In 2005 Anna and Terese started working together on a joint master thesis in industrial design after four and a half years studying at LTH, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden. The law that had just been introduced in Sweden making bicycle helmets compulsory for children up to the age of 15 had triggered a heated debate on whether it should be extended to include adult cyclists too. To people like us, who wouldn’t be seen dead in a polystyrene helmet, the thought that we might be forced to wear one by law was cause for concern. Producing a bicycle helmet that people would be happy to put on looked like a much better way to go than legislation forcing people to wear one or else. We realised that our industrial design master thesis was the perfect place to find out whether the traditional bicycle helmet could be improved on.
We started out with a survey, asking people on the streets why so few people wear bicycle helmets. They came up with plenty of reasons: “They’re a pain to carry about, they all look hideous, they ruin your hair, nobody else wears them, you can’t get your hat on underneath.” Some good arguments, it’s true, others more like excuses. It was clear that bicycle helmets are a hot topic that everyone has an opinion on and strong feelings about. Bicycling is something we do every day and there’s a sense of freedom that goes with it. Although people are well aware of the risks on the roads, the vast majority are choosing to bicycle without a helmet. When it comes down to it, people do really want to protect their heads in road accidents, but there are limits. It isn’t the bicyclists who need to change, it’s the product.
Alito is the Artistic Director of DanceAbility International and co-founder of DanceAbility. Alessi has been involved with the evolution of contemporary dance for the past 30 years, and is internationally known as a pioneering teacher and choreographer in the fields of contact improvisation, and dance and disability.
Alessi performs throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia, receiving local, national and international recognition. He has choreographed pieces for and performed and/or taught at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), at the International VSA Arts Festival, the Governor’s Arts Awards in Eugene, Portland’s “Artquake” and at many festivals, schools, universities and other venues around the world, including Dance Umbrella in Boston, Jacob’s Pillow (U.S.A.), Vienna International Dance Festival, International Festival of New Dance (Brasilia), Bern Tanz Tage Dance Festival and “Festival of Freaks” (both in Switzerland), and Contact Arte (Italy). Residencies include Mexico’s National Academy of Dance, New Mexico School of the Deaf, the New Dance Lab of Minneapolis, and New Territories Performance Festival in Scotland. Other recent commissions for Alessi to create performance pieces have been completed at SESC in São Paulo, Brazil, Arts with the Disabled Association in Hong Kong, Chemeketa Community College, Amstelrade in the Netherlands, and Theater Marie (formerly Freies Theater M.A.R.I.A.) of Switzerland.
Moises Velasquez Manoff
Moises is a journalist and author of An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases, published by Scribner. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Slate, among other publications.
He became interested in autoimmune and allergic disease because he suffers from both—lifelong asthma and food allergies, and an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata universalis. He’s been mostly hairless since his early teenage years.
As a budding science journalist, he began asking why – what caused these disorders. Most answers impugned genetics, stress or pollution. These were deeply unsatisfactory explanations. But one day discovered a totally different answer to the question. Perhaps it’s not what we now encounter that causes problems. Maybe it’s what we’ve lost that has spurred new problems to emerge.
Velasquez-Manoff followed that trail of crumbs. It led him to a rapidly accreting body of science that, together, comprises an ongoing revolution in our understanding of our own bodies. In his book, published in September 2012, he attempts to detail this rapidly developing field.
Velasquez-Manoff was born in New York City, raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and educated in Santa Cruz, California. He did many things before turning to journalism, including waiting tables, bartending, and graphic design. He holds a Master of Arts from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Berkeley, California.
|For twenty five years, from the European Space Agency to Graphene start ups Tim have been identifying, understanding and acting on technology trends to build new companies or facilitate innovation in existing ones. His hands on approach as an early stage CEO uses skills such as open innovation, strategy, digital marketing, public relations and the analysis of new business areas or investment opportunities. This has been complemented by his work in assessing and addressing the societal challenges created by the development and governance of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and geoengineering.As a former scientist and engineer Tim is comfortable in the lab as leading a buy out, with plenty of experience of balancing the expectations of scientific company founders and their investors.
Tim have instigated research, commissioned, written and published highly cited reports on the economic potential of nanotechnologies and life sciences at Cientifica, the World Economic Forum and World Gold Council. His work has been used by governments and public policy organisations, the financial sector and international business in setting, defining and measuring effectiveness of R&D programs, technology policy and innovation strategy.
Tim is recognized as a leading expert in the economics and commercialization of nano- and other emerging technologies, and a respected science and technology communicator.
|Sara, 17, of Colorado Springs, investigated artificial selection for its potential to increase algae oil yields, which is essential for algae to become an economically feasible source of biofuel for her Intel Science Talent Search plant science project. In her home lab under her loft bed, Sara grew algae in a medium containing the herbicide sethoxydim to kill algae cells with low levels of acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase), an enzyme crucial to lipid synthesis. Her analysis of the remaining artificially selected algae cells revealed significant increases in lipid accumulation, and she believes that if these algae cells can be sustained, artificial selection could be used to increase microalgae oil yields and make algae biofuel viable. Since her first science fair project as a kindergartener, Sara has earned numerous honors in science competitions at home and abroad. She attends Cheyenne Mountain High School where she is field captain of the Science Olympiad team, captain of the Science Bowl team and debate captain of the speech and debate team. A performer since the age of 6, Sara loves musical theater and improvisation and has sung and acted in many plays. The daughter of David and Pattye Volz, her long-term goal is to understand the universe.|
|Lana is a Junior Art Director in Leo Burnett, Dubai with a degree in digital design and animation from the Lebanese American University in Beirut.However, as much as I’m a designer by day, I’m more of an artist, a writer, and an existentialist by night. I love urban interventions & firmly believe that they can change and shape societies, as long as they are able to break the norms and limitations we are tied down by everyday. Also, every strong concept begins to unravel, in my opinion, with a paper and a pencil. The rest are all technicalities.Lana is also one of the founding members of the Dihzahyners club which is behind the Paint Up initiative we have come to love. This is “a team of inspired, driven & passionate artists/designers, aimed at creating initiatives to make Beirut brighter & more beautiful, through color.”|
|Jesús got his PhD in Telecom in 2008 with honours, after a short stay at NASA (JPL). He has published almost 30 international papers. He has been part of the team of designers of an ASIC now on board on a Satellite from ESA.He is also author and co-author of two aproved patents (one of them exploited by ESA) and one patent pending applicationIn 2010 he started leading a small company, turning it into a profitable one. In 2011 won Wayra prize and founded TedCas with Telefonica as a shareholder. During the last two years he has won more than 10 prizes (including some international ones like “the best technological start-up in Spain” given by the goberment of Israel). He has been guest speaker in some prestigious events like Wired Conference in London (where he won the first prize of the start-up contest) or the SXSW in Texas (where he represented TedCas as the only European company invited to the eHealth cathegory).|
Joe is currently working towards his MS in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU (Expected May 2014). At the age of 17, Joe invented VETI-GEL, a gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure, and founded Suneris, Inc. with his business partner, Isaac Miller, to commercialize it. Since then, Joe has been extremely active in the New York City entrepreneurial community, teaching classes to students wanting to start their own companies and giving lectures on the subject of technology and entrepreneurship. Joe also founded Entreprenaction, an organization tasked with giving young entrepreneurs the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. Joe was named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
|Alana is an American political writer, lecturer and activist based in Madrid, Spain. She is the director of the Post-graduate Course in Communication and Lobbying at the Universidad Europea de Madrid where she also teaches political communication and public diplomacy. In 2004, she founded the Madrid chapter of Democrats Abroad Spain and became country chair in 2006, leading the group until 2009. Alana directed Americans Abroad for Boxer for Senator Barbara Boxer’s 2010 reelection campaign, directing. In 2011, she worked for the Spanish think tank, the Fundación IEAS as an international media consultant.In addition to blogging for the US and Spanish editions of the Huffington Post, Alana has written for various Spanish publications including daily El País, FP en Español and the magazine Campaigns & Elections en Español. She has appeared in numerous interviews and debates on Spanish television and radio.|
| Hana is a certified professional coach, speaker and trainer, holding a degree in Advertising and PR and a master’s degree in International Relations and Trade.Though she was a bright student, right after college she decided that she couldn’t waste any precious time on underpaid jobs and, daring what was considered politically correct and her family’s Muslim beliefs, she started a fearless lifelong quest, searching for the meaning of life and the truth about religion.This has led her to travel around the world, learn and study many different disciplines, try more than 30 different jobs and become a proficient skydiver, being the only female base-jumper in Spain for years. In the meantime, she had to overcome a severe mental disorder and survive a base-jumping accident in which she had to face death for 4 long hours.
After these life-altering experiences, she finally discovered that she had been born to em-Power the world. She has been doing so through projects like MiMamaMe; a community offering free training and guidance to unemployed moms wanting to become self-employed through micro-businesses. Now she is on a mission to transform the world into a giant CIRCUS and has started Revoluti-ON, a project searching to bring non-stop-much-needed motivation, inspiration and empowerment through weekly interviews to ordinary Spanish people doing remarkable things.
|When Dale started losing her hearing at age 19, it never occurred to her that she would have to put her dreams on hold. She finished her degree in Political Science/ International Relations with Honors at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and then moved back to Spain with her new husband, a Spanish man she met during her Junior Year Abroad in Madrid. Two years into her career as a headhunter, she got off a plane in Valencia ready to interview bank branch managers only to find she was severely and permanently deaf. Ever seeking to use her creativity, she continued to set up her own corporate recruiting firm, InSearch, publish 2 books about restaurants, and then was promoted from head of advertising in Bank Cards to Director of Marketing for the youth segment at Citibank. By the time her youngest child was diagnosed with hearing loss, Dale decided it was time to use her skills to help others in the same situation as her family. In 2008 she founded t-oigo.com, a non-profit virtual community which provides information in Spanish for people with hearing loss. Her passion for bilingual education has led her to create free programs in 5 cities where American study -abroad students volunteer to help kids who wear hearing aids and cochlear implants with their English. In addition to managing the community of 30,000 users who follow her site each month, Dale organizes conferences, provides information and emotional support to help parents of newly- diagnosed deaf children, and hopes to educate the normal-hearing public about a new generation of kids with hearing loss through television appearances. The video she made with her son, “Why I love my Hearing Aids” won the Alexander Graham Bell Organization video contest in 2012 (Washington, DC). Her dream is for hearing aids to become as widely accepted as glasses.|