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2012.07.24 gourley
Sean Gourley

Sean was born in Christchurch (New Zealand) in 1979. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Canterbury. He was New Zealand national decathlon champion in 2000 and 2002. He was forced to abandon his sporting career due to injury and return to his physics studies. Sean graduated from Oxford with a Ph.D. in 2006. He was involved in NASA research during his time at university. Having received his Ph.D., in which he studied the mathematical patterns of war and terrorism, he went on to work for the Pentagon, UN and Iraqi government. Along with fellow Oxford graduate Bob Goodson, Sean founded Quid in 2009, which provides quantitative and visualization tools to clients.

2011.10.11 grunwald
Armin Grunwald

Armin was born in Germany on June 20, 1960. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cologne in 1987. He worked in system research and software from 1987 to 1991 and in systems analysis and technology assessment at the German Aerospace Agency from 1991 to 1995. Armin became Deputy Director of the European Academy for research on the consequences of scientific/technical development in 1995. In 1998, he acquired his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Marburg. In 1999, he became Director of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis whilst also becoming a professor at the Faculty of Applied Science in the University of Freiburg. Since 2002, he has been Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. Armin became Professor of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology following a merger between the University of Karlsruhe and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. He published his book in Russian “Technology and Society: West-European Experience in Investigating the Social Consequences of Scientific and Technological Development” in 2011.

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Brad Hargreaves

At Yale Hargreaves majored in molecular biology, even while feeling drawn to entrepreneurship: he organized a business reselling old furniture from the colleges in nearby states. He also took part in the launch of a summer program put on by his alma mater focusing on developing student business projects, a program that went on to become the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

A fan of the strategy game Europa Universalis II, in his senior year he and a few other students launched GX Studios, developing online multiplayer games in which teams of students were able to conquer other college campuses.

GoCrossCampus quickly gained a large following, and GX Studios built an entire line of products off its first hit, though Crisis 2008 finally forced investors to cut their financing.

By 2010 the company closed its doors and Hargreaves became part of a half-collaboration, half-incubator called Tipping Point Partners, where in the space of nine months he created, released and sold the widget PayoutHub, allowing online game developers and publishers to add paid tournaments and one-on-one action.

At the moment he is in charge of the development of digital products for General Assembly, and it was his idea to launch the company onto the international market. In the space of two years the company opened campuses in eight major cities around the world, with partner entrepreneurship centers in Dublin, Paris and Tel Aviv, to go along with Digital October in Moscow.

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Stevan Harnad

Way back when, Harnad anticipated the appearance of many web mechanisms: key tools we use today that allow us to transmit thoughts and ideas almost as fast as they appear. He also assisted in opening up the latest scientific knowledge to the general populace and was the first to directly propose to other scientists the “green” road for providing open access to their articles free for all online.

In 1978, decades before the Web, he launched Behavioral and Brain Sciences(BBS), a journal formatted similarly to today’s web publications, with articles accompanied by comments and questions written by other scientists just as in an online forum. BBS, published by Cambridge University Press, is currently among the highest impact journals in all the fields it covers.

Building on his experience with BBS, in 1990 Stevan proposed the concept of “scientific skywriting,” the creation of an electronic archive of materials in different formats (from articles and news to correspondence) organized by topic and category with the ability to comment on them, thinking that the upcoming century characterized by digital communications would replace the tradition of oral training.

In order to encourage his colleagues to share their discoveries free for all on the Web, he posted his manifest entitled the “Subversive Proposal” in 1994 later publicizing it at a major conference in London. The gist was that copies of articles should be openly accessible at the same time that they are published in subscription-based scientific journals.

Today, as universities are coming up against the necessity of offering mass education and more and are more actively employing new technology for that purpose, his idea is gaining momentum. Stevan hasn’t given any thought to stopping and his research is also investigating the basis for all these new cognitive developments in the brain and in the evolutionary history of the mind. He is Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Sciences at Université du Québec à Montreal as well as Professor of Web Science at University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He will be directing a Summer Institute on Web Science and the Mind in Monreal in 2014.

2012.03.27 harnish
Verne Harnish

Verne is an entrepreneur, scholar, and an internationally recognized business coach, he also a qualified Mechanical Engineer. He created and heads Gazelles Inc., which has acted as a corporate university for mid-sized companies for 30 years. Verne also created the international Entrepreneurs’ Organization and runs the renowned “Birthing of Giants” entrepreneurship leadership program at MIT and the MIT/WEO “Advanced Business Program”. He was nominated one of the Top Ten Minds in Small Business in Fortune magazine.

2012.03.29 john harthorne
John Harthorne

John is founded the world’s largest startup accelerator – MassChallenge (with its headquarters in Boston). In 2011, Barack Obama acknowledged MassChallenge as one of the country’s best organization for supporting entrepreneurship. The company holds the world record for startup launches and capitalization – and has attracted over $100 million and created over 500 new jobs in the space of a year. The Boston Business Journal named Harthorne one of the top 50 most influential business leaders in Boston in 2011, along with the managers of Akamai Technologies and Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as the NBA Boston Celtics team.

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Neal Hartman

He has been giving lectures and seminars for 18 years already regarding cross-cultural communication, leadership, and conflict resolution for MBA students, so materials from some of his lessons have been selected to be published in OpenCourseWare, MIT’s open educational portal.

Facts about the lecturer:

* Neal has been invited to speak to students at Tsinghua, Fudan, and Zhongshan (Lingnan College) universities, which are leaders in China.

* He was also one of the primary facilitators for CMI-Enterprises, a program run jointly by Cambridge University and MIT that helped people at leading universities in Northern America and Europe uncover and develop entrepreneurial talents.

* Hartman holds a BA in music theory and composition, an MS in higher education administration, and an ABD in organizational communication.

2012.04.17 hoffman
Robin Hofmann

Robin graduated from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, majoring in Design Communications. As a DJ at the end of the 1990s, he founded production company Dublex Inc. and music label Pulver Records, whilst also working in print and web design. He combined his music and advertising businesses in 2004 to create HearDis! Corporate Sounds. Robin teaches at Design Academy Berlin.

2012.06.26 jeff howe
Jeff Howe

Jeff graduated from Ohio University in 1994, where he studied Journalism and Art History. He graduated from Harvard in 2010, and Boston University in 2011, majoring in Fiction. Jeff was a reporter for 15 years: he was Chief Editor at until 2001, in 2001-2010 he worked for Wired magazine where he rose from Author to Contributing Editor. He has also worked for Time, the Washington Post and other publications. The word crowdsourcing was first used ever in his Jeff’s article “The Rise of Crowdsourcing”, published in Wired in 2006. He released his book on the subject “Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business in 2008”. Since February 2011, he has worked as an Associate Professor at Northeastern University (Boston).