Speakers, Moderators & Performers


The Summit program will be a combination of all-delegate plenary sessions, including keynote addresses, open Q&As, panel discussions, and on-stage “demos.” Summit attendees will experience firsthand some of the most extraordinary scientific and technological advances in the works today, and an opportunity to meet, and develop relationships with their creators.

The majority of speakers will be drawn from the pool of the recently announced 2015 World Technology Award finalists. Click here to see that list of extraordinary innovators: http://www.wtn.net/summit-2015/world-technology-awards-finalists

Current speakers, moderators, and performers include:

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. He is founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 250 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics. Dr. Venter is co-founder, chairman and co-chief scientist of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company focused on developing products and solutions using synthetic genomics technologies.
Dr. Venter is also a co-founder, executive chairman and CEO of Human Longevity Inc (HLI), a San Diego-based genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span. Read more:.
Amy Wilkinson, author of "The Creators Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs": Amy Wilkinson is a strategic adviser, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her career spans leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and JP Morgan and as founder of a small foreign-based export company. Wilkinson has served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. AmyWilkinson.com
Robert Tercek is one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, telecommunications and software. In 2009, he was named one of the “25 Executives to Watch” by Digital Media Wire. Variety has named him one of the “Digital Dozen” most influential players in new media. The Industry Standard dubbed him a “TV Anarchist”. RobertTercek.com

via live video

Jennifer Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry at UC Berkeley. She is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Prof. Doudna’s research seeks to understand how RNA molecules control the expression of genetic information. Her research led to insights about CRISPR-Cas9-mediated bacterial immunity that enabled her lab and that of collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier to re-design this system for efficient genome engineering in animals and plants, creating a transformative technology that is revolutionizing the fields of genetics, molecular biology and medicine. http://rna.berkeley.edu/

via live video

Martine Rothblatt – Lawyer, Author, CEO of United Therapeutics and creator of GeoStar and Sirius Radio. Dr. Rothblatt is responsible for launching several satellite communications companies including the first nationwide vehicle location system (Geostar), the first private international spacecom project (PanAmSat), the first global satellite radio network (WorldSpace), and the first non-geostationary satellite-to-car broadcasting system (Sirius). As an attorney-entrepreneur she also was responsible for leading the efforts to obtain worldwide approval, via new international treaties, of satellite orbit/spectrum allocations for space-based navigation services and for direct-to-person satellite radio transmissions. Dr. Rothblatt entered the life sciences field by leading the International Bar Association’s project to develop a draft Human Genome Treaty for the United Nations, and by founding a biotechnology company, United Therapeutics. Martine Rothblatt
ShaoLan Hsueh is an entrepreneur, author, traveler and Founder of Chineasy. ShaoLan’s ultimate aim is to bring down the great wall of Chinese language and allow Eastern and Western cultures to communicate freely. She wrote four best-selling books on software, awarded “book of the year” in Taiwan. She co-founded pAsia which became a major player in the Internet sector in the Greater China area in the late 1990’s. She began investing in and advising young technology companies through Caravel Capital, which she founded in 2005. She has also been a director of five UK-based technology companies. Shaolan.com
Lin Sebastian Kayser is a technology entrepreneur based out of Munich, Germany. After the sale of his company, IRIDAS, to Adobe in 2011, he took on the position of Engineering Director for the Digital Video Group. Through his foundation, the Kayser Forum for Sustainability, he raises awareness of environmental issues. Kayser’s investment company, COGLOBO, provides angel and seed-stage funding for ideas with long-term potential. twitter.com/linkayser
Dr. Christian Hoepfner is the Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. Christian’s personal research interests are based on the question how new technologies can be used to advance both the energy efficiency of our economy as well as the share of renewable energy generation, under consideration of our regulatory framework, political system, and consumer attitudes. An example of this work is the Fraunhofer Plug and Play PV systems project, which he leads as Principal Investigator. cse.fraunhofer.org
David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, Most Innovative Company at the Future of Agriculture conference and Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference. David is also the founder of Hycrete, Inc., a cleantech nanotechnology company. He is an active member of the World Economic Forum, a Young Global Leader, a Co-Lead for Technology and Innovation Group of The Transformational Leaders in Agriculture, a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security and a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20. aerofarms.com
Andrej Pecjak is co-founder and chairman of Metron Institute in Slovenija. His life was devoted to sustainable transport and sustainable living what he could put into practice at his home and enterprise at the outskirts of Julian Alps. His idea was to improve efficiency and range of electric cars to make them fully usefull and also connect batteries of such cars to sustainable integrated grid. He did it in theory and practice and now he spreads this idea by organizing technical trainings in Europe. He holds several electric vehicle records and attends electric vehicle conferences, events and rallies to show what is possible with today's technology despite low funds of Metron Institute. MetronInstitute
Miriam Barlow is an Associate Professor and Founding Faculty member at UC Merced. As an evolutionary biologist, her research focuses on Antibiotic Resistance and Evolutionary Time Travel. Her research has shown how to rewind the evolution of bacteria by using common antibiotics, including penicillin, to make bacteria susceptible to those antibiotics once again. This work shows that there is still hope for antibiotics if we use them intelligently.
Barlow Lab
Marcus Neustetter is an artist, cultural activist, and producer who explores the intersection of art, science, and technology on the African continent and beyond. Neustetter is known for designing large scale public art projects and delicate drawings based on human beings’ connection to nature. His fascination with and study of the illusive qualities of light have led to technology-based installations, photography and pan and ink drawing. Marcus Neustetter
Shannon Vallor is a researcher and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, and President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT). Her research explores the philosophical territory defined by three intersecting domains: the philosophy and ethics of emerging technologies, the philosophy of science and phenomenology. Shannon’s current research project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies, particularly those involving automation, on the moral and intellectual habits, skills and virtues of human beings - our character. Shannon Vallor
Ruslan Belikov, research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center is seeking to launch a space mission in search for an Earth-like extrasolar planet (exo-Earth) with Exoplanet Sattellite (ACESat) to carry an instrument to search for and image planets orbiting Alpha Centauri. He has also been actively engaged with exoplanet leadership, science and technology definition teams and committees. He is currently a member of NASA's Exoplanet Program Analysis Group, and a member of the Exoplanet Coronagraph (Exo-C) mission concept team. He is also a co-author on several of NASA's key reports on exoplanets. He has also been actively engaged with exoplanet leadership, science and technology definition teams and committees. Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies
Bojanna Ginn is a new media artist, former scientist and MD. Merging art, science, and technology, Bojana creates multimedia installations, sculptures and photography that are conceptually based in scientific laws and expressed through artistic elements: drawing in space, sound and movement. Reflecting on the concept of DNA as a code of life she explores the idea of drawing as code. Multimedia installations reveal the process of repetition and mutation by which drawing is recoded into sculpture, sculpture into video, and video into photography. Created forms are different, but related. This generative, metamorphic process implies eternity; forms that could ever evolve one into another. Through its content, the work explores the mechanics of visual cognition, origins of thought, and the evolution of creativity. Bojanna Ginn
Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also a senior advisor to The Hastings Center, a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (Arizona State University), and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. At Yale Mr. Wallach has chaired the Center's working research group on Technology and Ethics for the past ten years and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, and Neuroethics. Wendell Wallach's latest book A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control was published by BASIC Books in June 2015. He also co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong, which mapped the then new field of enquiry variously called machine ethics, machine morality, computational morality, or friendly AI. Wendell Wallach
Ashutosh Saxena is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of RoboBrain project at Cornell University and Stanford University. His research Interests include Machine Learning, Robotics and Computer Vision. He was named a co-chair of IEEE technical committee on robot learning, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He was a recipient of National Talent Scholar award in India and Google Faculty award in 2011. He was named a Alred P. Sloan Fellow in 2011, named a Microsoft Faculty Fellow in 2012, received a NSF Career award in 2013, and received a Early Career Award at RSS 2014. He was named one of eight innovators in 2015 by Smithsonian Institution. Ashutosh Saxena has also co-founded several companies, where he developed machine learning technology to help unbanked buy online with deep learning, for in-video monetization, for building social intelligence from user's online interactions, and others. He was also a Chief Scientist at Holopad that built the 3D experience for Steven Spielberg's movie TinTin.
Mark C. Hersam is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1996, M.Phil. in Physics from the University of Cambridge in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2000. In 1999, he also performed research at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory under the support of an IBM Distinguished Fellowship. His research interests include nanofabrication, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductor surfaces, and nanoelectronic materials. As a faculty member, Dr. Hersam has received several awards including the Beckman Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, AVS Peter Mark Award, ECS SES Research Young Investigator Award, MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, MacArthur Fellowship, and six Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Hersam is the co-founder of NanoIntegris, which is a commercial supplier of high performance carbon nanomaterials. Dr. Hersam is a Fellow of MRS, AVS, APS, AAAS, and SPIE in addition to serving as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.
Rajesh Menon combines his expertise in nanofabrication, computation and photonics to impact myriad fields including deepbrain microscopy, lowlight photography, superresolution lithography, metamaterials, integrated photonics, photovoltaics and computational optics. His research has spawned over 80 publications, 34 patents, and 3 spinoff companies. Various media outlets around the world have highlighted his research. His latest venture, Lumos Imaging is a software company that aims to develop the best possible lowlight camera for mobile devices. Among his honors are the NASA Early Stage Innovations Award, the NSF CAREER Award and the International Commission for Optics Prize. He currently directs the Laboratory for Optical Nanotechnologies (http://lons.utah.edu/) at the University of Utah. Rajesh received S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. Rajesh Menon
Dr. Jeannette Garcia, is a Chemist at IBM Research-Almaden who spearheaded the invention of a new class of materials. The self-healing and super-strong polymer materials could transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace, and microelectronics. Through the unique approach of combining high performance computing with synthetic polymer chemistry, the scientists discovered a new class of polymers that are resistant to cracking, stronger than bone, can reform to its original shape (self-heal), and completely recyclable. Also, these materials can be transformed into new polymer structures to further bolster their strength by 50% - making them ultra strong and lightweight. This could impact almost every industry looking to innovate across engineering, product design and spur new technologies. IBM Materials Research
Patrick Tresset is a London based robotics artist. In the context of his art practice, Tresset presents theatrical installations in which robotic agents are actors, these installations are often evocations of humanness. Tresset crafts the computational systems driving the robots so that their behaviour can be perceived as artistic and expressive. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how human artists depict other humans, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots. Tresset also uses robots and autonomous computational systems to produce series of drawings and paintings of classical subjects such as portraits, nudes and still lives. Patrick Tresset
Dr. James Hughes is the Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Dr. Hughes holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he served as the assistant director of research for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Before graduate school he was temporarily ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1984 while working as a volunteer in Sri Lanka for the development organization Sarvodaya from 1983 to 1985. Hughes served as the executive director of the World Transhumanist Association and currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He also produces the syndicated weekly public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio and contributed to the Cyborg Democracy blog. Hughes' book Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future was published by Westview Press in November 2004. IEET.org
Melanie Swan is a Philosopher and Economic Theorist at the New School for Social Research in New York NY. She is the founder of several startups including the Institute for Blockchain Studies, DIYgenomics, GroupPurchase, and the MS Futures Group. Ms. Swan's educational background includes an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Contemporary Continental Philosophy from Kingston University London and Université Paris 8, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University and the University of the Commons, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question.
Joseph W. Perry - Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, and Associate Director of Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics. Research in the Perry group covers a scientifically and technologically relevant set of multidisciplinary projects including: organic nonlinear optical materials, organic 3D microlasers, ultrafast spectroscopy of excitons and charge transfer processes, nanocomposites and hybrid materials for electrical energy storage, and optical signal amplification using metallic nanostructures. His work on Sol-gel Capacitor Dielectric offers record-high energy storage. Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.
Joseph Perry
Dr. Frida Polli is an award-winning neuroscientist trained at Harvard and MIT. She completed her predoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT. Frida holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a PhD from Suffolk University, and a BA from Dartmouth College. She was named a Robert Kaplan Life Science Fellow by Harvard Business School in 2012. Frida has been an invited speaker at MIT and Harvard, has appeared on CNN and CNBC, and is a regular contributor for Forbes. She speaks on topics of entrepreneurship, diversity, data-driven applications for HR and neuroscience in the business world. Frida is the founder and CEO of pymetrics. pymetrics uses neuroscience behavioral data and data science to optimize hiring and internal placement for companies in a wide range of industries. We assess the key cognitive and emotional traits that are essential for given job functions / roles, and use that information to help people and companies make smarter workforce decisions. pymetrics.com
Daniel A. Fletcher – Professor of Bioengineering, Purnendu Chatterjee Professor and Chair and Principal Investigator at the Berkley Stem Cell Center Lab. Prof. Fletcher has created CellScope, a technology that converts the camera of a mobile phone/tablet into a high-quality light microscope. By combining mobile microscopy, automation, and wireless communication, this technology provides the ability to diagnose and treat infectious diseases even in the most remote areas of the world. This technology has the potential not only to increase access to quality disease diagnosis in low-resource areas but also to fundamentally change the way health data is collected worldwide. Prof. Fletcher studies the molecular basis of cell movements. In particular, the Stem Cell Center Lab is interested in the way that the cytoskeleton generates, transmits, and responds to forces, and aim to determine how these forces are coordinated for cell shape changes such as those involved in motility. Based on their understanding of cell and molecular mechanics, they are developing medical devices that aid in clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease. CellScope UC Berkeley
Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Jaeyoun Kim received his Ph.D. degree in EE from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2003 with his study of optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Then he joined Professor Luke P. Lee’s BioPOETS group at University of California at Berkeley to work on bio-inspired microsystems and plasmonic nanostructures. In 2006, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Iowa State University where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interest encompasses soft-robotics, bio-MEMS, and bio-inspired engineering. Prof. Kim is the recipient of National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award (2010) and Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship (2009). He also received Warren B. Boast Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008) and Harpole-Pentair Developing Faculty Award (2009-2010). Micro Robotic Tentacles Project
John Horgan, science journalist, author of The End of Science. He is best known for his 1996 book The End of Science. John has written for many publications, including National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and IEEE Spectrum. His awards include two Science Journalism Awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award. His articles have been included in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 editions of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Between 1986 and 1997 he was a senior writer at Scientific American. Since 2010 he has written the "Cross-check" blog for ScientificAmerican.com. ScientificAmerican.com
Gregory E. Kaebnick, author, Humans in Nature: The World As We Find It and the World As We Create It. Gregory E. Kaebnick is a research scholar and editor of the Hastings Center Report. He is interested in questions about the values at stake in developing and using biotechnologies, and particularly in questions about the value given to nature and human nature. This work has evolved out of earlier work on the nature and status of moral values and the structure of moral deliberation. He is the principal investigator on the research project, “Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology: Four Case Studies, “funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Previously, he led “The Ideal of Nature: Appeals to Nature in Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment,” funded the National Endowment for the Humanities. In “Genetic Ties and the Future of the Family,” run in collaboration with several other scholars and funded by the National Institutes of Health, he explored the ramifications of genetic paternity testing for the parent-child relationship. The Hastings Center
Shivani Nazareth, Director of Women’s Health at Counsyl
Shivani is a board-certified genetic counselor with over 10 years of clinical experience in the fields of prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetics. She previously led the hereditary cancer risk assessment program at Weill Cornell Breast Center and served on the Board of Directors for the NYS Genetics Task Force. At Counsyl, she is focused on increasing public awareness of DNA testing as a critical part of starting a family. Shivani obtained her MS in Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and now serves on the National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Public Policy Committee. Counsyl
Aaron Kellner, Investment Director, SeedInvest. Aaron Kellner serves as Investment Director at SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform that streamlines venture capital and angel investing. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aaron co-founded a mobile app company. He quickly recognized the problems associated with raising money for a twenty-first century startup within a twentieth-century regulatory framework. Aaron's positive entrepreneurial experience and desire to help small companies with their own fundraising hurdles led him to SeedInvest. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the firm’s NYSE Designated Market Maker desk. There he provided situational advice to traders and developed pitch books for prospective issuers resulting in wins worth over $100 billion in aggregate market capitalization. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as a private equity analyst at a small-cap fund where he was primarily responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and Marketing.
Charles Quincy is in Business Development for IBM Watson and the IBM Watson Ecosystem Venture Fund. Charles focuses on helping fast growing companies and entrepreneurial minded organizations apply machine intelligence to real world problems. Charles has worked with companies in a variety of industries and helped lead the integration of AlchemyAPI, a company purchased by IBM Watson in early 2015. Charles previously worked in mobile application development and security for IBM and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. IBM Watson
Claudio Sassaki – Co-Founder of Geekie, Sao Palo, Brasil. Geekie focuses on solutions in the field of education using innovative technology. With Geekie, students and schools improve their performance through the unique personalized learning technology certified by the MEC. In 2011, our founding two successful financial market professionals, realized they could do more for our country is to exchange the bank routine and to begin to devote so everyone had a chance to learn for good. Good: there until now, more than 3 million students had the opportunity to transform their lives through learning technology developed by Geekie.
Prof. Geoff Smith is Emeritus Professor in Applied Physics. He is renowned for contributions to science and technology in energy, coatings and nanotechnology and is a world leader in green nanotechnology. Contributions include over 190 refereed publications plus around 15 patents, including four in 2009 on cooling technologies. His output encompasses, fundamental new optical physics of nanostructures, pigmented materials and coatings interacting with solar and atmospheric radiation, applied physics of solar absorbers, passive cooling to temperatures well below ambient, solar control windows, roof glazing and skylights, daylight collection and its delivery from luminescent concentrators with e light pipes.
Markus (Mark) D. Herrema, Chief Executive Officer As CEO and co-founder of Newlight, Mr. Herrema has over a decade of industrial experience in chemical, biological, and process engineering, intellectual property development, polymer functionalization, private equity finance, and strategic business development. Mr. Herrema has invented a range of proprietary carbon capture and conversion systems and materials, receiving numerous associated US and international patents, steering Newlight through multiple private placement offerings, executing a range of strategic partnerships, and leading the engineering, construction, optimization, and expansion of Newlight’s carbon capture platform. Mr. Herrema graduated magna cum laude High Honors from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Political Theory, with additional work in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Newlight
Stefan Dübel co-pioneered in-vitro antibody selection technologies, resulting in several key inventions including antibody phage display and human antibody libraries with randomized CDRs. He is Chair of Biotechnology and Director of the respective department at the University of Braunschweig, Germany. His lab continued to work on multiple topics related to antibody engineering, fusion proteins for cancer therapy. He further pioneered e.g. Hyperphage technology (2001), single chain Fab fragments (2006) and targeted RNases for cancer therapy (1995/2008). Recently, his lab published the world's first protein knock down mouse (2014). His work resulted in 200+ publications and 20+ patent applications. He is editor of the four volume reference "Handbook of Therapeutic Antibodies“ and co-founder of the antibody engineering company YUMAB. Yumab.com
At OxSyBio we are developing 3D printing techniques to produce a range of tissue-like and cellular materials for medical research and clinical applications. The technology is based on cutting-edge research conducted by Professor Hagan Bayley’s group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Oxford. A leader in the application of membrane proteins in biotechnology, Professor Bayley’s group has developed a method of printing tissue-like materials comprising 3-dimensional networks of lipid-bounded aqueous droplets, which was featured on the cover of Science in April 2013. These materials are capable of conducting electrical signals along defined pathways, and self-folding into complex geometries. OxSyBio focusses on using similar techniques to fabricate tissue-like and cellular materials for a range of applications in regenerative medicine and synthetic biology. oxsybio.com
Dr. Sam Olof is currently a Postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford and a Consultant for OxSyBio. He received a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Bristol University in 2009, and in 2013 a Ph.D, in Functional Nanomaterials, also at Bristol. His Ph.D work was supervised by Professor Stephen Mann FRS (Chemistry) and Professor Mervyn Miles FRS (Physics), and explored self-assembled artificial cells with advanced microscopy techniques. In 2013 he joined the Bayley Group to investigate the 3D printing of artificial tissues. This work has informed OxSyBio’s efforts in printed cell networks and has led to the submission of 2 patent applications and the raising of £1 m seed funding.
James ("Jim") Philip Clark is founder/chairman of the World Technology Network, a curated global community of over 1,000 of the peer-nominated, peer-elected most innovative people in science and technology elected annually through the World Technology Awards. The WTN also convened the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment with the world's leading thinkers on the topic. Clark is also the founder of the newly formed World Congress for a New Civilization, which will bring together delegations from every nation on earth to work together for a week to develop a shared set of principles for a politically and environmentally sustainable 21st Century.
John Hoffman – Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials. John Hoffman serves as Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. He has oversight for all development activities for documentaries and specials, produces original documentary programming from development through production, commissions and acquires films and specials, and is responsible for developing cross-platform programming. Before joining Discovery, Hoffman served as CEO of The Public Good Projects, a non-profit production company he founded in 2013 to provide innovative media that makes complex health problems easier to understand so people can take better care of themselves and their families. His company’s first film, Sleepless in America, explored the sleep loss epidemic in the U.S., and aired on National Geographic Television in 2014. Hoffman served as both director and executive producer on the film. Earlier, Hoffman was a part of HBO Documentary Films for 17 years where, in addition to his executive role as vice president, he most recently executive produced and directed the multiple-Emmy®-nominated The Weight of the Nation, the groundbreaking four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with our nation’s leading experts and the stories of individuals and families struggling with obesity. Presented by HBO in a collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this series was made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Racing Extinction
Paul Hilton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist, who focuses on global environmental and conservation issues. Presently, Hilton is working on the Palm Oil issue. Documenting deforestation, land clearing and the wildlife trade in Sumatra, Indonesia. Before that he followed the manta ray trade across the world and set up the Manta Ray of Hope project, setting out to document the plight of the great rays and investigating and the use of gill rakers in traditional Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China in partnership with WildAid and Manta Trust.
Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. An independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media, a production company specializing in underwater, adventure and conservation films, he has acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of the oceans most important marine areas. He has worked with leading film and journalist teams including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, Dan Rather, and National Geographic and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group.
Christian Fritz is the developer of the SPIKE High-speed Motion Control system. The SPIKE system broke new ground in film production, by making it possible for the first time to use controlled camera moves for shooting slow motion sequences. It expands the visual vocabulary available to the creative team when shooting commercials, motion pictures or other types of moving images. Christian collaborates with the Hamburg production company The Marmalade Visual Engineering, a place where inventive technology and the visual arts are combined in perfect interplay. SPIKE
David Biello is an award-winning senior reporter. He joined ScientificAmerican.com in November 2005 and has written on subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology for both the website and magazine. Biello has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is the host of the of the PBS documentary series Beyond the Light Switch, which won a Silver Baton 2012 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a contributor to the Instant Egghead video series and author of a children's book on bullet trains. He is currently working on a book about the Anthropocene.
Dr. David Boyd is a scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the in Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy, in the area of Condensed Matter Physics, and his research interests include energy conversions, interaction of light with nanoscale architectures, and advanced material synthesis. One such material is graphene, which is stronger than steel and more electrically conductive than copper, yet flexible and transparent. Applications for graphene are ever-growing and include touch screen displays, solar panels, advanced electronic devices, corrosion inhibitors, and desalinization. However, producing graphene in a manner that is industrially relevant has remained a challenge because of high processing temperatures, multiple processing steps, and lengthy process times. Dr. Boyd discovered a chemistry that allows high quality graphene to be grown at reduced temperatures, in a single step, and in a matter of minutes. The process uses industry standard hardware, which can potentially allow the integration of graphene deposition into existing electronic fabrication methodologies. Unlike current state-of-the-art methods, this new process is rapid and single-step thereby allowing the continuous production of graphene. David Boyd
Jon Levy is a human behavior expert, consultant, writer, and keynote speaker driven by a question, why do we make the decisions we make and how do we affect them? Levy is best known for his work in the fields of influence, networking, and adventure. By applying the most cutting edge scientific research on human behavior (neuroscience, psychology, economics, biology), he transforms the ways companies approach marketing, sales, innovation, consumer engagement, product design, investment decisions, and Influencer program development. He is the author of "The Science of Networking". Jon Levy
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world¹s most unique performers. His interest in computer generated imagery led him to incorporating video and digital technology in his work and the development of a new form of contemporary illusion. The expansion of the internet and social media provided more opportunities for digital illusions and ways of interacting with audiences and creating magically augmented realities. Marco is a keen advocate of the open source community, working with artists, writers and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of the technology of illusion. Marco continues to perform around the world, is a media consultant on the subject of magic and illusion and lectures at international conferences on the psychology of deception and creative thinking. Marco is a Directors Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Marco Tempest
Lina Nilsson is the the Head of Market Development at Enlitic, a healthcare startup that applies the state-of-the-art in deep learning technology to medical diagnostics and decision making. Lina and has been recognized on MIT Technology Review’s "TR35" annual list of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and her writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Science, and Make Magazine. She has a PhD in biomedical engineering from ETH Zurich and previously worked at the University of California Berkeley.
Learn more about Enlitic at www.enlitic.com.
Stuart Russell - received his BA with first-class honours in Physics
from Oxford in 1982, his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in
1986, and then joined the faculty of the University of California at
Berkeley. He is a Professor (and former Chair) of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Sciences and holds the Smith--Zadeh Chair in
Engineering. He is a fellow of AAAI, ACM, and AAAS; winner of the
Computers and Thought Award and the ACM Karl Karlstrom Outstanding
Educator Award; and holder from 2012 to 2014 of the Chaire Blaise
Pascal and ANR senior Chaire d'excellence in Paris. His book
"Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach" (with Peter Norvig) is
the standard text in AI; it has been translated into 13 languages and
is used in over 1300 universities in 116 countries. His research
covers many areas of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus
on machine learning, probabilistic modeling and inference, theoretical
foundations of rationality, and planning under uncertainty. He also
works for the United Nations, developing a new global seismic
monitoring system for the nuclear-test-ban treaty. His current
concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term
future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity.
Dr. Seth Baum is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a nonprofit think tank that Baum co-founded in 2011. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His research focuses on risk and policy analysis of catastrophes that could cause major permanent harm to human civilization, such as global warming, nuclear war, and future artificial intelligence technologies. Baum received a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and B.S. degrees in Optics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions and is a fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative hosted by the UPMC Center for Health Security. http://sethbaum.com
Yoichi Ochiai, media artist and assistant professor of Tsukuba University. He has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Information Studies, from the University of Tokyo. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba since 2015. People call him a "wizard” because of his work creating a lot of products composed of digital and analogue technologies. He works on new inventions and research through a mixture of applied physics, computer science, and art. He has received the Innovative Technologies Prize from METI, the World Technology Award from Fortune, and many more. His group, the Digital Nature Group, envisions the idea of “Digital Nature” which is a new combination of human and digital resources beyond borders existing between digital and analogue, real and virtual.(photo credit: Michael Holmes) Yoichi Ochiai.
Jennifer Kushell - Founder and CEO, YSN, "“The Next Generation Global Workforce”. YSN works with NGO leaders, donors and educational advisors to sculpt innovative new curriculi to teach the very best of YSN’s insights, tools and best practices from around the world in undergrad and graduate classrooms, and special programs. YSN’s content and programs are in use around the world in multiple media formats with young people from all different backgrounds and skill levels. YSN
Matt Atwood – President of Algae Systems. Matt is an entrepreneur with expertise in sustainable technologies, project engineering, project finance, organizational management, and information technology systems. Before founding Algae Systems, he launched broad development efforts on large-scale biodiesel production plants and researched many algae and thermochemical biofuel production technologies. Matt conceptualized and led the development of Algae Systems’ technology platform, while bringing together the team to make it a reality. He is a strong business leader and man concerned about how his company operates, not just what his company produces. He serves as a founder and board member to several diverse organizations from non-profits to energy companies. When he is not advancing the science of fuels or cooking dinner for the team, Matt is an avid kite surfer, scuba diver, and part-time fire dancer.
Rick Tumlinson – Co-Founder of Space Frontier Foundation, the Texas Space Alliance, Texas Space Foundation and Chairman of the Board for Deep Space Industries. Named one of the world’s top “Space Visionaries” and one of the top one hundred most influential people in the space field by Space News, Tumlinson is the founded of commercial space suit company Orbital Outfitters in 2005 (which produced the world’s first commercial space suit in 2007, providing spacesuits for XCOR Aerospace and is considered one of the early successes of the New Space movement). Rick is the Co-Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation (called “pound for pound the most effective space organization on Earth”), the Texas Space Alliance, Texas Space Foundation; and Chairman of the Board for Deep Space Industries (one of the world’s two asteroid mining and space resources companies located at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley). Rick Tumlinson

Dr Matt Taylor is Project Scientist for the ESA (European Space Agency) Rosetta mission based at the ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. He was born in London, gained his undergraduate Physics degree at the University of Liverpool, and a PhD from Imperial College London. His career has focused on the space plasma measurements, working in Europe and the US on the four spacecraft ESA Cluster mission, leading to a post at ESA, which started in 2005, working as the Project Scientist for Cluster and the ESA-China Double star mission. His studies have focused on energetic particle dynamics in near-Earth space and in the interaction of the Sun’s solar wind with the Earth’s magnetic field, particularly focusing on how boundary layer interactions evolve, leading to 70 first or co-authored papers. Most recently, in 2013, he was appointed the Project Scientist on the Rosetta mission. ESA Rosetta Mission (via live video)
Brian Bauer - Autonomy System Lead Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel, Maryland. Since 2007, he has served as the lead engineer for autonomy on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, responsible for the system that protects the New Horizons spacecraft during fault conditions. This role included the critical responsibility of developing and testing the autonomy software for the New Horizons encounter with Pluto in July 2015, as well as tests for encounter contingency plans. In addition to his role on New Horizons, Mr. Bauer served as the mission systems engineer on the BOPPS and BRRISON high-altitude balloon missions, and has worked on innovative techniques for testing the state and operations spaces of complex systems. Mr. Bauer earned a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.S. in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University. NASA New Horizons
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPadapp has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he is the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He's produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy. djspooky.com
Kenji Williams - BELLA GAIA Founder, Creative Director, Composer, & Violinist. Kenji Williams is a composer and director for multi-media live theater, immersive full-dome planetariums, and interactive data visualization. Named a "100 Top Creative" by Origin Magazine and a Grammy voting member, Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as astronaut Koichi Wakata orbiting live aboard the International Space Station, multimedia artist Paul Miller, top world music musicians, and institutions such as NASA, UNEP, UNESCO, and appearing at events with president Bill Clinton. With 30 years of music experience performance, composition and production, 20 years of film direction and production, and 10 years in live immersive theater Williams expresses his work around the world.
Kenji Williams
Aradia Sunseri is a Temple Fusion Belly Dance artist, Ritual Movement Arts instructor, and costume designer. She has over 15 years of experience in the movement arts and performance in theater, on film and stage. As an interdisciplinary artist, lifelong yogini, and dancer. Aradia’s art is rooted in yoga, dance therapy modalities, ritual performance & theatrical improvisation. Her constantly evolving style incorporates Tribal/ Temple fusion belly dance, modern dance, fire dance, ballet and butoh. Aradia Sunseri
Kevin F. Farrell, known professionally as VJ Kevlar, is an American Visual Artist, Designer, and Audio Visual Producer recognized by various publications including URB Magazine for his visual performances alongside some of the world's most respected performers such as Jay-Z, The Roots, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers, PSY, DADA LIFE, and more. He's held residencies at some of the most iconic venues in the United States including the legendary SoundFactory, Exit2, LimeLight and has produced visual designs for many world class events including LIVE 8, EDC VEGAS, Made in America, Jay-Z Eve of Change, and many more. visualinfinity.com / vjkevlar.com

The 2015 World Technology Awards gala ceremony will take place on the evening of November 20, at the culmination of the two day World Technology Summit (November 19 and 20). The Winners will be announced from the stage by James P. Clark, Founder/Chairman of the World Technology Network. The Winners and Finalists will be, in the process, inducted into the membership of the WTN (which now includes around 1,000 members from over 60 countries around the world).

Individual Awards gala tickets are available at the registration page, as are the opportunity to reserve premium tables for the gala (and demo slots and exhibit space at the Summit).

A list of 2015 Finalists and Other Nominees

Photos from a previous World Technology Awards gala evening 

Follow us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google+ icon
LinkedIn icon
instagram icon

Copyright @ The World Technology Network. All Rights Reserved Back to Top

Back to Top