Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen

As an inventor, Dean Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of healthcare worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics.

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. Kamen led DEKA's development of the HomeChoice peritoneal dialysis system for Baxter International. The HomeChoice system allows patients to be dialyzed in the privacy and comfort of their home and quickly became the worldwide market leader. Kamen also led the development of technology to improve slide preparation for the CYTYC (now Hologic Inc.) ThinPrep Pap Test. Kamen-led DEKA teams have also developed critical components of the UVAR XTS System, an extracorporeal photophereisis device marketed by Therakos, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, for treatment of T-cell lymphoma. An advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA should advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Other notable developments include the Hydroflex surgical irrigation pump for C.R. Bard; the Crown stent, an improvement to the original Palmaz-Schatz stent, for Johnson & Johnson; the iBOT mobility device; and the Segway Human Transporter.

Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. Kamen was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.

In 2010, Kamen hosted the Planet Green television series Dean of Invention.

In addition to DEKA, one of Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 300,000 young people, ages six to 18, in more than 60 countries around the globe. High school–aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.

Innovation: The Driving Force Behind Science and Technology

Dean Kamen is an American entrepreneur, inventor, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His inventions include the revolutionary Segway personal transportation system and IBOT, a uniquely designed powered wheelchair that "walks" over curbs and stairs. At the age of 30, Dean sold his first company and in 1982 founded DEKA Research & Development Corp. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined with his own passion to focus on medical innovations aimed at improving lives around the world. In 1989 he founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating young people to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. In Dean’s session, you will hear about his push for big ideas, his cool gizmos, and his quest for the next generation of miracles.

 

Shaili Chopra

Shaili Chopra

Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India's biggest platform focused on real women with real stories. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized in India and globally and has covered key events like Davos, G20, and the 2012 American election. Contributing her television strengths to setting up India's first dedicated online channel for women, she has filled an important gap in media: that of creating a focused space putting a spotlight on women and their needs.

Shaili presented the primetime show on India's foremost business television channel, ETNOW, and interviews global leaders like investor Warren Buffett, IMF boss Christine Lagarde, and sports star Tiger Woods. She moderated big discussions with top CEOs and politicians and conducts major global interviews. She is one of the most trusted faces in Indian business journalism and recently received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, considered the highest honor for journalists in India.

Shaili's hugely successful golf show is Tee Time With Shaili Chopra, where she engages with business golfers, pros, and celebrity players on the golf course to “walk the talk.” It continues now under a new name, Tee Off With Shaili. She was one of the first journalists to report the Mumbai Terror attacks from Taj on November 26, 2001. Shaili won the News Television Award for Best Reporter in India in 2007, and in 2008 her business/golf show won the Best Show Award. She also won the Media Foundation Best Business Anchor Award. In 2010, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry awarded her the Young Women's Achiever Award for her contribution to media.

Voice of 600 Million Women

Join Shaili Chopra, the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India's biggest platform focused on real women with real stories, as she talks in detail about the women in India, the gig economy, and the digital opportunity. India, which contains an amazing population of 600 million women, provides a voice that can be matched in very few places around the world. As a result, you will get a true feel for how transformational female talent is by looking at one of the world’s biggest markets.

 

Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin

Number 1 New York Times bestselling author and star of MTV's The Buried Life Ben Nemtin's story begins 10 years ago. Fed up with the monotony of day-to-day life in college, Ben and his friends set out on a two-week road trip with a camera and a borrowed RV to complete a list of "100 things to do before you die." For each item they accomplished on their list, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their own list. Since then, Ben and his friends have crossed off nearly all 100 list items and have encouraged millions to believe that anyone can do anything.

Ben's bucket-list quest has brought him from the White House to play basketball with President Obama (number 95) to Oprah's couch (number 61) to having a beer with Prince Harry in London (number 82). Currently, Ben is crossing off number 91—make a movie: The Buried Life feature documentary film is set to release in 2018.

5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible

Ben Nemtin is on a mission to achieve the unthinkable. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a soccer field, from raising more than $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to strive for greatness. He weaves the compelling story of how The Buried Life started with 100 impossible dreams scribbled on a piece of paper and grew into a global movement of millions, and skillfully connects his story to the fabric of our daily lives.

Ben’s message of radical possibility combined with his 5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. His system of achieving any goal demystifies daunting tasks and turns “dreams” into projects by creating a digestible pathway to success. Mediocre is crowded; raise your bar and surprise yourself.