Are You Smarter Than Your Brain?: The Big Picture of Big Data
Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
With the explosion of infographics and big data, maps aren’t just about geography anymore. They can tell us all kinds of things about the human experience. Join Kal Penn, host and producer of National Geographic Channel’s (NGC’s) new series “The Big Picture With Kal Penn,” and David Konschnik, executive producer, for an interactive and fast-paced panel filled with videos and experiments.
The panel, like the forthcoming show, is about finding the unexpected and sometimes surprising realities in both the world at large and our own backyard, revealed by crunching the numbers and finding new ways to visualize data. Learn about data and the people around you on topics that will range from how people spend their free time to sex to personality and character. You may even learn something surprising about yourself. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peak of the new series “The Big Picture” before it premieres on National Geographic Channel.
National Geographic Television
TV Host, Actor, & White House Staffer
National Geographic Channel
Kal Penn is known for his starring roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, the Harold and Kumar franchise, among others. Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate d...Show the rest
Kal Penn is known for his starring roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, the Harold and Kumar franchise, among others. Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford University.
Penn currently stars in the CBS Dramedy “Battle Creek” for Vince Gilligan and David Shore, airing Sundays at 10pm. He recently wrapped production on a number of independent films, including, “Sisterhood of Night”, “Outliving Emily”, “Dementemania” and “Stereotypically You”.
From 2009 to 2011, Penn took a sabbatical from acting, and served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused primarily on outreach related to Young Americans, including related issues such as the Affordable Care Act, repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and veterans benefits for servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
On the big screen, Penn has starred in various independent films and blockbusters. The New York Times called his lead role in Mira Nair's The Namesake a, "crackling, star-making performance." Penn has also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).