Yasser Ansari

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Yasser Ansari’s award winning company, Networked Organisms, is developing simple technology solutions to help people reconnect with nature. Through Project Noah, a mobile platform for nature exploration, users can easily share their encounters with nature and contribute to critical ongoing scientific research. By fostering curiosity and boosting eco-literacy, Networked Organisms is building a coalition of citizen scientists to document and preserve our planet’s biodiversity.
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
  • Fellow 2010 Social Innovation Fellows
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This week in PopTech: Sound effects, garden parties and community building

This week in PopTech: Sound effects, garden parties and community building

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: Cerebral matters, education toolkits and sports racers

This week in PopTech: Cerebral matters, education toolkits and sports racers

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.

Sports Racers rejoice! Ze Frank (PopTech 2004, 2005) of videoblogging fame is bringing back "The Show,” a webseries that’s a continuation of an experiment with interactive

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Kids kicking the new science knowledge

Kids kicking the new science knowledge

We love kids and we love science and we really, really love kids who love science. With all the sturm und drang about the dangers of the Internet and technology in general on young, impressionable minds, it’s great to see technologies being developed that are teaching kids to be better observers of the natural world.

Presented at last year’s PopTech was Yasser

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

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

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 Read more »

Birding gone social - with WildLab

Birding gone social - with WildLab

The longest running citizen scientist project, entitled the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), was started 111 years ago by ornithologist Frank Chapman. As a less destructive version of the massive annual bird slaughter known as the Christmas “Side Hunt,” it began with 27 men scouting 90 types of birds in 25 locations. In 2010, the CBC had grown to include 60,000

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This week in PopTech: Happiness, gifts and saving civilization

This week in PopTech: Happiness, gifts and saving civilization

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.

Epidemiologist Dr. Ian Lipkin has been profiled as a Scientist at Work in the New York Times. By developing quick ways to identify viruses and search for new ones, Lipkin has gained a Read more »

Imogen Heap and Yasser Ansari reconnect with nature

Imogen Heap had two objectives when she took the PopTech stage last month. She introduced the audience to her newest initiative, a collaboration with social entrepreneur Thomas Ermacora entitled Love The Earth. The film and sound project combines crowd-sourced videos of nature with music scored by Heap herself. Heap hopes that capturing these images of the natural world for

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Project Noah and the future of naturalists

Project Noah and the future of naturalists

What has the power to stop a careening, kinetic child in his tracks and cause him to gently bend, enraptured, toward a flower? As PopTech Science Fellow and naturalist Yasser Ansari witnessed first-hand, it’s a bee. As children, we all possess a wonderment and curiosity about nature. We have a human need to connect with our planet. Or, as said child put it, “BZZZZ!”&

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Science Salon Video Release

Science Salon Video Release

Today PopTech is releasing talks from our Living Systems Salon held in Washington, DC last week. Speakers include geneticist Beth Shapiro, biochemist Justin Gallivan, neuroscientist H. Sebastian Seung and citizen scientist evangelist Yasser Ansari, and violist Christen Lien, our special musical performer, delighted the audience.

Sit back

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Eco IQ's, Violas, Mammoths, and Genes that "Seek and Destroy": A PopTech Salon

Eco IQ's, Violas, Mammoths, and Genes that "Seek and Destroy": A PopTech Salon

Last night at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC, PopTech brought together four speakers, a performer, and a lively and engaged audience for a PopTech Salon on Science, Living Systems, and the Edge of Change.

Behind the scenes at the House of Sweden before the Science, Living Systems & The Edge of Change salon in Washington, DC. Photography by Kris

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