Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are co-founders of EepyBird Studios, creators of award-winning viral videos for top brands. Beginning with "The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments," EepyBird Studios has connected global brands with over 150,000,000 consumers worldwide. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, have co-authored "The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know is Wrong and How to Do What Really Works" (McGraw-Hill Business, 2012) and "How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects" (Chronicle Books, 2013). Fritz also has over 20 years experience as a professional juggler, creative director, and choreographer for award-winning circus acts and stage performances. He has won five gold medals at the International Jugglers Championships, toured as lead actor and featured solo clown in the Cirque du Soleil spinoff "Birdhouse Factory," and set a world record for juggling way too many objects. Stephen’s lifelong involvement in unique and unusual performance began as a juggler and fire eater in the vibrant street-performing scene in San Francisco, but he also has a J.D. from the NYU School of Law and wor4ked for 20 years as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts in Massachusetts, where he won leading cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, land use, securities fraud, and civil racketeering.
Acclaimed author, curator, and art historian, Sarah Lewis has served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been selected for Oprah’s “Power List,” and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program. In the fall of 2014, she will be at Harvard University as a Du Bois Fellow. Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (2014) is a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative progress are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure. Her second book focused on on Frederick Douglass, photography, and the American Civil War, will be released by Harvard University Press in 2016. She has held positions at both the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Her essays on contemporary art have been published widely in magazines such as the New Yorker, Artforum and Art in America, and in publications including Rizzoli, the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is currently a board member of Creative Time, The Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts, the CUNY Graduate Center, the Harvard Alumni Association, and The Brearley School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.
Doreen is President of Quirky, where she oversees Product Development and Operations for this fast growing company. Prior to Quirky, Doreen worked at frog design for 16 years, 7 as President where she drove company strategy and oversaw worldwide operations and delivery and record growth. As a thought leader on design and innovation, she is a frequent resource to various business publications. Doreen has been featured by ABC, Bloomberg Radio, Fast Company, Fortune, The New York Times, and other media. She serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, 2011-2012 and Emerging Multi Nationals, 2013-2014. Doreen strongly believes that everything in life can be connected back to a lyric in a Ramones song.