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David D. Burstein

David D. Burstein

As CEO and Co-Founder of Run for America, author and filmmaker David Burstein is leading a disruptive post-partisan initiative to bring a new generation of talent into our political system and catalyze political leaders to start solving our biggest problems.

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Josh Klein

Josh Klein

Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything.

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Doreen Lorenzo

Doreen Lorenzo

A thought leader on design and innovation, Doreen Lorenzo is President of Quirky where she oversees Product Development and Operations. Prior to Quirky, Doreen worked at frog design for 16 years, 7 as President where she drove company strategy and oversaw worldwide operations and delivery and record growth.

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John Maeda

John Maeda

Guest host for PopTech 2014, John Maeda is Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, where he works with KPCB’s entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013, during which time RISD saw increased applications, fundraising, and career placements.

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Sharrona Pearl

Sharrona Pearl

What does your face say about who you are? What happens when the face you wear is not your own? University of Pennsylvania professor Sharrona Pearl's current project explores facial allografts, "facial transplants", as a way to think about what faces tell us, and what we do when we can no longer trust them.

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Alec Ross

Alec Ross

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and writing a book to be published by Simon & Schuster about the industries and businesses of the future.

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Lara Setrakian

Lara Setrakian

Lara Setrakian is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of News Deeply. Focused on the fusion of news and technology, her first platform, Syria Deeply, launched in December 2012 to wide acclaim. TIME Magazine dubbed Syria Deeply “The Future of News,” while Fast Company said it “outsmarts the news business, redefines crisis coverage.”

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hunter lee soik

hunter lee soik

hunter lee soik is the founder of SHADOW, an iOS alarm clock that helps users remember and record their dreams. By tying the dream capture process into a daily ritual—the alarm clock—SHADOW seamlessly integrates into our sleep cycle, making it easy to visualize our dream life, tap into global dream patterns, and better understand ourselves and our world.

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Adam Steltzner

Adam Steltzner

Adam D. Steltzner is an Engineering Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is leading the development of the Sampling System for the Mars2020 project. Most recently he was the Manager of the Entry, Descent and Landing phase of the Mars Science Laboratory project and responsible for navigating the Mars Rover Curiosity’s famed “7 Minutes of Terror” from the planet’s atmosphere to the surface.

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Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. As the creator and host of public radio's On Being (http://onbeing.org), she takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human? And how do we want to live?

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Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels is the founding director of Makeshift (mkshft.org), a magazine and think tank investigating street cultures of making, and author of “Making Do,” which catalogs his research on Kenya's jua kali roadside engineering culture. He is also part of IBM's design leadership team (ibm.com/design), responsible for driving a culture of design and innovation throughout the company.

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HEM

HEM

Hem has recorded a series of well-received albums and has been rewarded with a dedicated following. Its songs, which fulfill the band’s grandiose sonic visions of lushly arranged Americana, are graced with the unmistakable voice of Sally Ellyson.

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Anton Andrews

Anton Andrews

Anton Andrews currently runs the Office Envisioning team in Microsoft. He previously founded the Design Strategy team in Microsoft’s Entertainment Division, focused on next generation experiences for Xbox, Zune and Windows Phone.

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Harald Becker

Harald Becker

Harald Becker is a senior design strategist on the Envisioning Team at Microsoft’s application and services group. He leads business strategy, research and marketing for the team and is responsible for creating and executing programs to scale the future vision offerings broadly across the company and partner ecosystem.

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Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney was born in Florence and currently lives in London. She studied voice and keyboard at Chetham’s, the Royal Academy of Music and then taught herself guitar and Indian harmonium. She has since created her own sound as a songwriter and multi-faceted performer. She has toured internationally both as a solo artist and collaborator.

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Anab Jain

Anab Jain

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture.

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Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the development of intelligence and creativity. He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness.

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Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He's also editor of the journal “Public Culture” and research director for the federal government's Rebuild by Design Competition, as well as an acclaimed writer.

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Sudhakar Lahade

Sudhakar Lahade

Sudhakar Lahade is manager, growth initiatives at Steelcase. He is an architect, design thinker and business strategist by profession. He is passionate about research, design thinking, innovation, business strategy and entrepreneurial leadership.

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Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer is an artist and Harvard psychology professor who received her doctorate from Yale. She has authored 11 books and over 200 research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging and decision-making. Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness. Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things — the essence of mindfulness — health, well being, and competence follow.

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Jennifer Magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi is a recognized advanced research and design consultant in the corporate real estate industry. Her applied research explores high-tech workspaces and startup environments. She specializes in coworking, co-creation and the technologies that support workspace innovation.

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Adam Magyar

Adam Magyar

Adam Magyar is a photographer. He uses high-tech digital tools and cameras adapted from industrial applications to examine the human existence through a machine eye. His images look into and challenge our identities as individuals in the urban crowd. He lives in Berlin.

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Helen Marriage

Helen Marriage

Helen Marriage is a co-director of Artichoke, a creative company, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. In seven years the company has become renowned for its large-scale city-wide events. Artichoke works with artists to invade public spaces and create extraordinary and ambitious moments that live in the memory forever.Through its ephemeral transformation of familiar landscapes, Artichoke aims to leave an indelible mark on the cities and societies where it works.

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Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin

The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial and the everyday.

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Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is widely considered to be the most influential skateboarder in skateboarding history. Mullen is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding.

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