2015 Speakers and Performers

Cameron Messinides
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Cameron Messinides is a 2014 National Student Poet for the Southeast Region who will be speaking about his journey in finding his passion for writing (and of course, poetry).

Anvita Gupta
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Anvita Gupta is a student who used machine learning technology to identify promising new drugs for cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola, and won third place at the Intel Science Talent Search for her research. She also has a non-profit organization called LITAS For Girls that teaches middle-school girls how to code.

Valerie Ding
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Valerie Ding is a 2014 Davidson Fellow who received a $25,000 scholarship for her work on improving solar cells. She has placed at ISEF, I-SWEEP, and the Google Science Fair for her research, amongst numerous other competitions. Besides her incredible scientific accomplishments, Valerie also has a passion for classical music and piano-playing.

Christopher Richardson
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Christopher Richardson is an accomplished pianist with awards from the National YoungArts Foundation, the National Chopin Foundation, the American Fine Arts Festival, and many, many more organizations. He has performed at numerous prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, and will be both speaking and playing at this year’s conference.

Kai Kleopfer
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Kai Kloepfer was concerned about gun safety and designed a “smart gun” with biometric sensors to ensure that lethal weapons don’t end up in the wrong hands. He won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his project, and developed a company (Ægen Technologies) that specializes in the production and sale of these guns.

Olenka Polak
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Olenka Polak is a Thiel Fellow who is developing an app called myLINGO that translates movies in real time to improve moviegoers’ experiences. She is a member of the Women’s Founders Forum and one of Forbes’ “30 under 30″.

Azza Cohen
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Azza Cohen is a rising senior at Princeton where she was selected as a Dalai Lama Fellow. Before attending Princeton, Cohen spent a gap year volunteering at Guria fighting sex trafficking and teaching English and computer skills to the children of the trafficked workers. She won a Davis grant and filmed the movie Specks of Dust about the humanitarian and founder of Guria, Ajeet Singh’s work through the lens of his daughter, Barish.