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This week in PopTech: Maths and music

PopTech

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.

  • Last week WiredUK released a podcast featuring a conversation with Imogen Heap (PopTech 2008, PopTech 2010) which explores the future of technology in music. 
  • OK Go (PopTech 2010) and Pilobolus choreographers and dancers collaborated on the brand new music video "All Is Not Lost." Not only is the video itself delightful, but it can also be experienced through an interactive site, which is, by the way, how we created this blog post's image! 

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Image: All Is Not Lost

This week in PopTech: Art, music and humor

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.

  • Must-see new MoMA show, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects features nearly 200 projects ranging from the microscopic to the cosmic that explore design's new terrain: enhancing communicative possibilities, embodying a new balance between technology and people, and bringing technological breakthroughs up or down to comfortable, understandable human scale. The show includes work by past PopTech presenters Zach Lieberman (PopTech 2009) and MIT Senseable City Lab (PopTech 2009, PopTech 2010). 
  • Zach Lieberman also recently collaborated with musician Olga Bell to create a music video that combines Open Frameworks, a Microsoft Kinect, and video projections for the song "Chase no Face". To see Bell test the software before filming, check out this behind the scenes video
  • Last but not least, neuroscientist David Eagleman (PopTech 2010) made us chuckle when he used a Pink Floyd lyric to explain the brain during his appearance on the Colbert Report last night. 

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Image: Zach Lieberman and Olga Bell

This week in PopTech: Saving tigers, supporting friends and gaming for good

Tiger

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.

  • Serbian activist Ivan Marovic (PopTech 2005) connects the virtual world to the real world with a video game entitled People Power (formerly A Force More Powerful) to promote nonviolent resistance strategies. This week, six years after presenting at PopTech, we checked in with Marovic for an update on the status of People Power as well as how he’s been contributing to and learning from the uprisings in the Middle East.  

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Image: jko contreras

This week in PopTech: Robot films, 6 word stories and connected states

Robots

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 Connected States of America is the newest project from PopTech 2010 presenter Carlo Ratti and the SENSEable City Lab at MIT. The initiative takes a look at how communities are redefining themselves within the United States, tracking social interactions by studying anonymous, aggregated mobile phone data.
  • The first ever Robot Film Festival will descend upon the Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in New York City July 16th-17th. The event was created by none other than roboticist and 2010 PopTech speaker Heather Knight

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Image: Solo

This week in PopTech: Wrong assumptions, lively exchanges and creative coders

Mobile

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.

  • My work speaks to audiences that, demographically speaking, are the future of the county: the young and the racially diverse.” This week we featured activist Erica Williams (PopTech 2009) in our 6 questions with... series. 
  • Thanks to Eli Pariser (PopTech 2010) and Sinan Aral (2010 Science Fellow) for kicking off our inaugural Lively Exchange. This week's live chat conversation focused on how personalization of the Internet impacts the information we consume online. Miss it? Here's the transcript.
  • 2009 PopTech Fellow Nigel Waller launched Movirtu to provide virtual mobile phone services to people earning less than two dollars a day. This week Movirtu rolled out a Cloud Phone aimed at low-income users: the organization's first market is Madagascar with others following shortly.

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Image: Alex Barros

This week in PopTech: Female fixers, smelly blocks and financial 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.

  • We’re enormously proud that 5 of the 9 women “Fixers” featured in Elle Magazine are from our Social Innovation Fellows network! They include Nina Dudnik (2010 Social Innovation Fellow), Founder and CEO of seedinglabs.org; Deb Levine (2009 Social Innovation Fellow), Founder/Executive Director of Internet Sexuality Information Service (ISIS); Laura Stachel (2010 Social Innovation Fellow), CoFounder of Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity (WE CARE Solar); Leila Janah (2010 Social Innovation Fellow), Founder of Samasource; and Juliana Rotich, Cofounder/Executive Director of Ushahidi, an organization with whom we have been long affilitiated through previous Fellows and collaborations

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Image: hyoin min

This week in PopTech: Audio excepts, music covers and more

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: Reuters

This week in PopTech: Lung on a chip and robot in the wild

Lung on a Chip

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: Wyss Institute

This week in PopTech: Out of this world

Pacific Star III

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: Colin Rich

This week in PopTech: Online music, mobile money and good games

Tech@State: Open Source Tweetmap

Tech@State: Open Source Tweetmap

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.

  • Congratulations to FrontlineSMS:Credit on the launch of its new website! 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
  • Musician, producer and artist  (PopTech 2006) has a new album entitled 'Drums Between The Bells' that's slated to be released July 5, 2011. In the meantime, you can download the track 'Imagine New Times’ for free
  • Tech@State:Serious Games is underway and aims to explore the mechanics of games, business and sustainability, games for social change and much more. Derek Lomas (2009 Social Innovation Fellow), director of the Playpower Foundation, a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses is slated to speak. Follow on Twitter by searching for #tech@state.

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Image: Mark Smith