MIT Enterprise Forum: Boldly Explore Where No Enterprise Has Gone Before


Boldly Explore Where No Enterprise Has Gone Before: How Today's

Science Fiction Inspires Tomorrow's Innovation

Why you should attend:

You are an innovator looking for inspiration.  The creative, imaginative, and unexpected intrigue you. You are curious to be in the know about the companies in our region that are spearheading commercial developments that were born from the Sci-Fi world, NASA research, and neuroscience exploration. The ability to identify the dots that will be connected 20 years from now is at the top of your list.  You want to make a black swan  moment happen. THIS is the time and the place!

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When the moon project was announced by President Kennedy, it needed no time to sell itself to scientists and engineers and was quickly embraced by the public-at-large. The moon project had inhabited our imaginations first, through science fiction, long before it changed our whole economy. In time, the word spin-off became synonymous with the digital revolution, miniaturization and medical technology. Today San Diego is home to pioneers in Neuroscience and Genomics, and to Wireless Connectivity – each of which inhabit the visions of science fiction writers and XPrize contestants. At the nexus of Science Fiction, NASA and Neuroscience, our panelists will take us deeply into “space” in a provocative conversation to identify current and newly possible commercial innovations relevant to San Diego enterprises.


Moderator: Roger Bingham is the Co-founder and Director of The Science Network, a virtual forum dedicated to science and its impact on society, and a member of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute and the Institute for Neural Computation, UC San Diego. He is the co-author of The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self, and the creator and host of Emmy award-winning PBS science programs, including the critically acclaimed series The Human Quest. Bingham has received many honors for his communication of science – including the National Magazine Award and seven Los Angeles Emmy awards. He is also a member of the Director's Council of the UC San Diego Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM) and the Board of Advisers of Scientific American.



Confirmed Speaker: David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth, The Postman (filme in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Brin's newest novel EXISTENCE explores the ultimate question: Billions of planets are ripe for life: So where is Everybody?

Confirmed Speaker: Erik Viirre ​is the Medical and Technical Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. Viirre's primary appointment is Adjunct Professor in the UCSD Departments of Neurosciences, Surgery and Cognitive Science. At the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination, he is a Scholar-in-Residence. Viirre has done research for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy, DARPA and NASA and is an experienced technology developer with numerous patents and completed engineering projects.

November 12, 2014


5:00 PM Registration, Drinks and Appetizers, Networking
6:00 PM Welcome
6:10 PM Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30 PM Program Concludes; Book Signing, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30PM

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; Roth Auditorium                    2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
Connect members:  $55
MIT Alums:  $40
​Full-time Students:  $15
​On-Site: $75

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