Kevin & Hannah Salwen

Hannah and Kevin Salwen talk about how the real power in The Power of Half is actually in what you get out of it, as much if not more than what you do for others.

Ellen Dunham Jones

Ellen Dunham-Jones takes you through retrofitted suburbia, transforming dead malls into buzzing downtown centers.

Billy McLaughlin

Billy McLaughlin taught us all just what is possible if we are willing to relearn.

Michael Levine

Michael Levine shares three powerful trends in digital media that are revolutionizing learning.

Mills Snowden

Mills Snowden, of Team American HyPower, talks about the rewards of deciding to pursue an idea, even when the challenges seem steep. What you learn about yourself is as important as what you learn in the proof of concept for your technology.

Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel — who conceived the idea of the Atlanta BeltLine — explains how the solutions that are bringing the BeltLine into reality have their foundation in the neighborhood support the idea first garnered.

Harrison dillon

What if you could replace the petroleum molecules that we use in fuel, foods and so many other products with a biotechnology substitute made from algae? Harrison Dillon, co-founder of Solazyme, gives the talk of his life, one day before his company delivered 150,000 gallons of algae-derived Soladiesel® fuel to the U.S. Navy.

Alcides Rodriguez

Venezuelan born (and "El Sistema" graduate) Alcides Rodriguez is a bass clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Beth Mynatt

Dr. Mynatt discusses the evolution of new technologies using "human convergence." This interplay of new technologies with the human creative spirit creates surprisingly new and unanticipated outcomes.

Doug Glanville

Zoe Keating

Armed with just her cello and a small box of electronics, Zoe Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She records layer upon layer of celio, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into multipart works.

Steve Mugiri

A writer and editor of AfriGadget, Steve Mugiri provides a platform on which the appropriate use of technology and African ingenuity in its application can be showcased.

Melody Moore Jackson

Melody Moore Jackson, director of the Georgia Tech BrainLab, helps patients with locked-in syndrome relearn how to speak, write, move and play using their brainwaves.

Gever Tulley

Gever Tulley urges us to stop thinking of education as something that we do to people, and start thinking of people as voracious self-directed learners.

David Butler

David Butler, VP Design of The Coca-Cola Company, speaks to how design works on the scale of global brands, and urges us all to think big.

Tad Leithead

Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), is not only clear on what issues we face as a community, but on the leap of faith he knows it takes to clear such hurdles.

Logan Smalley

Logan Smalley turned a promise to Darius Weems’ brother into a movement that is only just reaching its full momentum. In the process, Darius — who, like his brother, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy — got the ride of his life.

Paul Wolpe

As humans created civilization, they began influencing their own evolution by being the architects of the environments in which they lived. Now, human beings are beginning an ambitious project to recreate life itself. What does the shift to human bioengineering of living creatures mean for ethics, society, and the future of the human species?

Pamela Meyer

Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. describes the transformative experiences that led her to shift from a mindset of workplace to one of playspace. Playspace is a space of high engagement and acceptance, where one can play off new ideas and perspectives and people can play new roles. With more play in the system, and room for improvised play, playspace reclaims play for whole people to engage in their whole lives.


Melissa Kushner

Melissa Kushner, founder of Goods for Good, repurposes all she has learned about creating successful global partnerships.

Matthias Hollwich

Watch how Matthias redesigns human environments with an econic twist.

Rethinking Education

Four school administrators share how they are rethinking education: Bo Adams, Aron Solomon, Father Ricardo Bailey and Dr. David Fincher.

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe

Farmer D explains how and why he came to be in partnership with Whole Foods, turning 40,000 lbs/week of green waste into compost for raised gardens.

Jim Hartzfeld

Jim Hartzfeld, Executive Director of InterfaceRAISE, brings the significance of Interface to life by showing how one company can influence others, both within its own industry and far beyond

Sam Williams

Sam Williams, president of Metro Atlanta Chamber, uses the unique perspective he has gained from working on significant issues with many Atlanta leaders to create a model for the new urban statesman — corporate leaders who apply their skills to societal issues like healthcare, water and transportation.

Michael Horn - Toward Student-Centric Learning

Can digital learning revolutionize the American education system? Can it transform the current status quo to a student-centric one in which each student receives personalized learning according to his or her unique needs? Michael Horn explores these issues and more in his talk.

Dantes Rameau

Music is often seen as an ornament, something that makes a gathering more exciting or complements academic classes. But if we take it as an art form capable of uplifting and uniting, why not put it at the service of our communities? It's time to shift our conception of music from an extra-curricular activity to an instrument that inspires social change.

Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams, discusses the impact that his "waterbrick" invention has had in the midst of the tragic events that have unfolded in Haiti. Kevin shares images and his own perspective on how the innovation is aiding the challenging rebuilding efforts

Scott Rigsby

Scott Rigsby's unique story of successes and failures all start with a decision and the desire to never quit, no matter what, no matter how long. His incredible story contains as many highs and lows as one can imagine over such a short and storied life. His story may draw laughter and even tears, but one thing is certain: you will be inspired. For Scott, there is no finish line.