Toby Daniels: Toby is an entrepreneur with 10 years experience of running businesses in digital media. He’s the founder of Social Media Week, an annual conference and cofounder of BrandExposure, which connects senior brand marketers with social media thought leaders. In July 2009 Toby also helped to launched ThinkSocial, which advances public interest initiatives through social media. Before moving to the US in 2006, Toby was the Managing Director of Online Creative Communications, a London based digital agency which he managed for 7 years.  @tobyd


Shaun Abrahamson / Colaboratorie Mutopo: Shaun identifies new business opportunities and gives them life, sometimes successfully, other times not-so-much. He draws on his early experience at MIT where he researched the process of new product development at the MIT CADLAb. In addition to his role as questioner, instigator and distractor, at Colaboratorie Mutopo, Shaun is also an early stage investor and advisor. He has an MBA from the Berlin School, a Masters of Science from MIT and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has been accused of living the future, but he lives in New York with his wife Andrea and sons Max and Oli. On Twitter: @shaunabe.


Marcel Botha Marcel is an energetic product developer with an international education in design, engineering and media arts. Marcel was COO and Director of Design at SNIF Labs, a MIT Media Lab inspired startup developing Active RFID products for commercial and healthcare applications, where he managed the tangible product development process, manufacturing and overall product launch. Prior to SNIF, his MIT research focused on mass customization and digital fabrication, conducted in association with the Digital Design Fabrication Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms. At the MIT Media Lab he collaborated with the Smart Cities Group and the Design Laboratory on Innovation consulting projects for GM, Mercedes and the RATP. @marcelbotha


Justin Levinson /Colaboratorie Mutopo: Justin is a thinker, maker, and doer who solves more problems than he creates. In a prior life he managed projects at New York’s finest financial institutions, but traded a life of boardrooms and conference calls for one of adventure at Mutopo.


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Allan Chochinov: Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of, the widely read design website, design job and portfolio site, and design firm database. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents, and has received awards from Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, and The One Club. He teaches in the graduate departments of Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and writes and lectures widely on the impact of design on contemporary culture. Follow him at @chochinov

Brynn Evans: Brynn has a deep interest and passion for the social use and application of technology. She has researched how people think, act, and behave for 10 years, from psychological and anthropological perspectives. Most recently, her work has focused on the role of social interactions during search (so-called “social search”), and how to design online systems that support collaborative question-answering. In her current work, she brings user-centered design principles and tactics to the burgeoning world of social technologies. You can find her on Twitter at @brynn and on her blog)

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Ryan Fix: Infused with entrepreneurial spirit, Ryan Fix embodies a life dedicated to sustainability, environmental action, social awareness, holistic health, wellness education, and artistic expression. Using ‘values-driven business business principals’ as his vehicle of choice, Ryan employs his communication skills and vast networks to draw people together to effect a common goal.

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Catherine Geanuracos : Catherine Geanuracos leverages technology and media to create global movements that respond to the most urgent social and political issues of our time. She oversees multiple components of Live Earth as its General Manager, including program development, interactive strategy, public relations, sponsorships, and nonprofit and promotional partnerships. From 2004-2006, Catherine served as a consultant for Political Action, helping to shape innovative programs that used technology to fundamentally expanded opportunities for political engagement. She was the founding CTO of and is a member of Carpool on Facebook’s advisory board. Catherine developed leadership in social advocacy while completing her B.A. at Columbia College, and her Master’s Degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Nick Gogerty: Nick Gogerty ( analyzes, designs and builds things. He analyzes as an anthropologist, designs like a systems analyst and builds either hands on or as a co-creator. He learned to listen and look while studying anthropology and art history at the U of Iowa. He learned to analyze while getting an MBA at the ENPC school of Engineering in France. He loves to build, hack and co-create, plans, models, software, and financial portfolios. This has lead to managing multiple PHd technology projects in Europe’s equivalent to the MIT media lab, building international teams, starts up, products & brands on 5 continents. He has worked with governments, hedge funds, the global fortune 50 and entrepreneurs with only a cocktail napkin and a gleam in the eye. He is interested in cultural context and designing systems thinking approaches for hacking cultures.

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Jim Hanna:Jim Hanna joined Starbucks Coffee Company in November 2005, leading the company’s initiatives to minimize its environmental footprint through green building, energy conservation, international procurement, waste minimization and collaboration with partner corporations and NGOs. Prior to Starbucks, he served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park. In the position, Jim oversaw Xanterra’s many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park, including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. A native of Olympia, Washington, Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional.

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Graham Hill: A serial Designpreneur, Graham has built, run and sold a number of companies including web shop SiteWerks, product company and which is now part of Discovery. He studied Architecture and Product Design and schemes daily about how he can help humanity avoid rapid extinction. Follow him at @ghill.

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Ryan Jacoby: Leads IDEO’s Business Design discipline. He is based in New York, where he designs new experiences for users and growth businesses for his clients. Working across industries such as retail, financials services, healthcare, and consumer goods, Ryan helps clients to uncover and architect new ventures, envision new brand platforms, and design new communications, products and services. An expert on innovating for growth and leading innovation, Ryan is a frequent speaker and author. You can follow him via his blog do_matic and on twitter (@jacobyryan). Ryan loves to read. Ryan hates to go running, but he loves to come back from running.

Rob Kramer: Rob has spent the past 20 years as an entrepreneur and executive in the media, technology, environmental, and non-profit sectors. Rob is the co-founder of PopRule, a distributed democracy platform and application for taking and distributing rapid political action.

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Benjamin Linder: A professor at Olin College and a maker hooked on entrepreneurship, Ben develops techniques and approaches that further a more ecologically connected and socially informed design practice. He regularly advises and delivers workshops on sustainable and human-centered design. Lately, he has been co-organizing the International Development Design Summit that brings people together from over 20 countries to build local, creative design and entrepreneurial capacity.

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Courtney Nichols: Courtney is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in developing and growing high-technology companies. Currently incubating an unannounced media company, Ms. Nichols has served as interim CEO for Wemix Inc, founding COO of Verified Identity Pass and President of (now EasyLink Services -NSDQ: ESIC). Courtney is currently a board member and advisor for Dadlabs Inc., PopRule (Acting President), SmartyPants Inc (co-founder) and Catchr Technologies. Nichols volunteers her time bringing attention to the global water crisis and is advisor to Charity:Water and Blue Planet Run Foundation.

Jake Nickell:Jake Nickell is a gigantic brain on an unassuming body. Threadless’s young and fearless entrepreneurial leader uses his quick-firing noggin to come up with new ventures, encourage nutty employee ideas, and tinker with countless side projects (no really, he’s lost count). He also continues to keep up his geek cred through a love for programming. When he’s not working, he’s busy hanging out with his wife Shondi, his daughter Arli, and their son Dash in their Colorado home.

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Leland H. Nolan: Mr. Nolan is an attorney, resident of New York City and a partner in Life Community Home Ltd., a company that designs and manufactures pre-fabricated houses for low-income families in several developments around the world including Haiti, The Dominican Republic and Southern Africa. He has lived between Europe and the US for more than thirty years and has extensive worldwide experience in entertainment, technology and finance.

Saneel Radia: An atypical hybrid talent, Saneel Radia oversees Denuo’s modern creative practice, Alchemy – a unit that places media sensibility at the core of the creative process. He’s been recognized as an Internationalist “Agency Innovator” (2009), an Advertising Age “Twentysomething” (2005) and a MediaWeek“Media All-Star” in the Non-Traditional category (2006). Most recently, he graduated with honors from the executive MBA program at the renowned Berlin School for Creative Leadership. You can find him on @saneel and blog)

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Todd Zaki Warfel: Todd Zaki Warfel, founder and principal designer at messagefirst (, has been designing products and services for over 15 years. Todd’s clients have included AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Citi, and Comcast, Numara and NYU just to name a few. An internationally recognized thought leader on research and design, and author of the prototyping course for the Web Standards Project Education Task Force, he has spoken at conferences and taught workshops around the globe. His new book, “Prototyping: a practitioner’s guide” discusses how prototypes are more than just a design tool and shows you how to use prototyping to create a common language, market a product, gain internal buy-in, and test feasibility with your development team. Todd currently lives in Philadelphia, blogs at, and twitters at @zakiwarfel

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