Maria Kalman: The humor of the everyday

Maira Kalman is the author and illustrator of numerous books for adults and children including What Pete Ate, Looking at Lincoln, The Principles of Uncertainty and My Favorite Things. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker, most known for the NEWYORKISTAN cover created in collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz. 

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David Granger: The Eternal Now

David Granger was named editor-in-chief of Esquire Magazine in 1997. Since his arrival, the 82-year-old magazine has entered its most successful era. Between 1998 and 2014, Esquire has been a finalist for more than 70 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honors, and has won 16, including the award for General Excellence in 2006. In 2004, the magazine received four National Magazine Awards, the most of any magazine in America. And in 2009, it won three, again the most of any magazine.

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Edith Elliott: People, not just patients

Edith Anne Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Noora Health, which provides critical support services and training to hospitalized patients and their families, ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home. Leveraging human-centered design, Noora Health has developed a simple, interactive and low-cost approach to teach basic treatments, encourage proper dietary/lifestyle changes, and recognize early warning signs of medical emergencies.

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Andrew Hessel: Writing chromosomes with code

Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andrew Hessel is a catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes happening in life science. Andrew is a key member of the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group at Autodesk Research. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.

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Primoz Kovacic: Development is personal

Primoz Kovacic is the co-founder and director of Spatial Collective, a Nairobi-based social enterprise that uses Geographic Information Systems for community development. Through data collection and visualization, Spatial Collective helps communities to identify available resources and apply this knowledge in development initiatives. 

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Ti Chang: Products for women, by women

Ti Chang is the Co-Founder and VP of Design of CRAVE, a San Francisco-based company specializing in discreet and beautifully designed luxury sex toys. The DUET, Ti’s first design at CRAVE, debuted through a crowd-funding project, which ultimately secured over $100K from over 900 donors and become the world's first crowdfunded sex toy. Since then, Ti has continued to lead the concept and design for the company’s full line of products, including its celebrated foreplay jewelry. 

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Jessica Banks: Real furniture from unreal visions

Jessica Banks is an inventor, roboticist, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of RockPaperRobot, a company specializing in responsive objects that expand the functional and aesthetic versatility of traditional decor. From levitating and transformable tables to robotic chandeliers, RPR aligns time-honored craftsmanship with progressive engineering. She is also a creative and technical consultant on major advertising campaigns, global initiative development for international corporations, and robotic designs for high visibility clients. 

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Marissa Vosper & Lauren Schwab: Positively Negative

At Negative, Lauren Schwab oversees design, product development and production management. She works directly with the brand’s hand-selected factory partner in Medellin, Colombia. The daughter of a fourth generation childrenswear manufacturer, Lauren learned the ins and outs from her father, the former CEO of Little Me and Ralph Lauren Childrenswear.
 
Marissa Vosper was born and raised in Boulder, CO. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Politics and Spanish, she moved to NYC, where she currently resides in Soho with her husband and fellow entrepreneur. 

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Fred Swaniker: Reimagining university

Ranked among the "top 10 young power men in Africa" by Forbes Magazine, and as one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green, Fred Swaniker is leading a quiet revolution in Africa. He is training Africa's future decision-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. This serial entrepreneur has founded 5 organizations that aim collectively to groom 3 million high-impact leaders for Africa over the next 5 decades.

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Erika Hall: Asking "why?"

Erika Hall is the author of Just Enough Research. In 2001, she co-founded Mule Design Studio in San Francisco where she is the Director of Strategy. Erika speaks and writes frequently about cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of natural language in user interfaces. In her spare time, she battles empty corporate jargon at Unsuck It.

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