We often look to geniuses in the past, but what about our youth and the next generation of great thinkers? 

What innovations do you think will change the world in the next 5 years? And what inspires today’s students to think big and explore STEM subjects?

Find the answers to these—and other questions—by joining a remarkable conversation with Tanishq Abraham, a 10-year old science prodigy, and Dr. Dario Gil, a cognitive scientist at IBM. Learn as they discuss the importance of STEM and the future of science. From the big bang to Watson, learn about the latest approaches to scientific discovery and how the combination of science knowledge is leading to new discoveries.

 

This event is part of the 7 Days of Genius series.

7 Days of Genius receives generous support from the John Templeton Foundation.

             

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Tanishq Mathew Abraham is a science prodigy and a 10-year-old college student at American River College in Sacramento, CA. He became a Mensa member at just four years old, a Davidson Young Scholar at age six and a college student at age seven! At 9 years old, with a perfect GPA, Tanishq became the youngest member of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Vice President of Communications at his college PTK chapter. He has published astronomy articles on the NASA website and is the founding vice president of the Astronomy and Physics Club at American River College. Tanishq started his college and public talks since he was seven. Due to his passion for learning and sharing that knowledge with others, some of his public appearances include Earth Day talks at the EPA-California Department of Toxic Substances Control in 2012 & 2013, a guest panelist for SXSW Interactive 2013 & an inaugural video speaker for the 10th Skoll World Forum at the University of Oxford. He was the youngest poster presenter and speaker for NASA’s Lunar Science Institute conference in 2012. In 2013, Tanishq had the honor to be a TEDx Sacramento speaker where he shared his ideas on college education to an enthusiastic audience of 700.

Dr. Dario Gil is the Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems and Founding Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute at IBM Research, T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Dr. Gil is a leading technologist and executive at IBM Research. As Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems he leads a strategy focused on the creation of a new generation of multi-agent learning systems that can collaborate with people at the speed of thought. Dr. Gil is also the creator and Founding Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute, an international collaborative research consortium focused on creating optimized energy systems through the use of Big Data, predictive analytics, optimization and advanced computation. Dr. Gil is a frequent speaker at business events, international conferences, universities, research institutions and foundations. His research results have appeared in over 20 international journals and conferences and he is the author of numerous patents. Dr. Gil is a member of the Future Trends Forum, the Advisory Council of the New York Energy Policy Institute, the Industrial Advisory Group of the Institute of Photonic Sciences and of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute—where he is co-director of the Emergent Cities Project—a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation and the future of cities, most recently at the Atlantic Council, the Urban Land Institute, the New Cities Foundation, the New America Foundation, the London School of Economics, the Institute for the Future and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently working with UCLA’s cityLAB to re-imagine the economy and urbanism of the Ecuadorean Amazon. Greg graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. Greg is a two-time "Jeopardy!" champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

Elli Suzuki is the Chief Operating Officer of Global Minimum Inc. (GMin), a non-profit organization that provides platforms for youth to explore, develop and implement effective solutions to problems in their communities. Prior to GMin, Elli worked at Bertha Centre for Social Innovation, Innovate the Cape, Raymond Ackerman Academy and MIT Global Startup Labs, where she mentored over 100 youth from all over South Africa to incubate innovative solutions. She also brings rich experience in business and finance from working at Citigroup. Elli holds a BA from Swarthmore College, MBA from HEC Paris School of Management and MSc from MIT Sloan School of Management.


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