Our 2012 Speaker Round-UP

If you haven’t been keeping UP, now is the time to catch UP on the incredible assembly of presenters set to hit the stage on October 25. These world-renowned leaders will address issues and topics that will fuel your brain and ensure that you stay current on the changes, technologies, and innovations taking place in our own backyard and around the globe. If you haven’t already reserved your spot at UP 2012, now is the time to do so, and tell everyone you know to do the same. The UP Experience is the place to be this October.

Dr. Wade Adams: Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, Dr. Adams informatively and passionately explains why nanotechnology is fundamental to solving many of the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

Dr. Boaz Almog: Research Physicist at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, Dr. Almog is developing new technologies and applications for superconductors, and demonstrates the phenomenon of “quantum locking” by actually levitating a superconductor disk over a magnetic rail – completely frictionless and with zero loss of energy.

Ed Conard: Former partner at Bain Capital, Conard presents a fascinating case for how the economy really works, what has gone wrong over the past decade, and what steps can be taken to get the economy growing again in the future.

Barbara Corcoran: The drive, determination, and entrepreneurial success of this businesswoman and consultant, TODAY contributor, syndicated columnist, and reality show star, helped her turn a $1,000 loan into a thriving, multi-billion-dollar real estate business.

Tony Danza: Actor, author, and educator Tony, is best known for his leading roles on the hit TV series Taxi and Who’s the Boss? In 2009, Tony took on his most challenging role yet – teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School. His incredible experience was taped and aired on A&E on the critically acclaimed seven-part documentary series Teach.

David R. Dow: The Cullen Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice University, David is an appellate attorney who has represented more than 100 death row inmates in their state and federal appeals, and now poses the question, “What is the value of killing someone?”

Dr. David Eagleman: Neuroscientist, best-selling author, and Guggenheim Fellow Dr. Eagleman travels the world sharing insights and neuro-discoveries in the areas of time perception, vision, synesthesia, social neuroscience, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.

Marcus Luttrell: Former Navy SEAL and author of the best-selling books Lone Survivor and Service, Marcus reveals stories of perseverance under extreme adversity as he journeyed with three others into the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Operation Redwing.

Jane McGonigal: World-renowned designer of “alternate reality games,” Jane specializes in developing games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems such as poverty, hunger, and climate change.

Dambisa Moyo: International economist, best-selling author, and one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dambisa addresses China’s race to stockpile dwindling natural resources and what that means for the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Koen Olthuis: Founder of the Dutch architectural firm Waterstudio.NL, Koen is countering the impact of floods due to climate change and rising sea levels by building entire communities – and cities – that float!

Dr. Gregory Petsko: Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Brandeis University, Dr. Petsko has co-pioneered discoveries related to the causes of neurodegenerative diseases such as autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Jason Roberts: Co-founder of the Better Block Project, Jason has helped revitalize, transform, and give an economic B12 shot to distressed neighborhoods in major cities across the country.

Burt Rutan: Legendary aerospace entrepreneur, Virgin Glactic spacecraft designer, and founder of the aerospace research firm Scaled Composites, Burt has a unique perspective on leadership, innovation, and the role managers play in motivating a creative team.

Dr. Donald Sadoway: The innovations in energy storage of Donald Sadoway, MIT’s John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, have caught the attention – and financial backing – of Bill Gates, who’s funding has helped Donald bring his liquid metal battery to market.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary is the “Social Media Sommelier” and a digital marketing guru. His foresight, business acumen, and multi-faceted approach to branding took his family wine business from $4 million to $60 million in just five years.

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