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Saturday, July 23 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Technology of Solving Big Problems

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The purpose of technology is to solve problems. Mass tweeting from protesting nations enables the coordination of grassroots activism. Online challenge sites are able to solicit niche experts who propose computer science, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical solutions online. Knowledge collaboration sites help centralize problem-solving efforts for the public. From interpreting the human genome to enabling mass citizen protest coordination, what new technologies will solve the big problems of this decade?

  • Finding a problem-solver: how online challenges and marketplaces
  • Hosting a group conversation: how online collaboration sites enable group problem-solving
  • Triggering mass coordination: crowd activism and crowd-funding

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Tyler Bell

Dir of ProdFactual IncTyler Bell (@twbell) leads Factual's product initiatives in global place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former archaeologist of late Roman and early medieval Europe, with a research focus on GIS and anisotropic cost surfaces. Tyler led Product... Read More →
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Brandon Kessler

Brandon Kessler is the founder and CEO of ChallengePost, a New York web company that allows organizations and individuals to challenge the public to solve problems through competitions. Current clients include The City of New York, First Lady Michelle Obama, Samsung, Thomson Reuters... Read More →

Ivan Sheldon

Ivan manages Americas business development for NAVTEQ. Since joining NAVTEQ in 2004 as a Product Manager, Ivan has initiated the $28.5M acquisition of a map company in South Korea, led the product integration of a Mexican acquisition, managed the development of a new map... Read More →

Saturday July 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C

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