Sawsan is a quantitative analyst, working on becoming a GIS-SNA (Geographic Information Systems – Social Network Analysis) scientist. Most recently, she interned at the United Nations MDG (Millennium Development Goals) Monitor project, where she interpolated complex geospatial and social data that visualize economic, political, and social interactions in developing countries. She is also cofounder of the activist initiative, HarassMap, she analyzes crowdsourced data on sexual harassment in Egypt, in order to advance safe public space. Sawsan is interested in investigating human activity using geospatial mapping and visualization. She has an M.A. degree in Demographic and Social Analysis, from the University of California, Irvine. Twitter: SawsanGad
Kenneth is a student of Urban Studies and Economics, whose primary interests are intelligent urban design and the economics of technology and innovation. He is fascinated by the increasing ubiquity of technology in urban environments and the subsequent behavioral patterns and trends associated with emerging technologies. While studying in Thailand and traveling throughout South Asia, he developed a passion for the role of technology in urban and economic development. He is also interested the relationship between the public and private sectors as it relates to technological evolution. He loves to travel, exchange ideas, and hopes to positively contribute to international urban development in the 21st century.
Michell is a London-based emerging technology strategist who heads the trend forecasting studio Envisioning Technology. He focuses on extrapolating on current developments to explain where society is inexorably heading, using specialized keynote presentations and info visualizations. Michell's "science fiction scaffolding" methodology is meant to help both corporations and public institutions make better decisions about their (and society's) future. Part technologist, part designer, Michell holds a BA in Social Communication and has worked with advertising agencies in São Paulo and trend forecasting in Amsterdam. Twitter: @mz / @envisioningtech
Tarun is completing a book on the promise and the perils of India’s national identity system. The book explores the global rise of electronic identity systems, and their profound impact on service delivery, financial inclusion, national security, civil liberties and the very definition of citizenship itself. He is a senior research associate with the Think India Foundation, where he analyzes the issues and challenges that India is facing due to urbanization. Tarun has conducted research on globalization and trade-related issues for Harvard Law School, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and Patton Boggs LLP. He has also worked on advocacy, labor, and privacy issues with the Campaign For Youth Justice; Office of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao; and the North Carolina Attorney General's Office. He holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University. Twitter @twadhwa
Mark is a co-founder of the Micro Equity Development Fund, a for-profit, social initiative focused on connecting investors with investment opportunities in microfinance. He recently completed the Postbac Program at Columbia University and is currently applying to medical school. His travel and microfinance work increased his passion for public health initiatives and disease prevention and control in the underdeveloped world. Mark graduated with a BBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2008 and had worked at Bank of America in their securities division. He currently resides in New York City. Twitter: @markwien
Scott is a Research Associate with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver. Originally from Metro Vancouver, he is principally interested in the geopolitical intersection between emerging economies and technological trends, as well as the implications for global and regional governance. Scott obtained his MA (with Distinction) in International Relations from Warwick University, where he studied as a 2009/2010 Chevening Scholar. In October 2011, he will begin his MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University. Twitter: @scottalyoung
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Ahmed is a post-doctoral scientist at the Max Planck institute for dynamics and self organization where he is working on a neurotechnology project trying to understand and control neuronal network dynamics. He received his Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical sciences (Cairo, Egypt) and attended master courses at The International Max Planck Research School of Neurosciences (Goettingen, Germany). Ahmed is on the neuroscience advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation. He has strong interest in the philosophical implications of novel neurotechnologies specially neuroelectronic hybrids on fundamental notions of morality and how it will render the boundaries between human and machine more elusive. Twitter: @ElZamakany
Aaron is a digital strategist, educational technologist, and transmedia scholar. He explores the design ecology surrounding transmedia systems and their interrelationship with media technology and culture. He currently works as an Interactive Media Planner for Wieden+Kennedy, where he coordinates digital, social, and mobile media initiatives for brands like ABC Entertainment and Disney XD. Aaron also maintains strong ties to the academic world, speaking at conferences at MIT, USC, and Penn State University. Before W+K, Smith worked as a research consultant for Microsoft’s Entertainment Platforms Division and as a Multimedia Specialist for Penn State University. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and a recipient of the International Radio and Television Society Fellowship. Twitter: @AaronSmith50
Paleontologist-turned-performing philosopher Michael Garfield uses all available media to playfully and provocatively deconstruct the boundaries between individual and collective, art and science, the sacred and the mundane. A regular presenter at Burning Man Festival, he has written features for transhumanism quarterly H+ Magazine and its descendent Acceler8or; Daniel Pinchbeck's archaic revival nexus Reality Sandwich; integral theory blog KenWilber.com; and D.C. futurist think-tank The Arlington Institute's internationally-syndicated newsletter, FUTUREdition. As head blogger for The Renaissance Project, he chronicles the evolution of art and selfhood in 21st Century planetary civilization. When words aren't nonlinear and ecodelic enough, he turns to acoustic-electronic guitar and live painting to perform the emergent cyber-alchemical paradigm, in which human creativity is something the Earth is doing. Michael lives in Austin, Texas. Michael's website. Twitter: @michaelgarfield
Soenke holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Hamburg with a focus on Cognitive Science and AI. He has worked for the United Nations since 2000 in the humanitarian and recovery sector and also in information management in Gaza, New York, Colombo (post-tsunami), Islamabad (post-earthquake), Blue Nile State (Sudan) and, most recently, in Benghazi. He also co-founded rakawa.net, an innovative microblogging approach to document daily achievements. If time between his UN deployments permits he continues to pursue his studies in AI with a special interest in new technologies and singularity related issues.
Abhijnan Rej is currently a retainer scientist with the Quantitative Finance Group of the Tata Consultancy Services Innovation Labs Hyderabad. He carried out his doctoral work in mathematical physics at the Max-Planck Institute of Mathematics, Bonn. He has, since then, been a Marie-Curie Early Stage Research Fellow at Durham University, a Junior Research Scholar of the Clay Mathematics Institute and a Scientific Researcher at the Fields Institute, Toronto. His current areas of research include applied probability theory, financial engineering and quantitative analysis of low probability/high impact events around geopolitics and scientific advances.
Chris is an independent researcher, analyst, and innovation strategist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He consults with start-ups, municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, and the USG providing guidance for product innovation, research, competitive intelligence, forecasting, scenario planning, strategy and human-centered design. He has worked on 3D, CAD, and AEC enterprise software at Adobe Systems, Inc. He was a visiting researcher at the Institute for the Future contributing research & analysis in neuroprogramming, molecular manufacturing, global energy management, and emerging models of non-state power. He is a co-founder of the Augmented Reality Development Camp, produces electronic music as Chris23, and maintains a blog of analysis at URBEINGRECORDED. Mr. Arkenberg holds a B.A. in psychobiology, pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. @chris23
Curvin has a broad background in education and the 3D simulation industry. He holds a MFA in Illustration, a MS in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Studio Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Game Design at Becker College in Worcester, MA. Outside of the classroom, Curvin has been active as a design consultant and researcher. He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, developing functionality scripts for Maya and Softimage. Additionally, Curvin holds qualifications through Autodesk, Inc. including Associate and Professional certifications for both 3ds max and Maya. He has extensive experience building 3D simulations for various United States government agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and most recently the Center for Disease Control. A frequent speaker at Global Awareness Society International's Annual Conferences, he has presented papers in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Krakow, Poland focusing on the future of the Graphic Design and Illustration industries.
Aran has an eclectic background that ranges from outdoor education to life coaching, and from habitat restoration to video production. He taught middle school history and science for five years, where he integrated technology into his classes to enhance his teaching and student learning. Aran gave a talk at TEDxSFED on videogames and learning. He writes for PBS’s MediaShift about the intersection of education and technology and is the Academic Technology Coordinator at San Francisco University High School. You can follow him@fusionjones on Twitter.