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Theme: Who is Going To Save The World?

This event occurred on
December 6, 2010
1:00am - 1:00am CET
(UTC +1hr)

There seems to be no end to the list of problems in our world, and everybody agrees that it is in need of saving. But who is going to do it? Where are all the superheroes?

Ravensteinstraat 23
Brussels, 1000
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Frank Tipler

"The Ultimate Future — of the Universe, of Computers, and of Humanity" Frank Tipler is the author of ‘Physics of Immortality’ and ‘The Anthropic Cosmological Principle’. He combined technology and theology in Omega Point.

Sebastian Thrun

Rethinking the Automobile. Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a Google engineer and the co-inventor of the Street View mapping service. In 2005, he won the Grand Challenge of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a $2 million Pentagon prize for driving autonomously over 132 miles in the desert. He is now in the middle of the Google plot of driverless cars.

Jeffrey Satinover

Predictable Catastrophes and Quantum Diseases. "Two Crucial Ideas that Might Preserve and Will Change the World" Harvard Psychiastrist, mathematician and neuroscientist. There is new biology that depends on quantum effects. Once this is understood, medicine will advance to a level scarcely imagined in science fiction.

Lynne Mc Taggart

Lynne Mc Taggart: Can collective intentions make things happen? Lynne and her Intention Experiment has been Dan Brown’s inspiration in latest bestseller ‘The Lost Symbol’

David Anderegg

Autor the the NYT bestseller: Nerds- Who are they and Why we need more of them Tufts clinical psychologist, child therapist, creator of the NERD self-test.


Hip Hop producer who became famous overnight selling millions of copies and counting over 90 million youtube views, now producing with Kanye West.

Mary Lou Jepsen

Former MIT professor credited by Wired Magazine credits with starting the low-cost laptop revolution. One of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. She has been called the Grand Lady of the Future of Display and is the founder of PixelQi.

Nicholas Negroponte

Founder of the MIT MediaLab, Wired and One Laptop Per Child. Media guru par excellence.

Bibi Russell

UNESCO ambassador for Fashion, former Top Model, Bangladesh fashion deisgner and founder of Bibi Productions which employs 37,000 weavers in rural villages.

Dambisa Moyo

International economist and New York Times best-selling author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa. Her new book How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead is scheduled for publication in February 2011.

Paul Collier

Paul Collier is the Professor of Economics, Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at The University of Oxford. From 1998 – 2003 he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank.

Rik Torfs

Professor of Canon Law at the University of Leuven, lawyer for and against the Vatican.

William Kennard

US-EU Ambassador Kennard is Obama’s right hand in Europe. He was the chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1997 to 2001, appointed by Bill Clinton.

Stuart Hameroff

Hameroff and Penrose are the founders of ORCH-OR model that sparked the Consciousness Movement. Hameroff appeared as himself in the movie What tнe ♯$*! Do ωΣ (k)πow!? He is the evangelist of the Quantum Consciousness Movement.

Dries Buytaert

Open-source evangelist and lead of the Drupal CMS. Buytaert was elected "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

Bernard Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner is a French politician, diplomat, and doctor. He is co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Doctors of the World. From 2007 until 2010 he was French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

Chris Hatala

Christopher Hatala currently lives in San Francisco working as President and Co-Founder of Massive Black Inc, a full production art and intellectual property development studio deeply rooted in the film, television, and video games industries. Chris began his career at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California where he worked as a 3D animator on two feature films: Cats & Dogs (2001) and Evolution (2001). In 2001, he moved to Wellington, New Zealand to animate at Weta Digital on the Oscar winning feature films: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), I, Robot (2004), and King Kong (2005).

Tan Le

Tan Le co-founded Emotiv, a neuro-engineering company that developed a breakthrough interface technology for digital media, taking inputs directly from the brain. Tan Le's vision is to revolutionize human-computer input in the same way the graphic user interface did 20 years ago.

Marc Millis

Have you ever wondered when we'll be able to travel to distant stars as easily as in science fiction? This is the man to ask. Marc is the founder of the NASA "Breakthrough Propulsion Physics" (BPP) Project. Marc left NASA and just published 'The Frontiers of Propulsion Science'.

Marc Luyckx Ghisi

Marc Luyckx Ghisi is a mathematician, philosopher and a linguist who has been working for the last 10 years with the Presidents of the European Commission to create the Soul of Europe. In another life, he was a bishop at the Vatican.

David Orban

David Orban is on the board of the Singularity University, an academic institution on the campus of NASA Ames in Silicon Valley quite unlike any other. It is based on Ray Kurzweil's ideas of the Singularity and is not an accredited four-year university, but offers an annual ten-week summer course. Full tuition costs US$25,000. The low acceptance rate (3%) and high demand for entry have allowed SU to assemble some of the smartest people on the planet, dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems.

Walter Bender

Walter Bender was the executive director of the MIT MediaLab between 2000 and 2006. He served as president of One Laptop per Child for Software and Content where he coordinated the development of software and content including the Sugar interface for the XO-1 Children's Machine computer. After leaving OLPC in 2008, Bender founded Sugar Labs to continue development of Sugar.

Organizing team

McDon't Delete Me

New York, NY, United States

De Brouwer

Mountain View, CA, United States