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Theme: Live for an Idea

This event occurred on
November 17, 2012
11:00am - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Atlanta, GA
United States

Living for an idea is about living purposefully. Everywhere around the world people are clocking in on their day jobs and clocking out to do something they enjoy more. We presented 7 speakers who chose to do just the opposite - clocking in every morning to work on their ideas tirelessly and passionately all day until clocking out for sleep. These are people who live for an idea. And they are all around us. We hope that we have inspired our 100 attendees to tell the story of lives led with purpose, and in turn lead themselves into lives worth living.

LeCraw Auditorium
875 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA, 30309
United States
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Theresa Davis

Theresa is one of Atlanta's best known performance poets, capable of articulating the intangible expressions of the world with a stentorian clarity. She has gone on to forge an impressive career as a solo performer and is the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.

Gokul Kumar

Gokul is a classical South Indian violinist. He has performed for All-India Radio, the prestigious Madras Music Academy, and in numerous concerts across the US and India. He's currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Todd McDevitt

Todd is a young leader aiming to help define the new burgeoning field of "stem cell engineering" via a combination of research, education and policy efforts. His scholarly activities have won him the title of the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials. He is currently the Director of the Stem Cell Engineering Center at Georgia Tech.

Luma Mufleh

Luma is first and foremost a coach and mentor. But she's also the founder and director of Fugees Family, Inc., a non-profit devoted to working with child survivors of war through the structure provided by organized soccer. Her soccer team, the Fugees, was the subject of the national bestseller, Outcasts United.

Sanjay Parekh

Sanjay is a technologist and proponent of the Atlanta startup scene. He was the founder and CEO of Digital Envoy, recognized as a Technology Pioneer with the World Economic Forum in 2002 and 2003, and named in 2004 as an Outstanding Young Atlantan. Currently, he's the organizer of the national Startup Riot conferences.

Hammad Aslam

Hammad graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in chemistry and is currently a third year medical student at Georgia Health Sciences University. He was in an automobile accident on May 23, 2009 that caused, among other things: a traumatic brain injury, a C5 brachial plexus injury, and a T3 complete spinal cord injury - none of which has held him back.

Travis Horsley

Travis is currently VP of External Affairs at TOHL (Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics), a startup aiming to provide innovative fluid transport infrastructure solutions for a variety of industrial and humanitarian applications. Travis is also currently a Graduate student at the Enterprise Innovation Institute in the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Organizing team


Lawrenceville, GA, United States


Suwanee, GA, United States
  • Sameera Omar
  • Pooja Vaidya
  • Shreya Maddireddy
  • Erik Reinertsen
  • Ethan Craig