Vito Di Bari is an acclaimed futurist, author, and an authority on innovation. He is “the new
European guru of innovation,” according to The Financial Times.
Di Bari was chosen to be the Innovation Designer for the upcoming 2015 Universal EXPO to be
held in Milan, in which he will feature his designs for a city of the near future in which digital
and physical architecture are intertwined, and everyday life is transformed by his innovative
solutions for the future.
He is currently a columnist for an Italian newspaper and magazine, has worked as a TV
anchorman for two Italian programs and speaks at 30 worldwide events annually. He is also a
professor of Design and Management of Innovation at Bocconi University in Milan. He is
accredited worldwide for his numerous innovative theories and multitude of published works. Di
Bari has written ten books in the field of innovation.
Di Bari is also the Scientific Director of LabNext, an international research laboratory, named
"Milan's think tank" by Wired Magazine. By exploring the future of technology applied to
everyday life, Di Bari shows you how our lives will change and why. In using recent discoveries
in media, nanotech, and robotics, he explains how corporations and individuals will change their
behaviors in order to succeed in the future business world.
Scott Summit seeks to connect complex human needs with design and technology solutions. To this end, he founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010, based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication. Before Bespoke, his clients have included Apple, Nike, Palm, and other companies large and small. His designs have earned international design awards including the IDSA, IDEA, Good Design, and Core77. Summit holds over 20 design and utility patents and has held faculty positions at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, and Singularity University. He has spoken at TEDx Cambridge, the Vanguard Lecture Series, the Summit Series, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series and keynoted at Autodesk University. Bespoke was acquired by 3D Systems in May of 2012, and now drives its medical solutions research.
Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dell, CEO of Green Girl Energy, Founding Organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), seasoned entrepreneur, business television personality and a passionate advocate for WOMEN + GREEN sustainability initiatives. Ingrid created and oversees The $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses globally. Ingrid has designed and executed corporate, entrepreneurial and philanthropic programs to advance the economic success of women-owned and green-focused businesses and has worked with companies including Microsoft, Dell, Humana and SAIC. She created CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made” reaching over 1 M viewers around the globe and has hosted the Web shows ‘On the Road with iV’ and the ‘Road to SXSW 2010’. 2010 inspired a new mission of “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020” to help foster a more sustainable future for our planet. Ingrid serves on the Advisory Boards of SXSW Eco, World Blu, Current Motor, the Young Entrepreneur Council and Visionary Holdings. She advises and supports Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, XPRIZE, is a co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club and is an invited member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network(DWEN). She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, the Today Show and The Big Idea. iV has been awarded a technology patent and has a Master's in Architecture and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian illustrator, animator and visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She illustrated her first book for children at the age of 16 and has illustrated and published 8 others since with some of the most well known publishing houses in India. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront. Earlier this year, at only 22 years of age, she was chosen by TED and Levi's as an ambassador of the 'Shape of Things to Come' - one of three Indian women to be felicitated with this honour at the TED Global Conference 2011, Edinburgh. In 2010 she was selected for an INK fellowship for her work as a young innovator in her field and now continues her work with the community as their Featured Artist of the Year. She was also one of the youngest speakers at the WIRED UK conference and at DLD 2012 in Munich.
She recently launched a series of interactive fantasy narratives for children on the iPad called Khoya, an experiment with the links between magic, earth and technology as well as the potential that touch has as a new integral part of storytelling. It attempts to use new and mobile technologies like Augmented Reality and the iPad to bring out the fantasy in an Indian contemporary story and create interactions that make you actively seek out natural environments. Khoya has been showcased even before it's completion to Steve Wozniak in Bangalore and presented at Wired UK and the INK conference.
Rohan once traveled through the Himalayan mountains for nine months to collect the brainwaves of meditating monks. Eventually this journey led to the founding of BrainBot, a California-based company that makes brainwave-integrated apps for learning meditation. Rohan previously did meditation neuroimaging and resting state brain network research at Stanford University and the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center.
Andiara Petterle is a digital entrepreneur since 1996. She was founder and CEO of Grupo Bolsa de Mulher. Today she is Digital Strategy and New Business Development Director at Grupo RBS.
She got a Masters degree in Social Communication with a special emphasis in Anthropology from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and worked as guest researcher at Brown University. She also did the Women Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, and the Interactive Media Development at University of British Columbia in Canada.
Luis Fernando Guggenberger manages the Knowledge, Debate and New Projects area of Telefonica Foundation. Autodidactic and specialist in themes such as Social Networks, Technology, Social Innovation, and Branding. He studied Advertising and Publicity at Universidade Guarulhos and got a pos-graduate in Public Relations from Faculdade Cásper Líbero. He worked for the 3º sector in organizations such as Projeto Arrastão, ICE – Instituto de Cidadania Empresarial and Fundação Gol de Letra. He’s also taught at universities such as SENAC, Faculdade Morumbi Sul, FMU and Anhembi-Morumbi.
Frank is a multi-platinum selling record producer, Grammy-nominated songwriter, social entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker, Frank Fitzpatrick has proven himself to be a creative visionary and committed advocate for transforming the human spirit through music and film. He has created the soundtracks for over two-dozen films, produced countless music events and sold over six million albums. In addition to his work with Hollywood successes such as Friday, Jump In!, The Larry Sanders Show, Pirates of Silicon Valley and the billion-dollar Scary Movie franchise, Detroit-born Fitzpatrick has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector and healing arts. His work with musical pioneers like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, K’Naan and Ziggy Marley, as well as other global thought leaders, has further strengthened his commitment to using music and creativity as catalysts for cultivating higher levels of intelligence, adaptability and compassion in the world.
As Founder and Director of the non-profit EarthTones, Fitzpatrick focuses on creating music and film projects that make a positive contribution to our world. His experience across the business, social and entertainment sectors allows him to provide organizations with creative solutions and integrated strategies for impacting large audiences. Current EarthTones projects include Yoga For Hope – City of Hope’s national campaign promoting alternative and supportive therapies (music, yoga, meditation) for patients with life-threatening diseases, and Amazing – a film partnership between the NBA and Shanghai Film Group which will help promote NBA-Fit health and fitness clinics for young fans and families throughout China.
Alessandro leads partnership development for a number of Google products in Brazil, and his self-proclaimed mission is to achieve "partner-aided user delight". An engineer (from Poli-USP) and master in business (from FGV-EAESP) by training, also an experienced executive in consultancies and tech companies, Alessandro is passionate about innovation and its (still somewhat untapped) ultimate potential of making people happier. Alessandro has taught innovation management at Insper and FIA-USP, and believes the best way to unleash innovation in its entirety is by intertwining tech and human, and embracing chaos.
Amit focuses on early to late stage venture investments across a wide range of sectors at NVP, with an emphasis on consumer Internet.
Prior to joining NVP, Amit spent four years at Google, where he was an associate product manager and a business analyst. As a product manager, he contributed to the development of Google Images, helped launch Google’s Brazil offices and internationalized several products. In his role as a business analyst, Amit supplied the business and sales teams with critical analytics to make informed business and sales decisions.
Pedro Sorrentino is a 24 year old entrepreneur from São Paulo, Brazil that lives in Boulder, Colorado. He's does Business Development in the US and is the Growth Manager for Latin America at Sendgrid.
Sendgrid is a SaaS company that replaces the email infrastructure for web applications, so marketers and developers don't have to build, scale and maintain their own email servers. It's technology solves complex problems such as email deliverability, analytics, on demand scalability with 8 different APIs. Think of it as the Fedex of the internet.
The company is only 3 years old but is currently processing 4.1 billion emails a month for more than 65.000 customers in more than 100 countries. Some customers includes Foursquare, Tumblr, Pinterest, Pandora, Airbnb, Path and Spotify.
Pedro has a summa cum laude bachelor's degree in Journalism from Universidade Mackenzie in Sao Paulo and a specialization in Digital Business from Boulder Digital Works, a technology innovation program from Colorado University.
Before moving the United States he worked in marketing for companies like Aunica.com, Nimbuzz.com and Mediamind.com.
In 2010 he co-founded his first company in Brazil while based in the US, called Recomind.net. Recomind.net helps people find qualified service providers that are curated by their friends, in what we call word of mouth 2.0.
In 2011 the company was acquired by Buscapé Company, the largest e-commerce conglomerate in Latin America. Pedro also has an event company called Slumdog Productions that produces events for startups and entrepreneurs in Latin America, such as SPbeta and CampusBeta.
David Slayden is a professor in the Graduate School at University of Colorado at Boulder. He also works as a director in the ATLAS Institute and Founder of BDW (formerly Boulder Digital Works). In another life, he worked in advertising as a creative and has won local, national, and international awards for work in traditonal and interactive platforms.
Following a career in advertising, he returned to the university environment and created award-winning portfolio programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Colorado at Boulder. At CU Boulder, the program increasingly won awards in interactive, including several gold pencils in The One Show. Students from SMU, CU Boulder, and now BDW, populate top agencies, startups, and companies both nationally and internationally and habitually garner top awards recognizing their creative work, including Clios, D&AD, One Show, and Cannes. He has consulted for and/or advised a wide range of companies, including Omnicom, Saatchi, Microsoft, BMW, Mav 6, Future Partners, Colorado Creative industries to name a few.
Today, he is the Executive Director of BDW, an internationally recognized postdigital studio within the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado. BDW develops people, projects and solutions for the creative industries. They are a maker culture and their work typically bridges digital and physical environments through creative uses of technology.