scientific reasons behind what is often referred to as "out of character" behavior. Participants will join in a series of experiments that show just how capable many of us are of such behavior and will learn how new research is undermining the very notion of a fixed moral character.

Unlocking Generosity

Research has long suggested that altruism is a key survival skill, which allowed early humans to evolve and thrive in social groups. Today, as the world faces critical challenges requiring unprecedented levels of cooperation, the emerging science of generosity is revealing surprising new insights about what makes human beings hard-wired to give. In this interactive and inspiring session, Kathy LeMay, global activist and best-selling author of The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World, and a special guest will explore the science of and strategies for creating a generosity revolution.

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Newcomers’ Guide to PopTech

At the Knox Mill, 40 Washington St.

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Party

At the Waterfront Restaurant, 44 Bayview St.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

8:00amOn-site registration opens.
8:30am – 10:30am


Shahidul Alam / Anand Giridharadas / Arvind Subramanian / Krista Donaldson /
Paul Needham / Alexis Lloyd & Michael Zimbalist

11:00am – 12:30pm


Stephanie Coontz / Robert Neuwirth / Nils Gilman / Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

12:30pm – 2:00pmLunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson / Rajendra Pachauri / Bhagwan Chowdhry /
Rose Goslinga / Megan White Mukuria / Sameer Kalwani

4:30pm – 6:30pm


Jonathan Rothberg / Dava Newman / Adrien Treuille / Michael Murphy / Amy Sun /
Sarah Fortune & Lukas Biewald / Blitz the Ambassador

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Wine and Cheese in The Parlor

The Parlor by Steelcase, 40 Washington St.

Friday, October 21, 2011

8:00amOn-site registration opens
8:30am – 10:30am


Desney Tan & Scott Saponas / Micah Garen, Marie-Hélène Carleton & Shima’a Helmy / Kambiz Hosseini & Saman Arbabi / eL Seed / Christopher Marianetti / Jessika Trancik /
Hayat Sindi

11:00am – 1:00pm


Amy Cuddy / Thomas Thwaites / Anne-Marie Slaughter / Mark Mykleby & Wayne Porter /
Bryan Doerries / David Wax Museum

1:00pm – 2:30pmLunch
2:30pm – 5:00pm

Friday Sessions

Session A: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Red Teaming: The Art of Challenging Assumptions

Knox Mill, 40 Washington St.

In a world of complex risks, relying on untested assumptions can be disastrous. At Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, a remarkable group is teaching leaders “Red Teaming,” a new approach to thinking about possibilities. In this special session, you’ll hear from Greg Fontenot on this powerful approach to understanding and dealing with complexity; and from Ellyn Ogden who has used “Red Teaming” to help USAID expand its thinking in crucial areas of global public health.

PeaceTXT: Using Mobile Technology to End Violence

Camden Opera House, 3rd Floor

PeaceTXT, a PopTech Accelerator initiative, is exploring how mobile technology can accelerate the effectiveness of violence interruption programs nationally and globally. A partnership of CeaseFire, Medic Mobile, Ushahidi and PopTech, has spent the last year exploring how violent behavior, conflict resolution and early warning systems can be enhanced by text message-based campaigns can reset community norms and helps high-risk individuals rethink the impulse to resort to violence. This session will be led by Patrick Meier, Josh Nesbit, and Amanda Geppert

Rebalancing Your Work

The Parlor by Steelcase, 40 Washington St.

The world is more interconnected and interdependent than ever. Employees are always “on” as work becomes global, mobile, and 24/7, and leaders fear being left behind as the world rebalances. In this session, Christine Congdon will lead you in an exploration of how the convergence of people, place and technology can unlock human potential and offer organizations a competitive advantage.

Poverty, Opportunity, and Place

Camden Opera House, 3rd Floor

The western world has long been focused on finding innovative and systemic ways to end poverty in developing countries. Now the need, and the learning, has come home. Please join Cheryl Heller, Clara Miller, and Jeffrey Hollender for a conversation about what’s new and what’s working to revitalize American “places”—a journey of discovery that will begin here in Camden, and continue in other cities throughout the year.

Theater of War

Picker Room (Camden Public Library), 55 Main St.

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience. This session will be led by Theater of War founder Bryan Doerries.

Session B: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Harnessing the Power of Open Data

Camden Opera House, 3rd Floor

One of the most powerful assets of any organization is information. Unfortunately, most organizational data is fiercely protected, locked in silos, inaccessible internally, not to mention externally. Yet, by opening these datasets to the world, organizations can enable a vast array of new insights, new services, new experiences and, ultimately, greater organizational effectiveness and resilience. In this session, Robert Kirkpatrick and Mark Hansen, two pioneers working at the forefront of the open data revolution, will take you on a tour of emerging ideas and exciting and powerful applications of this critical new field.

Interfaces, Natural and Otherwise

The Parlor by Steelcase, 40 Washington St.

Touchscreen interfaces are fast becoming ubiquitous parts of our modern lives. A child born today will never know a world without them. How will the way she uses technology shape the person she’ll grow up to be? What is the connection between the way we interact with the devices of our modern lives and our thoughts and behaviors? In this session, a renowned team of researchers, designers and thinkers who are pioneering the future of user interfaces, including Desney Tan, Scott Saponas, David Merrill and Matt Jones.

The Future of Storytelling

Knox Mill, 40 Washington St.

Stories are at the center of our—and every—culture. They are how we understand both the world and ourselves. What makes great stories? How do we tell them? How are new technologies reshaping who gets to tells them? In this special session, you’ll hear from two people at the forefront of these issues: Nancy Duarte, who has helped some of the most important companies and leaders tell their stories better; and Eileen Gittins, a pioneer in developing new technologies that let every person tell their story in book form, and transforming the publishing industry to boot. This session will give you valuable lessons for telling your stories better, and sense of where storytelling technologies are going next.

Community Climate Resilience: A Gaming Experience

Picker Room (Camden Public Library), 55 Main St.

Games can illuminate the emergent, non-obvious aspects of complex issues in a way few other media can. In this highly interactive and participatory session, Pablo Suarez, a renowned ‘serious games’ designer, will lead participants in an engaging, shared gaming experience that illuminates the challenges vulnerable communities face from climate disruption—literally putting you in the shoes of a person in a vulnerable community. Pablo will be joined by Adam Day from the Nike Foundation, who will help contextualize the impact of climate change on vulnerable people in resource-poor settings, particularly adolescent girls.

Rare(r) Earths: Energy Critical Materials and the Future of American Green Tech

Camden Opera House, 3rd Floor

The promise of green technology has never been greater. However, wind turbines, solar panels, and electric cars all require rare earth elements to run. With China controlling over 90% of the world’s rare earths supply, the immediate future for green tech is rife with challenges. In this session, Cyrus Wadia, Frances Houle, and Bob Olson invite you to join a discussion about the current state of energy critical elements and the future of American green tech.

5:00pm – 6:30pm

PopTech Fellows Meet-up

40 paper, 40 Washington St.

7:30pm – 10:30pm


The PopTech Film Series, Camden Opera House

Behind the science of Contagion

Join PopTech alumni Ian Lipkin and Laurie Garrett, and award-winning screenwriter Scott Z. Burns as they take you behind the scenes of the blockbuster film to show the incredibly complex and frighteningly real science that went into creating this dystopian vision of a human world devastated by a killer virus.

The Economist Film Project presents Made in India

The Economist business correspondent Lane Greene and filmmaker Vaishali Sinha present Made in India, a feature-length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogacy to mothers in India. From the personal struggle of an Indian woman working to support her family to that of an American couple yearning to have a child, this film reveals the legal and ethical implications of their choices, and presents the conflict between the personal and the political dilemmas of surrogacy.

The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to share the work of independent, international documentary filmmakers with audiences who are passionate about uncovering the world's untold stories. See all the Project's films at film.economist.com.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

8:00amOn-site registration opens
8:30am – 10:00am


Daniel Kish / Simon Hauger / Aidan Dwyer / Patrick Tresset & Frederic Fol Leymarie /
Iain Couzin / Nithya Ramanathan / Jake Porway

10:30am – 12:30pm


Bernard Lietaer / Erik Hersman / Unity Dow / Adriane Herman / Erika Block / Dominic Muren / Zeb & Haniya

12:30pm – 2:00pmLunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm


Daisy Ginsberg / Tony Orrico / Gideon Obarzanek & Reuben Margolin / David Mikkelsen / Shaily Mahendra / Alysson Muotri / Tanzeem Choudhury & Ethan Berke

4:30pm – 6:30pm


Pardis Sabeti / Milton Garcés / Milenko Matanovic / Jonathan Greenblatt / Jan Chipchase / Reggie Watts

7:00pm – 11:00pm


Farewell Party, Owls Head Transportation Museum