PopTech and The Rockefeller Foundation are proud to announce the annual call for nominations for the Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program.
The 2014 program is focused on reinventing and democratizing livelihoods. The Fellows will explore how global economies are changing, the potential benefits and challenges of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, the opportunities unlocked by the emergence of sharing economies, and how to ensure citizens, in particular poor and vulnerable populations, are well-prepared to participate in these ever-changing contexts.
The program is seeking candidates from relevant fields such as design, economics, technology, art and social innovation. A diverse cohort of Fellows will be chosen for their technical and creative excellence and their demonstrated ability to work and think across disciplines.
Candidates must have an easy working proficiency in English, as the Fellows program will be held in English.
Nominations of candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome, and nominations of candidates from and/or based in Africa, Asia, or Latin America are strongly encouraged.
Candidates may work in the for-profit, nonprofit, academic, government, or other sectors.
Nominations will be open from December 2, 2013 to January 30, 2014.
Candidates must be nominated through the online nomination form.
Candidates may be self-nominated, or nominated by someone else.
Selections will be finalized in May 2014. Fellows will be informed of their status as soon as a decision has been made.
Meet the 2013 Fellows
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows Class of 2013 includes key innovators in the fields of data and computer science, the arts, and the humanitarian and ecological spheres. The Fellows are carrying forward their explorations of the program’s 2013 theme: how big data and related technology can be used to enhance psychological, social and systemic resilience worldwide.
The 2013 Fellows also benefited from visits by several “catalysts” who helped further spur their thinking.
Kate Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media where she researches the social, political and cultural practices that surround and inform media technologies and data.
Gustavo Faleiros is an environmental journalist and media trainer whose projects have focused on the Amazon and produced a network of journalists spanning nine countries and almost 200 stories, many using data-journalism concepts.
Amy Luers is the director of climate change at the Skoll Global Threats Fund where she works at the intersection of information technology, science and climate risk management.
Patrick Meier is director of social innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI), where he develops next-generation humanitarian technologies by leveraging big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and social computing.
Claudia Perlich is chief scientist at Media6Degrees, where she focuses on large-scale data analytics and predictive modeling for complex real-world domains and applications."
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator whose digital, software-based art practice explores the boundaries between science and art, bringing new life to data visualization and understanding.
Sean Gourley is a San Francisco-based researcher splitting his time between mathematical research and his venture-backed startup Quid.
Imogen Heap is a British eclectic, eccentric and innovative musician whose talents span from the craft of songwriting to elaborate live multi-instrumental improvisations and experiments in collaborative creation of music. Her work builds on a unique voice, classical training and unusual tech-savviness.
Carlo Ratti is an Italian architect and engineer who practices in Torino, Italy, and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities.
Juliana Rotich is co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation.
In addition, the program will make use of two skilled co-facilitators:
David Kuehler helps organizations build high-performing cultures of innovation and is the founder of the clay street project, an award-winning innovation program at Procter & Gamble.
Robert Garris is the managing director of Bellagio programs and a member of the senior leadership team at the Rockefeller Foundation. He also leads the Foundation’s global and U.S work in the philanthropic sector.