Keynotes are open to everyone attending the event. Below you'll find details about each speaker and presentation.
No RSVP required to attend the keynotes, but be sure to register for the event beforehand!
All Event Keynote - Wednesday, December 7
Neil Harbisson, Artist and Innovator, Co-founder of Cyborg Foundation
The Art and Science of Extending Perception through Cybernetic Technology
Neil Harbisson is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an organization that promotes the use of cybernetics as a body part to extend human senses and perception. Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive colours that are outside human vision such as infrareds and ultraviolets.
This talk will explore how taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option. Becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, opens up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. By merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception; and we can increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?
Wednesday, December 7
Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Reaching for New Horizons
Alice Bowman, the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM), will talk about the voyage of NASA's historic mission to Pluto – which culminated with the first flight past the distant dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. She'll speak about this journey through the eyes of the mission operations team and describe some challenges of piloting the small robotic spacecraft through the solar system for nearly a decade – such as planning for (and dealing with) long-distance technical hiccups. Her team itself was part of history, operating a spacecraft that had to travel longer and farther than any mission ever to reach its main target.
Thursday, December 8
Ransom Stephens, physicist, engineer, author
The Keys to Innovation: Priming your brain to percolate brilliant ideas
Whether you're designing a circuit, debugging a SerDes, or painting a lily pad, you call on your innovative powers every day. In this presentation, best-selling author or and renowned physicist and engineer Ransom Stephens will examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness: the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you’re even aware of them. Methods for fine-tuning the balance of stress and confidence, concentration and distraction that prime our brains to innovate our way to solutions of the challenges that we each face, as well as those that we face together, will also be discussed, as will the neuroaesthetics of what makes products and discoveries good, bad, and valuable.