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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 9.28.11

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday marked one month until UP 2011. We can’t believe its already here! We’d love to hear which speaker you are most excited to hear this year!

And, while we’re busy with final preparations for this year’s UP Experience, our UP alumni have been busy pushing their initiatives forward. This past week:

John Gerzema at Inc.com took a look at “Why You Should Hire E-lancers,” citing UP 08 speaker Sir Ken Robinson‘s work on learning that takes place outside of the classroom and what these “citizen-teachers” can offer the rest of us.

As always tech companies are making headlines and UP 10 speaker David Pogue is breaking down the details for us. Don’t miss his analysis of Netflix’ recent announcement that it will be splitting off its DVD service into a separate service, Qwikster.

UP 09 alumni Michio Kaku was in the news this week as physicists around the world commented on an experiment that appeared to call into question Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Get UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely's advice on how to pay employees. Image courtesy of flickr/aresauburn

Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, who spoke at UP 09, took to BusinessWeek.com this week to talk about, “How to Pay People.”

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UP Alumni In The News 5.25.11

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Another Wednesday another round of great UP alumni in the news stories!

We know there are quite a few iPhone users in our audience. If you count yourself as one of them, don’t miss UP 10 speaker David Pogue‘s tips for how to make your iPhone battery last longer.

As the school year wraps up, UP 10 speaker Adora Svitak has weighed on the American Prom tradition.

In addition to marking an UP alumni in the news post, today also marks Oprah’s last show. In honor of the landmark UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger takes a look at the support Oprah has given his organization to help them build schools around the world.

UP 10 speaker Bill Nye was back in Texas this past week speaking in San Antonio about the money to be made in green industries.

Loved Michio Kaku at UP 09? Check out the space he works in everyday in “Desktop Diaries.”

As always we’d love to get your feedback on these stories! Surprised by Michio Kaku’s office? Are you making money in the green economy?

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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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UP Alumni In The News 5.4.11

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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Happy first Wednesday in May! We hope you caught yesterday’s latest speaker announcement – we are particularly proud to be bringing Dr. Anthony Atala to Houston.

As always, UP speakers past and present continue to make news. Below are some of this week’s biggest stories.

With gas prizes on the rise and summer vacations looming, U.S. News took a look at “Why $4 Gas Makes Consumers Freak Out” and cited a fantastic New York Times op-ed from way back in 2008 authored by UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely that is suddenly very timely again.

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell explained to The Atlantic why he is almost always 24 hours behind the news cycle. It was also announced that Gladwell’s work will be featured in a new sports and pop culture website being launched by ESPN’s The Sports Guy, aka Bill Simmons.

Also from The Atlantic, they’ve announced thatUP 10 speaker Richard Florida’s position as a senior editor there is expanding. Atlantic Media is now launching a website based on his work and vision, and if you’re in the job market, they’re looking for an editor.

UP 10 speaker David Pogue closed out the news cycle on Apple’s “Locationgate” in a write up on his blog.

Luis Von Ahn, another UP 10 speaker and inventor of reCAPTCHA has announced his next venture. A new site called Duolingo that will work on translations and help users learn new languages.

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