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Come one, come all: PopTech's FREE Livestream

We can’t wait to see many of you at PopTech next week. But for those of you who can’t make it up to Camden, don’t fret! You can still take in all the stage talks and performances from the comfort of your home, office, airplane, or submarine – as long as you have an Internet connection.

Once again this year, we are streaming the PopTech conference live online! And thanks to our friends at Livestream and Serve, we're able to do so free of charge. Check the conference schedule, mark your calendar, and don't forget to tune in to watch PopTech 2011 live.

October 20-22, 2011
8:30 am – 6:30 pm EST

PopTech at the movies

Next week at PopTech 2011, we are proud to present the PopTech Film Series—an evening of screenings and discussions to explore the power of film to tell stories and generate lasting social change.

Up first is a panel discussion with PopTech alumni Ian Lipkin (PopTech 2008) and Laurie Garrett (PopTech 2008), and award-winning screenwriter Scott Z. Burns as they take you behind the scenes of the blockbuster film Contagion to show the incredibly complex and frighteningly real science that went into creating this dystopian vision of a human world devastated by a killer virus. We will not be screening Contagion so be sure to see the film before joining us for this discussion.


Immediately following the panel discussion is a screening of the documentary Made in India presented by The Economist Film Project. A Q&A with filmmaker, Vaishali Sinha and The Economist business correspondent Lane Greene will take place after the screening. Made in India is a feature-length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogacy to mothers in India. From the personal struggle of an Indian woman working to support her family to that of an American couple yearning to have a child, this film reveals the legal and ethical implications of their choices, and presents the conflict between the personal and the political dilemmas of surrogacy.

The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to share the work of independent, international documentary filmmakers with audiences who are passionate about uncovering the world's untold stories.

This event is free and open to the public. The PopTech Film Series will be on Friday October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Camden Opera House at 29 Elm Street.

Images: Contagion and The Economist Film Project

Meet the 2011 Social Innovation Fellows: Mohammed Rabah Salem

We’ve recently announced our Class of 2011 Social Innovation Fellows and we’re excited to share the diversity of their world-changing work with the PopTech community. To learn more about this new crop of Fellows, we posed one question to each of them: In one sentence, what is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We’ll be highlighting one Fellow’s response per day for the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

If I reach my goal, in a very simple way, every home will have light, the darkness will disappear, warmth will spread everywhere in happy, safe, and silent nights: the wind of peace will blow between Palestinians and Israelis under the shining lights in safe, kind areas.

-- Mohammed Rabah Salem

Image: Mohammed Rabah Salem

Staff picks: How to plan your PopTech

The PopTech conference is just around the corner! In preparation for the big event, we asked PopTech staff who know the ropes how to make the most of your Camden experience:

  • Update your PopTech profile! This year's participant list is interactive and will be distributed before the conference, so take a moment to update your contact information. Sharing preferences in your PopTech profile will help you make the connections that matter most. Click https://poptech.org/login to start the process. (Keryn Gottshalk, Participant Facilitator)
  • Enjoy Camden - grab a breakfast wrap at Boynton McKay, take the rocky route to the top of Mount Battie or mountain bike at the Camden Snowbowl. (Beth Cohen, Director of Media Production)
  • Connect with the people who you meet at the conference on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. soon after you meet - whether it's that night or the following day. Business cards can tend to go missing and this is a quick and easy way to avoid dropping the ball. (Becky Sennett, Marketing and Media Associate)
  • Ask a PopTech Fellow to tell you more about their work, and tell them about yours. Surprising and productive synergies come to light when conference participants connect with the Fellows. (Ollie Wilder, Program Manager, PopTech Accelerator)
  • Coordinate a ride to PopTech 2011 by connecting on Twitter using #PopTechCarpool or by visiting this Facebook thread. (Emily Spivack, Editor-in-Chief)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Image: Kris Krug for PopTech

This week in PopTech: Doctors, protesters and monkeys

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • With yesterday's announcement of his new company, Sherpaa, Dr. Jay Parkinson (PopTech 2008) continues to re-imagine the patient/doctor experience by making a network of hand-picked health professionals chosen for quality, communication skills, personality, and mission accessible to those who are interested in a type of curated health care. 
  • Author of the Guardian’s weekly ”Bad Science” column and Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks, British physician Ben Goldacre (PopTech 2010) announced this week that he's taking to the stage for a run of live "nerd shows" called Uncaged Monkeys in December. 

If you'd like to receive a stream of these updates (and more) throughout the week in real time, follow us on TwitterTumblrFacebook, sign up for our newsletter, and subscribe to the PopTech blog.

Image: Cindy B

Meet the 2011 Social Innovation Fellows: Nithya Ramanathan

We’ve recently announced our Class of 2011 Social Innovation Fellows and we’re excited to share the diversity of their world-changing work with the PopTech community. To learn more about this new crop of Fellows, we posed one question to each of them: In one sentence, what is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We’ll be highlighting one Fellow’s response per day for the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Our sensor and mobile innovations bring life to data and bring data to millions of lives, mobilizing and transforming data for health and environmental initiatives worldwide such as clean cookstoves, safe water distribution and wildlife monitoring.

-- Nithya Ramanathan

Image: Nithya Ramanathan

 


Meet the 2011 Social Innovation Fellows: Jake Porway

We’ve recently announced our Class of 2011 Social Innovation Fellows and we’re excited to share the diversity of their world-changing work with the PopTech community. To learn more about this new crop of Fellows, we posed one question to each of them: In one sentence, what is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We’ll be highlighting one Fellow’s response per day for the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Data Without Borders seeks to instill a culture of data sharing and statistical expertise throughout the global non-profit community, creating a world where data is seen as a central and valuable resource for any social change project.

-- Jake Porway

John Sculley on sugar water and Steve Jobs

One of PopTech’s founders, John Sculley, who infamously ousted Steve Jobs from Apple in the mid 1980s, recounts how Jobs wooed Sculley away from PepsiCo to run Apple. Jobs asked him, "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?"

PopTech 2011 conference schedule released!

The PopTech 2011 schedule is out and The World Rebalancing never looked so good.  Join us as an incredible array of speakers, performers, and musicians present the latest breakthrough discoveries in science and technology, collaborative approaches to social innovation and business, and creative exchanges in the arts and design. 

The stage is only part of the story at PopTech 2011. This year’s conference campus is filled with screenings, meet-ups, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive sessions that are sure to activate your mind and spark lively discussions.

Check out the conference agenda, have a look at the incredible roster of presenters - including those we just released today - and if you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

Meet the 2011 Social Innovation Fellows: Paul Needham

We’ve recently announced our Class of 2011 Social Innovation Fellows and we’re excited to share the diversity of their world-changing work with the PopTech community. To learn more about this new crop of Fellows, we posed one question to each of them: In one sentence, what is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We’ll be highlighting one Fellow’s response per day for the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!


Our goal is to help five million families in emerging markets transition to clean, modern energy by 2020.

-- Paul Needham

Image: Paul Needham