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UP Alumni In The News 8.31.2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The sun is going down on summer 2011, which means UP 2011 is just around the corner! image courtesy of Flickr/paul+photos=moody

It’s already the end of August. Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner. We’re looking forward to the best of fall, cooler temps and UP 2011! October 27th will be here before you know it. In case you missed it, we’ve started some great registration specials. If you’re not registered yet, now is the time!

Our UP alumni barely took a summer break, here’s what they’ve been up to this week:

UP 08 and 09 alumni, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis are also co-founders of Singularity University. This summer’s Singularity University class developed solutions to big problems related to world poverty. One solution, The Matternet, was featured in Fast Company yesterday for its potential to triumph over the issue of delivery of medication, food and other critical goods to rural areas.

UP 10 alumni David Pogue took to his blog to address this week’s stunning announcement that Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple.

Meanwhile UP 09 speaker Shawn Achor took to The Huffington Post to share “5 Ways To Turn Happiness Into An Advantage.”

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UP Alumni In The News 7.19.11

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This week UP 08 speaker, Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc wrote about a group with an interesting plan for peace in the Middle East. Friends of the Earth Middle East is working to save deteriorating and polluted water resources in the region, including The Dead Sea, while setting the framework for a plan for long term peace.

Sal Khan, a speaker joining us in October for UP 2011, and his Khan Academy are featured in the latest issue of Wired, in “How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education.” Do you think his method of teaching can change education in third world countries as we know it?

UP 08 speaker, Ray Kurzweil, who is well known for his quest to stop aging and merge humans with machines was recently featured in an article on “Biotrackers,” a movement whose participants track what once where thought to be qualitative characteristics of the body.

Manhattanhenge image courtesy of Tim Burke Photography http://www.flickr.com/photos/tburke/5779465576/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Meanwhile, UP 09 speaker and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson was included in a BBC article on “Manhattanhenge” a term he has coined to describe a unique phenomenon that allows New Yorkers to experience Stonehenge without leaving home.

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UP Alumni In The News 6.22.11

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Is having the next big idea the key to success? Or is "tweaking" an idea better? Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell got quite a bit of press in business and marketing media this week for his presentation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. His most talked about comments were about why it might be better for business leaders to “tweak” instead of innovate.

Fellow UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil has also been all of late night talk and news shows discussing his vision of The Singularity, blogger Jason Silva at The Huffington Post declared, “The Singularity is here,” this. Meanwhile 60 Minutes posted several outtakes from their interview with Kurzweil.

The UP 08 speaker news continues with Shawn Achor who was also featured in The Huffington Post discussing the connection between happiness and weight loss.

UP 09 speakers Peter Diamandis and Michio Kaku were both included in Big Think’s panel at SAP’s Sapphire Now event in Florida to present there visions of the future. Diamandis predicts an “Age of Abundance” while Michio Kaku described his version as “perfect capitalism.” Read more here.

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It’s everyone’s favorite time – UP alumni in the news!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Before we dive into this weeks links we want to say thank you to everyone who joined us for last night’s Mini UP. Ankit Fadia and Matthew Knowles each brought a unique perspective to the stage. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Photos and highlights will be posted here and on our Facebook page soon.

And, very importantly, we announced our very first speaker for UP 2011 last night, drumroll please . . . . Dan Pink! Pink is the highly acclaimed author of several books, the most recent of which is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Pink focuses on businesses, technology and helping us make the most of ourselves in our day-to-day lives. We are so excited to bring him to UP this year.

Here are this week’s UP alumni making headlines:

Two big announcements for all of our Houston readers!

David Eagleman has won a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. The Houston Chronicle says this is the first time a professor at Baylor College of Medicine has received the award.

And TONIGHT UP 09 speaker Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be giving a free lecture at the University of Houston. Let us know if you attend.

UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil is in the news again. The much talked about futurist is nominated for the 2011 TIME magazine TIME 100 list. Voting closes April 14 so vote now!

Another inaugural UP Experience speaker, Steve Wozniak, was in the news this week when he said he would consider returning to a larger role at Apple if they asked him.

For the social media users out there, are you suffering from FOMO? That is “Fear of Missing Out?” The New York Times detailed the phenomenon in an article referring to UP 09 Dan Ariely’s work.

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UP Alumni In the News 3.9.11

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Time for another installment of UP alumni in the news. In addition to the stories below please feel free to share any favorites that you’ve come across too!

Ray Kurzweil gets a brief mention in this fantastic infographic predicting the next 25 years of emerging technology development. We thought it was a pretty impressive presentation. What are your thoughts? Accurate?

Sir Ken Robinson got a nod in this article from The Huffington Post on the growing emphasis on creativity in the professional world.

UP 2008 Speaker and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Apple has more room for innovation, even with Steve Jobs on leave.

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