BEST OF IF

Who has been on the IdeaFestival Stage?

IdeaFestival has presented many emerging thought leaders, trendsetters, and creative thinkers who have since gone forward to introduce change and influence the world. Click here for a list of speakers since 2000.
 

 ClaudiaHammond 150

 Claudia Hammond

IF 2014 - BBC reporter and psychologist

 WyntonMarsalis 150

 Wynton Marsalis

IF 2014 - Internationally acclaimed musician, composer and advocatge of American Culture

 DebbieMillman 150

Debbie Millman

IF 2014 - Author, radio host and President of the Design Division at Sterling Brands

 

 

 

 StevePemberton-150

 Steve Pemberton

IF 2014 - Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President for Walgreens.

 TheRiseGroup 150

 The Rise Group

 

IF 2014 - In the business of developing talent; advancing people to create lasting commercial and cultural impact

 PeterZeihan 150

 Peter Zeihan

 

IF 2014 - Geopolitical strategist

 

 

 

 BethComstock 150

Beth Comstock

IF 2013 - Leads GE's growth & market innovative initiatives

 JasonPontin 150

Jason Pontin

IF 2013 - Editor in chief, publisher, MITTechnology Review

 TereraiTrent 150

Tererai Trent

IF 2013 - Founder of Tinogona in Zimbabwe, global advocate for education 

 HasanDavis 150

Hasan Davis

IF 2013 - Founder of Empowerment Solutions

 mariakonnikova 150

Maria Konnikova

IF 2013 - Author, writer

 sagarin 150

Rafe Sagarin

IF 2013 - Marine ecologist, author, specialist in adaptability



 


 KColleran 250
Kevin Colleran


IF 2012 - One of Facebooks's first 10 employees, Pioneering Brand Strategist
 NikkyFinney

Nikky Finney

IF 2012 - 
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry

 CLowen
Cynthia Lowen


IF 2012 - Co-filmmaker of Bully



 

 

 RPicard 250
Rosalind Picard


IF 2012 - Professor, MIT Media Lab, Co-founder, Chairman, Chief Scientist Affectiva
 DKaiser 250

David Kaiser

IF 2012 - MIT professor and author of How the Hippies Saved Physics

 

 BThurston 250
Baratunde Thurston


IF 2012 -
Former Director of Digital for The Onion, writer and author of NY Times best seller How to be Black

 

AmyChua 150

Amy Chua

IF 2008 - Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Global Politics and Economics Analyst

SuketuBhavsar-1 150

Suketu Bhavsar

IF 2011 - Professor of Physics and Director, Kellogg Honors College, Cal Polly, Ponoma

 

MichioKaku 150

Michio Kaku

IF 2007 - Leading Theoretical Physicist and Author

JonLandau-1 150

Jon Landau

IF 2010 - Award Winning Producer of Titanic and Avatar

JaneMcGonigal-1 150

Jane McGonigal

IF 2008 - Game Designer, Future Forecaster

SherilKirshenbaum-1 150

Sheril Kirshenbaum

IF 2011 - The Science of Kissing Author, Director- UTA's Energy Communication Project

JanelleMonae-1 150

Janelle MonĂ¡e

IF 2010 - Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Dancer and Performer

DomSagolla 150

Dom Sagolla

 IF 2010 - Twitter co-creator

TiffanyShlain 150

Tiffany Shlain

IF 2009 - Filmmaker, Founder of Webby Awards

AubreydeGrey 150

Aubrey de Grey

IF 2011 - Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, Co-author of Ending Aging

DanielTammet 150

Daniel Tammet

IF2010 - Autistic Savant, Author of Born on a Blue Day

NaomiTutu 150

Naomi Tutu

IF 2009 - Human Rights Activist

SteveWozniak 150

Steve Wozniak

IF 2007 - Co-founder of Apple, Inc., Inventor and Entrepreneur

RayKurzseil 150

Ray Kurzweil

IF 2006 - Author, Inventor and Leading Futurist

LStirling 150

Lindsey Stirling

IF 2011 - Hip Hop Violinist


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