Jack D. Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the finance and technology sectors and is currently focused on clean energy technology and hands-on learning.
In 1995, Hidary co-founded and served as President and CEO of EarthWeb/Dice. He raised three private rounds of equity and completed a record breaking IPO. Under Hidary's leadership, EarthWeb/Dice earned the Business Week Info Tech 100 award as the third fastest growing IT Company. Dice.com is currently traded on the NYSE under ticker DHX.
Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Hidary has received several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the WEF, Davos. Hidary is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hidary has been particularly involved in issues of energy and transportation. He is chairman and co-founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation (www.freedomprize.org), which provides monetary prizes to cities, schools and other entities that can most reduce their petroleum use. The Freedom Prizes were mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title X: 1008).
Jack serves on the advisory board for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) www.nrel.gov
In New York City, Hidary was a leading proponent of switching over the taxi fleet to high mileage hybrids. Hidary serves as Chairman of SmartTransportation.org (www.smarttransportation.org), a non-profit dedicated to promoting clean energy and transportation policy in the US.
Hidary studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and was then awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, Hidary conducted research in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study brain and disease states.
A frequent keynote speaker, Hidary has presented at venues including the business schools of Yale and Columbia.
TED2014, TED2011, TED2010
An idea worth spreading
www.nationallabday.org - matching scientists, teachers and kids for hands-on learning.
I'm passionate about
revolutions in learning, clean energy, transforming transportation and mobility
Talk to me about
solar energy, IT applied to cleantech, web marketplaces, x prizes
People don't know I'm good at
developing scalable national policies: co-architect of cash for clunkers