BIF2015 Storytellers

  • Co-Founder

    Epic Magazine; Contributing Editor, Wired

    Joshua Davis loves an adventure,armwrestling, bullfighting, sumo, sauna and backward running. Not to mention, the book he wrote Spare Parts, a chronicle of a small robotics team that has been made into a movie releasing in 2015.
  • State Poet,

    Rhode Island

    Rick Benjamin is a poet, essayist, and teacher, currently serving as poet laureate of Rhode Island.
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College

    Columbia University

    Chris prepares teachers for STEM classrooms, conducts research in urban science education, and coordinates both the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. and the #HipHopEd social media movement. The Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. are focused on bringing attention to transforming teaching, learning, and engagement in science by using hip-hop culture to create science competitions among youth in New York City Public schools. The #HipHopEd movement focuses on engaging the public in conversations about the intersections of hip-hop and education. 
  • Global Security Advisor and Futurist

    Marc is a global security adviser and futurist. He focuses on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. His new book Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.
  • Food & Travel Writer; Author; Judge on Food Network's Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen

    Simon is a Food & Travel Writer. Judge on Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef & Cutthroat Kitchen. Author of new book “Fed, White and Blue” which catalogues his journey to American citizenship through extraordinary food experiences, will be published by Hudson St. Press in April 2015.
  • Ski Mountaineer

    Andrew McLean has been pursuing steep skiing challenges in remote locations for over two decades and has accumulated over 100 first descents. In 2007 he completed a long term quest to capture first descents on all seven continents when he traveled to Morocco to ski in the High Atlas Mountains. 
  • Head of Glass,


    At Google Glass Ivy Ross works to answer two rather simple sounding questions. Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it? Can it help us look up and out at the world around us, and the people who share it with us?

  • Founder & Director


    Julius Searight was in 13 foster homes before the age of three when he moved into his adoptive home. An experience that left him gravitating toward community service. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University he set about starting his own non-profit. Food4Good is a mobile foodtruck that serves paying customers through the day and turns into a mobile Soup Kitchen at night. 

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