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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.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Eric Woods

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 Woods is the CEO and founder of Switchboard, which uses mobile phones to create nationwide networks of health workers in developing countries.

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

By building the largest networks of health workers in the developing world, Switchboard hopes to transform every practitioners mobile phone into a tool to seek advice, share information and improve patient care nationwide.

 

 

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: Jacobo Quintanilla

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. 

Jacobo Quintanilla works with Internews supporting local media in enabling people in the midst of disasters to access the information they need and to take an active role in their own survival and recovery.

To learn more about Jacobo, we asked: What is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Jacobo Quintanilla

I want to improve the lives of people affected by crisis by helping everyone involved in humanitarian aid embrace and act upon the principles that ‘information saves lives’ and that ‘communication is aid,’ and that affected communities have a right to know, ask questions and take an active role in their own survival and recovery. 

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

This week in PopTech: Musicals, awards and the democratizing of art

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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This week in PopTech: Mythologies of the not yet, building with biology and why things bounce back

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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New speakers added to PopTech Camden lineup!

PopTech is thrilled to announce a new round of speakers added to this year’s convening in Camden, Maine. New presenters include a civil rights leader and public health advocate, an epidemiologist who studies how traumatic events alter population health, and a former bank-thief-turned-neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains.

Our focus this year is on resilience: How do we become more resilient as individuals? How do we become a more resilient nation? What makes one institution capable of handling disruption while others collapse in the face of crisis? Other speakers include a distinguished Harvard professor who was told she'd never read or write, an expert on the innate human ability to survive trauma who has turned her attention to education reform, and an ecologist who combines biomechanics and paleontology to bolster coral reef survival. Each of our speakers bring unique expertise and fresh perspective to this important conversation.  

You'll enjoy three days of riveting presentations as well as quality interactions with your fellow participants. From workshops to randomly assigned lunches, wine and cheese gatherings to structured meetups, you'll engage with a wide array of fascinating people. Nobel Laureates, social innovators, designers, business leaders, scientists, and researchers are just a few of the types of individuals you’ll meet.

This year’s convening will be held October 17-20 in Camden, Maine, recently voted by Down East magazine readers as Maine’s prettiest village. Watch this video for a glimpse of what to expect. Join us for a special experience at PopTech during a beautiful time of year when the leaves change from green to gold.  

Meet the latest presenters to join the PopTech Camden speaker lineup:

  • Ken Banks, founder of kiwanja.net, leverages mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. His most recent project, Means of Exchange, uses everyday technology to promote the use of local resources. 
  • Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains and reading the activity of cells. Oh, and he used to rob banks.
  • Jason Hackenwerth creates stunning, large-scale, vibrant installations made with latex balloons that sometimes look like a cross between a rainbow-colored space amoeba, a floating internal organ, and a psychedelic dream. 
  • Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kareiva is often noted for his emphasis on nature’s resiliency rather than its impending doom.
  • Steve Lansing is a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is working to help preserve the Byzantine system for distributing water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. 
  • Jennifer Leaning is a doctor who conducts research on human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings. 
  • Ann Masten studies resilience in human development and how to promote success in young people exposed to poverty, homelessness, migration, disaster and war. 
  • Aaron Shirley is a doctor and civil rights leader who in 1965 became the first African-American to take a pediatrics residency at the University of Mississippi. 
  • Jay Silver invents cool stuff. He invented Makey Makey, a kit that allows users to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet, like creating a working piano out of bananas. Time magazine named one of his inventions “Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses.”
  • Jer Thorp is a data artist in residence at the New York Times who explores the boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. His work making sense of the deluge of information we are inundated with has appeared in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
  • Julia Watson is an Australian landscape architect who researches sacred ecology, biological mimicry and ecosystem adaptations of traditional and indigenous peoples. Along with PopTech presenter Steve Lansing, Watson is involved in an effort to preserve an ancient water distribution system in Bali.

Watch now: John Thackara on the end of endless growth

Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. “I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger.”

This week in PopTech: Synth hacks, life design and personal analytics reports

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.

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.

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