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Watch: Víðir Reynisson on Iceland's disaster response

 

Víðir Reynisson, head of the National Commission of Icelandic Police, coordinates the country’s response to natural disasters, including the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and oversees the country’s search and rescue teams. Iceland has developed a nimble crisis management model. “With all disasters, with all crises, comes opportunity.”

Pilobolus outdoor Umbrella Project comes to PopTech Camden

Pilobolus is a venerable modern performance company that convenes groups of diverse artists to create athletic, collaborative works on stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression.

During the PopTech conference on Friday night, Oct 19, from 6:00-7:00p.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. Whether you choose to participate or simply observe, remember to dress warm and join us at the Bok Amphitheater in Camden for a great show brought to you by Pilobolus, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory and your friends in the PopTech community.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Daniel Zoughbie

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Daniel Zoughbie created Microclinic International to leverage the power of social network relationships to spread healthy behaviors throughout under-resourced communities.

To learn more about Daniel, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

To make good health "contagious" around the world.

 

 

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Rachel Brown

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Rachel Brown founded Sisi ni Amani - Kenya to pioneer the use of mobile technology to get the right communication capacity into the hands of local peacebuilders, enabling communities to participate in democratic processes and prevent violence.

To learn more about Rachel, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Communities will be better able to participate in democratic processes and prevent violence.

 

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Bryan Doerries

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Bryan Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers and families to help them start talking about the challenges faced by military communities today.

To learn more about Bryan, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Through my work I hope to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable--breaking down the stigma and the silence surrounding health-related issues, raising awareness about available resources, and imbuing audiences with a newfound sense of responsibility to help alleviate the suffering of people living in their communities.

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Eric Stowe

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Eric Stowe believes that every child has a right to clean water; to act on that belief, he founded A Child’s Right (soon to be Splash), which cleans water for over 200,000 children in schools, orphanages, street shelters, hospitals, and rescue homes in Asia and East Africa.

To learn more about Eric, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

By 2018 we will provide reliable, clean water to at least 1 million children in 16 countries—but that is not our end goal; by 2030 we will have provided the systems, structure, and processes necessary for us to have fully exited these countries, leaving behind a thriving, self-sustaining, locally-driven industry that eliminates—permanently—the need for foreign NGOs or intervention.

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Andreas Raptopoulos

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Andreas Raptopoulos is the founder and CEO of Matternet, building a network of unmanned aerial vehicles to transport medicine and goods in places with poor road infrastructure.

To learn more about Andreas, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Do to transportation what cellular telephony did to communications.

 

 

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Touré McCluskey

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Touré McCluskey is the founder of OkCopay, a unique search engine for medical procedures that helps Americans with inadequate insurance find affordable local health care.

To learn more about Touré, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Toure

I hope to introduce price and quality transparency into our health care system so that Americans can confidently understand their provider options and better anticipate their health care costs.

 

 

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

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Aishwarya Ratan

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Aishwarya Ratan is director of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Yale University and Innovations for Poverty Action, with a goal of ensuring that the financial products, services and tools available to the poor to manage and grow their money are affordable, efficient, secure and welfare-enhancing.

To learn more about Aishwarya, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We aim to enable institutions in the financial sector to offer nuanced products services that have been tested for their positive welfare impact, across all geographies and to all households, and enable individuals and families to self-select into using the products and services that are suited to their specific needs and goals.

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

Watch now: Alyson Warhurst, the risk mapper

Alyson Warhurst is CEO and founder of the risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, the leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence for the world’s largest multinational corporations, asset managers and governments. “We can really start telling a story in terms of predicting risk in the future...We are actually able to engage in policy change to be able to shape the future growth environment and prevent disaster.”