The Boston Globe correspondent and "Innovation Economy" contributor will host the morning sessions of the 2014 conference.
Topic: "Raising Tomorrow’s Global Citizen in Today’s Playful Village"
Naureen Meraj is the Senior Global Director for Gamification and Employee Engagement at NTT DATA, creating the Gamification practice in an effort to improve learning, collaboration, sales, customer loyalty and employee productivity through the use of game mechanics and immersive game-like experiences. Most recently, she founded iGAME, the first organization to focus on increasing innovation and adoption of educational games in public schools.
Nathan Nunn is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, cultural economics, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.
Topic: "Taking Risks and Creating Serendipity: How big steps can aid large and small communities"
Sarah Oktay is the managing director of UMass Boston's Nantucket Field Station. Oktay is a chemical oceanographer by training, but she is passionate about educating the public about major environmental issues on the Cape and Islands.
WBUR's senior reporter and host of NPR's All Things Considered will host the afternoon sessions of the 2014 IDEAS UMass Boston conference.
Topic: "Neuroscience and Other Minds"
Rebecca Saxe is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Her lab studies Theory of Mind as a case study in the deeper and broader question: how does the brain - an electrical and biological machine - construct abstract thoughts?
Food Rescue Activist
A native Bostonian, Ashley Stanley founded Lovin' Spoonfuls in 2010, picking up wholesome, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distributing it to community nonprofits that feed Greater Boston’s hungry.
Cofounder of Bounce Imaging, which creates durable low-cost cameras and sensors that first responders can toss into dangerous areas to find survivors of crises, and determine whether the areas are safe for entry. Aguilar came up with the idea while reading about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; after that crisis, he says, thousands of people were buried in rubble, yet few search teams had the expensive fiberoptic cameras needed to find victims.
The principal and senior associate principal of ADD, Inc., Boley and Roy are architects and urban designers who specialize in multifamily residential, academic, and commercial projects. Their work revolves around making urban architecture less cold, and more sensuous and emotional. They share a commitment to accessible architecture that drives their thinking on innovative housing such as micro-units.
A member of the research faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cadrin is an expert in general fisheries science, including resource management and issues of overfishing. He does research with local fishermen to determine how best to balance their livelihoods with protecting fish populations.
Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, an organization that helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research by providing them with necessary resources they often do not have access to, including lab equipment, training, and introductions to key influencers in their field.