2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Equipping & Inspiring the Next Generation

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Join Dean Kamen, a master inventor, engineer and humanitarian, compared to Edison for his contributions to humanity, for an unforgettable and insightful hour. Inventor of a host of groundbreaking inventions like the Auto Syringe, Segway, revolutionary wheelchairs, assistive medical devices and the “Luke” robotic arm, Kamen is on a mission to help end world poverty with pioneering devices capable of producing sustainable energy and purified water anywhere in the world. He is also the founding father of FIRST® (For Recognition and Inspiration of Science and Technology), his investment in the world’s future. Designed to experientially empower youth with essential project-based skills in science, technology, engineering and math, FIRST® Robotics competitions are tangibly changing lives and outcomes of youth around the world. You’ll be inspired to contribute your talent and resources to help make the next generation one worth celebrating. Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series.



Dean Kamen


FIRST/DEKA Research & Development Corporation

Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor who has been compared to Edison for his contributions to humanity. Perhaps best known for inventing the Segway, Dean holds more than 450 technology patents and has invented ground breaking technologies that are changing lives around the world; from the first drug pumps and revolutionary stair-climbing wheelchairs, to the “Luke” robotic arm and pioneering inventions in energy and water that will help end poverty in developing nations. Dean's non-profit, FIRST® (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is a global program for K-12 students, designed to experientially engage and inspire the next generation of young technology innovators through mentoring, good sportsmanship and robotics competitions. Dean is an award-winning inventor, an adviser to World Leaders, and a mentor who presents remarkable insight and plan-spoken truth in a manner that inspires and challenges others.

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