Carl Bass

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk is the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

Formerly he was AutodeskÍs chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development. Earlier roles included CTO and EVP of product development.

Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.

Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and UC Berkeley School of Information. He holds a bachelorÍs degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

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DeCadence

UC BerkeleyÍs DeCadence (pronounced dee-KAY-dence, with a capital ïCÍ), is best known around the Bay Area for their one-of-a-kind quirkiness and lovable eccentricity. Sporting eye-catching blue and gold capes at nearly every performance, this slightly unconventional gaggle of crime-fighting, booty-dropping vocalists has been spotted artfully wielding crazy costumes and daring dance moves wherever they go. An entirely student-run organization, DeCadence has also proudly earned a reputation for their classy arrangements of songs with offensive lyrics, an accolade that has earned mentions on the front page of Ben FoldsÍ website, millions of views on Youtube, and horrified looks from their parents.

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Connie Duckworth

Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in 2004 and serves pro bono as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was titled the first woman sales and trading partner in the firmÍs history during her 20 year career from 1981-2001.

Ms. Duckworth is currently a Trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Russell Investment Group and Steelcase Inc. In her philanthropic work, Ms. Duckworth is the immediate past Chairman of The Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto and serves on the boards of The Wharton School in Philadelphia, the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois, where she was the first woman to be titled Chairman of the Board. She is a member of the U.S.-Afghan WomenÍs Council, a public/private partnership aligned with the U.S. State Department and past Chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of leading women entrepreneurs and corporate business executives in the U.S. She also co-authored a primer on entrepreneurship entitled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a ManÍs World (Basic Books 2003).

The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, innovation and global presence, Ms. Duckworth was awarded the 2011 Wharton School DeanÍs Medal, the schoolÍs highest honor. In addition, Ms. Duckworth was titled a 2008 Skoll Foundation honoree for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas.

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David Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of seven books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. His most recent book is the bestseller Experimental Man: What one manÍs body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world. He is the Chief Correspondent of public radioÍs Biotech Nation; and a columnist for Fortune. He is the Director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. He has been a commentator on NPRÍs Morning Edition, and a contributing editor for Wired, Discover and Conde Nast Portfolio. David writes for The New York Times, National Geographic, HarperÍs, Atlantic Monthly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. He is a former special correspondent and producer for ABC Nightline and a correspondent for NOVAÍs ScienceNOW! He has won numerous awards including the Magazine Story of the Year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles have twice been cited in nominations for National Magazine Awards, and his work has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is a graduate of Vassar College and now lives in San Francisco.

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Dr. Maria Fadiman

Dr. Maria Fadiman works with the human/environmental aspect of conservation. She received her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a B.A. from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was titled one of National GeographicÍs Emerging Explorers in 2006. Her research focuses on ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants. She works primarily in rural areas with indigenous people and subsistence agriculturalists. The majority of her research is in the rainforests of Latin America, mostly Ecuador. Projects include researching oil exploration in the Amazon; organic coffee production in the Galàpagos; and the comparative use of rainforest palms and vines. Fadiman has worked with Mayan weavers in the Yucatan and studied medicinal plants with the Lacandon people in Chiapas, Mexico. She has researched alternative livelihoods in Africa for those who depend on tree poaching from the national parks in the savanna; explored house construction from natural materials in the Philippines; studied the Maori utilization of the Kauri tree in New Zealand; and worked with Tibetan children in teaching them to record their own ethnobotanical traditions. She currently is working on a global scale cross cultural study of peopleÍs use of a cultural keystone species (the flora and fauna that are deemed important to the survival of a culture), and how these plants can act as larger ecosystem preservation incentives. Fadiman is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University in the department of Geosciences.

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Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media. At UC Berkeley, Ken teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media. Ken holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and the School of Information. Ken also holds an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School where he pursues research in medical robotics.

Ken has published over 150 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media, Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC BerkeleyÍs Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series.

KenÍs art installations, based on his research, have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Ken co-wrote three award-winning Sundance documentary films, ñThe Tribeî, ñYelpî, and ñConnected: An Autoblogography of Love, Death, and Technology.î His artwork is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.

Ken lives in Mill Valley, California with his daughters and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

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Charles Holt

Bio:

Music and storytelling have always been a vital part of CharlesÍ life growing up in the South. However, despite thorough tutelage from his staunchly religious grandmother, who insisted upon him learning church hymns as a child, Charles never aspired to walk the path of a performing artist. He dreamed of playing professional football. After a disappointing end to his athletic career, he then pursued a career in Corporate America with IBM. After two successful years as a sales representative, he left to spearhead a regional office of another large company. A year from the date he started, he was fired. It wasnÍt until a friend encouraged his potential as a singer and actor that CharlesÍ love for music resurfaced.

In July1996, Charles, led by intuition, left the comforts of the South with $400 dollars for the bright lights of Broadway. He has since starred in some of the most celebrated and spectacular productions in American theatre history including Smokey JoeÍs Caf_, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Lion King. He was the first African American to play the role of ïRockyÍ in the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show. Charles adds guest starring roles in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, All My Children, the award winning independent film Anne B. Real, and the thought provoking comedy, EdÍs Trip. He received national acclaim and rave reviews for his 20-character portrayal in his one-man stage play Black Boy, based on best selling author Richard WrightÍs autobiographical landmark, as well as his portrayal of Civil Rights activist and icon, W.E.B. Du Bois in the one-man production, The Smoke King. Charles recently toured the country in Never Fight a Shark in Water, a one-man play based on the life of Gregory Bright who was exonerated after spending 27 _ years in LouisianaÍs Angola Penitentiary for wrongful conviction of second-degree murder.

Charles with fellow actor Gerald C. Rivers will present and tour the world premiere event Martin & Music in January 2012. The play chronicles the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while threading KingÍs love for music into his speeches and life experience.

Charles has entertained sold-out audiences around the world, including The John F. Kennedy Center The Turkish-American Association in Ankara, Turkey, and Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He speaks to groups and organizations and serves as facilitator of workshops based on his work as an artist in order to empower, encourage, and uplift audiences everywhere.

Agape Media International released CharlesÍ second album Rushing Over Me project in fall 2010, after his debut album, I Am, was released to critical acclaim. Charles tours colleges, universities, and spiritual centers around the world performing his ïSoleÍ Music Concert Series: A journey through an African American quilt of song.

Intuitive Rebel, CharlesÍ landmark book about his journey in finding his own unique voice and life purpose will be released in Spring 2012.

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Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil works at Google on the marketing of Google Plus and is based out of the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Earlier he worked on marketing the CompanyÍs flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Gopi also led the marketing team for AdSense, GoogleÍs publisher_facing product.

Before joining Google, Gopi was Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Nextance, an enterprise Contract Management Software startup. He was also Vice President of Business Development and a founding management team member at Allegrix, an Application Software Provider startup acquired by Progress Software. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. Additionally, Gopi has led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US.

Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee.

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Jodi Lomask/Capacitor

Jodi Lomask has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, TED, SFO, Computers and Structures, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team. Upon founding Capacitor in 1997, she began collaborating with world-renowned research scientists to create original dance works that draw attention to critical environmental issues. Under her artistic direction, Capacitor performed pieces that tackle the past and future of reproduction (futurespecies 2000), EarthÍs duet with the Universe (Within Outer Spaces 2001), the heroism and fantasy of video gaming (Avatars 2003), the visible and invisible layers of the Earth (Digging in the Dark 2005), symbiotic relationships in the forest (biome 2007), flower reproduction (The Perfect Flower 2009), and the oceanÍs vital forces (Okeanos, 2012).

Lomask was a dance and technology specialist at the Monaco Dance Forum in 2002 and 2004. She was invited to speaker at the Ecological Society of America conference in 2007, the American Physical Society in 2010, CUNYÍs Communicating Science through the Performing Arts in 2010, and the BLUEMiND Summit at CAS in 2011. Her work has been covered by Nature Magazine, Wired.com, Res Magazine, SHIFT Magazine, NBC 11Ís Tech NOW!, CNET Radio, TECH TV, Dance Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The New York Times, among other media outlets. Lomask has created performance concepts for the World Showcase and Future World in DisneyÍs Epcot Center. She appeared in National GeographicÍs ïWild ChroniclesÍ with canopy ecologist Dr. Na_lini Nadkarni.

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Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly ServiceSpace), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to an global ecosystem of over 350,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Nipun has received many awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the PresidentÍs Volunteer Service Award and Wavy GravyÍs Humanitarian award. He is routinely invited to share his message of ñgiftivismî to wide ranging audiences, from inner city youth in Memphis to academics in London to international dignitaries at the United Nations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, the Dalai Lama Foundation, and Greater Good Science Center.

NipunÍs high-school goal was to either become a tennis-pro or a Himalayan Yogi. Instead, by the third year of his Computer Science and Philosophy degree at UC Berkeley, he started his software career at Sun Microsystems. Dissatisfied by the dot-com greed of the late 90s, Nipun went to a homeless shelter with three friends to ñgive with absolutely no strings attached.î They ended up creating a website, and also an organization titled ServiceSpace. Over the years, they built thousands of websites for nonprofits but also started incubating a diverse set of projects that included online portals DailyGood and KarmaTube, offline movements like Smile Cards, a pay-it-forward rickshaw in India, and Karma Kitchen restaurants in three cities across the US. In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a ñfull time volunteer.î He didnÍt have a plan of survival beyond six months, but so far, so good.

In January 2005, Nipun and Guri, his wife of six months, put everything aside to embark on an open-ended, unscripted walking pilgrimage in India, to ñuse our hands to do random acts of kindness, our heads to profile inspiring people, and our hearts to cultivate truth.î Living on a dollar a day, eating wherever food was offered, sleeping wherever a flat surface was found, the couple walked 1000 kilometers before ending up at a retreat center, where they meditated for three months. Today, both Nipun and Guri live in Berkeley and stay rooted in a practice of small acts of service. The journey continues.

NipunÍs mission statement in life now reads: ñBring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart.î

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Tapan Parikh

Tapan Parikh is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. TapanÍs research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), mobile computing, speech UIs and information systems for microfinance, smallholder agriculture and global health. For the past ten years, Tapan has been designing, developing and deploying information systems in the rural developing world _ initially in India, and now also in Latin America and Africa. Tapan and his students have started several technology companies serving rural communities and the development sector. He holds a Sc.B. degree in Molecular Modeling with Honors from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington, where he won the William Chan Memorial award for his Ph.D. dissertation. Tapan was also titled the TR35 Humanitarian of the Year in 2007.

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Neha Sangwan

CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is an Internal Medicine physician and corporate communication strategist empowering healthcare practitioners, organizational leaders and corporate employees in their own self-care. Dr. Sangwan is an international speaker and media spokeswoman on the topics of conflict resolution, leadership and team transition, power and hierarchy, stress management, and employee wellness.

She currently consults with innovative corporations and cross-functional healthcare teams. Dr. Sangwan has pioneered numerous successful programs for corporations and health professionals that improve organizational metrics.

Notably, Dr. Sangwan and her team have developed a comprehensive employee accountability program called the i-5 Experience that connects the dots between job satisfaction, health and performance. Dr. Sangwan has taken this philosophy to tech giants Facebook and eBay, and is a speaker for GoogleÍs ñOptimize Your Lifeî series.

Dr. Sangwan began her teaching career as faculty at Kaiser PermanenteÍs Northern California Physician Education and Development team. She designed and delivered innovative workshops to integrate physicians and nurses into cohesive, productive teams within fast-paced and high stress environments.

Dr. Sangwan earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Michigan State University. She worked as a manufacturing engineer for Motorola before attending medical school at State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY at Buffalo). She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Temple University Hospital and is board certified.

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Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the ñWomen Shaping the 21st Century,î Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and projects. She delivered the commencement address at UCBerkeley and her films and work have received 48 awards and distinctions. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her new 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which the New York Times hailed as ñExamining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter,î and the Atlantic called, ñan intensely personal exploration of what human connection means in our modern technology-obsessed world.î Her previous two award-winning films, include Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness, about reproductive rights in America, and The Tribe, an exploration of American Jewish identity and the Barbie doll. Her films have shown in theaters and on TV all over the world and her team at the Moxie Institute is known for their groundbreaking work combining their films and new technologies and conversational tools and live events to engage people in new ways. They just have begun a new film series called Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a visiting professor at the University of Wales, a member of the advisory board of M.I.T.Ís Geospatial Lab, and she was among a group of technology leaders selected to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on role of Internet in society.

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Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling has been playing the violin for 19 years with a range that extends from classical and to rock and roll. When she was 16, she joined the rock band Stomp on Melvin and began touring. She was recently a contestant on AmericaÍs Got Talent where she became known as the Hip Hop violinist and since then, she has become an international performer, bringing her musical talent around the world. With a degree from BYU in recreational therapy, she plans to work with troubled teenage girls in residential treatment centers and act as a positive role model for teenagers. Through her electrifying playing, she stands for the fact that you donÍt have to conform to be accepted; the greatest value comes from loving and accepting yourself for who you are.

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Robert Strong

Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between! Twice voted San FranciscoÍs ïBest ComedianÍ, Robert has appeared on every major television network, in more than 40 different countries, in all 50 states, and twice at the White House. Inspired by TED, Robert launched a speaker series, Comedy Talks, in 2010 that celebrates the lives and careers of comedy legends.

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Carl Bass

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DeCadence

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Connie Duckworth

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David Duncan

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Dr. Maria Fadiman

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Ken Goldberg

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Charles Holt

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Gopi Kallayil

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Jodi Lomask/Capacitor

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Nipun Mehta

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Tapan Parikh

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Neha Sangwan

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Tiffany Shlain

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Lindsey Stirling

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Robert Strong

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