Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy?
The Open Science Summit is an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons and enable a new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
Zach Berke is in charge of tech development at Eureka Fund and is owner of Exygy, a web services and applications development company based in San Francisco.
Prior to founding Exygy, Berke conducted academic research on computational neuroscience and large scale WiFi networking. He graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College.
Founder and Principal of PlanningWorks, Larry Biddle, has provided strategy, communications and development guidance to nonprofits and political organizations for more than 35 years. As a leading national fundraiser, he has raised more than $350 million for nonprofit organizations and $31 million for political candidates. He served as deputy national finance director for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, where he worked extensively in the areas of Internet giving, direct mail and telemarketing.
He has a degree in organizational management from the University of Delaware and is an E-Commerce Fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Over the years Mark Friedgan has been a software developer, consultant, manager and executive. In that time he has learned when technology works and when it doesn't.
He has dealt with both successful and failed start-ups and is eager to apply successful entrepreneurial principles to the world of science.
Jason Blue Smith
Jason Smith developed Eureka Fund as a side project while working as Research Fellow for the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project. While leading research and field expeditions to investigate human origins, Smith saw colleagues - in particular younger scientists - with great projects who were struggling to fund their research. Eureka Fund grew out of his desire to see those projects realized.
Prior to National Geographic, Smith was Product Manager at Silicon Genetics, a bioinformatics company that was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2004. Smith graduated with Honors from Stanford University.
David Vitrant has been a scientist for over 10 years now. Working in a variety of fields and labs over the years. Currently he is in his last year of Graduate School in the Department of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
As a CMU alumnus and scientist he is used to working in interdisciplinary fields and is the driving force behind FundScience.