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Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good

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We move through our days with our smartphone apps in hand and mind, noticing and tracking our ideas and experiences into personal lifestreams of information. Can the data we're recording about our daily progress be used for the greater public good? This conversation will explore the potential for integrating information from individuals' mobile apps into aggregated data sets in areas as diverse as cultural trends, medicine and environmental science.



Shawn Achor CEO Good Think Inc

Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for "Positive Psychology," the most popular course at Harvard at the time. In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential have received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR.

Steve Brown Exec Producer/Dir Spark Pictures LLC

Steve Brown, Co-Founder and CEO,

Steve Brown, Co-Founder and CEO of, has led several innovative technology companies to build Internet, mobile, and content management businesses. At Catch, he spearheads the development of mobile applications that provide active creative people with anytime, anywhere access to their ideas and information.

Prior to Catch, Steve was entrepreneur in residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), where he pursued the application of Internet technologies and services to empower consumers and encourage healthier lifestyles. Before that, Steve served as CEO and founder of Health Hero Network (now a subsidiary of Robert Bosch Healthcare), a pioneer of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. At Health Hero Network Steve led the development of Health Buddy, a communication system that makes it easier for patients to record and share vital health information. His innovations have resulted in over 132 US patents.

Steve currently serves on the board of directors of Agile Sports Technologies, an online coaching and video content management system used by leading sports teams, and speaks at industry events such as SXSW and MedTech.

Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Stanford University.

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