Design Director of the Obama campaign
Scott’s dream of rationalizing the irrational theory of the golden ratio came to a halt when he became the Design Director for the Obama campaign ´08. Two years later, he crowdfunded and self-published ‘Designing Obama’, a chronicle on the role of art and design in the political realm. With over $80K, ‘Designing Obama’ was one of the very first crowdfunded projects that ever hit such high numbers.
Game Developer & Designer
Brian has been behind some of the greatest RPG franchises of all time including ‘The Bard’s Tale’, ‘Wasteland’, ‘Neuromancer’, ‘Dragon Wars’, ‘Stonekeep’, and the hits ‘Baldur’s Gate’, ‘Icewind Dale’, and ‘Planescape Torment’. Currently he is working on creating ‘Wasteland 2’ and ‘Torment – Tides of Numenera’. For each game, he raised his budget via the crowd which is what makes him one of the most successful crowdfunders ever and a pioneer in his field.
Molly is the founder of ‘Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School’ and has drawn for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Red Bull, and Playgirl. She also illustrated eight books. To date, Molly has an impressive list of art projects financed via crowdfunding, such as “Week in Hell” and “Shell Game”.
Zach is ‘The Ringleader of the Freak Circus’, a title which many translate to ‘CEO of Freaker USA’. The company makes knit drink insulators in the USA and originally launched into the business space through a crowdfunding campaign. Zach and his team of galavants are re-structuring the boundaries of wild creativity that has, up until this point, been a defining limit of the business world. He also really enjoys pancakes.
Eric von Hippel
Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For decades, Eric has been and is one of the leading academics dealing with the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. His research discovers and explores how communities of users are actually becoming such powerful innovation ‘engines’ that they are increasingly driving manufacturers and brands out of product development altogether. In short: Eric is the one who saw it all coming long before others.
David Alan Grier
Professor at George Washington University
David is an Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is also currently serving as President for the IEEE Computer Society. His writing and work deal with the interactions between technology and people, how technology can change organizations and systems, and influence ways of interacting. David is the author of books such as ‘The Company We Keep’ and ‘When Computers where Human’.