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This week in PopTech: Get social at PopTech 2012

This week our annual showcase of world-changing people, projects and ideas commences in Camden, Maine. Whether you're joining us in Camden or watching the livestream at home, here are a handful of ways to maximize your PopTech 2012 experience.

  • We've compiled a cohesive PopTech 2012 Twitter list that includes PopTech staff, speakers, performers, Fellows and participants. If you're attending PopTech 2012, have a Twitter account, and you'd like to be added, let us know!
  • The official hashtag for this year's conference is #poptech.
  • If you are a Foursquare user, subscribe to our Camden Tips list for the inside scoop on where to find Wifi, a great cup of coffee or good eats. 
  • Pilobolus outdoor Umbrella Project is coming to town. On Friday night, Oct. 19, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pilobolus will enlist several hundred volunteers to participate in a large-scale, live performance using umbrellas fabricated with multi-colored LED lights created by the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory. The performance will be simultaneously projected onto a large screen. Volunteers are welcome on the spot!

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Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Sriram Kosuri

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Sriram Kosuri is a biological engineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, developing next-generation DNA synthesis technologies.

To learn more about Sriram, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

I hope that our technological developments in reading and writing DNA will hasten progress in understanding and engineering biology.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Kelly Benoit-Bird

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean.

To learn more about Kelly, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

My goal is to perceive the sea the way its inhabitants do, for it is only when we understand how things work that we can do anything to solve the problems of planet Ocean.

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Flaminia Catteruccia

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Flaminia Catteruccia is a molecular entomologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in the reproductive biology of Anopheles mosquitoes, the only mosquitoes capable of transmitting human malaria.

To learn more about Flaminia, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

I seek to find innovative ways to eliminate disease-transmitting mosquitoes and help reducing the global burden of malaria.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Thaddeus Pace

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Thaddeus Pace is a biological psychologist at Emory University, exploring how compassion meditation and other complementary practices may improve the health and well-being of children and adults in challenging circumstances.

To learn more about Thaddeus, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

The goal of my work is to understand the biological and psychological foundations of how novel complementary approaches such as compassion meditation promote resilience in the face of significant life stress.

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Science Fellows: Tiffani Williams

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Science Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Tiffani Williams is a computer scientist at Texas A&M University, creating algorithmic tools to reconstruct the Tree of Life, which depicts the evolutionary connections among the world's species.

To learn more about Tiffani, we askedIn one sentence, what impact do you hope to have through your work?

By reconstructing the Tree of Life, we will create new computationally-powered lenses for exploring the history of life's amazing diversity.

 

 

 

Watch the 2012 Science Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Daniel Zoughbie

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Daniel Zoughbie created Microclinic International to leverage the power of social network relationships to spread healthy behaviors throughout under-resourced communities.

To learn more about Daniel, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

To make good health "contagious" around the world.

 

 

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Rachel Brown

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Rachel Brown founded Sisi ni Amani - Kenya to pioneer the use of mobile technology to get the right communication capacity into the hands of local peacebuilders, enabling communities to participate in democratic processes and prevent violence.

To learn more about Rachel, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Communities will be better able to participate in democratic processes and prevent violence.

 

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Bryan Doerries

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Bryan Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers and families to help them start talking about the challenges faced by military communities today.

To learn more about Bryan, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Through my work I hope to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable--breaking down the stigma and the silence surrounding health-related issues, raising awareness about available resources, and imbuing audiences with a newfound sense of responsibility to help alleviate the suffering of people living in their communities.

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Eric Stowe

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Eric Stowe believes that every child has a right to clean water; to act on that belief, he founded A Child’s Right (soon to be Splash), which cleans water for over 200,000 children in schools, orphanages, street shelters, hospitals, and rescue homes in Asia and East Africa.

To learn more about Eric, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

By 2018 we will provide reliable, clean water to at least 1 million children in 16 countries—but that is not our end goal; by 2030 we will have provided the systems, structure, and processes necessary for us to have fully exited these countries, leaving behind a thriving, self-sustaining, locally-driven industry that eliminates—permanently—the need for foreign NGOs or intervention.

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.