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TEDxBeaconStreet is a multi-generational learning community with the goal of putting Ideas in Action. Our first event, November 18, 2012, had an eclectic mix of engaging speakers, was simulcast to Google Cambridge, and was followed up by an Escape Velocity Party at the MIT Museum and an after-party at Mass Challenge.

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Adam Frankel

Adam Frankel is Executive Director of Digital Promise. Previously, Adam was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Obama. Adam assisted President Kennedy’s advisor Theodore C. Sorensen on his 2008 New York Times-bestselling memoir Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, and is the co-author, with former Congressman Patrick Murphy of Taking the Hill: From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Economics, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Adam was born and raised in New York City.

Adam Marblestone

Adam Marblestone is a Hertz Foundation Fellow in the inter-departmental Biophysics PhD program at Harvard. Adam is interested in developing rich interfaces between information technology and biological systems, and in broadly accelerating science and technology. Adam's scientific career began with theoretical studies of quantum nonlocality and nonlinear information processing in quantum mechanical systems, under the guidance of physicist Michel Devoret. While an undergrad at Yale, he interned with the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Group at Harvard Medical School, under the mentorship of William Shih and Shawn Douglas. There, he co-authored caDNAno, the first graphical software tool for computer aided design of three-dimensional DNA nanostructures. Adam learned molecular biology in the laboratory of George Church at Harvard and explored digital fabrication at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. With collaborators and mentors at the Wyss Institute and elsewhere, Adam is currently developing methods for using DNA molecules as substrates for information storage and nano-manipulation inside and outside of cells.

Anthony Flint

Anthony Flint is Director of Public Affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think-tank based in Cambridge, Mass., where he is engaged in writing and research about urbanism and development patterns. He is author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City (Random House, 2009). He has been a journalist for twenty years, primarily at The Boston Globe, where he covered urban planning, development, architecture and transportation, had a weekly column on urban design and public space, was a policy advisor on smart growth for Massachusetts state government, and was a visiting scholar and Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a regular contributor to The Boston Globe and The Atlantic Monthly’s The Atlantic Cities, as well as The Next American City, Planning magazine, Planetizen,, Architecture Boston, and GlobalPost, and many other publications. He appeared at TEDxTampa Bay in 2011 presenting on infrastructure and neighborhoods. His next book, The Raven: The Story of Le Corbusier, Maker of the Modern, a narrative nonfiction account of the father of modern architecture, will be published by Amazon Publishing in 2014. Wrestling with Moses won a Christopher Award in April 2010.

Bill Schribman

Bill Shribman is the Senior Executive Producer responsible for all interactive media for kids within the WGBH Educational Foundation including national PBS sites for Arthur, Curious George, Design Squad Nation, PEEP and the Big Wide World, and Martha Speaks. These sites bring in over 15 million visits each month and have won many awards including Prix Jeunesse, an Emmy, and the George Foster Peabody Award. He is the creator of several original broadband projects including The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation and The GREENS. He has written and produced original content for the web, audio podcasts, CDROMs, interactive television, kiosks, the iPhone, radio and television, and he is currently working on content for iOS, Android, and interactive whiteboards. His work is featured in Lisa Guernsey’s book, "Into the Minds of Babes", the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's “Pow! Wham! Children, Digital Media and Our Nation's Future” and “Learning: Is there an app for that?” as well as in Deborah Morley's textbook "Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow" and in three new "Game Development Essentials" books by Jeannie Novak. His current work includes producing an app to help kids with autism recognize facial expressions, a forensic science murder mystery iPad app for high schoolers, and a multi-platform environmental science adventure for tweens.

Colin Stokes

Colin Stokes divides his time between parenting two Brookline children and building the brand of Citizen Schools, a non-profit dedicated to enabling every child to have the learning opportunities his children receive here. As Director of Marketing & Communications, Colin helps people pursuing this mission find the ideas, words, and stories that will connect with more and more people. He believes that understanding the human mind is a force that can be used for good--taking advantage of our innate and learned tendencies to bring out the best in each other and our culture. Before starting a family, Colin was an actor and graphic designer in New York City. He studied with Austin Pendleton and starred in the long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. He also performed in musicals and Shakespeare on tour and in Boston, appearing in shows with SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Lyric Stage. He seems to have achieved more renown (and considerably more revenue) for extraordinarily brief appearances on two Law & Order episodes. He lives in Brookline with his wife Jessica (Walling) and his daughter and son and neighbors.

David Page

David Page, one of the greatest scientists of our time, is Director of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, Professor of Biology at MIT, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Page has conducted groundbreaking research on mammalian sex chromosomes, with a particular focus on the Y chromosome. His lab, in collaboration with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, was the first to complete the sequence of human Y chromosome—revealing why, despite popular arguments to the contrary, the Y is not doomed to eventual extinction. Page’s validation of the health of the Y chromosome earned him a guest appearance earlier this year on the popular television show The Colbert Report. More importantly, Page’s work has transformed our understanding of a range of sex disorders, including male infertility and Turner Syndrome. Now, at TEDxBeaconStreet, he is set to unveil an exciting new phase of research that should have implications for us all. Dr. Page, a past recipient of a “genius grant” from the McArthur Foundation, trained in the MIT laboratory of renowned geneticist David Botstein while earning his MD from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.

David Walton

David Walton, MD, MPH entered Harvard Medical School in 1998 after receiving his BA from Augustana College. After obtaining his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2003, Dr. Walton began his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007 and now serves as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts. The summer after his first year at Harvard, Dr. Walton made his first trip to Haiti as a research assistant to Dr. Paul Farmer and the organization Partners In Health. Since then, Dr. Walton has spent a considerable amount of time living and working in rural Haiti. As a medical student in 2002, Dr. Walton led a team that transformed a nearly defunct public clinic in Haiti’s Central Plateau into a fully functioning center for primary care, women’s healthcare, and chronic disease management. In the last year of his residency Dr. Walton spearheaded a small team that designed and built a small community hospital that resulted in the expansion of clinical care, primary care, and women’s health services in a catchment area of over 60,000 people. He is currently working on the construction of the National Teaching Hospital at Mirebalais, a state-of-the-art teaching and referral hospital in central Haiti. He also represents Partners In Health as the Deputy Chief of Mission to Haiti. Based on his work with Partners In Health in Haiti over the last 13 years, Dr. Walton has emerged as a leading expert in the community-based care of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases in resource poor settings. His research at Harvard Medical School includes exploring emerging infectious diseases in Latin America and expanding medical infrastructure within the public sector in settings of poverty. He has contributed to numerous published articles on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cholera, and health care systems strengthening. Most recently Dr. Walton has been involved in the cholera response throughout Haiti.

Dennis Whyte

Dennis Whyte is a professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University du Quebec in 1992 while studying at Canada’s national fusion research facility, the Tokamak de Varennes in Montreal. Dr. Whyte’s primary research focus is on experimental solutions to the numerous problems caused by plasma-surface interactions (PSI) in magnetic confinement fusion power reactors. PSI science touches on nearly every aspect of plasma and material sciences, and the complex coupling between the two. Dr. Whyte is also interested in ion beam surface analysis. Prior to his position at MIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served on the NRC’s Review of the U.S. Plan for Participation in ITER Committee.

Esther Wojcicki

For the past 28 years, Esther Wojcicki has been a Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA where she built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to the largest high school journalism program in the United States winning major national and international recognition. The program has 590 students and is an elective program. It is an example of the power and effectiveness of Project Based Learning using journalism as tool to get students engaged. Engagement is the key to learning. Students learn critical thinking skills, writing skills, and Web 2.0 skills in the classes that include 590 students, five journalism teachers, and six award-winning journalism electives including the following: A newspaper (The Campanile) , a news magazine, Verde, an online site(, daily television (InFocus), and a sports magazine, Viking. The publications have won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the PaceMaker Award and Hall of Fame Award from National Scholastic Press, and best in nation from Time Magazine in 2003. The website was honored with two Webby Awards in 2005. She is V-Chair of the Board of Creative Commons and a strong advocate of the “Blended Classroom” and Open Education Resources (OER) using Creative Commons licensing. She is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Award recipient for the Student Journalism 2.0 project. She was chosen as California 2002 California Teacher of the Year (by Commission on Teacher Credentialing) and awarded the Gold Key Award by Columbia University for excellence in teaching and given the Charles O’Malley Award by Columbia. She has been consultant for Carnegie Foundation and Hewlett Foundation and a blogger for Huffington Post. In 2010 she was awarded a Knight Foundation Grant to create a 21st Century Literacy curriculum that targets ninth grade English language classrooms. In June, 2012, she was speaker at the G20Summit talking about the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, and in July, the DLD conference in Munich, Germany talking about the same thing.

Geoffrey von Maltzahn

Geoffrey von Maltzahn, PhD, is a New Venture Principal within VentureLabs, the Flagship Innovation Foundry, where he focuses on inventing technologies and starting new companies to address global challenges in nutrition, environmental sustainability, and medicine. Geoff has over a decade of experience at the interface of biology and engineering, during which time he has co-founded and helped launch five companies to transform global nutrition (Essentient), pioneer the first ‘ecological therapeutics’ with the capacity to restore a healthy microbiome (Seres Health), develop a new toolkit of ultra-precise pigments for laser medicine (Sienna Labs), provide reliable ‘parts’ for nanotechnology (Nanopartz), and cultivate ‘viral generosity’ to help tackle societal challenges in education, health, and international development (National High Five Project). Geoff is driven by a belief that highly adaptive and inventive teams can have transformative impact on society's most important challenges and has worked in teams to develop technologies to help address important problems in biology, engineering, and medicine. He has been recognized with over 20 awards and honors for innovation, including the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize; the National Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Prize; the Harvard-MIT Martha Gray Prize; and the Randolph G. Wei Award. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics from MIT; a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego; and a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Jamie Zigelbaum

Jamie Zigelbaum makes interactive sculpture to metabolize and express contemporary experience. His work can be found in private collections including the Frankel Foundation for Art and the Rothschild Collection. He has exhibited internationally, in venues such as Ars Electronica (Austria), Design Miami/ Basel (Switzerland), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial (France), The Creators Project (New York, San Francisco, São Paulo), The Tech Museum (San Jose), The MIT Museum (Cambridge), Riflemaker Gallery (London), and Johnson Trading Gallery (New York). He give talks regularly; has published in many dusty, academic tomes; taught a class or two; and won awards including Designer of the Future from Design Miami/ Basel, Best Music Video and Video of the Year from the British Video Music Awards, Honorable Mention from I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, and Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica. Jamie is a director of Zigelbaum + Coelho and a founder of the Cambridge-based co-working space Industry Lab. He has a bachelor's degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Tufts University and a master's from the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab where he spent his time inventing and researching next generation user interfaces. He lives in Manhattan and works between there and lovely Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jason Crigler

Jason Crigler has been playing music professionally for more than a decade. He has worked with Marshall Crenshaw, John Cale, Linda Thompson, Erin Mckeown, Teddy Thompson, Ollabelle and many others. Jason has performed with Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright and Suzanne Vega. Jason has also composed music for a variety of different outlets, including film, ad compaigns, on-hold music, musical branding, and modern dance.

Jim Levitt

Jim Levitt, director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, has been leading an effort to understand how modern communications and information technologies advance what are being called “large landscape conservation initiatives” – efforts that can span millions of acres, crossing political, sectoral and cultural borders, to sustain biodiversity, water, forest , and recreational resources for future generations. Such initiatives are popping up all over the globe, from the Crown of the Continent initiative in Montana, Alberta and British Columbia to the Karukinka project in Tierra del Fuego, Chile . In New England, Jim has been working on an effort that employs Geographic Information Systems (better known as GIS mapping technologies), to assist regional planners in knitting together disparate parcels to create wildlife corridors and sustainable forestry clusters. He is also developing an international network that brings together colleges and universities that are engaged as conservation catalysts. He recently talked about all of this at the 30th anniversary meeting of the Land Trust Alliance, the nation’s leading umbrella group for private land conservation. Jim is planning a series of TEDx Beacon Street Adventures to the Boston Common, the Waverley Trail, and the Harvard Forest, three places key to the development of the twenty-first century conservation movement.

John Abele

ohn Abele played a key role in the discovery of the USS Grunion submarine. His father, Lieutenant Commander Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN, became a captain when John was 3 years old and served as Commanding Officer of the submarine USS Grunion, which was lost in the Aleutians west of Alaska, and until recently was one of 3 lost U.S. naval ships that had never been recovered. Equipped with the love he had for his father and a passion for ideas in action, Abele helped find the submarine, which was located in the Bering Sea. He has given outstanding talks on the USS Grunion before, but we are particularly excited because Mr. Abele will reveal new information about the discovery at TEDxBeaconStreet. Mr. Abele is Co-founder and Director of Boston Scientific, and Founding Chairman for the board of FIRST Robotics.

John Spooner

John D. Spooner is the only investment advisor/writer in America. His best-selling nonfiction includes Confessions of a Stockbroker, Smart People, and Sex and Money, and novels including Class and The Foursome. His articles have appeared regularly in magazines such as Playboy, Town and Country, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Time, and The Boston Globe. He has been a director of The Atlantic Monthly and David Godine Publishers, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council which distributes all arts funding for the Commonwealth. He has been honored with the Literary Lights Award, given to New England's most distinguished writers by the Boston Public Library. A Managing Director for a major investment firm, Mr. Spooner was the creator of A Book For Boston; a celebration of Boston's 350th birthday. He lectures widely and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including, Wall Street Week, Fox News, and NPR, on the philosophy of investing. Currently he is a guest commentator on Bloomberg National Radio. Spooner is on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association and was a co-founder of The Curious George Foundation. Inc. Magazine has said about him, "Spooner, known nationally as the author of Smart People, and Confessions of a Stock Broker, is a phenomenon, as much a psychologist and futurist as an investment advisor." Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser series, has said that "Spooner is one of the best writers in America," and The Boston Globe has said that he is "a national treasure." He has been a contributing editor for Worth magazine, and has been the Business Editor of Boston Magazine. His book, Do You Want to Make Money or Would You Rather Fool Around? has been a Boston Globe bestseller translated into foreign editions in Hungary, China, and Japan. The Improper Bostonian magazine voted him "Boston's best investment advisor." Barron's named him one of the '100 Best Investment Advisors in America.'

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn has thrilled audiences for years with his stand-up comedy performances having headlined at clubs and colleges across the country. Flynn’s career as a comedian took off after winning the Boston Comedy Riot in 1988, where he then began appearing on numerous comedy specials. He has since added several film and television credits to his name appearing in The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller; Me, Myself and Irene with Jim Carrey; Osmosis Jones with Billy Murray, and Sex and the City. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts where he was captain of the soccer team, Kevin went on to play three years of professional soccer in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Following his soccer career, Kevin transitioned from pro-athlete to professional sportscaster, host and entertainer. He covered World Cup Soccer for Fox Sports, ESPN and ABC. Flynn’s Sports Figure’s show on ESPN received the POLK Award for excellence in children’s programming. In 1996, Kevin became the host of The Discovery Channel’s Go For It, an extreme outdoor adventure show where he swam with sharks, jumped out of airplanes and scaled dangerous peaks. The show led Kevin to create his one-man show Around the Kitchen Table, which won the “Best of Fest” at the Boston Comedy Festival and HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Along with continually performing his stand-up, Kevin is also the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Nantucket Comedy Festival. Kevin also is producing a FIFA World Cup soccer movie for Imax titled One World One Ball. Flynn has been a regular guest on FOX News, The Strategy Room and hosts Plum TV’s Plum Daily Show on Nantucket during the summer for which he won an Emmy. This past year Kevin has developed “Standup and Learn” –an educational curriculum that builds students self-confidence and self-esteem through standup comedy.

Laurent Adamowicz

Born and raised in Paris, France, Laurent holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe, and an MBA from the Wharton School. After a career in marketing at Beatrice Foods, Laurent was a Managing Director of Banque Paribas and a partner of Rothschild & Cie Banque. He then established his own investment and advisory boutique, Waldo SA, in Paris, France, served on the Supervisory board of Van Cleef & Arpels for 5 years, and led various M&A and restructuring transactions, prior to his purchase of Fauchon, a leading Paris-based luxury food company. As Chairman and CEO of Fauchon, Laurent grew the brand in product and global reach, operating 650 stores and restaurants in 34 countries. He built the Fauchon team from 300 to 900 employees, including 200 chefs (140 chefs de cuisine and 60 pastry chefs). He sold his interest in Fauchon in 2004. Laurent then acquired an MA in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York, prior to being admitted in 2010 as a Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University. At the ALI for two years, Laurent launched a new venture, Bon’App, empowering communities to healthier lifestyles through personalized nutrition guidance, a pioneering endeavor uniting food and knowledge with technology. The “Google of Food”, Bon’App enables users to find out what’s in their food in a simpler language (Sugar, Salt, Bad Fat) so they can adhere to their dietary goals and eat healthier. With the help of 65 students from Harvard, MIT, and Boston University working on this project since the summer of 2011 and bringing expertise in social media networking, marketing, IT, nutrition, public health, and education, Bon’App released its application on the iPhone, Android and a website: As a startup, Bon’App was first ‘incubated’ for 9 months at the Harvard i-Lab and then ‘accelerated’ at HealthBox, a group that manages investments for BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners.

Leslie Epstein

Leslie Epstein was born in Los Angeles to a family of film makers. His father and uncle together wrote dozens of films in the late thirties and forties and on, including The Man who Came to Dinner, Arsenic and Old Lace, Strawberry Blonde, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Casablanca. Not surprisingly, films have made up a good part of the subject matter of his fiction. He left California for an undergraduate degree at Yale and a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford. He has published ten works of fiction, among them, P.D. Kimerakov, The Steinway Quintet Plus Four, Regina, Goldkorn Tales, Pinto and Sons, Pandaemonium, Ice Fire Water: A Leib Goldkorn Cocktail, San Remo Drive, and The Eighth Wonder of the World. His best known novel, King of the Jews, has become a classic of Holocaust Fiction and has been published in eleven foreign languages. In February of 2007, his stage adaptation of King of the Jews was produced by the Huntington Theatre Company, and again at the Olney Theatre in Maryland. He is currently working on a new novel, once again about Leib Goldkorn, who is now one-hundred and four. His articles and stories have appeared in such places asEsquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, the YaleReview, TriQuarterly, Tikkun, Partisan Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. His article, “Pictures at an Extermination: a Child of Hollywood Discovers Auschwitz and Himself,” appeared in the September 2000 issue of Harper’s and can be read online. In addition to the Rhodes Scholarship, he has received many fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright and a Guggenheim fellowship, an award for Distinction in Literature from the American Academy and Institue of Arts and Letters, a residency at the Rockefeller Institute at Bellagio, and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been the director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University for over thirty years.

Marcelo Coelho

Marcelo Coelho is an artist, designer and researcher, whose work explores how physical and computational materials can be used to create new human experiences. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo holds a BFA in Computation Arts, with highest honors, from Concordia University in Montreal, and a PhD from the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Marcelo was a Research Partner at XS Labs, where he worked on the development of paper computers, shape-changing garments and interactive textiles by combining ordinary materials and electronics through a broad range of craft and digital fabrication techniques. At MIT, his research focused on the development of programmable surfaces and amorphous displays that take full advantage of our senses and reveal new opportunities for computational aesthetics. Marcelo’s art and design work has been exhibited internationally, in venues such as Ars Electronica (Austria), Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland), The Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC), Dutch Design Week (Netherlands), Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial (France), The Creators Project (New York, San Francisco and Sao Paulo), The Tech Museum (San Jose), Riflemaker Gallery (England), and Johnson Trading Gallery (New York). His work has also won several awards including the W Hotels Designer of the Future Award, Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, Honorable Mention from ID Magazine Design Review, and CHI Best Video Golden Mouse Award. Academically, Marcelo’s research has been widely published in books, journals, popular press and academic conferences. At the MIT Media Lab, he taught courses on DIY Manufacturing and Techniques for Design and Fabrication. He also organizes the Transitive Materials workshops, a series of multidisciplinary gatherings that bring together artists, designers, scientists and researchers working at the shifting boundaries between people, materials and computers. Marcelo currently spends his time building large-scale interactive sculptures at Zigelbaum + Coelho and etching nano-scale drawings at MIT, where he is a Research Affiliate.

Marjorie Crigler

Marjorie Crigler received the 2010 Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have been published in several literary journals, including Hunger Mountain, Drunken Boat, Critical Flame and Brooklyn Rail, as well as Bona Fide Books’ anthology, Tahoe Blues. Her plays have been produced at theatres including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre and Carnegie Mellon University. Marjorie is a graduate of Stanford University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Matthew Gray

While Matthew Grey was at MIT, he was one of the three members of the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) who set up in the spring of 1993. He is also a former member of the Apache group, a volunteer group of developers of Apache, the world's most popular web server. In 1994 he left MIT to start a company, net.Genesis. They built a variety of software tools for web sites & developers. In 1996, he returned to MIT to complete his degree. net.Genesis is now a division of IBM. After completing graduate school at the MIT Media Laboratory, he went to work for a startup called Virtual Ink, makers of mimio. In early 2001, he left Virtual Ink to start another company, Newbury Networks. Virtual Ink is now a division of Newell Rubbermaid. Immediately prior to joining Google, he was the CTO at an 802.11 location and security company, Newbury Networks, in Boston. Newbury Networks is now a division of Trapeze Networks.

Mitch Resnick

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick's research group developed the "programmable brick" technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick's group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.

Noah Bierman

Noah Bierman currently covers government and politics. Before that, he covered transportation. He has also reported on higher education, crime, politics, and local government for the Miami Herald.

Omri Traub

For over ten years, Omri Traub has been leading software development teams in building innovative products that solve complex user needs in dramatically better ways. Omri is currently VP of Engineering at Oracle, where he leads development of the Endeca Server product following Oracle’s $1.1B acquisition of Endeca last year. Omri’s team is working on the next generation product that is set to disrupt the way companies use data to manage their business. Before Endeca, Omri was involved in a number of early stage startups. His first startup, Transformis LLC, which he started in 1998 with a couple of college friends, was successfully sold within a year. More than ten years later, the product Omri and his partners created is still in use by thousands of users world-wide. Omri graduated from Harvard University with a B.A in Computer Science in 1998 and a M.S. in Computer Science in 2002. At Harvard, Omri served as a teaching fellow in numerous college courses and as a lecturer at the Harvard Summer School and Extension School, teaching high school students and adults at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Omri lives in Brookline with his wife and three sons.

Peter Bell

Pete Bell is the cofounder of Endeca, the pioneer of the Information Access Platform and one of the world’s fastest growing software companies. Bell writes and speaks frequently about information science, including at the annual Search Engine Meeting, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative conference, and the Boston Museum of Science. He graduated from Princeton University , and before Endeca, worked as a journalist and editor in New York.

Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab's Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. Recent inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (NETRA) and new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena. In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, presented to top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the DARPA Young Faculty award. He holds more than 40 US patents, and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Her strategic and practical insights have guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for over 25 years, through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former Editor of Harvard Business Review (1989-1992), Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Accenture and Thinkers 50 research). In 2001, she received the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award for her scholarly contributions to management knowledge; and in 2002 was named “Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year” by the World Teleport Association, and in 2010 received the International Leadership Award from the Association of Leadership Professionals. She is the author or co-author of 18 books such as the 2009 top ten business book, SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, a manifesto for leadership of sustainable enterprises; New York Times and #1 Business Week bestseller, Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End; classic prizewinning book, Men & Women of the Corporation; award-winning book, When Giants Learn to Dance and; World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy. She has received 23 honorary doctoral degrees. Through Goodmeasure Inc., the consulting group she co-founded, she has partnered with IBM on applying her leadership tools from business to other sectors; she is a Senior Advisor for IBM’s Global Citizenship portfolio. She advises CEOs of large and small companies, has served on numerous business and non-profit boards including City Year, the urban “Peace Corps.” She speaks widely, often sharing the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at national and international events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University.

Ryan Allis

Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor who is extremely passionate about creating a sustainable world in which all people have access to basic human needs. Ryan led iContact as co-founder and CEO from its founding in 2003 until its acquisition in February 2012 by Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) for $169MM. Ryan is now an MBA student at Harvard Business School and an active angel investor, investing in renewable energy and software firms via his fund HumanityFund. Ryan is the author of the book on entrepreneurship Zero to One Million, published by McGraw-Hill, which reached the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list and #2 on the bestseller list. Ryan is a board member for which uses social entrepreneurship as a tool to end global poverty. In 2006, Ryan was named as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. In 2008 he was named as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, In 2009 he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber. In 2010 he was named as part of the 30 Under 30 List By INC Magazine. Ryan currently serves as a National Co-Chairman for Technology for Obama and a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an economics major and a Blanchard Scholar. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program. Ryan blogs frequently at

Roger Payne

Dr. Roger Payne is best known for his discovery (with Scott McVay) that Humpback whales sing songs, and for his theory that the sounds of fin and blue whales can be heard across oceans. He has studied the behavior of whales since 1967 and is founder and President of the Whale Conservation Institute. His BA degree is from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell. He has led over 100 expeditions to all oceans and studied every species of large whale in the wild. He pioneered many of the benign research techniques now used throughout the world to study free-swimming whales, and has trained many of the current leaders in whale research, both in America and abroad. He directs longterm research projects on the songs of Humpback whales, and on the behavior of 2300 individually known Argentine Right whales – the longest such continuous study. Payne publishes technical articles and writes for general audiences. One of his three articles in National Geographic Magazine contained a record of whale sounds for which 10.5 million copies were printed-still the largest single print order in the history of the recording industry. His publications include the book, “Among Whales” (1995) and three recordings: “Songs of the Humpback Whale” (1970 — the best-selling natural history recording ever released), “Deep Voices”, (1975), and (with Musician Paul Winter) “Whales Alive”, (1989 — compositions composed by whales but arranged and played by humans). Payne has lectured at most major universities in the U.S. and England, and has appeared on most major TV and radio talk shows. He is a writer and presenter for television documentaries, and co-writer of the IMAX film Whales – a co-production of The National Wildlife Federation, Destination Cinema, and Zephyr Productions (Payne’s company). Much of the material in this film is based on Payne’s research. Payne’s honors and awards, include: a knighthood in the Netherlands, a MacArthur Fellowship (a $250,000 prize) the similar Lyndhurst Prize Fellowship ($120,000), the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal of the Humane Society of the U.S., The Albert Schweitzer Medal of the Animal Welfare Institute, a UNEP; “Global 500″ Award, and Oxford University’s Dawkin’s Prize. His films have received awards that include two Cable Ace awards, a Cable Ace nomination, an Emmy nomination and a Golden Eagle award. His hour-long interview with Charlie Rose also won the 1994 Emmy for Best Interview.

Rodrigo Martinez

Rodrigo Martinez is passionate about the emerging opportunities at the crossroads of design + biology - at the genetic, cellular, molecular and systemic levels. As Life Sciences Chief Strategist at IDEO and member of the Health & Wellness practice, he works with his colleagues to understand and design the experience of health both within traditional healthcare industries and the emerging area of wellness/DIY health/QSBefore joining IDEO he was a principal with The Boston Consulting Group in the health care practice. With Juan Enriquez, Rodrigo co-founded Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project and coined the term ‘bioeconomy’ in a series of papers and articles starting in 1997. In 2003 he co-published the first global genetic data map selected by Rem Koolhaas to be part of a WIRED’s ‘Ultimate Atlas for the XXI Century.’ HBS Working Papers include “Biotechonomy 1.0: A Rough Map of Biodata Flow,” “SARS, Smallpox, and Business Unusual.” Rodrigo has worked on projects in 11 countries on topics including design + personal genomics, designing innovation, evolution of technology, scientific and industrial partnerships, and economic growth. He speaks regularly at various technology and design events & conferences and is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard and MIT on topics including innovation, design and entrepreneurship, health and wellness. Educated at Mexico City’s ITAM and Harvard, Rodrigo mostly learns creativity, innovation, and prototyping from his 4-year-old daughter Sophia

Richard Culatta

Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging open data to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Culatta’s previous work centered around leveraging social media to create effective large-scale distributed learning environments. As Chief Technology Officer at CIA University, Culatta developed an online learning platform to extend learning opportunities to CIA officers worldwide. Prior to joining the federal government, Culatta was the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation and learning technologies advisor at Brigham Young University where he was instrumental in redesigning the teacher preparation program at the McKay School of Education. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Culatta is passionate about accelerating innovation in education with a particular interest in games for learning, personalized learning, and open education. He recently launched EdStartup 101, a massive open online course (MOOC) to support new educational entrepreneurs in developing the next generations of apps and services for teachers and learners. As a former Spanish teacher, Culatta remains an advocate for bilingual education. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel that served over 20 years as an Army leader and pilot of the world’s most advanced attack helicopter: the Boeing AH-64 Apache. Today, Scott serves as the marketing director for the turboshaft and turboprop division of GE Aviation. In his current role, Scott works closely with global customers to develop market strategies and gain insight in regards to the development of new turboshaft engines. The new engines are designed to meet a burgeoning demand for more advanced and efficient helicopters in support of the expanding offshore oil and gas exploration, para-military applications, medical evacuations, and local and national security purposes. Scott works closely with helicopter designers and GE engineers to manage customers’ needs and match GE technology and innovation to incorporate the art of the possible and reduce operating costs, fuel burn, and NOx emissions while at the same time improving reliability and operational safety. Scott is an accomplished Master Army Aviation with over 2,000 hours of experience flying Apache’s in some of the world’s harshest environments. Following an engineering degree from West Point, Scott’s time in the Army included positions as the chairman and professor of Military Science at Boston University, deputy commander for a 3,000 member task force, and numerous other leadership, operations, and logistics positions supporting aviation operations. Scott and his family reside in Brookline where he also serves the community in various roles within Brookline Youth Hockey.

Shannon Liss-Riordan

Shannon Liss-Riordan is a plaintiff-side employment attorney who specializes in wage and hour law. She is a national expert on class action litigation involving failure to pay wages, gratuities, overtime, minimum wage, and misclassification of employees as independent contractors. For the last ten years, Ms. Liss-Riordan has achieved pioneering successes developing the law protecting tipped employees. She has represented thousands of servers in Massachusetts and nationally in cases against restaurants, hotels, and other establishments for depriving employees of the full proceeds of customer tips or service charges. She has also won cases for skycaps, strippers, cleaning workers, truck drivers, and workers in many other industries for wage violations. In additional to her trial work, Ms. Liss-Riordan has won a number of landmark appellate rulings in Massachusetts wage and hour law. Ms. Liss-Riordan is a frequent national and local lecturer on employment law and class action litigation for the American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Each year since 2008, she has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (Chambers) and she has been listed by the Boston Globe Magazine as one of "Boston's Best Lawyers"; she has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine each year since 2005; and she was named one of ten "Lawyers of the Year" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2002. In 2009, Ms. Liss-Riordan was included on “The Power List", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s "roster of the state's most influential attorneys." She was described as a “Tenacious class-action plaintiffs’ lawyer [who] strikes fear in big-firm employment attorneys throughout Boston with her multi-million-dollar victories on behalf of strippers, waiters, skycaps and other non-exempt employees.”

Sherman Teichman

Sherman Teichman is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, an interdisciplinary, cross school signature program whose mantra is "Thinking Beyond Boundaries, Acting Across Borders." Among the 32 Institute programs include: Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC), a rigorous interdisciplinary program for analysis of global issues and active citizenship, now celebrating its 28th Anniversary; the interdisciplinary Synaptics Scholars research and leadership program; ALLIES - Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services, an international civil - military program with the military academies of the United States, Empower, a global poverty alleviation and social entrepreneurship program linked to the Schwab Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, and The Program on Narrative and Documentary Practice. A lecturer in the arts and social sciences at Tufts since 1984, Mr. Teichman was a former fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a faculty member at Boston University and Emerson College. As a journalist, he was a Peabody Award-winning foreign policy analyst for National Public Radio, WBUR, in Boston and a social science editor of the Boston Review. An former adviser on counter terrorism and long-range strategic planning for the Israeli government, Mr. Teichman was also active with Amnesty International in the former Soviet Union and Central America. He was educated at the United States Naval Academy, The Johns Hopkins University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Chicago's Committees on International Relations and Social Thought. An Olympic saber fencer, Mr. Teichman now helps coach the Tufts University saber team. He sits on the Advisory Boards for The Project on Justice in Times of Transition and Daughters for Life.

Stephanie Horowitz

Stephanie Horowitz, AIA designs beautiful homes with exceptional energy performance. She co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an award-winning architecture & energy consulting firm specializing in innovative and ecologically sensible design. Recently awarded Boston magazine's Best of Boston – Best Green Architect, her work has also garnered the EcoHome Grand Award, a Citation for Sustainable Design from the Boston Society of Architects, and appeared in notable publications such as Design New England, Fine Homebuilding, and the New York Times. Stephanie is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Architecture, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a Registered Architect.

Steven Levy

Steven Levy is a senior writer for Wired, the former chief technology correspondent for Newsweek and the author of seven books. Washington Post describes him as “American’s premier technology journalist…a Silicon Valley insider who writes for the rest of us on the outside.” His most recent book, In The Plex: How Google Thinks Works and Shapes Our Lives has been a New York Times bestseller and is heralded as the definitive word on the search giant. It was chosen by as the Best Business Book of 2011. His first book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, is the computer history classic which was named by the readers of PC Magazine as the best sci-tech book of 20 years; Levy recently updated it for a 25th anniversary edition. A longtime expert on Apple, Levy has written the history of the Macintosh, Insanely Great; and The Perfect Thing, about the iPod. Other books include Crypto, Artificial Life, and The Unicorn’s Secret. A recipient of numerous awards, Levy has written for many publications including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and Esquire. He wrote The Technologist column for Newsweek, and the Iconoclast column for Macworld. He has been a Japan Society Fellow and a Fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center. Before he covered technology, he wrote about music, crime, sports and culture. Levy lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Steven Schwaitzberg

Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD FACS is the Chief of Surgery of the Cambridge Heath Alliance and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Baylor General Surgery Residency as well as fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Trauma. He is the Multimedia Editor for Surgical Endoscopy and is on the editorial boards of several other surgical journals. Dr Schwaitzberg is the recipient of several awards for patient care and a Computerworld Laureate award for introducing surgical video editing into post graduate education. He hold 2 patents and has written more than 120 articles, 12 books chapters and is currently editing 2 books. His funded research interests are in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) with a particular focus on the value proposition of current and emerging surgical technology which includes training/simulation, surgical infection and outcomes. Recent publications include examining the intersection of cost and quality which examines the role of surgery in the emerging era of payment reform, Dr Schwaitzberg is currently the immediate past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the largest general surgery specialty society in the United States. During his tenure he worked diligently to forge alliances between groups of physician, surgeons, and nurses across many disciplines as well as industry to work cooperatively and transparently to build new educational programs and responsibly introduce new technologies. The roles of developed and developing countries working to together to promote surgical safety, education and training remains a challenge he hopes to impact through the combined use of imagination, diplomacy and technology. The Schwaitzbergs live in Canton, MA with their 2 cats, 1 Labrador and a variable number of fish.

Susan O'Connor

Susan O’Connor is an award-winning writer who creates worlds, plots, characters and scripts for video games. She works with game designers, creative directors, and producers to bring story and gameplay together. In 2009, Gamasutra named her as one of the top writers working in the videogame industry today. She has contributed to first-person shooters, action-adventure titles, RTS, RPGs and open-world games in a variety of genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, mystery and crime. Her focus is on creating compelling story lines and complex characters in order to help studios and publishers find a wider audience. Her client list includes Epic Games, Ubisoft Montreal, Microsoft, Take 2 Interactive, Radical Entertainment, Activision, Sega, Sony, THQ, and Vivendi. Games in her portfolio have sold over ten million copies and generated over half a billion dollars in sales. She has been a featured speaker at several industry conferences, including GDC, the Montreal International Game Summit, and the Austin Film Festival. She is the founder of the Game Writers Conference, now part of GDC Online. In 2010 and 2011, she was a nominee for Women In Gaming’s “Top Female In Design” award. In 2009, she shared a GDC “Best Writing” nomination (for Far Cry 2) with Clint Hocking, Patrick Redding, and Armand Constantine. In 2008, she shared the GDC “Best Writing” award (for BioShock) with Ken Levine, Joe McDonagh, and Emily Ridgway.

Vlad Murnikov

Vlad has been designing and building increasingly unusual and innovative boats. He began in a single-room Moscow apartment with radical lightweight boats for ocean racing, a shallow draft lifting-keel expedition yacht, and even a conversion of an old PT-Boat into a luxury cruiser. In 1989-1990, he designed FAZISI, the first ever Soviet yacht to compete in Whitbread Round the World Race. Despite underfunded construction and an inexperienced crew, FAZISI demonstrated the second longest day run of 386 miles during the race and finished 11th out of 23 boats. Moving to the US, Vlad became a consultant for Ted Hood, designing heavy cruising boats as well as powerboats. Then he opened his own office and produced the MX-20, one of the first sport boats, which won 1995 Boat of the Year Award. But MX-Ray is his biggest success. This tiny 13 foot boat, capable of reaching well over 20 knots, became the first ever single-handed dinghy with asymmetrical spinnaker. This spawned a whole new breed of fast and exciting little boats, bringing high performance to mainstream sailing at affordable cost. His current project, SpeedDream, is a quest to build the world’s fastest ocean going boat. Described as an “ocean sailboard” or “monomaran”, its roots could be traced back to MX-Ray and FAZISI. He has been toying with the idea for ten years. In the last year he has reached out to other designers, performance optimization specialists and structural engineers. With their help he has developed a workable design concept of a boat capable of reaching 50+ knots, sailing steadily at high speed without much deceleration or acceleration and being strong enough to cross the ocean in one piece. SpeedDream27, a scaled down prototype of this concept is almost completed. It will go through intensive testing this fall. Vlad's ultimate goal is not just to build a super-fast record-setting yacht, but to bring the innovations into the sailing mainstream. If sailboats were as fast as powerboats or even faster, without burning any fuel, then who would want a powerboat?

Organizing team


Brookline, MA, United States
  • Dan Oberholzer
    Executive Curator
  • Emily Leventhal
    Executive Curator
  • Bruce Hecht
    Executive Curator
  • Pavan Pant
    Executive Curator
  • Irma Rastegayeva
    Executive Curator
  • Dick Simon
  • Skylar Tibbits
  • Lisa Pierpont
  • Camille Preston
  • Mark Newhall
  • Laura Gassner Otting
  • Chris Pollara
  • Richard Banfield
  • David Knight
  • MacCalvin Romain
  • Rodrigo Martinez
  • Peter Scanlon
  • Sam Dickerman
  • Anthony Flint
  • Peter Vanderwarker
  • Brendan Cooney
  • Sheri Gurock
  • Bill Walczak
  • Anne Christensen
  • Bettina Neuefeind
  • Chris Erdman
  • Nikhil Bhojwani
  • P. A. D'Arbeloff
  • Patrick Ruth
  • Sonja Plesset
  • Laura Colcord
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Maura Welch