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UP Alumni In The News 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.16.11

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

What a week its been! We announced the last speaker in our incredible lineUP for UP 2011. The days have flown by and it’s time for another UP Alumni In The News post. October 27th is right around the corner!

It’s never a dull week for our UP Alumni! This week:

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We wished a happy birthday to UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak!

Meanwhile, Bloomberg Businessweek, reported on UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely’s research on cheating at Duke University.

UP 10 speaker and sleep expert James Maas was quoted in an article at Inc.com, “Should Your Employees Take Naps?” (Hint: Yes!)

The Business Insider reported on research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that has identified UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point - the exact point at which minority-held ideas go mainstream.

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UP Alumni In The News 5.11.11

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It’s been a busy week here at The UP Experience, we’re finalizing the speaker lineup for UP 2011, announcing some of great new speakers and giving away great books from past speakers. But, our speakers have got us beat! Check out what some UP alumni speakers have been up to:

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UP 09 Speaker Dan Ariely’s research continues to make the news, this time the topic is lessons learned from IKEA’s success. Check out this great article from BNET, The IKEA Effect: Why Consumers Buy “Assembly Required” Products.

UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak, gave a graduation address at Michigan State University where amidst upbeat advice to the graduates he warned that the artificial intelligence we’re so busy inventing will one day make our species irrelevant.

John Mariani, who took the stage at UP 08, has released his predictions on who will take home this year’s prestigious James Beard awards.

Our esteemed speaker and emcee David Eagleman continues to make appearances in major news outlets, this week with a profile in the Financial Times that takes a look at his work and upcoming book, Incognito.

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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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Breaking News: Steve Wozniak NOT Axed on Dancing With The Stars!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
The Woz on DWTS

The Woz on DWTS

He started the personal computing revolution, co-founded Apple Computers, survived a plane crash, taught fifth grade, AND was a featured speaker at The UP Experience 2008.   Now, Steve Wozniak, a.k.a. “The Woz,”  billionaire and genius can add  to his resumé yet again:  contestant on Dancing With The Stars!

OK, he’s not a great dancer.  However, I have seen much worse.  I have danced my whole life with non-dancers, and TRUST ME — in the “real world” of social dancing, the Woz is a dreamboat.  Granted, in the ultra-competitive ballroom dance world, it’s a surprise that he’s there at all.  What he lacks in technique, he more than makes up in joyfulness, positive attitude, and nascent showmanship.

Woz also has a loyal, yea fanatical fan base of geeks and those who love them.  Twitter has a chat room for Dancing With The Stars, (#DWTS) and it has been burning up during the show.  Geeks are cheering him on with protective devotion.  Some have spent their entire allotment of votes over the past 2 weeks to keep him on the show.  Tonight, the first night of elimination, The Woz and former GoGo Belinda Carlisle were in the dreaded bottom two couples.  Having tied in the dance-off, the audience vote was added.  Who would get the axe? Good-bye, Belinda — Woz gets to stay another week!

Who cares about such fluff?  DWTS isn’t finding a solution for global warming, pioneering biomedical research, or exploring the cosmos.  I would argue that DWTS is an oasis in contemporary culture.

At last year’s UP Experience, Malcolm Gladwell spoke about the dangers of valuing the prodigy, the wunderkind, the  immediate payoff, to the exclusion of the late-bloomer.  He stated that if Matisse or Fleetwood Mac were getting started today, no investor or producer would have the patience to allow them to grow into greatness.  Their work would have been lost to us, because they weren’t “overnight successes.”  Leap back to DWTS, the program that showcases hard work, high standards, and the ability to learn and improve.

Steve Wozniak started ballroom dancing five weeks ago. He’s had two weeks of competition.  He is a beginner, and he is a fast learner.  Having made some footwork mistakes on Monday night, he analyzed the problem, perceived the pattern, and was able to correct it. The studio audience gave him a standing ovation, and Twitter went wild. Dancers and audience members alike learn, over the course of the season, to make ever finer distinctions.  Even though the back-stories can be a little cheesy and often seem like unnecessary padding in the bloated show, they allow us to witness the personal growth of the contestants.  Real growth and development.  That’s extraordinary, especially in prime time.   Everyone learns, and the American Public learns to appreciate the process and the plain old hard work behind the scenes that leads to excellence and ultimately, to the best possible performance.  Who knew that Dancing With The Stars would demonstrate — DEPTH?

Interesting lessons often hide in unexpected places.  So, I’ll be  rooting for Steven Wozniak for as long as he can stay in the dancing game.  I’ll bet on a learner any day.

posted by MaryBeth Smith

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