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This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

Viral Product Design

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.

  • The Harvard Business Review profiles 2010 Science Fellow Sinan Aral's latest research on "Viral Product Design." Sinan's work proves that you can engineer digital (and even physical) products to increase peer-to-peer promotion.

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Image: Sinan Aral/Harvard Business Review

This week in PopTech: Bubbles to pop and events to attend

Filter Bubbles

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.

  • Artist Zach Lieberman (PopTech 2009) will be participating in Seven on Seven, an event in which seven artists are paired with seven game-changing technologists in teams of two to develop something new—be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine—over the course of a single day during. The seven teams will unveil their ideas at a one-day event at the New Museum in New York City on Saturday, May 14th, 2011. 

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Image: The Filter Bubble

This week in PopTech: Musical improvisation, collaborative tech camps and the psychology of architecture

Reggie for Ronen

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.

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Image: RonenV

A surplus of senses

Senses

Yesterday we compiled a selection of PopTech talks that represent each of the five senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch. So today on our Tumblr blog, it's all senses all day. We'll be posting each of the featured talks throughout the day interspersed with other images, sounds, poetry...well, anything that represents the senses. Have something to contribute? Feel free to submit or @poptech us a suggestion on Twitter!

This week in PopTech: Algorithms, influence and consumption

Symbion Pandora

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.

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Image: CreatureCast

This week in PopTech: Concerts, community health and college

Zoe Intel

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.

  • Live 4 Sendai, a live concert and fundraising event for Japan, boasted many familiar faces from the PopTech stage. The event was hosted by Ze Frank (PopTech 2004, 2005) and featured musical entertainment by Imogen Heap (PopTech 2004, 2005), Amos Lee (2008), Zoe Keating (PopTech 2007, 2009) among others. 
  • SwiftRiver, a product that brings structure to crowdsourced information projects built by Ushahidi (PopTech 2008, 2009) was profiled in the New York Times last week. 
  • Abby Falik (Social Innovation Fellow 2008), founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year (GCY), which aims to institutionalize a global service “gap year” for young Americans between high school and college has been featured in the Christian Science Monitor to talk about how GCY is fundamentally transforming how young people understand and act on their responsibilities as global citizens. 

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Image: Intel

This week in PopTech: High flying and feather powering

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.

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Image: SugarMtnFarm.com

This week in PopTech: Behind the scenes, eco-apps and artificial leaves

New York Times by Nick Bilton

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.

  • On Thursday, Lead Technology Reporter for The New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton, (PopTech 2009) shared a behind the scenes glimpse of New York Times employees gathering to welcome home four reporters taken hostage in Libya last week.
  • Five years later, Ze Frank (PopTech 2004, 2005) is offering commentary on each episode of his popular video blog known as The Show. Follow along with The Show :: Replay
  • Earlier this week it was announced that researchers from MIT’s Nocera Lab, led by Dr. Daniel Nocera (PopTech 2009), have created an "artificial leaf." This advanced solar cell, which is the size of a playing card, mimics photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

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Image: Nick Bilton

This week in PopTech: Burning questions and documenting journeys

Burning Questions on Friendfactor

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.

  • Founder of Friendfactor, Brian Elliot (Social Innovation Fellow 2010) uses friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. A new Friendfactor feature, called Burning Questions, makes it easy to ask difficult questions when a friend or family member comes out. 
  • Gidon Eshel, (Science Fellow 2010) a statistician with a focus on food, is featured in the documentary Planeat, the story of three men’s search for a diet that's good for their health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet.
  • In more photo related news, our 2010 photo manager, Morrigan McCarthy, is spearheading a new project called The Geography of Youth. It's a worldwide bike journey and documentary photography project exploring what it means to be a 20-something today.

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Image: Friendfactor

Collaboration alert: Photographers journey to Midway

Photographer Chris Jordan (PopTech 2007, 2009) has returned to Midway, a remote island island in the middle of the Pacific, where he first began documenting, in 2009, the heart-wrenching scenes of countless birds killed by ingesting plastic. The project has since evolved into a feature film.

Following Chris Jordan’s expeditions to Midway and the lifecycle of the Albatross, “Midway” is more than just a documentary or a film about wildlife at risk. “Midway” brings us an opportunity for us to look at our world in close-up, to see how our lives are impacting the planet, and to find new approaches to moving forward.

Jordan’s crew includes Kris Krug, one of our official PopTech photographers, who is documenting the behind the scenes aspects of the trip.

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