Keynote Speaker: Harry Collins, Ph.D.

Friday, March 23rd, 12:45-2:00pm

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He is a Professor of Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. He has written for over 30 years on the sociology of gravitational wave physics.



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Keynote Speaker: Ross Baird


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He is the founder and CEO of Village Capital and author of Innovation Blind Spot (2017).  Ross Baird is a pioneer of the democratization of entrepreneurship. Village Capital subverts power asymmetries in venture capital decision-making by empowering entrepreneurs. Baird argues that entrepreneurs are less susceptible to making decisions based upon pattern recognition – that is, based upon what has worked well in the past – as expert-managers do. Entrepreneurs, themselves, are better at forecasting and, therefore, better decision-makers concerning the potential of new ideas.


Keynote Speaker: Vint Cerf


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Vint Cerf is well-known as one of the fathers of the internet, and is currently – among other things – Google’s internet evangelist. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.