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BIL 2011 - Speakers

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Just some of our speakers




Spearheading BIL 2011

Simone Syed, Bio-technoprogressive, Builder of Better Futures, Sustainable Emerging Technolust, Occasional Poet, Full-time Ingenue, Gardener Extraordinaire, Expertly Weird, EcoGeek and co-founder of BIL.


Someone has to step forward and say "yes" to the exciting possibilities that bubble forth during BIL.  This year, that someone is Simone Syed, taking the lead on the coordination of BIL, which is like herding cats who already have a lot on their plates.  Our hats off to Simone!


If you are speaking, come up and introduce yourself.  If you would like any special introductions or set-up, she would be more than happy to help you.  If you want to know where the fun is to be had, come find Simone.  


Simone is a BIL co-founder.  She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with degrees in Evolutionary Biology and Cognitive Psychology. She was president of the H+ chapter at Tucson, co-organizer of SustainaBIL, a former grease monkey, avid climber, burner, and skeptic.


She will also be auctioned off for a date with her Sunday night as part of our fund-raising process.  



Master of Ceremonies

Baron R.K. Von Wolfsheild CSA,Lead scientist, Qtask, Inc.

Email - Reichart at Gmail 


Someone has to wrangle the unwranglable.  If you are speaking, come up and introduce yourself.  If you would like any special introductions or set-up, I would be more than happy to help you.  In between speakers, I will be reading short snippets from a book I'm writing that reflects what I have learned inventing and producing over 120 consumer products for organizations such as Bally, Dreamworks, Mattel, Disney, and Microsoft. 


"Reichart" is a co-founder of BIL, and a strong proponent of teamwork, at every level.  He also co-founded HIKE the GEEK which boasts about a thousand geeks in Los Angeles, and brings together a beautiful walk with beautiful minds.  Currently he spends his time in contempt of court, and has amassed over one million dollars in contempt charges.  When he is not defending the 4th Amendment, or being depositioned, he spends most of his time in Maui, where he wind surfs, kayaks, and unlike all those people that just say it...actually goes for long walks on the beach.





Sounds from Beyond!

Brian Dunning Host of Skeptoid.com



Science journalist Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (skeptoid.com), applying critical thinking to urban legends and popular pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. Skeptoid has a weekly audience of 144,000 listeners. Brian is also the author of three books based on the podcast. A computer scientist by trade, Brian uses new media to showcase the rewards of science and critical thinking. He has appeared on numerous radio shows and television documentaries, and also hosts the science video series inFact with Brian Dunning (infactvideo.com). He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.


Sounds from Beyond! is packed with weird recordings and sounds from all areas of the paranormal - it's the most fun you've ever had learning critical thinking! Ghost sounds, backwards recordings, radio broadcasts from outer space! Hear the weirdness, and learn the fascinating truth behind each one.


Dunning is also the Chancellor of Thunderwood College.


Immigrant gene and its role in American Success

Taryn Rose, Entrepreneur, Orthopedic Surgeon.


Dr. Rose A true American success story, Taryn has come a long way since escaping Vietnam at the young age of 7 for the United States. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1967 she narrowly escaped with her family three days before the fall of Saigon.

Amidst machine guns and artillery fire they boarded a plane to end up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her next move was to Southern California where after getting her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine in Biology and Philosophy.   She  attended USC’s Medical School in order to become an orthopedic surgeon. Taryn has said that this decision was made for many reasons, some of which being that she wanted to follow in her Pathologist father’s footsteps of medicine which would avoid family drama from doing otherwise, as well as from a desire to “work with healthy people and get them back to their best”.  Then she threw her entire family and life into upheaval by starting a shoe company. Ten years later she had built a 40 million dollar company.  The reason she gave was "I would rather face failure than regret"

On an enlightening plane ride to Hawaii, she sat next to Dr. Wybrow, Chairman of Neuropsychiatrics at UCLA, and discovered that her unusual path may have been guided all this time by her genetics which gives immigrants a high tolerance for risk.  This is her very personal discussion of genetics, success and modulating the "double-edged sword".


It Is in Our DNA to Sense How Long We Can Live


Guy J Ale, President of Lifespan Seminar, www.lifespanseminar.com


Consciousness in the universe has been developing for the past 14 billion years since the big bang. We humans, the carriers of this consciousness, are at the present stage of evolution, and have not reached our final form. The perception of our duration is a natural step in our future progress. We are made of the same energy and matter of which the planets and stars are made. The notion that we use only 10% of our brain capacity might also reflect the fact that we know only that amount of the universe. The discoveries of the worlds within and without are interconnected and interdependent. The ability to sense our optimal duration is a latent capacity in us, currently unknown, as the introduction of fire, the invention of flying, and the discovery of radio waves were before we revealed them.


Mr. Ale was recently a keynote speaker on optimizing lifespan potential at the Java World Congress in Sri Lanka, following which he was invited to give a keynote address in Chandigarh, India, September 26 - October 3, 2011, at a regional conference which will be attended by government ministers from China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and India. He is next presenting Lifespan Seminar at the "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference at Stockholm University, Sweden, May 2 - 8, 2011. Mr. Ale is the author of "A Manual for Mastering Your Life".




Balls Over Brains - The World Favors The Bold

Judd Weiss, owner of Weiss Investment, co-owner Park West and creator of Hustle Bear


Your highly developed brain is useless if you're unwilling to do anything with it.


Judd has a long history in training people how to sell and negotiate and develop the right character to become a success in business. Ranked among the top 10 Commercial largest architecture firms in the world agents in California and the top 20 Commercial Real Estate agents in the World at Remax Commercial for 2005 and 2006, he became a millionaire by 24 at which point he bought a large modern house in Bel Air; started his own Commercial Brokerage before eventually witnessing the complete total death of Brokerage; prompting him to start new companies in fields he knew nothing about and had no network of contacts (like Parking) and rapidly bring these companies to success. Every business endeavor he's devoted himself to he's made a success. Mostly because he's a maniac.


He has the strong belief that "if I can do it, anyone can." In his high school years he probably would have been voted least likely to succeed. He believes anyone can take strong action to disrupt their routine and transform their lives. People barely know a hint of what they’re capable of.  Few things make him more proud than to help the people around him grow. He says "The rewards I receive by being surrounded with ever stronger more capable people are enormous."


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Fishing with Dynamite, or How to Make Electric Vehicle Batteries Invisible

Rob Ferber, CEO, ElectronVault, Inc.


They explode. They cost too much. Integrating advanced batteries, such as lithium ion chemistries, into reliable, affordable battery systems has long been the Achilles’ Heel of electric vehicles.  Rob will explain why this is so and some of the inventions he’s made to solve the problems of battery system cost, reliability, and performance.


Rob has over 10 years of experience with pioneering uses of battery technology including past lead battery roles at both Tesla Motors and AC Propulsion. A botanist, technologist, geneticist, chemist and serial entrepreneur, Rob has enjoyed two IPOs with market caps of over US$1 billion, one of which is in the electric vehicle space.


At ElectronVault, Rob and his team are focusing on battery system technologies for high-volume automated production in the electric vehicle and stationary storage markets. ElectronVault is expert in the design and manufacture of low cost, high production yield battery systems in these markets.  By designing cost-efficient systems that allow electric vehicles to be sold cost-competitively with gasoline vehicles, ElectronVault now has technology in production-ready vehicle battery systems on the roads of the US, Europe, and Asia.


Economic* Analogues of Wiwaxia and Hallucigenia

Linda Maepa, CEO, ElectronVault Energy Systems (Pty) Ltd. 


Against the backdrop of the Ediacaran fauna expansion and collapse, characterized by unusual never-again-to-be-seen species, Linda will discuss today's energy economy and especially the roles being played by the BRICSA nations. Illuminating the issues of abundance and exploitation of natural resources, the closure of electrical infrastructure gaps, and the impacts of both on economic development, she will issue a call to action for partners and allies in her work to shape sustainable clean energy business models.


At BIL2009, Jessica Richman provided a compelling introduction to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) group of nations. Two years later, amid changes in trade and investment focus of group members, a new member has been added: South Africa.



At ElectronVault, Linda focuses on operations, alliances, and technology. From Johannesburg, South Africa, she leads ElectronVault Energy System’s push into the grid-scale storage and remote power markets.


Linda is a serial entrepreneur who degreed at Caltech as a geobiologist focused on protein co-evolution with the Earth’s early atmosphere. Her professional experience encompasses consulting to high tech manufacturing and state government and, in academia, genomics, seismology, and paleomagnetics. Previous companies she started focused on web publishing and fashion design. She is also a small-scale organic farmer and volunteers at the board level for non-profits.


Hug Nation at Venice Beach


Temporary Gift Economy, Permanent Life Changes

John Halcyon Styn, host, Hug Nation


Burning Man is no longer underground. But the ripple effects of this temporary city are having impact far beyond fashion and music. Why is this "epic party" so important to so many people?


Halcyon will explain the significance of a Gift Economy and how new patterns of human interaction are being shaped in the Nevada Desert. .


Halcyon is a 13 year Burning Man participant, 2-time Webby Award winner, and former host of NBC.com's "Fears. Regrets. Desires."  He is also co-founder of 1stSaturdays (facebook.com/helpthehomeless), a San Diego Homeless outreach program that leans heavily on Burning Man principals


Uncommon Ancestors

Razib Khan, blogger, Unz Foundation Junior Fellow, Gene Expression, Discover Magazine


Where did we come from? For most of human history the answer was obvious: we came from the gods. Over the past few centuries the rise of science means that that question is now amenable to scientific exploration. Science converges upon particular orthodoxies or truths held through consensus, but there are also periods of "paradigm shifts." When it comes to the recent origin of H. sapiens sapiens we are in a phase of paradigm shift. What we knew to be true may not be true, and what we held to be ludicrous on the face of it may be closer to the mark! This is not "news you can use," but news which which hopefully will make you reflect on who you are, and how you came to be.


Razib has been blogging about evolution, genetics, and assorted odds & ends, since 2002 at various weblogs with the name Gene Expression. On occasion, when the spirit moves him he also addresses conservatives politics from an irreligious perspective at Secular Right, and  tries his hand at being the brown H. L. Mencken at Brown Pundits. You can find his various attempts at generating content at razib.com. He has degrees in biology and biochemistry, and has accrued many overdue fines at the library.



How to Be Funny

Joel Grus, author of Your Religion Is False and Thinking Spreadsheet 


In high school they teach that there are 3 ways to be popular: you can be rich, good looking, or good at sports.  After years of research Joel figured out that there’s a fourth way: be funny.  In this talk he'll share everything he's learned about how to be funny, which totally shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes.


After giving the acclaimed "Your Religion Is False" talk at BIL2009, Joel settled down in Seattle, where he builds spreadsheets and works on his novel about a school for child wizards.  He also twitters and (occasionally) blogs.






Where's my Robot?

Erin Rapacki, Product Marketing Manager at Adept Technology


Robotics has historically been a disjointed and stand-alone development process for various tasks, much like the computer industry was in the 1970s. This talk offers a view regarding the future development of robotics and how we could capitalize on today's enabling technologies.


Erin Rapacki has been building, debating, and researching robots for the past ten years. She will roll her eyes if you try to draw on a love for science fiction robots or toys, but she is passionate about the kinds of applications robotics could provide in various domains such as healthcare, manufacturing, and raising the American standard of living. Erin has worked at Adept, Anybots, iRobot, Gillette, UTC, DEKA, and has research publications with IEEE & ANS. Please follow her twitter.com/RobotDiva






Make Your Own Damn TV Show!

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Writer/Producer/Director


The tools of professional-level filmmaking and distribution are available to almost everyone with an internet connection and an entry-level camera - what are the challenges to seeing an artistic vision through to completion in an era of democratized media...and is Hollywood watching?


Javier Grillo-Marxuach is an award-winning writer/producer of TV, films, graphic novels and transmedia content. Though best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning producers of "Lost," and creator of "The Middleman," graphic novels and television series, his credits include "Boomtown," "Medium," "The Pretender" and "Charmed," as well as comic book work for Marvel, DC and Dynamite entertainment and "The Lost Experience," a Clio Award-winning alternate reality game which he co-wrote and produced. He can be found on the web at http://www.okbjgm.com, and his name is pronounced "HA-VEE-AIR GREE-JOE MARKS-WATCH."

Passive Maglev

Tracy McSheery, Physicist, Engineer, CTO of PhaseSpace


After serving as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, Mr. McSheery founded several companies that span several decades in the development and research of technologies for industry and defense contracts.


Areas of research include hybrid tracking solutions and high-speed computer, vision cameras to perform motion capture tasks in real time, diamond multilayer multi-chip modules, 3D integrated circuits, computer games, computer peripherals including Liquid Crystal Shutter glasses for stereo display and wireless pointing devices. Currently he is doing R&D in robotics, medical devices, computer vision, Hydro Kinetic Water Turbines, Passive Maglev, and applications of technology in the construction industry.


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Reactivewear: Coining the Future of Fashion

Isa Gordon, Futurist & Polymath/Creative Director of the Psymbiote Project


At the intersection of smart clothing, wearable computing, ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction, is a realm of interesting projects in an emerging field that needs a good name.  These garments and accessories translate data into evocative and/or functional displays, and thus make manifest the wearer’s emotions, physiology, ambient conditions, or any information that the wearer or their environment might express.   There are many interesting examples of such experimental wearable systems, that process input from body-based or environmental sensors or aggregate information from networked devices to drive diverse types of output-- light, sound, tactile, kinetic.  While generally categorized in the broader fields above, there has been no one term that describes this sub-field in particular.  Isa has proposed the term "reactivewear" and hopes that it sticks.



Isa Gordon is an artist, designer and entrepreneur.  Many of her works explore themes of transformation, technology and hybrid identities.  She has lectured and exhibited internationally and, much to her own surprise, is considered a leading expert in wearable technology.  Isa is perhaps best known for her cyborg alter-ego, Psymbiote (pictured left), a performance persona which allows her to explore the mutation of her own identity through transformation of the body.  Psymbiote exists in the eye of the storm: the conceptual terrain at the collision of bodies and machines.  The Psymbiote team founded the SIGGRAPH CyberFashion Show in 2003, and for four years Isa curated and produced the show while Pysmbiote hosted it.





What's up? Or: You don't know about Space 

Michael Clive, Amateur rocket scientist

     Over forty years ago Man landed on the Moon, walked around a bit, got bored, and came home. What happened? What is happening? Why are there no Mars bases and asteroid mines? Why is it so damn hard to get there? What going on at NASA? What the heck is JAXA? Who are the key players? What missions are flying right now? And what is this Newspace thing I keep hearing about? This talk will bring you up to speed on just what is going on in that final-est of frontiers. 


Michael Clive worked at NASA a long time ago. Now he is better know for feature film visual effects, having destroyed Los Angeles, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and sent a ship over the end of the world. These days, his every spare moment is spent at various NewSpace and amateur rocketry events, giving him a unique perspective into this new age of flight.  



3D Computer Vision & the Kinect

Matt Bell, Founder of Reactrix and 3dcapture.it

     In 2009 I gave a talk at H+ entitled "How 3D Computer Vision Will Change Everything".  Now my talk is more along the lines of "How 3D Computer Vision IS Changing Everything".  The creation of high quality and cheap 3D capture devices such as the Kinect is making a lot of previously hard computer vision problems easy, and we are starting to see the extremely broad range of applications of this technology, including gaming, navigating virtual worlds, household robotics, user interfaces, augmented reality, and 3D environment capture.




The Upgraded Self: How Biohacking Changes Everything 

Dave Asprey, creator of The Bulletproof Executive, Author of The Better Baby Book (Wiley, 2011), Chairman of Smart Life Forum, and full-time VP Cloud Security at Trend Micro


Learn from a NY Times-published Silicon Valley entrepreneur/executive/angel who hacked his own biology to gain an unfair advantage in business and life. This presentation talks about real-world techniques I used to upgrade my brain by 12 IQ points, lose 100lbs, radically reduce sleep, and fit 40 years of Zen meditation into one very long week. Along the way, I used these biohacking-derived skills to make my first million at age 26, create two predecessors to modern cloud computing, own strategic planning for two billion-dollar companies before I was 35, have 3 of my companies acquired, become an Entrepreneur in Residence for a leading venture capital firm, run an anti-aging nonprofit, advise dozens of startups, and be an angel investor. My writing has been published by Fortune,  Salon.com, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and GigaOm . In addition to being a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Guy, I've helped hundreds of people upgrade their biology and their careers at the same time.


This talk leverages years of nonprofit work with leading anti-aging physicians and researchers like Aubrey de Grey and Gary Taubes, along with extensive research (1300 references) completed for The Better Baby Book, my upcoming (Wiley & Sons) book about how to have a smarter baby by hacking your environment during pregnancy. I'll introduce the exposome, explain why it's bigger than your genome, and why it's infinitely easier to biohack at any age than your genome. We'll cover the top 5 things you can do to upgrade yourself, ranging from bio and neurofeedback to hacking mitochondrial function. I'll provide a demo, or at least screenshots, of tools at work. Saturday evening, I'm planning to offer live free demos of a subset of my uncommon collection of biohacking tools at a location to be determined. (That's assuming I can get them through airline security...)  This talk has nothing to do with my day job!



"A Thousand Words"

Paynie and Liana's Class for Kids Who Can't Take Pictures Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff with Cameras, too.

In a Twitter-dominated world, saying a lot and saying it fast has suddenly become very important.  Luckily good cameras are more available now than ever before.  Even the built-in iPhone camera is an incredible tool. 

How can you take great pictures that say exactly what you see in your mind?  This short, simple chat will give you tips on how to give your photos that slight artistic twist you always wanted.  After all ..... you want people to say nice things about your profile pic, right?

Steve Payne (Paynie), whose genius leaves as much to chance as to skill and Agent Cupcake, who likes to remember things ... and remember them well. 




"The Needle in the Haystack"

Paul Bohm, All-Around Pretty Cool Guy


We're drowning in information. Tomorrow there'll be more relevant information available to you than ever before, but you're not going to find it. The size of the haystack is growing faster than the amount of needles, and if we don't find a way to fix our filters, we'll inevitably drown. In science, continued acceleration of progress depends on our ability to make use of the insights of our peers and those who've come before us. If scientists can no longer find and read the research done by their peers, progress might slow, and with catastrophic consequences, since we might lose our ability to fix our mistakes faster than we make them.


Our filters are failing fast and it'll take a radical new approach to build new filters that can keep up with exponential growth. Paul Bohm has been working on scalable filter design for over 8 years and will explain the problem, discuss the failed approaches of the past and present, and explain how a new approach to filter design might just change the world.



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"Cyborg: Space, Kybernetes,

Ship, Man, State, Art, Craft"

Ross Bochnek, Cybernetic and Cyborg Alchemy Research Pioneer


A Kybernetes was the Navigator, lead Steersman and observer, and on-board Commander of a Greek Trireme ship, which had 3 rows of oars and optional sailing masts.  The first paper to conceptualize Cyborg begins: "A wanderer is man from birth... on a ship... the challenge of space travel to mankind is not only to his technological prowess, it is also a spiritual challenge to take an active part in his own biological evolution."


Ross will present conceptual relationships between the words in the presenation's title and the above and related quotes, using a word table.  These words label both X and Y axes, and some interesting combinations result at their coordinates; spanning interpretations of Cybernetics from its inception and etymology, to the present.  I will demonstrate the Humanistic relationship between the skills and experience required of the Kybernetes as it relates to ancient and contemporary notions from governors to surviving changing environs.  I conclude that the Cyborg is more about being a vessel for Humanity than becoming futuristic technology.


Ross Bochnek is an alchemist, cybernetician, Kabbalist, philosopher, writer, educator, artist, designer, consultant, stage and media arts specialist, and green entrepreneur. He holds a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts, and an MFA in Design and Technology of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Computing. Ross realizes that while Alchemy and Cybernetics are both typically misunderstood, guided by his True Self, he researches their histories and builds logical and intuitive bridges between them. The ancient, philosophical roots of cybernetics inform his humanistic interpretation of the exogenous man-machine of the Cyborg. Through ancient consciousness arts, introspective techniques, and the physical and metaphysical environment of the Cosmos, Ross deconstructs Pop Culture’s “futuristic” bias towards literally mechanistic and invasive technologies for human transformation.  Published in the Alchemy Journal, he was an exhibitor and presenter at the 2009 International Alchemy Conference on the concept of Interactive Activation, and is honored to be invited back to their 2011 Conference, at the Long Beach Convention Center on "Alchemy of the Cyborg".


We ARE the technology we’ve been waiting for!


Hacking Humans: "Do you have a minute?"

TimPool, Social Engineer / Human Hacker


Everyday we must make choices, some difficult some trivial. How do we know the choices we make are our own?

The fact is many decisions are made for you by someone else for their own agenda. There is a constant war

happening in your mind. Whether it comes in the form of a con man or a commercial we are influenced in ways we 

mostly don't notice.


This talk aims to identify old and new tactics in human hacking and social engineering.


Tim Pool is a social engineer who analyzes the systems we have developed in our lives and our laws

in order to fix the holes and make society more efficient.

Jonathan Cline

Automating Biotech Experiments: Iterating Faster

Jonathan Cline


Moore's Law meets the Life Sciences.


Jonathan Cline is an Electrical Engineer, specializing in Embedded Systems, in San Diego, California. He regularly contributes to the DIYbio community.



DIY EEG BCIs and other TLAs

Tor Solli-Nowlan, co-founder SoCal DIYbio


There are now several affordable, consumer-available EEGs (electroencephalographs) that are being used to do cooler and cooler things. But what if you don't want to pay $1500 for the SDK to a headset you already spent $300 on? I will give a (very) brief overview of EEGs and what they measure, as well as the current options available, what other people are doing and hint at the nefarious scheming of myself and others at SoCal DIYbio.


Tor is an incorrigible ne'er-do-well and should not be trusted with large red buttons under any circumstances.





Art Villa Beyond the Matrix - Getting to the Next Renaissance

Art Villa, President of Breakthrough Business Solutions, Inc., Truth-seeker, WebAdmin of http://www.TheNextRenaissance.com


We’ve all seen “The Matrix”, right?  The story of artificially intelligent machines that harvest human energy by intercepting human sensory perception and replacing it with their architected artificial reality (The Matrix) …

Many believe that our present-day perceptions are shaped by a “machine” of sorts… current power and control structures… and that people are too busy living within its carefully crafted constructs to notice.

This session poses some questions and provides some possible answers in an attempt to make sense of our mainstream reality.  It also offers some non-mainstream suggestions which will be entertaining to some and enlightening/empowering to others. 

So are we living the Next Renaissance already or is it sitting there just beyond The Matrix?



UX Rocks: How to design awesome mobile apps and rock the world

 Amy Li, Board of the Directors, Humanity+, UX Creative Director, Meidesign


Advancement in mobile, ubiquitous, social, and tangible computing technologies have moved human computer interaction (HCI) into practically all areas of human activity. This has led to a shift away from usability engineering to a much richer scope of user experience, where user's feelings, motivations, and values are given as much, if not more, attention than efficiency, effectiveness and basic subjective satisfaction.


How to design awesome mobile apps and rock the world? What are the human factors to consider? What makes a design seem intuitive? Whether you are designing a robot, an iPhone application, a novice medical device, or other wonderful technology innovations, with the right philosophy and methodology, your job will be much easier, and your users will be much happier.


Amy Li is a multidisciplinary creative director and designer, specializing in branding, creative marketing strategy, and user experience design for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW, Sony etc. She is also on the board of directors of Humanity+. Amy is passionate about combining design, technology, and human factors to create state of the art products that impact our daily lives. One example of this is the iPhone app Have2P. It is a fun and creative app that addresses a universal human need in a new high-tech fashion. It was showcased as "App of the Week" in the New York Times, and also featured in Gizmodo.

Amy also has years of experience specializing in designing visually engaging web sites with intuitive interfaces, flash animations, emails, and landing pages with a strong focus on branding and UX design. Her portfolio can be seen at meidesign.net and she is easy to connect with on LinkedInand Twitter. One of her true passions in life is to use her skills to help members of the scientific community become better communicators, one typography at a time :).

Amy earned her BFA with honors at CSULB, one of the top eight graphic design programs in the country, and later continued her education in Advanced Web and Interactive Design at UCLA.




Love, Passion, Wisdom

Evonne Heyning @amoration, Interactive Producer & Founder/CCO Toyshoppe Systems


Why do you do it? What's driving your engines? Take a quick dive into what you love, where your passion creates your vision and how to give plenty of open space for insight, critique and iteration. This moment together is a quick meditation designed to clear and focus after a number of brilliant talks.


Evonne Heyning produces events, mixed reality experiences, games, film, print media, radio, live web streaming discussions and public challenges to drive social actions. She studied chaplaincy and worked for a decade with nonprofits on social strategies; she now consults thousands of nonprofits around the globe through her work @TechSoup. As the 8ft green fairy In Kenzo she flies through the webs to raise a young Yoda & drives the Hackable light communication kits with her husband & team at Toyshoppe Systems (picture: evo left with Teafaerie, photo by Dustin Engelskind).



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French designed, American make? How to build a racing car from scratch?

Greg Maga, car designer and engineer, gregmaga.com


How many of you growing up dreamed of driving a racing car? And how many of you have experienced the thrill of driving a real racing car? Instead, you may have settled into trying a few go karts?! With that in mind, Greg Maga designed and built DRAGON-R Formula from scratch. In this talk, Greg will walk you through his design and engineering process to create this exciting machine, step by step.


Greg Maga is a successful concept car designer and engineer from Paris, France. He is passionate about everything automotive, anything that gives visual or emotional sensations, especially those “quite unusual” ones - fast, fun & beautiful racing cars. Greg has been working “hands on” on cars since he was 12 years old. After earning his master degree in mechanical engineering from the best school in France specializing in automotive engineering, Greg worked on various projects in automobile companies specializing in concept cars design and prototyping, both as an engineer and a project manager. After acquiring the unique skills and experience of designing and engineering an automobile from inception to completion, Greg set out his adventure to create his own innovation. He has since developed several projects from scratch : concept bike and the beautiful beast- DRAGON-R Formula.

Greg is in the process of bringing DRAGON-R Formula here to the united states. DRAGON-R Formula is ready for production. But since Greg is also passionate about alternative energy, he wants to create an additional electric version of DRAGON-R Formula in the near future.




What can BILders and Harvard MBAs Learn From Each Other?

Jonathan Sheffi, Harvard Business School Class of 2011, BIL:PIL 2009 organizer


Jonathan Sheffi (@sheffi) is a lifelong student with a fiery passion for cutting-edge innovations that dramatically improve patients’ lives. He is currently a member of the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 2011.  Last summer, Jonathan interned for the CEO Chief of Staff at Life Technologies in Carlsbad, California, where he focused on business planning and strategy for the company’s entry into genomic medicine. Jonathan also organized the 2009 BIL:PIL Healthcare Innovation Conference in San Diego, California.  Jonathan has spent several years in the biotechnology industry. Shortly before beginning studies at HBS, he interned in the Office of Biotechnology Products within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has also worked at Amgen, excelling in both field javea villas for sale and market research roles. Prior to Amgen, Jonathan consulted for several major healthcare companies as part of Accenture‘s Health and Life Sciences Strategy practice. Jonathan received a MEng in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a SB in Mathematics, a SB in Computer Science and Engineering, and a minor in Biology, all from MIT.  Jonathan currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his spare time, he enjoys solving puzzles, and has been a member of four winning Mystery Hunt teams (2002, 2006, 2008, 2010). He is also a graduate of National Bartenders School.





Technoactivism 101: Building a Biohackerspace

Natalia Tchemodanov, UCLA Neuroengineering IDP graduate student, co-founder of So-Cal DIYBio


So you want to expand the hackerspace concept to biology. Perhaps you want to extrapolate Moore's Law to Bio. Perhaps yo think the traditional 'degree-based' model of apprenticeship at academic institutions has largely outlived itself as a major mode of bioscience and engineering research and technology transfer. You think there's an alternative, more streamlined way for individuals to become involved in biotech completely independent of the university..or perhaps you just want a lab to tinker in on weekends. But how to organize it?


I want to share my experience being involved in evolving So-Cal DIYBio from the ground up: what worked, what didn't, where to turn when you're stuck, and what caveats you will face as a future founder of a bio hackerspace. I will talk about how to use your social network, local university, and hardware store to get the resources you need.




Ooh, you're a handsome devil. What's your name?

BIL, TEDx and the gift of Gratitude 

 Kai Chang 張敦楷, Advisory Board Member to the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Co-Curator TEDxBerkeley 2010, Bon Vivant


TED and BIL are born in the same spirit. What have we learned from each other and the experiences of bringing together curious engaging minds and how we can bring out the best in each other. 











Round table



"Emergent technology and personality types"


Eain Bankins, game developer


Internet-enabled camera/GPS cell phones, tablet computers, social networking, alternate-reality games, and cloud-based document management has changed the ways we communicate and relate to each other.  Extreme extroverts and introverts have often had difficulty relating to each other, but many have found common ground with the new tools available to us.  Come join me in a round table Saturday evening to learn, discuss and debate where we are, where we're going, how we can steer, and whether we should.


Mr. Bankins is a game developer living in the Los Angeles area, with over twenty years experience in game design, and ten years experience  in video game design and production.  He enjoys scrutinizing motivations and ways of thinking, interpreting how humans relate to each other, creating games which challenge people's assumptions about themselves, and long, moonlit chases on virtual beaches with mecha and elves.







ADHD Toolkit: Harnessing Flow Theory, Neuro-linguistic Programming and Neurofeedback Training

Isa Gordon, Futurist & Polymath/Inventor of the PodBelt


Diagnosed with ADHD when she was almost 40, Isa encourages other brilliant and easily distractable brains to join her in discussing ways to manifest focused and productive mental states without the use of standard amphetamine-based pharmaceuticals.   She will share the NLP meditations she's written, discuss the state of the art in neurofeedback research, and  review the "elements of flow experience" as potential triggers for engaging highly productive hyper-focus states.  Isa is also the inventor of the PodBelt, which she only recently realized is an ADHD organizational coping tool.


See her main room lecture listed above for bio.





How to Economically Murder Someone: Analyzing the Capitalistic Structure With Behavioral Economic Principles to Identify a New Currency


Program Manager for Community and Economic Development Solutions for tourism destinations at Advent GX, Dustin Bohac 25, strives to relinquish society's historical dependency on money by combating perceptions of money brought about by classical conditioning. With psychological treatment, he identifies the dangers or benefits of spreading ideas such as money. Throughout his travels around Europe and the United States he has been exposed to multiple forms of money and has inspired him to evaluative the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the conflicting definition of money. In order to combat money's culturally dependent form, he suggest a more viable and sustainable currency that redefines Adam Smith's theory of competition. His theory relies on a more altruistic and collaborative effort from society. 


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Comments (2)

Jenn Ramsey said

at 1:58 am on Mar 5, 2011

Shared Google calendar of speakers (thus far):


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at 8:02 am on Oct 17, 2011

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