We’d like to invite you to join Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation on Decemer 8th at 6:30 pm E/T for an exclusive webcast event with some of today’s most compelling innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders whose innovations have changed the way we live and made the world a better place. Hear personal stories of inspiration, success and innovation as we celebrate the 2014 Siemens Competition National Finalists – LIVE from Washington, DC.
CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield will lead a lively discussion with CEO’s, philanthropists and corporate leaders at the forefront of innovation. Be a part of the experience as they answer students’ questions and engage our virtual audience with their unique perspectives on business, entrepreneurship and the future needs of today’s world.
And don’t forget, every person who registers for the event will be entered in to win a GoPro Hero Black!
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Our host, Fredricka Whitfield is an anchor for CNN. Based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Whitfield also works as a correspondent for the network, reporting on breaking news events worldwide. Since joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield has reported from the Persian Gulf Region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, from Beijing, China during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and from Washington, D.C. during the 2009 presidential inauguration. Before CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News and other programs for the network including The Today Show and Dateline NBC. Whitfield has covered such stories as the 2000 Presidential Race and ballot recount as well as multiple extreme weather events involving tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes across America.
INNOVATOR for FUN, Chris Anderson, has changed the way we connect, innovate and play by transforming what was once strictly for military use into a market that has expanded into global commerce for everyone. 3D Drones allows photographers, filmmakers and farmers to easily see where it was previously prohibitive to do so for safety or cost reasons. Consumer drones have soared to become a $450M industry – up 45% in the last year. And these drones not only provide great visuals, but also allow for data capture and increased efficiencies for those who employ them. Not only has Chris forever changed the landscape of entertainment and business, he is an accomplished author of three books, The Long Tail, Free: The Future of Radical Price and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.
INNOVATOR for LIFE, Suneel Gupta, has helped to make the world a better place by developing several of the popular products that influence not only the business world but our personal lives as well. His work at Mozilla Labs, Tata, Accenture and Groupon has not only impacted and improved business processes across several industries, but his most recent venture, Rise, is truly making a difference in people’s lives by improving their health in a meaningful way as a result of personal experience. As a child, Suneel struggled with his weight and had also watched as his parents grappled with their health issues. Recognizing that others face many of the same complications he and his family dealt with, Suneel founded Rise in the hopes of helping others. Rise connects users with a registered dietitian to assist in them in reaching their goals. Beyond his work in the business world, Suneel is also a lawyer, filmmaker and speechwriter having started his career as a speechwriter in the Clinton White House and produced the Kahani Movement.
INNOVATOR for LIFE, Laura Schewel, has changed the way we live and thrive in an incredible way by revolutionizing how driving data is utilized. Not only did she conceptualize the process by which this is done, but she also convinced the keepers of that information – cell phone companies and GPS navigation services – to share that data. Her startup, StreetLight Data, analyzes those statistics and provides detailed maps of where, when and how people travel through cities. This not only makes the process of designing and updating roadways a simpler and less expensive process than before, it provides an extraordinary benefit to commerce. Valuable information about a community’s travel habits allows for businesses to accurately place their next store, maximizing sales and ensuring success not only for the merchant but the community as well.
INNOVATOR for GOOD, Jessica Jackley, has forever changed the way we live and thrive globally by providing struggling entrepreneurs throughout the world access to the financial resources needed to succeed. Ms. Jackely co-founded the groundbreaking micro-lending website, Kiva.org, having been inspired by a lecture given by Pulitzer Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus’ on his pioneering work in microcredit and microfinance. However, Jessica’s journey to becoming an incredible agent for change began years earlier. During high school, she volunteered in Haiti and later interned with World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization. Jessica also participated in a Semester at Sea while a student at Bucknell University. And by the spring of 2004, she was working in East Africa with rural entrepreneurs inspired to help the poor and underserved by providing more than just one-time donations. Her innovation allows small business people the opportunity to put their own ideas and efforts to work by connecting them to everyday people – lenders – worldwide. Kiva.org officially launched by October 2005 and has since facilitated over $500M from lenders to entrepreneurs in over 200 countries.