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PopTech's Camden beauty

Attendees, speakers and Fellows are flooding into Camden, capturing the beauty of our town and harbor, and sharing on social media.

This week in PopTech: Get social at PopTech 2012

This week our annual showcase of world-changing people, projects and ideas commences in Camden, Maine. Whether you're joining us in Camden or watching the livestream at home, here are a handful of ways to maximize your PopTech 2012 experience.

  • We've compiled a cohesive PopTech 2012 Twitter list that includes PopTech staff, speakers, performers, Fellows and participants. If you're attending PopTech 2012, have a Twitter account, and you'd like to be added, let us know!
  • The official hashtag for this year's conference is #poptech.
  • If you are a Foursquare user, subscribe to our Camden Tips list for the inside scoop on where to find Wifi, a great cup of coffee or good eats. 
  • Pilobolus outdoor Umbrella Project is coming to town. On Friday night, Oct. 19, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pilobolus will enlist several hundred volunteers to participate in a large-scale, live performance using umbrellas fabricated with multi-colored LED lights created by the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory. The performance will be simultaneously projected onto a large screen. Volunteers are welcome on the spot!

Image: #poptech on Instagram

Yossi Sheffi and the resilient enterprise

Yossi Sheffi explores the various flavors of redundancy, simplicity, flexibility and communications strategies businesses employ to make themselves resilient. “These are the most dangerous things; the things that have severe consequence and low probability…These are the events one worries about when one has to run a large organization.”

Extracurricular fun at PopTech

In addition to the riveting presentations, there is a lot of extracurricular fun at PopTech. Here is a small sampling of some offerings being discussed on social media.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Sriram Kosuri

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Sriram Kosuri is a biological engineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, developing next-generation DNA synthesis technologies.

To learn more about Sriram, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

I hope that our technological developments in reading and writing DNA will hasten progress in understanding and engineering biology.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Kelly Benoit-Bird

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean.

To learn more about Kelly, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

My goal is to perceive the sea the way its inhabitants do, for it is only when we understand how things work that we can do anything to solve the problems of planet Ocean.

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Watch: Mohammed Rezwan's floating schools

Climate change is exacerbating flooding in waterlogged Bangladesh. Already, hundreds of schools get wiped out during the monsoon season. Mohammed Rezwan builds floating schools, healthcare facilities and libraries. “If 20 percent of the land goes under water, which may happen in the next 10 to 20 years, where will these people go? We don’t have enough space, enough land. People have to live on the water in some way.”

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Flaminia Catteruccia

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Flaminia Catteruccia is a molecular entomologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in the reproductive biology of Anopheles mosquitoes, the only mosquitoes capable of transmitting human malaria.

To learn more about Flaminia, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

I seek to find innovative ways to eliminate disease-transmitting mosquitoes and help reducing the global burden of malaria.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Thaddeus Pace

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Thaddeus Pace is a biological psychologist at Emory University, exploring how compassion meditation and other complementary practices may improve the health and well-being of children and adults in challenging circumstances.

To learn more about Thaddeus, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

The goal of my work is to understand the biological and psychological foundations of how novel complementary approaches such as compassion meditation promote resilience in the face of significant life stress.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Watch: Eiríkur Hrafnsson on Iceland’s start-up scene

Eiríkur Hrafnsson calls his new company, Green Qloud, the world’s first green cloud computing company, bucking a frightening trend. “It is not far-fetched to imagine that in 30 or 40 years, 50 percent of our energy will be spent on IT.”