Dr. Kelly Bloom mesmerized the audience as she described a spontaneous game of catch she once played with a polar bear. She champions travel as a way to achieve liminality, an in-between state where we can experiment with self and grow.
"As I gave my fears faces, I had the power to control them."
Kyle Kesterson, fear: foe or friend?
Kyle shared how his discovery of the artwork of Alex Pardee helped him through a dark period and helped him find his own creative voice. You can see life through Kyle's eyes here: https://www.facebook.com/KyleThePhotographer
"Imagine every grain of sand, from every beach, blowing around
In a giant sandstorm. That's the Internet." Nick berry
In addition to educating the crowd about the magnitude of a zettabyte of data, he gave practical advice for protecting data in the Internet-sized sandstorm: 1. Don't be predictable. 2. Use distinct passwords. 3. Use dual-form authentication.
"Big data is big, but I think we should all demand more."
Dr. Phil Parker, can big data authors end poverty?
Phil Parker described his efforts to harness big data to translate books into obscure languages, among other things. More about his work here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/business/media/14link.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
"Every animal, every plant has drugs encoded in their DNA."
Dr. Jim Olson
Dr. Jim Olson is on a mission to give children and their families real hope when faced with brain cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The talk marked the official launch of his Project Violet: