Past Speakers


  • Sarah Richardson – How to Win Friends and Influence Bacteria: The Science Behind Biomanufacturing
  • Allan Basbaum – Translating the neurobiology of pain to chronic pain management: What does the crystal ball say?
  • David Nelson – The Natural History of the San Bruno Mountains



  • Jeff Kirschner – Litterati: The Community that’s Crowdsource-Cleaning the Planet
  • Pieter Abbeel – Artificial Intelligence: Cutting through the Hype and What’s Really Happening
  • Ryan Scott – Crossing the Final Frontier: Space Exploration, Biology, and Health
  • Will Wright – A Roadmap for our Gigital Lives
  • Dr. Daniel Kammen  – An Energy Future the Earth Can Live With



  • William Jagust – Memory, The Aging Brain, and the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dr. Cristal Glangchai – From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs
  • Scott Manley – Can You Learn Rocket Science from Video Games?
  • Dr. David Grinspoon – Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Future
  • MJ Marggraff – Far and Away: Going Beyond Earth Without Going Crazy



  • Edwin F. Erickson, NASA Ames Research Center (retired)- NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Program
  • Christopher McKay – Life on Mars: Past and Future
  • Dr. Robert Knight – Insights into Human Behavior from Neurological Patients
  • Scott Hutchins – Novel Science: The Making of A Working Theory of Love



  • Peter H. Gleick – The Future of Water for California and the World
  • Ed Finn – How to Build a Dream Machine
  • Steven Shepard – From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability
  • Bill Nye – Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



  • Will Wright – Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
  • Tom Atchison – Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
  • Carl Haber – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses – Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose – Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana – Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics



  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O’Brien – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon – Astrobiologist
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko – Astrophysicist
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero – Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss – President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer



  • Brian David Johnson – Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt – Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy – Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana – Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics



  • Dr. Michio Kaku – Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach – Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben – American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden – Apollo 15 Astronaut