High Order Ignite - Sponsored by Omidyar Network

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High Order Ignite is a session of rapid-fire presentations that highlight companies and technologies that may well change the world. A mashup of O’Reilly Media’s community Ignite talks and Web 2’s High Order Bits, five hand-selected companies will have exactly 5 minutes on stage. The winner, chosen by sponsor Omidyar Network, will receive a meeting with Pierre Omidyar.

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Brady Forrest

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
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Bre Pettis

MakerBot Industries

BRE PETTIS is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he’s created new media for Etsy.com, hosted Make: Magazine’s Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.

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Daniel Fletcher


Dan Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department and Biophysics Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focuses on the development of biomedical devices and the study of cell movements in health and disease. Dr. Fletcher received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research has received an NSF CAREER Award, a National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Award, multiple patents, and was named “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science magazine. Dr. Fletcher is also Deputy Director of the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Faculty Affiliate of the QB3 and CITRIS Institutes, a member of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Group, and was recently named a White House Fellow.

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Rolf Herken

mental images GmbH

Rolf Herken is the CEO and CTO of mental images GmbH, the company he had founded in 1986. mental images is the recognized international leader in providing component and platform software for the creation, manipulation and visualization of 3D content. He drives the company’s innovative technologies and products with primary responsibility for Research, Development, Technology Strategy and for the Company’s OEM strategy and business. In 1999 he founded the company incremental images, Inc. in San Francisco to develop the technology that is now known under the product name RealityServer. The company was later acquired by mental images GmbH. In November 2007 he sold mental images GmbH to NVIDIA Corporation.
Since then mental images is a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA.

Before founding mental images, Rolf Herken was a researcher at the Institute for Theory of Elementary Particles, FU Berlin, where he worked on Computability Aspects of Physical Theory, in particular of Quantum Gravity.

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Jacquelyn Ford Morie

USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Jacquelyn Ford Morie is currently a Senior Researcher at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), working in the fields of immersive and mobile technologies with a focus on their convergence. Before ICT, she spent six years in the animation and effects industry at Disney Feature Animation, Blue Sky|VIFX and the award winning Rhythm & Hues, creating specialized training programs for both traditional and digital aspects of production. From 1990 to 1994, Morie worked as an artist, researcher and educator at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her Virtual Reality work at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training involved creating scenarios and environments designed to evoke emotional responses from their participants. In addition, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for UCF’s new Film and Animation Program, developing a complete Computer Animation degree specialization.

Morie has been an active member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Community since 1984 and served as Director at Large on the Executive Council of ACM SIGGRAPH from 2002-2004. For the 1994 SIGGRAPH Conference she served as Co-Chair of the 1994 SIGGRAPH emerging technology venue “The Edge.” Over the years her conference activities have ranged from exhibiting artist to reviewer, to panel organizer, to presenter. She has been a vital member of the SIGGRAPH Education Committee over the years, active in both research and conference activities for the group. Morie was also instrumental in developing the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee, where the focus is to expand and enhance the SIGGRAPH arts community presence.

She is a member of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, the International Digital Games Association (IDGA), the International Visual Effects Society, Women and Games International, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), and the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR). She recently earned her doctorate on theories of space and embodiment in immersive virtual environments. Her current ICT project is to create a healing center for veterans in the online virtual world, Second Life, which includes intelligent conversational agents as guides and helpers.

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Dennis Crowley


Dennis Crowley is the Co-founder and CEO of foursquare. Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the U.S., which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round in the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine and Newsweek. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Dennis holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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  • SAP
  • Juniper Networks
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Ovi by Nokia
  • Intel
  • MySpace.com
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • mental images
  • Answers.com
  • Atigeo
  • Unity Media Group
  • Omidyar Network
  • The Business Insider
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Mashable
  • Nextgov
  • Topix.net
  • VentureBeat

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