PopTech 2011

PopTech 2011 Speakers & Performers

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Annmarie Ahearn

Annmarie Ahearn

Annmarie Ahearn, owner and chef of Salt Water Farm, is a recent New York City transplant whose experience in the food industry and culinary travels have culminated in a deep appreciation for traditional methods of cooking locally sourced ingredients.

Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, curator, and activist whose most recent book, My Journey As A Witness, is a lucid and personal account of the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, through the eyes and voice of the man who shaped it.

Saman Arbabi

Saman Arbabi

Saman Arbabi is the co-creator and executive producer of Parazit, a weekly half-hour Persian-language satirical television show broadcast on Voice of America's Persian service.

Ethan Berke

Ethan Berke

Ethan Berke, a researcher at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, studies spatial epidemiology, demonstrating the importance of the built environment in a populations's health.

Lukas Biewald

Lukas Biewald

Lukas Biewald is Chairman and a co-founder of CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing Internet company that breaks large digital projects into small tasks and distributes them to workers around the world.

Blitz the Ambassador

Blitz the Ambassador

Blitz the Ambassador is a Ghanian-born, New York-based MC, composer, and producer who combines a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti to unleash psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes on his album Native Sun (Embassy MVMT).

Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns is the screenwriter of the film Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, about what happens when a global pandemic strikes.

Marie-Hélène Carleton

Marie-Hélène Carleton

Marie-Hélène Carleton is a writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker.

Jan Chipchase

Jan Chipchase

Jan Chipchase is Executive Creative Director of Global Design at frog design and a global design anthropologist.

Tanzeem Choudhury

Tanzeem Choudhury

Tanzeem Choudhury, 2010 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow, directs the People-Aware Computing group, which develops systems that can reason about human activities, interactions, and social networks in everyday environments, using information from mobile sensor data.

Bhagwan Chowdhry

Bhagwan Chowdhry

Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance and Faculty Director of the Master of Financial Engineering program at UCLA Anderson, recently proposed a Financial Access at Birth (FAB) initiative in which every child born in the world is given an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account to guarantee that everyone will have access to financial services in a few decades.

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is the author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.

Amy J. C. Cuddy

Amy J.C. Cuddy

Amy J.C. Cuddy is a social psychologist whose latest research illuminates how “faking” body postures that convey competence and power changes our testosterone and cortisol levels, increases our appetite for risk, and configures our brain to cope well in stressful situations.

The David Wax Museum

The David Wax Museum

The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, and donkey jawbone rattling, they have electrified audiences across the country and are “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker).

David DeSteno

David DeSteno

David DeSteno is a psychologist and director of the Northeastern University Social Emotions Lab, which examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape social behavior.

Unity Dow

Unity Dow

Unity Dow, a lawyer, human rights activist, and writer from Botswana, was the first female high court judge in Botswana’s history and is the author with Max Essex of Saturday is for Funerals, an examination of the AIDS epidemic in Botswana.

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, has advanced the art and literature of presentations, emerging with her agency as one of the most sought-after authorities in presentation design.

Ladleah Dunn

Ladleah Dunn

Ladleah Dunn is the Farm Manager at Salt Water Farm, which offers its guests the opportunity to create local, seasonal fare while overlooking Maine's Penobscot Bay.

Aidan Dwyer

Aidan Dwyer

Aidan Dwyer, age 13, was one of twelve students to receive the 2011 Young Naturalist Award from the American Museum of Natural History in New York for creating an innovative approach to collecting sunlight in photovoltaic arrays.

Shimaa Helmy

eL Seed

eL Seed is a Tunisian artist, born in France, whose often monumental works are a mixture of street art and Arabic calligraphy..

Sarah Fortune

Sarah Fortune

Sarah Fortune, 2010 PopTech Science and Leadership Fellow, is an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health where she studies the pathogenesis of tuberculosis.

Micah Garen

Micah Garen

Micah Garen is a writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker currently at work on three films, one from Iraq, one from Afghanistan, and one on the Egyptian revolution.

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health on the Council on Foreign Relations, has been tracking outbreaks of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria for the past two decades.

Nils Gilman

Nils Gilman

Nils Gilman is an intellectual historian from the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Deviant Globalization, an anthology that explores how globalized black market economies are challenging traditional state authority.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer and writer, interrogating emerging technology and science, and exploring the role of design in a biotech revolution through intensive research into synthetic biology.

Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is an American-born writer whose first book, India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, is a work of narrative nonfiction about his return to the India that his parents left.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the fifth President of the Republic of Iceland.

Lane Greene

Lane Greene

Lane Greene is a business correspondent for The Economist, covering professional services, and the chief blogger for “Johnson,” The Economist’s blog on language.

Simon Hauger

Simon Hauger

Simon Hauger has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Science in Instruction from Drexel University.

Shima'a Helmy

Shima'a Helmy

Shima'a Helmy, a human rights activist from Cairo, Egypt, participated in the 25th of January uprising since the first day and has been organizing for marches, demonstrations and events ever since.

Adriane Herman

Adriane Herman

Adriane Herman is a visual artist who investigates consumption through appropriated imagery and media ranging from archival to edible.

Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman, 2008 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, is an innovator and technologist focused on advancing the use of technology as an empowerment tool in the developing world.

Kambiz Hosseini

Kambiz Hosseini

Kambiz Hosseini is a playwright, award-winning actor, and currently host and writer of Voice of America’s satirical TV program Parazit.

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a principal at BERG, a London-based design consultancy that works hands-on with companies to research and develop their technologies and strategy.

Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish, CEO of World Access for the Blind (and blind since he was one-year-old), can navigate his bike through traffic-filled streets of southern California, trek through the woods solo, or locate a building over a thousand feet away—all using a click of his tongue and a technique he calls FlashSonar.

Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman, a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker, began shooting her debut documentary feature, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, while living in China from 2006-2010.

Frederic Fol Leymarie

Frederic Fol Leymarie

Frederic Fol Leymarie, a professor of Computing, is the co-director and co-founder of the post-graduate program in Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths College.

Kathy LeMay

Kathy LeMay

Kathy LeMay, who began her global activism in war-torn Yugoslavia where she worked with women survivors of the siege and rape-genocide camps, has been a social change fundraiser for 15 years, raising more than $150 million dollars in the fields of women’s human rights, hunger and poverty relief, and movement-building.

Bernard Lietaer

Bernard Lietaer

Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money (translated in 18 languages), is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems.

W. Ian Lipkin

W. Ian Lipkin

W. Ian Lipkin, M.D. is an internationally recognized authority on pathogens and the role of infection in neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Alexis Lloyd

Alexis Lloyd

Alexis Lloyd is a Creative Technologist in the Research and Development Lab at The New York Times, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future interfaces for content delivery.

Reuben Margolin

Reuben Margolin

Reuben Margolin creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to create the complex movements and structures we see in nature. He will present a new collaboration with Gideon Obarzanek at this year’s conference.

Milenko Matanovic

Milenko Matanovic

Milenko Matanovic is a community builder, visual artist, and a founding director of Pomegranate Center, an arena in which art, public participation, and community betterment converge.

Gale McCullough

Gale McCullough

Gale McCullough, a former nursery school teacher and old-fashioned naturalist, delighted the 2010 PopTech audience with the story of how she identified a whale that had journeyed an unprecedented 6,000 miles from Brazil to Madagascar by examining photographs on Flickr.

Col. Mark Mykleby

Col. Mark Mykleby

Capt. Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby are the authors of the groundbreaking “Mr. Y” article entitled “A National Strategic Narrative” which proposes that the United States must refocus its foreign policy priorities and invest less in overt militarization and more in education, development aid, and sustainability infrastructure.

Dava J. Newman

Dava J. Newman

Dava J. Newman, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is most notable for assisting NASA in developing new space activity suits, namely the Bio-Suit, which will provide pressure mechanically, rather than with pressurized gas.

Gideon Obarzanek

Gideon Obarzanek

Gideon Obarzanek is an Australian choreographer whose modern dance company Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of interactive sound and light technologies to create genre-defying dance performances. He will present a new collaboration with Reuben Margolin at this year’s conference.

Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico is a visual artist, performer, and choreographer whose Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Tony explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement and course.

Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri is Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change.

Capt. Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby

Capt. Wayne Porter

Capt. Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby are the authors of the groundbreaking “Mr. Y” article entitled “A National Strategic Narrative” which proposes that the United States must refocus its foreign policy priorities and invest less in overt militarization and more in education, development aid, and sustainability infrastructure.

Jonathan Rothberg

Jonathan Rothberg

Jonathan Rothberg is best known for inventing high-speed, massively parallel DNA sequencing—an idea that came to him after his infant son was rushed to intensive care and he realized how critical individual genome sequencing was to human health.

Scott Saponas

Scott Saponas

Scott Saponas is a researcher in the Computational User Experiences group at Microsoft Research (MSR) in Redmond, WA.

Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi is a co-founder and director of Diagnostics For All, a nonprofit fusing biotechnology and microfluidics, dedicated to creating low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostics designed specifically for the 60% of the developing world that lives beyond the reach of urban hospitals and medical infrastructures.

Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha is a co-director and producer of Made in India, an award-winning documentary feature about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India—a growing international industry.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is one of the world’s most respected thought leaders in international relations. A former director of policy planning for the State Department, she has long argued for a values-based approach to foreign policy.

Arvind Subramanian

Arvind Subramanian

Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and at the Center for Global Development, argues in his recent book, Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance, that China has already become the most economically dominant country in the world in terms of wealth, trade, and finance.

Desney Tan

Desney Tan

Desney Tan, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, manages the Computational User Experiences group in Redmond, Washington as well as the Human-Computer Interaction group in Beijing, China.

Thomas Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites, a designer whose work examines how technology interacts with beliefs to shape our society, built a toaster completely from scratch (even going so far as sourcing his own crude oil to create homemade plastic) in his acclaimed Toaster Project.

Patrick Tresset

Patrick Tresset

Patrick Tresset, a French artist/scientist currently based in London, uses what he calls "clumsy robotics" to create autonomous cybernetic entities that are playful projections of the artist.

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts returns to the PopTech stage to share his unique brand of “disinformation” and wry improvisational humor.

Zeb and Haniya

Zeb and Haniya

Zeb and Haniya are a singer-songwriter duo from Lahore, Pakistan whose debut album, Chup (Hush), broke to glowing reviews in Pakistan. Their music speaks to a shared base of human experience while evoking the rich and textured soundscapes of West Asia.

Michael Zimbalist

Michael Zimbalist

Michael Zimbalist is currently the vice president of research & development operations at The New York Times Company.