This week in PopTech: Fortune, genomes and tons of data

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.

  • When PopTech volunteer Brent Danley prompted his 12-year-old daughter Skye to choose one PopTech speaker who she'd like to meet, she picked 2010 presenter and 2009 Science Fellow Sarah Fortune. Danley, who met Fortune at those two previous PopTech conferences, scheduled a family field trip to Fortunes' lab at Harvard. Read more about their trip here
  • Erik Hersman (PopTech 2011) wrote a guest blog post on PBS' Idea Lab blog, explaining SwiftRiver, a free and open source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short period of time
  • Designer Nicholas Felton (PopTech 2009) was recently interviewed by Substratum and divulged how he became a designer/artist, how working in a community influences approach and how his design goals have changed over time. Previous interviews feature PopTech speakers Heather Knight (PopTech 2010) and Zach Lieberman (PopTech 2009). 
  • Using genomes as an archeological record, PopTech 2011 Science Fellow Pardis Sabeti studies the patterns of natural selection. Sabeti is currently leading development of a new massive scientific data-mining tool. 

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