Announcing the PopTech 2010 Speakers and Performers!


We’re thrilled to unveil (almost all!) of the speakers, performers, artists and guests who will be joining us at PopTech 2010, convening October 20-23, in the picturesque New England town of Camden, Maine. The gathering will feature 50 remarkable presenters and performers, and bring together more than 600 visionary thinkers, leaders and doers in science, technology, design, the corporate and social sectors, entrepreneurship, education and the arts from around the world.

The theme of the 2010 gathering is Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures and Improbable Breakthroughs, and will explore the complex, sometimes contradictory paths innovations take along their path to impact.

An extremely limited number of tickets to conference remain. To request a registration, please go here.

Kathryn Schulz, author of the bestselling book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error about the nature of failure
Kevin Dunbar, psychologist who studies the impact of failure on our brains
Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer physician and researcher, author of The Emperor of All Maladies
Adrian Owen, one of the world’s preeminent neuroscientists and an expert on consciousness
OK Go, renowned indie band & video artists changing the way people think about music and the Internet
Deborah Kenny, founder of Harlem Village Academies, one of the world’s most innovative charter school networks
Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard, and an expert on what we can learn from nature
Ben Goldacre, debunker of “bad science” quackery and the way science is abused in public discourse
Marcia McNutt, director, US Geological Survey, led the US scientific response to the BP Oil Spill
Elizabeth Dunn, psychologist who studies the surprising truth about what makes us happy
Stephanie Coontz, renowned expert on the past and future of marriage, and the author of Marriage, A History
Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy: Education for Everyone, and educator of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide
Laura Poitras, Oscar-nominated filmmaker of “The Oath,” which follows the life stories of two members of Al Quaeda
David Eagleman, neuroscientist and Author, of Sum: 40 Tales of the Afterlife
Kevin Starr, director of the Mulago Foundation, and an expert on what works (and doesn’t) in social innovation
Daryl Collins, director of Bankable Frontiers, and an expert on how people live on $2/day
April Smith and the Big Picture Show, Brooklyn based swing & country band
Tom Darden, builder of ultra-green homes in New Orleans
Susan Casey, author of The Wave, about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out
David de Rothschild, adventurer, ecologist and captain of the Plastiki Eco-Expedition
John Legend, Grammy-award-winning musician and education activist
Ned Breslin, CEO of Water for People, leader in water and sanitation programs worldwide
Alan Rabinowitz, the “Indiana Jones” of conservation and a leader in the protection of big cats.
Larry Smith, creator of the ‘Six Word Memoir’
Patrick Meier and Josh Nesbit, collaborators on the 4636 project in Haiti
Vijay Anand, Indian anticorruption crusader
Simon Hauger, Science teacher at West Philadelphia High
Nathan Eagle, mobile pioneer and leader in ‘AI for Development’
Riley Crane, winner of the DARPA Balloon Challenge
Orlaugh Obrien, design researcher on the aesthetics of human emotions
Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and bestselling author of The Upside of Irrationality
Eli Pariser, Founder of MoveOn and Internet personalization researcher
Jad Abumrad, journalist and host of RadioLab
Colin Rich, high-altitude balloon maker
Patrick Flanagan, creator of the Jazari percussion ensemble
Mike Blum, evolutionary biologist studying environmental impacts on Louisiana’s protective barrier islands
Chris Chabris, psychologist a who studies how our intuitive beliefs about the human mind can easily lead us astray.
Erika Wagner, head of the XPrize Laboratory at MIT
Lisa Gansky, entrepreneur and author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
Brandon Kessler, founder of ChallengePost, a ‘marketplace of challenges’
Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine, and an expert on the future of wind power
Annemarie Ahearn, Owner & Chef at Saltwater Farms, Maine
Philippe Newlin, former Associate Editor and Tasting Director at Wine & Spirits
Rachel Wingfield, designer of environmentally responsive textiles and sustainable urban habitats
Mathias Gmachl, multidisciplinary artist and founding member of farmersmanual
Nigel Waller, founder & CEO of Movirtu – mobile for the next billion
Assaf Biderman, Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT

The PopTech 2010 Social Innovation Fellows and Science and Public Leadership Fellows, announced separately, will join these presenters, and other surprise guests, on stage.

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