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John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow is a poet, essayist, retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and currently serves as vice-chairman of the EFF's board of directors. He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Ari Wallach

Ari Wallach

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Ari Wallach heads up re:think media LLC., which produces the new TV/IPTV show re:think. Ari was the founder of INFORUM, which is now one of the nationís largest non-partisan forums for those in their 20s-30s to learn about and discuss business, politics and culture. He has worked with The United States Institute of Peace, the DNC and as the director of conflict resolution for the USCA at UC Berkeley. Ari was most recently a New York Coro Leadership Fellow.

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.

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.

Martin Reinfried

Martin Reinfried

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Martin Reinfried was one of the founders of search engine Excite, and his current company, Just Passing Through, is looking to create an intelligent reality show based on a real world puzzle adventure race.

Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma is CEO & Co-Founder of MetroSpark, a mobile software startup, that aims to change how people connect with each other in the real-world. Wearable computing will soon change how we engage with our environment.

Adrian Belic

Adrian Belic

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Adrian began making films in elementary school with his brother, Roko. Their film GENGHIS BLUES won the 1999 Sundance Audience Award and a 2000 Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Feature. He's now in pre-production on a doc that will have him escaping from Cuba on a raft and another doc shot in the mountains of Laos. The world premiere of his latest doc BEYOND THE CALL happened at the October 2005 Gathering.

Kevin Baugh

Kevin is the Associate Director, Government and Industry Liaison Office, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. His responsibilities include the development of new business initiatives, and outreach to research organizations and laboratories. One of his missions is to facilitate the creation of interdisciplinary teams to help the University to capture fundamentally new lines of business.

Helen Greiner

Helen Greiner

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With 2 engineering degrees from MIT, and after a thesis on innovative robotic grasping and a stint at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Helen Co-Founded iRobot when she was 23. iRobotís PackBot robot is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to perform reconnaissance and bomb disposal work. iRobotís Roomba robotic vacuum is the worldís most popular consumer robot.

Joel Smernoff

Joel is the President and COO of Paltalk and was a co-founder of AOL's first brand extension, AOL for Small Business. Joel graduated from the University of Michigan with both a BSE in Naval Architecture and an MBA in Finance. When not helping to run Paltalk, he spends his time practicing yoga, surfing, competitive sailing, and racing cars.

How do we know that those who attend the Gathering have the power to change the world? Because many of them already have.

One weekend a year, some of the world’s brightest young inventors, artists, entertainers and entrepreneurs join together to stretch their minds and share big ideas. There is no pomp, and no pretense. Just incredibly accomplished, passionate people, talking earnestly about their passions. Every year, it is a weekend that changes lives.

This one of a kind event is called the GATHERING. It is invite only and it is truly unforgettable.