Angela is a director of Lunar Missions Ltd, the organisation behind the Lunar Mission One project. This ambitious, non-for-profit ten-year project will send a lander to the moon's South Pole - a previously unexplored area - drill up to 100 metres into the lunar surface and discover more about the moon, the earth and the formation of the solar system, sharing its results with the world. This serious science project had a serious need for funding, which Angela and her colleagues decided to approach in a rather different way...
Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, engineer and recently, a published bestselling author. He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and also Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. Often cited as the Father of the video game industry, Mr. Bushnell brought the first-ever video game to market with “Pong” followed by many other legendary games. He also introduced America to the in-home video game console.
Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. He also co-created touch screen technology, which is the technology of today’s Ipad/ and smart phones.
Nolan is passionate today about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science and is currently the founder and CEO of his newest project, the educational gaming company, “Brainrush”.
Nolan famously was also the first and only boss Steve Jobs ever had when he worked at Atari. In Walter Isaacson’s book “Steve Jobs”, Nolan is described as of the most important mentors and influences in Steve’s life. Nolan published his first book in 2013, the bestseller “Finding the Next Steve Jobs”.
Leo Johnson pinpoints the megatrends shaping both risk and opportunity for global business, from climate change to demography to technology; the increased regulation and threats to corporate reputation that they can bring. He lays out both the risks and the opportunities for business and finance.
Leo is Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance, advisor to over 50 global banks and businesses and now part of PwC. He is also author of Beyond Risk and winner of the IFC Corporate Award for his work with the financial sector. He is a Fellow at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise, and lectures at the LSE and the Cambridge Programme for Industry.
The future is already here, it just isn't evenly distributed yet. Leo examines the social, economic, environmental and governance crises confronting us and what the future will look like. Leo represents these possible futures through the visions of three cities of the future: Petropolis, Cyburbia, and the Distributed City.
Dilek Ayhan is State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.
She is the co-founder and former Managing Director (2008-2013) of Alarga, a company established to strengthen the competitiveness of Norwegian businesses by strengthening individual companies' intellectual capacity. Ms Ayhan is a former manager of JADE, a European network for young entrepreneurs, and has during the past 12 years been serving on the board of several organizations working with diversity management and intercultural communication. She has received honorable praise for her work, and in 2010 she was among 150 international entrepreneurs and leaders invited to Washington on President Obama’s invitation to celebrate the risky, exhilarating life of entrepreneurship and share ideas about new businesses. In 2012, she received the OXLO Prize from the Oslo municipality for her significant efforts to create an inclusive and open city, free of prejudice and racism. Ms Ayhan holds a degree in Engineering from Oslo University College.
She will address Technoport 2015 about the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to the Norwegian government.
Pascal Finette usually shares his thoughts, opinions & advice on entrepreneurship in his daily newsletter, "The Heretic", but in March he'll be sharing them live on stage with us.
Today, he heads up Singularity University’s Startup Lab, where they grow startups which solve the most intractable problems in the world. He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact.
Pascal's love affair with the internet goes way back, to the time before the web browser.
He founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, and invested into early-stage tech startups. He led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org.
He also created the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship, along with the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement.
Anne is, like few others, able to combine the best of academia, business thinking and social activism to make sustainability profitable.
Anne lives in Berlin where she worked as Manager for Public Affairs for Coca-Cola Germany on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. In order to connect the for-profit and non-profit sector she founded the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab in collaboration with Stanford University in 2013. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace.
In July 2010, Anne moved to Japan, when she was entrusted with the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship to study how technology and innovation can help facilitate the peace process. In 2012 Anne was recognized by Berlingske Business Magazine as one of Denmark's 10 largest talents under 35 years, in the "Business Development" category.
Little Sun Founder Frederik Ottesen is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in mechanical engineering and economics. In addition to developing Little Sun's line of solar products, Ottesen works on projects with Solar Flight including the world's first realized passenger-carrying solar-powered airplane. He is the former CEO of Matriks A/S, a software company he started in 1998. Ottesen’s passion for adventure took him on a two-year circumnavigation of the globe. Upon returning, he was invited to be part of the maritime safety think tank run by the Danish Maritime Institute.