Inventor of the Segway Human Transporter
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.
Founder of SheThePeople TV and Award-Winning Journalist
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.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Star of MTV’s The Buried Life
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.