The Feast 2014
October 9-11th, 2014, Brooklyn, NY
Ben HuhWebsite Twitter
A former journalist turned successful entrepreneur, Ben Huh has been credited with pioneering Internet culture as entertainment, crowdsourcing, and bringing Internet memes to the mainstream. Since first acquiring I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007, Huh has grown the media company to now include more than 50 online humor sites that generate more than 200 million page views monthly. His Internet culture empire includes popular sites such as FAIL Blog, The Daily What, Know Your Meme and Memebase. Cheezburger has also released five books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers, and was the focus of the LOLwork reality television series, which aired on the Bravo network in 2012. The Internet culture connoisseur has been featured in many high-profile media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Mashable, WIRED, Inc., and TIME.
Emmy Award-Winning DirectorWebsite Twitter
Ben Tricklebank is one of the industry’s most celebrated directors who prides himself on his interdisciplinary visual expertise. His career has focused on finding innovative ways to engage with audiences, and his cutting-edge work has been recognized globally. Ben’s recent projects include “Gran Turismo First Love,” a TV spot and interactive documentary, “Mini Cooper: Final Test Drives,” a set of five 60 second spots, “Clouds Over Cuba,” an interactive documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, “Google: Art, Copy, Code,” a dynamic, personalized film trailer, “Light Echoes,” a multimedia art piece created in collaboration with data visualization specialist Aaron Koblin, and “JAM with Chrome,” a web experience that allows friends to play live music together through the Chrome browser. “Clouds Over Cuba” was the most awarded digital project in the US for 2013, taking home an Emmy, a One Show Gold, a D&AD Yellow Pencil, 11 Cannes Lions, 2 Gold ADC Awards, and a Gold Clio.
Psychotherapist and Organizational ConsultantWebsite Twitter
Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on personal and professional relationships. She is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED talk reached nearly 5 million viewers in the first year.
Founder and CEO, KollaboraWebsite Twitter
Nora Abousteit is the founder and CEO of Kollabora. Nora writes as a startup mentor for the WSJ’s The Accelerators blog. She is a member of the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, a mentor at Highway1 a hardware incubator, and on the panel of experts to steer Cornell Tech's new Masters of Science program in Connective Media. Before starting Kollabora, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community BurdaStyle.com, with one million members now the largest sewing community in the world.
Ayse BirselWebsite Twitter
Ayse Birsel has been designing award-winning products for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Target, Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota and TOTO. Ayse brings new solutions to old problems by thinking differently, using her user-centered, humanistic design approach and her unique process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™. Ayse is also known for her acclaimed workshops, Design the Life You Love for individuals and Design the Work You Love for corporations, applying her design process to help people design their life and work respectively. She is the recipient of the 2001 Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and numerous design awards including the IDEA Gold Award and ID Magazine Award.
World Record Breaking CyclistWebsite Twitter
James Bowthorpe is a modern day explorer interested in cities and the environments that surround and support them. Hudson River Project is an unprecedented journey which will see James build a boat from Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson in the Adirondacks and make a descent of the river back to NYC. This project is a collaboration with co-director Antony Crook, post-rock band Mogwai, Emmy award winner Ben Tricklebank, executive producers Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis (The Imposter) and executive producer Dylan Williams (global chief strategy and innovation officer Publicis Group). In 2009 James broke the world record for circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. He has exhibited film work at MACBA and ICA, worked for the OSCE monitoring the first democratic elections in Kosovo and is a research fellow at the Institute for Psychiatry in London.
Harley K. Dubois
Co-Founder, Burning ManWebsite Twitter
Harley K. Dubois is a co-founder and Chief Transition Officer of the 501c-3 Burning Man Project, and currently oversees the complex transition of the Burning Man for-profit event production company into a subsidiary under the non-profit. Harley is also a founding member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, where she chairs the grants committee and acts as the foundation's liaison with Burning Man Project. In her 20 years' involvement with Burning Man and as the former City Operations Manager, Harley led the way in developing much of Black Rock City's Community Services departments and management infrastructure. She originated Theme Camp Placement, Greeters, Playa Info, Burning Man Information Radio, and kindled the development of all other Community Services teams.
Raghava KKWebsite Twitter
Named by CNN as one of the 10 most remarkable people in 2010, Raghava KK is a renowned Indian artist and a tech entrepreneur. He was inducted into the National Geographic Society as an Emerging Explorer for bringing together science, art, and technology in the field of exploration. His iPad art book Popit, launched at TED, shakes up the concept of the ideal family and presents children with multiple perspectives at the earliest stage. The book won several awards, including a Best of 2011 award from Kirkus. Raghava is on the Board of the INK Conference and is the chair of the INK Fellows Program. He recently wrote the foreword for Mass General Hospital's textbook on psychiatry, in which he discusses the importance of cultural sensitivity, perspectives, and empathy in psychiatry. Currently, he is the CEO and co-founder of Flipsicle, a tech startup out of New York and Sweden, which brings together creativity, technology, and empathy.
Director of Digital Initiatives, Tribeca Film InstituteWebsite Twitter
An innovator in interactive storytelling and maker culture, Ingrid Kopp oversees the TFI New Media Fund. Recent supported projects include Alma, Hollow, Lyka’s Adventure and Question Bridge. Ingrid leads the Institute’s other digital and interactive programs including the TFI Interactive conference and the Tribeca Hacks hackathon series bringing storytellers, technologists and designers together to explore new projects and collaborations. She also curates the Tribeca Storyscapes program for interactive, transmedia work at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ingrid is constantly working at the intersection between storytelling, technology, design and social change and is a frequent speaker on the subject.
Wolff OlinsWebsite Twitter
John Hearn is a Global Principal at Wolff Olins. In his role, he leads teams to help clients achieve far-reaching goals and has invented new products, services, and business models from the ground up. He is co-author of Future of Money report who continues to apply his experience to inspiring others. Amy Lee is a Senior Strategist at Wolff Olins whose strength lies in creating and leading meaningful workshops that push others to think outside of the box. Amy is a rigorous and creative thinker who uses her commercial and corporate experience to bring a fresh perspective to brand strategy and innovation. Mark Bosse is an Associate Strategist at Wolff Olins. Mark as worked on a range of strategy engagements bringing his research prowess to bear on helping complex organizations take an insights-driven approach to solving their challenges.
Zach ReederWebsite Twitter
A 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Zach Reeder demonstrates considerable expertise in the design fabrication and flight testing of some of the world’s most innovative aircraft. His work at Scaled Composites has been characterized by increasing levels of responsibility. He currently oversees the design and fabrication of the wing for the soon-to-be largest aircraft in the world. He has shared his enthusiasm for composites with high schools and universities.
CEO, American ElementsWebsite Twitter
Michael Silver is a high technology entrepreneur and Chairman & CEO of American Elements (www.americanelements.com), a global manufacturer with the world’s largest catalog of advanced materials. He is considered a pioneer in the fields of green technology, nanotechnology, materials science, robotics and space flight. He has appeared on numerous television shows and is often quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and many other publications. His philanthropy includes sponsoring hundreds of science & technology conferences and festivals globally and television shows such as a 4 part NOVA series on PBS entitled “Making Stuff”. American Elements has manufacturing operations in Los Angeles, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Monterrey, Mexico; Baotou, China and Manchester, UK. Michael holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.
Jimmy SticeWebsite Twitter
Jimmy is working to build the world's most sustainable modern town in a valley in Panama, in response to the way we have been developing the built environment for the last 60 years and the impact that has had on our communities, our environments, and our economy. An hour northeast of downtown Panama City, Panama rests the 7,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest that is Kalu Yala; Jimmy's brainchild in progress to become the world's most sustainable residential community. Raised in real estate investing, educated in marketing, and still in the school of hard knocks for community development, Jimmy's work is a lifestyle in progress.
Overall, I cannot sing the virtues of the event loudly enough. The biggest win? It was downright FUN without losing the gravity and genuine curiosity of topics and members alike. I can't wait for next year.Toby Boudreaux, CTO of Control Group