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Watch now: Eben Upton makes Raspberry Pi

Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. “I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer.”

This week in PopTech: The battle for water and light in L.A.

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This week in PopTech: Sky high calligraffiti, reservation tales and encoded DNA

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Blue Earth Alliance sponsorship opportunity for photogs

Man with cameraInterested in sharing your unique perspective of our changing world? The Blue Earth Alliance, which helps support photographic projects that "educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and important social issues," is currently accepting project proposals from documentary photographers focusing on these issues.

"We're focused on public education and inspiring positive social change," says Blue Earth's Executive Director Bart Cannon. "If your project helps to get people involved, we'd love to take a look."

Blue Earth sponsorships can include financial support, mentorship, help with PR and marketing, and other services depending on project needs. Past projects have included wildlife photographer Florian Schulz and Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of American prisons

Deadline is August 20th and submission guidelines can be found on their site.

Photo by Michelle Riggen-Ransom/twitter:@mriggen

This week in PopTech: Stories of cultural excess, programming power and...how to tell them

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Watch now: Writer Andri Magnason on preserving Iceland through the power of words

From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires writer Andri Magnason. His poetry and children's books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he's schooled himself—and the public—on preserving Iceland’s beauty and natural resources.

In case you missed it, check out who will be taking the stage at PopTech Camden here.

Listen now: amiina, former string section for Sigur Ros, wows at PopTech Iceland

Icelandic five-piece band amiina got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and took the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. The result? Seventeen minutes of complex, sweetly innocent music that we think will brighten your day.

amiina will be at PopTech Camden 2012! Secure your ticket here

Watch now: Simonetta Carbonaro on how consuming less can make you happier

What are the economic and emotional benefits of consuming and producing less? How can the power of words be used to preserve a country’s beauty and natural resources? What does the combination of a glockenspiel, saw, violins, drums and a laptop sound like? This week we’re excited to debut videos from a musical group and two presenters who took the stage in PopTech Iceland last month: an Icelandic five-piece band, a consumer psychologist, and an activist poet.

First up, a talk from Simonetta Carbonaro, a consumer psychologist who encourages us to think differently about consumption. She reminds us that a consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster is outdated, and that we now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness. 

Enjoyed this talk and craving more? Join us at PopTech Camden this fall. Register today.

This week in PopTech: Music videos, documentaries and radio shows

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Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!


How does a country in financial crisis rebound? How does a faltering company rally in the face of disaster? How does an individual spring back from personal tragedy?

In an age marked by volatility of every kind, how do we help people and systems persist, and even thrive, amid disruption? How do we foster greater resilience?

The answers could not be more pressing for companies, communities, individuals, leaders, and the planet as a whole. They’re the central ones we’ll be exploring at PopTech 2012: Toward Resilience, convening this October 17-20 in beautiful Camden, Maine.
 
We’ll explore the role of creativity, technology, and learning in building resilience, and what might it take to bolster America’s ability to rebound. We’ll explore what new science is revealing about building our personal and organizational resilience in the face of change.
 
This will be, without question, one of the strongest programs we’ve ever presented, and we're happy to unveil just a few of the remarkable speakers and performers you'll encounter, amid many other surprises and delights.

  • C.J. Huff, the superintendent of Joplin Schools since July 2008, led his district of 1,100 employees and 7,700 students through the recovery effort that has followed the devastating May 22, 2011 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri.
  • Dean Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. He is a Professor of Economics at Yale University.
  • Amy J.C. Cuddy is a social psychologist whose latest research illuminates how “faking” body postures that convey competence and power (“power posing”)— even for as little as two minutes—changes our testosterone and cortisol levels, increases our appetite for risk, and configures our brain to cope well in stressful situations.
  • David Eagleman is a neuroscientist with joint appointments in the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.
  • Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit that is working to end childhood hunger in America.
  • Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist who writes about human behavior and public policy. For Time Magazine and the Atlantic, she has chronicled the stories of American kids and teachers alongside groundbreaking new research into education reform.
  • Adrian Anantawan, born without a right hand, began the violin at nine, and has since established himself as "a rising star in classical music" (Globe and Mail). He also helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre—a cross-collaborative project that develops adaptive musical instruments for use by young persons with disabilities within a chamber music setting.
  • Asenath Andrews founded and is currently the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school for teen mothers that also provides early education services for the children of those high school moms.
  • David B. Agus is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and an international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized healthcare.
  • Sandro Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist whose research seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels of influence—including policies, features of the social environment, molecular, and genetic factors—jointly produce the health of urban populations.
  • David DeSteno is currently a professor of psychology at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Emotions Lab. At the broadest level, DeSteno’s lab examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape social behavior.
  • Margrét Pála is a renowned Icelandic educator and child care specialist, and the creator of the Hjalli pedagogy that employs such methods as sex-segregated classes, natural play instead of conventional toys and a belief in discipline as a way of training social skills.
  • Juan Enriquez is a senior research fellow and director of the Harvard Business School Life Science Project, and is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences.
  • David Bellwood, a marine biologist and an internationally recognized expert in coral reef fishes and systems, combines skills in such disparate fields as ecology, palaeontology, biomechanics and molecular systems to understand the nature of reefs.
  • John Doyle is a renowned systems scientist at CalTech and an expert in control and resilience in complex systems. As the John G Braun Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineer, and BioEngineering, he has focused his research on the theoretical foundations for complex networks in engineering and biology, and specifically on architecture, and for multiscale physics.

If ever there was a year to come to PopTech, this is it.  We hope you’ll join us!
 
Register here to secure your seat today – this event promises to sell out quickly.