Meet the Future at UP 2010

Meet the Future at UP 2010

Got Innovation?

October 21st is almost here and there’s still time to register for the 2010 Annual Houston Unique Perspectives Conference.

Register now. There’s just something different about hearing world-class speakers, live, in a world-class city.

The ambience is gorgeous – cool, dry, blue sunlit sky, cloudscapes to dream for; soft-spoken, multi-cultural, Houstonian hospitality.

More innovation, demographics, enterprise, and courtesy in one place than you can shake a stick at!

The Annual Houston Unique Perspectives Conference
A World Class Experience in a World Class City

OCTOBER 21ST, 2010

. Barbara McKnight from Culinaire Catering
. Randy Evans from Haven
. Giancarlo Ferrara from Arcodoro
. Ryan Pera from Revival Meats Grocery & Market
. John Sheely from Mockingbird
. Topped off with dessert from renowned pastry chef Rebecca Masson

. Divas World Productions


As one of the preeminent leaders in the entertainment industry for nearly four decades, Michael Eisner is best known for his legendary tenure as both Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, where he grew revenues from $1.7 billion to more than $30 billion. A firm believer that every great institution needs a partnership to really achieve greatness, Mr. Eisner comes to The UP Experience to personally introduce his new book, Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed, and to share his personal stories about our world’s most successful collaborations.

From Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond, Dan Buettner has found the Blue Zones: places in the world where people live remarkably long, full lives. Now this best-selling author, popular longevity expert, and dynamic speaker comes to The UP Experience to give you the surprisingly easy recipe for health, happiness, and longevity. 

To bring to life “The Five Greatest Technologies Coming in the Next Five Years” it would take a theater and music geek, Broadway composer, celebrity Mac coach, best-selling author, accomplished magician, and publisher. David Pogue is all that, and the personal-technology columnist whose column, “State of the Art,” appears every Thursday in The New York Times.

Luis von Ahn pioneered CAPTCHA, the technology for those scrambled, wavy-looking codes that hundreds of thousands of humans type in for online security. A professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. von Ahn is an expert on crowd sourcing, or Human Computation, and will speak on “The Computational Power of Humans and Computers” and explain what those CAPTCHAs are really about.

Twelve-year-old child prodigy Adora Svitak has been called “a tiny literary giant” by Diane Sawyer of Good Morning America, is a frequent speaker at universities and on national television shows, and is an award-winning host of a daily video conference for students around the world. She’s here to energize your life by sharing “Why Adults Should Learn from Children.”

Gracie Cavnar founded the Recipe for Success Foundation in 2005, which is responsible for creating grass-roots programs in our schools to combat childhood obesity. Recognized internationally, Gracie’s award-winning efforts include numerous articles and TV appearances, a PBS cooking show for kids, urban gardening, and much, much more.

“What Does It Mean to Build Green?” Steve Thomas is here to clarify the question now and for the future, and he’s bringing the lessons of a lifetime plus the most up-to-date developments. Steve is the Emmy-Award Winning former host of This Old House, an experienced home renovator, and the host of Renovation Nation on Planet Green.

Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, former publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, co-founder of the ongoing Hacker’s Conference, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital cultures. His newest book, What Technology Wants, comes out this October and has already been called “a tour de force,” “a provocative and important book,” and “unputdownable.” He will be sharing his amazing insights on “Predicting the Next 5,000 Days of the Web.

“What Would the Founding Fathers Be Thinking about the Future of Our Government?” Wendy Schiller gives you the clues and an updated perspective, based on the original writings of our founders. Dr. Schiller is the Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University and the former legislative assistant to both Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo. She will be discussing the huge implications for changes in modern politics today and tomorrow.

Where many see only economic depression, Richard Florida sees opportunity. In his latest book, The Great Reset, Florida examines the moments in history when our society reacts to extreme upheaval by recasting itself and creating new technologies and technological systems to meet a completely new set of needs. Also recognized as the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Florida will speak to UP 2010 attendees about the demographic shifts changing how our global economy grows and functions.

The fields of study of prolific and influential neuroscientist David Eagleman have taken him from time perception and synesthesia to the intersection of neuroscience and the legal system. Oh, and in his free time, he writes internationally bestselling fiction. Eagleman so enthralled last year’s audience, we’ve asked him back for his second UP appearance in October. As one of our 14 speakers and our emcee, Eagleman promises to unlock the door to an entirely new world existing within your own brain.

Can loans as small as $25 lift developing-world entrepreneurs out of poverty? Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, the revolutionary microlending website, is making it happen. Her groundbreaking organization has loaned more than $100 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 182 countries. Jessica will speak on “Kiva and Social Media: Creating Unstoppable Momentum for Growth.”

This is your wakeup call: Getting enough sleep is the key to being fully alert, dynamic, energetic, and happy and to leading a long, healthy life, and Dr. James Maas can prove it. This fascinating psychologist and sought-after speaker conducts research on the relationship between sleep and performance, has produced nine prime time national television specials for PBS, and has won honors in 42 film festivals. He will be at UP talking about his new book, Sleep for Success: Everything You Must Know About Sleep, But Are Too Tired To Ask!

In these days of immediate gratification, Bill Nye is the Science Guy who has everyone from kids to adults craving to know how it all works. Bill is a scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor. He’s won 28 Emmys, is currently the host of one show on PBS and another on the Science Channel, and is the author of five books. His mission is to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help our UP audience understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

Dennis Littky has spent the last forty years working tirelessly to radically change the education system. His Big Picture Learning design has led to the creation of a network of 75 schools in 20 cities nationally and 20 abroad. His work in New Hampshire was featured in the NBC movie A Town Torn Apart, based on the book Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School. At UP 2010 Dennis will be talking about the future of our educational system.


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