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1. noun a fixed luminous point in the night sky that is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun.

2. noun a 2017 TEDxBerkeley speaker for "constellate*"

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Minh Dang

Minh Dang is a Team Manager at Linde Group, an IT consulting firm in Emeryville. She is a Presidential Appointee to the first ever U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and is also currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a community-based research study funded by the National Institute of Justice entitled, 'Researcher-Survivor-Ally Formative Evaluation of San Francisco's Anti-Trafficking Task Forces'. Minh has received awards from the ACLU, Cal Alumni Association, City of Berkeley, and more. In 2013, she was one of fifteen AAPI Women named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama. Minh first publicly identified as a survivor of slavery and incest in 2008, when MSNBC featured her story of slavery in a documentary. Minh also serves as an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance for organizations addressing human trafficking and child abuse. Informally, she provides guidance and mentorship to survivors and formally, she serves on the Advisory Board of AnnieCannons, a pioneering organization that trains survivors of human trafficking in web development and programming. From 2005 to 2011, Minh worked at the University of California, Berkeley Public Service Center as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, Minh plays center-mid on the soccer field, is training to hike the John Muir Trail, and has an unabashed love for stationary.

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Mike Duffy

Mike Duffy is the founder of Happiness Publishing, LLC. He has been researching happiness for over 30 years. He is friends with and has interviewed the brightest minds in the field of positive psychology. He is the author of The Happiness Book: A Positive Guide To Happiness, The Happiness Book For Men and The Happiness Book For Kids: A Child’s Guide To Happiness! Volume I & II. Mike is the founder of The Happiness Hall Of Fame. Members of the hall include: Muhammad Ali, Chris Anderson, curator of TED; Mr. October, Reggie Jackson; Dr. Wayne Dyer, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, NFL Hall Of Famer, Roger Staubach; Taylor Swift, Olympic gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi; The San Francisco Giants, The Golden State Warriors, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation, Saint Mother Teresa’s Missionaries Of Charity and many others. The Happiness Hall Of Fame recognizes, encourages and celebrates people and organizations that make other people happy. The website is www.happinesshalloffame.com.

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Vivienne Ming

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students' life outcomes. Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers. She sits on the boards of The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc., and is a Chief Science Advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology. Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.

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François Reyes

Born in 1996 in the North of France, François Reyes has since his earliest years developed an interest in politics. But these past few years, after working for a senator during some time in France, he realized that change could only come from civil society. Deeply impacted by the lack of interest of the politicians in his homecountry for making people's lives better and countering extremism, he grew the desire to work as hard as possible with 'everyday people' in order to counter the lack of interest of the politicians. After the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in January 2015 in Paris, he created a global NGO called Citizen's Awakening, that has for a goal to counter extremism and create understanding through bringing together people, through dialogue. Citizen's Awakening now is present in Canada, the UK, India, Hungary, France, and many other countries. Impacted on a personnal level by the Paris attacks of November 2015, he pledged to fight as hard as he could againt terrorism worldwide with what he believes is the most powerful weapon on the long term to tackle extremism : our ability so speak up, and to create bridges between different communities and different countries. François Reyes is also a speaker and an ambassador for One Young World & the Quilliam Foundation, and a member of the FATE (Families Against Terrorism & Extremism) network. He's in the middle of writing a book gathering the voices and solutions of/from/for families impacted one way or the other by terrorism, whether they lost a member of their family in a terrorist attack, or a child to the extremist-narrative.

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Tai Tran

Named the youngest Forbes 30 Under 30 and LinkedIn Top Voice in Marketing & Advertising, Tai is an experienced storyteller, entrepreneur, and writer. Through his thought leadership, Tai has empowered young entrepreneurs, startups, and leading tech brands to share their breakthrough narrative at scale. Tai's work has been widely recognized by Forbes, LinkedIn, Twitter, MarketWatch, and Tech Insider.

Tai is the author of the upcoming book, Zero to Infinity. The book breaks down zero to infinity, the process of harvesting isolated experiences and nurturing them into a product of design, disruption, and infinite opportunities. He is a regular contributor on Forbes, LinkedIn, and Social Media Today, where he writes about personal branding, thought leadership, digital marketing, and millennials. As a keynote speaker, Tai has spoken at the Forbes CMO Summit, LinkedIn Marketing & Communications All-Hands, Blackbox VC Speaker Summit, UCLA Personal Innovation Lab, and Berkeley-Haas MBA Series.

At Apple, Tai is the lead producer for social and content. Prior to Apple, he led digital marketing and communications for Samsung, UC Berkeley, and the Haas School of Business. He also taught one of UC Berkeley’s most popular undergraduate courses in digital marketing, content publishing, and personal branding. Tai is a proud alum of UC Berkeley and the Haas School of Business.

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Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki is a internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video production, photography, radio, & television). The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6 -8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has grown to become one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program in the nation today (2016) with 600+ students, five additional teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center (2014).

Esther is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow, ; the 2002 California Teacher of the Year by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the 2011 Charles O’Malley Award recipient from Columbia Scholastic Press. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University, and in 2016 an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design. In November, 2016 she was awarded the MyHero Award for her work in global education. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including TED (2015), G20 Summit, and Singularity University Summit. She co-authored popular education book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) that explains a way to revolutionize education for the digital age. Her focus is give student agency in the classroom to empower their creativity and innovation skills. She is also the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She and her husband are proud graduates of UC Berkeley.

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Steven Fish

M. Steven Fish is a comparative political scientist who studies democracy and authoritarianism in developing and postcommunist countries, religion and politics, and constitutional systems and national legislatures. Originally from Kentucky, he now makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence (Oxford, 2011), which was selected for Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 25 Books. He is also author of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics (Cambridge, 2005), which was the recipient of the Best Book Award of 2006, presented by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association, and Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution (Princeton, 1995). He is coauthor of The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (Cambridge, 2009) and Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton, 2001). He has conducted extensive field research in Eurasia, East Europe, and Southeast Asia. He served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2007 and at the European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2000-2001. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Social Sciences Teaching Award of the Colleges of Letters and Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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Damien Horne

There’s something very special about Damien. Actually, “special” may not be the best word. In times like these, in the world that we live in, there’s something relevant, significant and necessary about Damien – and people like him. You can go to pretty much any search engine, put “Damien Horne” in the search field and read about his life story and credentials. The cliff notes is he’s from Hickory, North Carolina. He’s one of twelve children (a blended family). He’s a middle child, adores his mother, is the first in his family to earn a high school diploma and now devotes a lot of his time and resources trying to make a better life for his loved ones and those around him. Although they didn’t grow up with a lot of monetary wealth (barely any to speak of), Damien’s mother had a love for God that inspired him to develop a personal relationship with Christ at the age of 7. It’s there where his hope journey began… The loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated aThe loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcersk DThe loss of brothers, experiencing famil his answer might surprise you. After receiving his associate’s degree from Free Will Baptist Bible College and becoming an ordained minister, Damien is intentional about giving back. Giving back by sharing his testimony. Giving back by serving at his home church, The Salvation Army. Giving back by offering words of encouragement, support and faith – anywhere he can. Damien recently started a blog that centers around his mission to surround others with hope. It’s called encourageinspiremotivate.com. Each week, there are new videos and articles on platforms he’s committed to: homelessness, human trafficking, prison ministry, world outreach, youth, adoption and the Word. That said, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi and Mother Teresa are some of his “purpose mentors” and life heroes. “Music is a talent God’s given me,” shares Damien. “It’s a tool that has opened up so many doors that I’m thankful for. But my heart is to speak to and reach out to as many“Music is a talent God’s given me,” shares Damien. “It’s a tool that has opened up so many doors that I’m thankful for. But my heart is to speak to and reach out to best“Music is a talent God’s givntact with.” Yep. Anyone who thinks like that is relevant, significant – and very necessary. Indeed. For such a time as this.

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Loretta Falcone

Loretta Falcone churns complexity into simplicity with data science to reveal unseen patterns and connections. Her seminal research at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a NASA groomed scientist induced insights from the spacecraft exploration of Uranus, Jupiter and Mars to applications in climate change and energy optimization until one day her child suddenly took ill and she confronted her greatest challenge; to solve a serious health mystery.

Follow her as she takes her intuition on an emotional journey to save her child where a constellation of scientific perspectives transmutes fear into love to spark hope through a fog of determination. When we see the world of any problem again through the fresh eyes of a child free from the conventional lenses of entrenched expertise, there is a simple awakening that can illuminate the big ah-ha of a great hypothesis.

Loretta shares a deep commitment to science, education and advancing the quality of human spirit. While waiting for code to compile she enjoys classical ballet, puppies and alpine walks in Lake Como, Italy where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Fuji Lai

Fuji Lai is passionate about revolutionizing the patient and human experience through augmenting human capabilities, improving healthcare access, and enhancing quality of care.  With her unique interdisciplinary background in biomedical engineering, robotics, human factors design and healthcare consulting plus 20+ years experience driving innovation in medical and surgical robotics, telemedicine, telepresence, mobile health, human-robot teams, human-machine interfaces, simulation and utilizing virtual reality to solve complex human challenges, Fuji brings a unique insight into how technology can transform the human experience.  She has served as medical robotics startup leadership member (InTouch Health), led the design and development of FDA-cleared Remote Presence robots for acute care telemedicine shipping 8 products in 5 years including the VITA (with iRobot)— the world’s first FDA-Class II-cleared robot with one-touch, "go there" autonomous navigation enabling new care models and 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award Finalist—and established virtual healthcare delivery networks now saving lives in 1500 hospitals in 22 countries from the ICU, OR, ED, clinic, to ambulance.  She also founded a medical human factors offering designing mission-critical medical devices and healthcare environments that enhance user experience, safety, performance capturing $4M business around the Hospital of the Future and was development team member on the first FDA-cleared surgical robot.  She is a 2016 Bold Visioneer with the XPRIZE Foundation to develop the next XPRIZE to address humanity’s grandest challenges, Singularity University Global Solutions Program 2015 Alumnus and Google Grant Recipient, MIT Solve Fellow, University of California Institute for Innovation Mentor/Advisor, and NSBRI/NASA Advisor to extend the reach of medical expertise to remote environments for space exploration.  Fuji is author of 30+ peer-reviewed publications, inventor on 15+ patents, been funded by NIH, DoD, NASA, and earned SM Biomedical Engineering (Harvard), MS Mechanical Engineering (UC Berkeley), BS Biomedical Engineering (Duke), BS Electrical Engineering (Duke).

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Brian Malow

Brian Malow is Earth's premier science comedian (self-proclaimed). In addition to performing and giving science communication talks for the NSF, AAAS, NASA, NIST, ACS, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and others, Brian Malow has produced science videos for Time Magazine and audio pieces for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. He has blogged for Scientific American and worked in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He was named an Osher Science Communication Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Brian has co-hosted programs on The Weather Channel, appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and ScienceFriday with Ira Flatow, and he has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Nature, Science, and Symmetry magazines

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Minh Dang

Minh Dang is a Team Manager at Linde Group, an IT consulting firm in Emeryville. She is a President...

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Mike Duffy

Mike Duffy is the founder of Happiness Publishing, LLC. He has been researching happiness for over 3...

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Vivienne Ming

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neur...

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François Reyes

Born in 1996 in the North of France, François Reyes has since his earliest years developed an intere...

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Tai Tran

Named the youngest Forbes 30 Under 30 and LinkedIn Top Voice in Marketing & Advertising, Tai is an e...

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Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki is a internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High ...

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Steven Fish

M. Steven Fish is a comparative political scientist who studies democracy and authoritarianism in de...

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Damien Horne

There’s something very special about Damien. Actually, “special” may not be the best word. In times ...

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Loretta Falcone

Loretta Falcone churns complexity into simplicity with data science to reveal unseen patterns and c...

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Fuji Lai

Fuji Lai is passionate about revolutionizing the patient and human experience through augmenting hum...

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Brian Malow

Brian Malow is Earth's premier science comedian (self-proclaimed). In addition to performing and giv...

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Jessica Hansen

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