On November 30th and December 1st, 2010, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world came together for an historic gathering - the 2010 World Technology Summit & Awards, the eighth Summit and ninth Awards thus far! - to celebrate each other's accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.
The majority of Summit participants were either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of "the greatest likely long-term significance") or 2010 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions... and potentially-career-altering-networking opportunities over two days concluded with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night.
David Clinch is the former Senior International Editor and Social Media expert for CNN. He is the Editorial Director of Storyful.com and Founder of Clinch Media.
Lily Mazahery is an Iranian-American lawyer, feminist, human rights defender, and social and political activist. Founder and president of the Legal Rights Institute, Mazahery represents some of the most high profile political dissidents, human rights activists and victims of human rights violations around the world. She has directed a substantial portion of her work towards assisting individual victims of human rights violations and political dissidents, particularly in Iran. As a member of various international rights organizations, groups, and campaigns, Mazahery has been a strong advocate of equal rights for women in Islamic countries, which include the abolishment of stoning executions and honor killings.
Ehsan Moghaddasi received his MA (2008, with honors) from the University of Tehran, in dramatic literature and criticism. His dissertation focused on a comparative study of Mikhail Bakhtin theories about literature and society, especially Dialogism and carnivalesque forms of performing arts. He is now a PhD candidate in social anthropology at the Boston University focusing on 'Social Movements and New Media' from an interdisciplinary perspective. In July 2009, he gave a presentation on Iranian nationalism at the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies' Conference hosted by the University of Manchester, UK, where he focused on the emergence of nationalism and its influence on escalating ethnic conflicts in Iran from an historical perspective. He made more than six presentations at conferences organized by the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies which were hosted by the University of Exeter, UK; University of Virginia, University of Ottawa and so forth.
David Clinch, former editor and social media expert for CNN, marvels at the amount of information and access to real-time events through social media. "Anyone who thinks that you cannot find out what's happening on the ground in a country, through the web and through social media, has not been paying attention."