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Tonka Sasaki

Tonka Sasaki

Born in Hiroshima in 1968, Tonka Sasaki is a Japanese Jazz Singer-Song Writer-Arranger-Producer who lives in Tokyo where she released 3 original albums and 2 compilation CDs between 1997-2004. With live performances from Japan to NYC, Tonka has recently been concentrating on recording a fourth original CD "Asian Woman ". Tonka's theme, both musically and in her personal life, is that "Love is Eternal Fire ".

Ori Brafman

Ori Brafman is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose recent book The Starfish and the Spider explores the power of non-hierarchical systems. Ori has appeared on the BBC, National Public Radio, Fox News, and on the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, and in recent months has been invited to speak with audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, the US Government, Stanford Business School, and Harvard Business School. His upcoming book on interpersonal influence will be published by Random House. Ori holds a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.

Jonathan Gandelsman

Jonathan Gandelsman

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In 2002, Jonathan was invited to join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and became a full-time member of SRE, taking him to France, England, Holland, Greece, the Baltic States, Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and the USA. Jonathan is currently on a world tour with Yo-Yo Ma.

JC Herz

JC Herz

J.C. HERZ is the author of Joystick Nation and Surfing on the Internet. She was the New York Times' first computer game critic and is now producing a PBS documentary on the history of videogames. J.C. serves on the National Research Council's committee on Creativity and Information Technology.

John Girard

John Girard

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John Girard has helped grow Clickability over the past three years from a garage-based dream of four Stanford graduates to a company with more than 140 brand name customers like CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.

Astro Teller

Astro Teller

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Dr. Astro Teller is currently co-founder and Chairman of BodyMedia, Inc. and Zivio Technologies. From 1999 to 2007, Astro was also CEO of BodyMedia, Inc. Prior to BodyMedia, Astro was co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Sandbox Advanced Development. Astro holds a BS in computer science and a MS in symbolic and heuristic computation, both from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hertz fellowship. Astro's work in science, literature, art, and business has appeared in international media from the New York Times to CNN to NPR's "All Things Considered." Astro's first novel, "exegesis" was published by Random House in 1997 and his second book will be out in time for Christmas this year.

Chris Pacione

Chris Pacione

Chris Pacione is an interaction designer by trade and a former professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he met some exceedingly cool people and co-founded BodyMedia. He enjoys renovating his house, sipping single malt scotch, cooking and doodling. 

Saul Griffith

Saul Griffith

Saul Griffith is an MIT alumnus with multiple degrees in Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and has recently completed his PhD. He was awarded the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventors award. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics & nanotechnology.

Jessica Banks

Jessica Banks

My T-Shirt says I'm a PhD student in robotics at MIT, though it's kind of snug on me, doesn't match my boa, and is, as my mom faithfully reminds me, getting too threadbare to wear out on a date.

Helene DeLillo

Helene DeLillo

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Helene DeLillo is considered a visionary in the digital photography & imaging world. As a keynote speaker & photographer her passions include: communicating technology via her creative experience & capturing the moment via her camera lens. Learn more about Helene at www.dancingicon.com

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