Keynote Speakers

Dr. Saul GriffithDr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT.  He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco,, HowToons and Makani Power.  Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor’s award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize.  A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications.  Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production.  Saul co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen.  Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics.  Saul is a columnist and contributor to Make and Craft magazines.




Tom SteyerTom Steyer is the founder and co-managing partner of Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C., one of the country’s most successful investment firms. He and his wife, Kat Taylor, joined Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and other high-wealth Americans in the “Giving Pledge,” a promise to donate the majority of their wealth to charitable and nonprofit activities during their lifetimes. Tom and Kat are also the founders of OneCaliforniaBank, an Oakland, California community development bank now called One PacificCoast Bank. Tom recently teamed with George Schultz, former Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State, to defeat California’s Proposition 23, which would have rolled back new state environmental laws. Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.