Jim Olson is a physician scientist who cares for children with brain tumors and discovers/develops new cancer therapies. His lab's work led to five national clinical trials, of which he leads a Phase III trial. He authored the most widely used pharmacology review book. Olson is the founder of Presage Biosciences and Blaze Bioscience: The Tumor Paint Company.
After surviving Liberia’s civil conflict, Raj Panjabi co-founded Last Mile Health to tackle the triple threat facing health care in post-war countries: a battered public sector, workforce shortages and rampant poverty. Pioneering a community-based health system, Last Mile Health serves as a scalable, public sector model for achieving equity in health, now on the front lines of the ebola crisis.
Having pioneered the use of mobile phones for healthcare in a remote region of Malawi, Josh Nesbit co-founded Medic Mobile to bring these innovations to the rest of the world. The model features a central clinic laptop running FrontlineSMS software, enabling community health workers to use mobile phones to coordinate patient care.
David Robertson uses LEGO’s tumultuous business history to describe the delicate balance between creativity and constraints.
“By putting focus and direction around innovation, that is how you turn sparks of brilliance into profitable innovation.”
David Robertson is a professor of practice at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. He teaches innovation and product development in Wharton’s undergraduate, master’s, and executive education programs.
From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD). www.robertsoninnovation.com
Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson led the team that designed and built the Snowbird Human-Powered Ornithopter.
On Aug. 2, 2010, the Snowbird became the world’s first human-powered flapping-wing aircraft to sustain flight, the realization of an ancient aeronautical dream.
In 2012, Reichert and Robertson established AeroVelo Inc., a company dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of sustainable solutions to society’s most pressing technological challenges.
Dan Schulman is group president, Enterprise Growth, for American Express, where he is responsible for the company’s global strategy to expand alternative mobile and online payment services, form new partnerships and build revenue streams beyond the traditional card and travel businesses.
Prior to joining American Express in 2010, Schulman was CEO of Virgin Mobile and Priceline. Dan is trying to expand the brand to serve non-affluent customers who he says are paying too much for existing financial services.
More: HBR article
Lisa Servon is professor and former dean at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
She teaches and conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development and issues of gender and race.
NY Times: Are Banks Too Expensive to Use?
Pioneering gamer Kevin Slavin takes the PopTech audience on a colorful tour of the history of luck in America, games of chance, gambling and mathematical formulas.
“That’s amazing, the idea that anything that seems to be built out of chance or instinct or luck can yield to a computational assault.”
As an entrepreneur, Slavin has successfully integrated digital media, game development, technology and design.
He is a pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing, directing, performing and documenting the group’s work for over 12 years. He is also a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Charlie is the author of “Causing a Scene,” a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.
Anil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app that helps make sure all the time we spend online or social networks isn't wasted. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which helps define strategy for the most important companies in technology and media. He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker, he has been publishing his site Dashes.com continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree and acting as a platform for his activism as well as his thoughts on technology, policy, pop culture and media. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its nearly half million followers agree.
Nicole Stubbs is CEO of First Access, which aims to reduce lending and borrowing costs across the developing world.
Using patent-pending cloud technology, First Access interacts with consumers and organizations via SMS and web in real-time, aggregating big data and producing customized, highly predictive recommendations about products and loan sizes. Better information translates to faster and more affordable financial services for more people.