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This event occurred on
October 15, 2011
12:30pm - 6:00pm ADT
(UTC -3hrs)

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Fairmont Southampton - Mid Ocean Amphitheatre
10 Southshore rd.
Southampton, SN02
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Lawrence Sass

An architectural researcher exploring an emerging field known as digital design and fabrication. Larry will present the “Next Revolution in Building Design and Production” and his belief that all buildings will be printed with machines run by computers. As director of the Digital Design Fabrication Group in the Department of Architecture, his research focuses on design fabrication using computer modeling and prototyping as representational tools in the design process, as opposed to paper drawings. He has exhibited one of his projects, a digitally fabricated house for New Orleans, at the Modern Museum of Art in NYC. He holds a bachelor of architecture from the Pratt Institute, a master of science in Architecture and a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT.

Mike Ramsdell

He formed a production company after graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts with the goal of creating films that inform and advance the collective conscience such as his award-winning The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope. He is currently in development on the cable series WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS, and most recently has been filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo to document and bring awareness to the geo-political exploitation of minerals by the electronics industry.

Pen Hadow

He shot to international fame in 2003 when he become the first person to trek solo, without outside assistance, from Canada to the North Geographic Pole. Within months, he went on to become the only Briton to have trekked, without assistance, to both the North and South Poles. Pen continues his work building on his special relationship with the polar regions and has become a leading exponent on the need for change. The most recent project, the Catlin Arctic Surveys 2010, undertook vital research into how greenhouse gases could affect the marine life of the Arctic Ocean. He currently works with NASA, the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and other organizations dedicated to global climate change issues to promote understanding amongst policy-makers and the public of these issues.

Joy T. Barnum

Joy has a culturally diverse background that is reflected in the range of her musical tastes. Ask her who she is and she will tell you the story of her Native American grandmother, the flight of her parents from strife torn Honduras as her sister prepared to enter the world, and living in close proximity to the Mexican border in California.

Audette Exel

A lawyer by profession specializing in international finance. For three and half years, she was the Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. She was one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly traded bank. In 1998, Audette began to pursue her vision of creating social change through business. She has spent the last 14 years as the Chair and Co-Founder of The ISIS Group, one of the earliest examples of a completely embedded private sector and non-profit partnership. She will present a paradigm shift in traditional business thinking — that business can be a powerful driver of social change. It is time for businesses to think deeply about how to create shared value and be change makers in the wider community. Audette will talk about embracing (not rejecting) business tools and structures to transform society and about the incredible power a business for purpose can wield to save lives in some of the most marginalized communities in the world. Since inception, the ISIS businesses have provided financial support to The ISIS Foundation, an international development organization supporting children and their families living in poverty in Nepal and Uganda.

Larry Mills

He has been very interested and involved with local architecture and history since the 1970s, serving as a member of the Historic Buildings Advisory Committee for more than seven years. Larry will discuss Bermudian Vernacular Architecture and how it evolved over 400 years from the unique environment of a small, subtropical island. Special emphasis will be placed on roof construction and how it is used to capture rainwater and channel it to storage tanks below the house, an important component in the path to a completely self-sustainable living environment. He will also discuss challenges faced by the vernacular going forward in an increasingly densely populated island.

Tony Ruto

He will discuss “Designing on the fringe: Exploring the design freedoms offered by 3D printing.” He will show how he’s defying the limitations in the way everyday products are designed with 3D printing, making it possible to manufacture designs previously deemed impossible with traditional manufacturing methods. When manufactured with 3D printing, seemingly impossible designs can be brought to life in the form of lightweight engine components, porous medical implants and ultra comfortable footwear. With the increased design freedoms, we may soon start to see things changing in the world around us. Anthony has previously been involved in the research and development of a number of innovative technologies including image based medical diagnosis, 3D body scanning, TV broadcasting technology at the BBC and a patented 3D monitoring solution used for radiotherapy treatment. Anthony received his first degree in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and studied a PhD in Engineering at University College London.

Ryan Legassicke

He is a contemporary Canadian artist. His current work examines contemporary urban cities and makes connections between our shared aesthetic experience and the idea that we are becoming progressively more disconnected from ourselves, each other, and the places that we inhabit. This has involved working with traces of architecture and domestic objects that have become obsolete or no longer needed. His recent work focuses on the physical, social, public, and private spaces that these objects occupy. Ryan’s work is in the permanent collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Ontario, and he has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In 2001, he won awards for Best of Show and Best Sculpture for an installation / performance at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Ryan is currently based out of Toronto, Canada.

Dickson Despommier

He has spent thirty-eight years as a professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Microbiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where he won the Best Teacher award six times. He will present “Vertical Farming” as a potential solution to feeding the world in the 21st century amidst a pending food crisis, a topic on which he’s recently written a book. Dickson has addressed audiences at leading universities including Harvard and MIT, and he has been invited to speak at the United Nations and by governments around the world to help with their environmental problems.

Jeffrey Masters

He will discuss what kind of $10 billion+ weather-related disasters we can expect in the coming years, with an emphasis on failure of the Old River Control Structure and a severe geomagnetic storm. Since much grain travels major rivers, a shutdown of barge traffic could trigger a huge spike in global food prices and larger global unrest. Jeff attended the University of Michigan, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Meteorology. In 1986, he moved to Miami to join the Hurricane Hunters as a flight meteorologist for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center and appeared on the 1988 PBS NOVA show “Hurricane!.” After a near-death experience flying into Hurricane Hugo, Jeff left the Hurricane Hunters in 1990 to pursue a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan and co-founded The Weather Underground, Inc. in 1995. Jeff currently serves as Director of Meteorology for the company.

Organizing team


Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
  • John Narraway
  • Louis Galipeau
    Committee / Technology
  • Natasha McDonald
    Committee / Volunteer Coordinator
  • Tim Tetlow
  • Niklas Traub
  • Sophie Matthew
  • Kim Carter
  • Dana Keith
    Committee / Media Relations