PopTech 2010

  • October 20-23, 2010
  • Camden, Maine

Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs: In a complex and messy world, solutions to big challenges frequently follow unobvious paths to success.

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Speakers

Asil Abulil

Palestinian student

Jad Abumrad

Host & Producer of Radiolab
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Sound and science: From crayfish hairs to monkey neurons, Radiolab host and producer Jad Abumrad shares examples of how sound has been used to make scientific strides. Along the way, he explains how audio can convey failure or express error.

Sound and science: From crayfish hairs to monkey neurons, Radiolab host and producer Jad Abumrad shares examples of how sound has been used to make scientific strides. Along the way, he explains how audio can convey failure or express error.

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Nour Al-Arda

Palestinian student

Vijay Anand

Creator of the '0 Rupee' Note

Annemarie Ahearn and Ladleah Dunn

Gourmets, Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, Maine

April Smith and the Great Picture Show

Brooklyn based swing & country band

Dan Ariely

Author, "Predictably Irrational" and "The Upside of Irrationality"
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Adaptive Responses: Adaptation is the basic idea that we get used to stuff and interpret signals. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how these types of signals relate to pain and social adaptation. How does our previous exposure to pain alter... More

Adaptive Responses: Adaptation is the basic idea that we get used to stuff and interpret signals. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how these types of signals relate to pain and social adaptation. How does our previous exposure to pain alter how we experience it now? How is it that we all appreciate the pinnacle of beauty in the same way, but we’re drawn to partners with a level of attractiveness similar to our own?

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Dr. Ben

Debunker of 'bad science' quackery

Mike Blum

Evolutionary biologist

Ned Breslin

CEO of Water for People

Susan Casey

Journalist and author, 'The Wave'

Chris Chabris

Psychologist and neuroscientist

Daryl Collins

Director of Bankable Frontiers

Stephanie Coontz

Author of 'Marriage, A History'

Ronald Cotton

Author

Riley Crane

Researcher

Habib Dagher

Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine

Tom Darden

Builder of ultra-green homes in New Orleans

David Deutsch

Quantum physicist , University of Oxford

Kevin Dunbar

Psychologist

Elizabeth Dunn

Psychologist

Nathan Eagle

Research Scientist, MIT

David Eagleman

Neuroscientist and author
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On Possibilianism: Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us.

On Possibilianism: Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us.

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Robert Fabricant

VP, Creative, Frog Design

Patrick Flanagan

Electronic artist

Lisa Gansky

Entrepreneur and author of "The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing"

Mathias Gmachl

Founding member of farmersmanual

Simon Hauger

Science teacher in West Philadelphia

Azeem Hill

Co-captain of the West Philly Hybrid X Team.

Graham Hill

Founder, Treehugger.com

Pieter Hoff

Irrigation innovator

Donald Ingber,

Director of the Harvard's Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering

Deborah Kenny

Founder of Harlem Village Academies

Brandon Kessler

Founder of ChallengePost

Heather Knight

Roboticist

John Legend

Singer-songwriter

Marcia McNutt

Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Patrick Meier

Co-director of the 4636 project in Haiti

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer physician and researcher, author of 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Josh Nesbit

Co-founder, FrontlineSMS:Medic

Philippe Newlin

Former Associate Editor / Tasting Director at Wine & Spirits Magazine

Orlagh O'Brien

Design educator and author of "Emotionally Vague"

OK Go

Renowned indie band & video artists

Adrian Owen

Neuroscientist and expert on consciousness

Eli Pariser

Founder of MoveOn

Laura Poitras

Oscar-nominated filmmaker of 'The Oath'

Gustav Praekelt

Co-founder & Managing Director, Praekelt Foundation

Alan Rabinowitz

Leader in the protection of big cats

Carlo Ratti

Architect and MIT instructor, MIT SENSEable City Lab

Colin Rich

High-altitude balloon maker

Tony Salvador

Director of Social Insights Research, Intel

Oscar Schofield

Biological oceanographer

Kathryn Schulz

Author, 'Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error' about the nature of failure

Asil Shaar

Palestinian student

Gary Slutkin

Executive Director, Cease Fire

Larry Smith

Editor-in-chief, SMITH magazine

Kevin Starr

Director of the Mulago Foundation

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

Author

Stephen Vitiello

Electronic musician and media artist

Erika Wagner

Head of the XPrize Laboratory at MIT

Nigel Waller

Founder & CEO of Movirtu

Reggie Watts

Writer, composer, musician and comedian

Rachel Wingfield

Textile designer

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