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This event occurred on
October 12, 2013
9:30am - 4:30pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Kingston, 01

Theme "New Frontiers"

Knutsford Boulevard
Kingston, 01
Event type:
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Patricia Burchat

Patricia Burchat is the Gabilan Professor of Physics at Stanford University. She grew up in a very large family in a very small town in Canada. She studies the Universe at both the smallest and the largest scales, using accelerators to probe the elementary particles and the fundamental interactions, and telescopes to investigate the cosmological evolution of the Universe. In both cases, she asks similar questions: What is the Universe made of? What are the laws of physics that govern the constituents of the Universe?

Devon Harris

Born and raised in one of Kingston’s most violent ghetto, the greatest gift Devon Harris ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a never say die philosophy would carry him farther than a sense of injustice and a heart filled with anger. Devon was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

Gordon Gill

Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a language of performance: a purposeful relationship between formal design and energy/carbon performance.

Joel Saddler

Joel Sadler is a BioX Fellow at Stanford University where he explores how to enhance human creativity with better prototyping tools. He grew up in Kingston, Jamaica as an athlete and an avid builder of potato canons. At the age of 17, he left Jamaica on a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study engineering. At MIT he became inspired by the needs of wheelchair users, and developed a love of the design process applied to the human body. He was surprised to find that solving a complex problem often started by simply talking with users, and rapidly making prototypes out what was available on-hand.

Carolyn Seepersad

Carolyn Conner Seepersad is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and General Dynamics Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, where she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 1996. After earning a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, she returned to mechanical engineering, earning a PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004. Since then, she has served as an assistant and associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches and conducts research in engineering design and additive manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing).

Christopher Roberts

Student speaker on saving electricity

Charah Watson

Student speaker on green pesticides

Organizing team


New York, NY, United States


Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nigel Clarke
    Speaker selection/on stage host
  • Marty Hillis
    Financial Manager
  • Claire Osborne
    Financial and post event coordination
  • Prerana Nalapatti
    F&B and sponsor liaison
  • Joan Peart
    Ticket sales and sponsor liaison
  • Michelle Brahams
    Graphic and stage design
  • Sheena Francis
    Sponsor Liaison and volunteer management
  • David Picking
    AV liasion
  • JeAnn Murray
    Sales and tokens
  • Oliver Dunbar
  • Diana Thorburn
    Communications and social media
  • JoAnn Lauturburn
    Youth Speaker preparation
  • Adrian Creary
  • Mathew Chang
    Volunteer management and sales