Raymond Coderre

Raymond Coderre is Director of People Development at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Over the last four years, Ray and his team have advanced an innovative approach to learning at work that focuses on enabling individuals to develop the skills and networks needed to thrive in their roles and careers and excel in the Broad’s unique collaborative ecosystem.

John Werner
John Werner   ·· SPECIAL GUEST

John Werner is the Founder of Ideas in Action, Managing Director at Link Ventures and Senior Vice-President at Cogo Labs. He is also the former Head of Innovation for the Camera Culture Group at MIT and curator of TEDxBeaconStreet, whose talks have accumulated 250+ million views

Ramesh Raskar
Ramesh Raskar   ·· SPEAKER

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and directs the Camera Culture research group. His focus is on AI and Imaging for health and sustainability. These interfaces span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g., automating machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains. He received the Lemelson Award (2016), ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award (2017), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2009), TR100 Award from MIT Technology Review (2004) and Global Indus Technovator Award (2003). He has worked on special research projects at Google [X] and Facebook and co-founded/advised several companies.

Sara Seager
Sara Seager   ·· SPEAKER

Sara Seager is the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Her research focuses on exoplanet atmospheres and the future search for signs of life by way of biosignature gases in the atmosphere. Professor Seager is involved with a number of space-based exoplanet searches including as the Deputy Science Director for the MIT-led NASA mission TESS, as the PI for the on-orbit JPL/MIT CubeSat ASTERIA, and as a lead for Starshade Rendezvous Mission (a space-based direct imaging exoplanet discovery concept under technology development). Among other accolades, Professor Seager is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.

Rodney Mullen
Rodney Mullen   ·· SPEAKER

Rodney was the most dominant world champion in skateboarding’s history. If you Google “Godfather of Modern Skateboarding,” Mullen pops up for creating most of today’s tricks. He also studied chemical engineering, that is, until a friend borrowed money from a loan shark; using it, they built the largest skate company of the era, earning him two patents along the way. After its sale, Rodney found parallels to skate and hacker culture, which sent him on a winding path to become a Director’s Fellow at the Media Lab. He’s also appeared in ten videogames and piles of skate mag’s; more recently, Rod’s featured in Wired, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal. His very first talk went to TED; he’s also spoken at Apple, Nike, IBM, JPL, Wired and the Smithsonian, where his board is on display.

Ronald Kessler   ·· SPEAKER

Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D. is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Director of the World Health Organization World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative. WMH carries out mental health needs assessment surveys for governments around the world, advises governments on unmet need for treatment of mental disorders in their countries, and collaborates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of diverse interventions for these disorders. He also guides a clinical epidemiological precision medicine initiative at the VA Center of Excellence in Suicide Prevention to address the problem of Veteran suicides. He is the author of over 800 publications and has been rated as the most widely cited researcher in the world in the field of psychiatry for each of the past fifteen years. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Yang Shao-Horn
Yang Shao-Horn   ·· SPEAKER

Yang Shao-Horn studies materials for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy storage and conversion, which is centered on examining the influence of surface chemistry and electronic structures of thin films and nanomaterials on lithium storage and catalytic activity of small molecules of energy consequence, and applying fundamental understanding in reaction mechanisms to design new materials for lithium storage and electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction, water splitting, methanol oxidation and CO2 reduction.

Eva Wolfangel
Eva Wolfangel   ·· SPEAKER

Eva Wolfangel is an award winning science and reportage journalist, focusing on future technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, computer science, data journalism, interaction between digital and real worlds, and space travel. She writes for major magazines and newspapers in Germany and Switzerland — including ZEIT, Geo, Spiegel, and NZZ — and produces radio features. As a VR reporter, she reports from virtual worlds as part of the journalistic cooperative RiffReporter. After several years as an editor, she became a freelance journalist in 2008. Eva’s specialty is to combine creative writing and technical topics in order to reach a broad audience. In 2018 she was named European Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers. She is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the academic year 2019/20.