Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures whose portfolio includes game-changing companies like Etsy and Tumblr.
Alyssa Loorya is an archaeologist digging beneath the grid of New York, uncovering the most unlikely of artifacts.
Oncologist Azra Raza is the director of the MDS Center at Columbia where she moves the latest therapies from theory to practice.
Ben Lillie is a former particle physicist and the director of The Story Collider, a live series that features true stories about science.
Ben Wellington teaches city planning at Pratt and is the brains behind I Quant NY, a blog that tells the story of New York City through data.
Musician Jared Crawford, aka Choclattjared, got his start bucket drumming as a New York subway busker at the age of thirteen.
Psychologist Emily Balcetis explores differences in perception and decision-making from conscious and nonconscious levels.
Prison reform advocate
As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to Riker’s Island and into solitary confinement for a total of 300 days before he was ever convicted of a crime.
Master of style
Joshua Kissi makes up one half of Street Etiquette, a creative duo making dandy cool again.
Philosopher Kit Fine explores the boundaries of what we think is real. He asks questions about the nature of math, language, and abstraction.
Lam Thuy Vo
Lam Thuy Vo is the interactive editor at Al Jazeera America, bringing stories to life through multimedia.
Radiologist Michelle Bradbury collaborates with nanotechnologists to bring innovative imaging techniques into the operating room.
Spoken word poet
Spoken word poet Safia Elhillo draws on the universal themes of love, culture, and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Political scientist Sheri Berman studies the history of democracy – why it works, and why more often than not, it fails.
Singer Somi merges jazz and musical legacies from across Africa to create a unique and soulful sound.
Sree Sreenivasan is the first Chief Digital Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously he taught at the Columbia Journalism School for two decades.
Stacey Sutton teaches urban planning at Columbia University. She thinks deeply about our common misconceptions around gentrification.
Starlee Kine is a writer and a contributor to This American Life. She finds self-help rather unhelpful.
Sue Mi Terry
Foreign policy expert
Sue Mi Terry is a North Korean scholar who served in the CIA for seven years. She makes the case for a shift in foreign policy: from reactive and scrambling to strategic and forward-thinking.
Master of style
Travis Gumbs makes up one half of Street Etiquette, a creative duo making dandy cool again.
Will Stephen is a writer for CollegeHumor.com, a contributor to The New Yorker, and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.