Sophia the Robot
Monday Morning General Session
In Greek, the word Sophia means wisdom. Sophia, a human-like robot, is a unique combination of science, engineering, and artistry. She was created by Dr. David Hanson of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. Many believe she personifies the future of AI advanced robotics. She speaks about how robotics and AI will become an integral part of everyone’s life and work.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
Monday Afternoon General Session
Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie wow audiences with their improvisational skills in their live, two-man show, ‘Scared Scriptless!’. Using only audience suggestions, they make up hilarious scenes and songs on the spot, bringing spectators onstage to participate in the mayhem. Brad, an American, is best known for his 18 seasons on the TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Colin, who hails from Scotland, has appeared in several feature films and TV shows.
Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Innovation, National University System
Sunday Opening General Session
Dr. Michelle Weise’s work has concentrated on preparing adults for the jobs of tomorrow. She is the author of Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet, and her commentaries have been featured in The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. Thinkers50 named her one of 30 management and leadership thinkers to watch in 2021. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Harvard and Stanford.
Former VP of Innovation & Creativity, Walt Disney Company
Tuesday General Session
As head of innovation and creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate; creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. His unique approach to design thinking places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas. He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and the University of Florida.