Foresight @ Google - 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration
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Foresight Institute 25th Anniversary Reunion Conference

Hosted by Google in Silicon Valley, CA

June 25-26, 2011

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What promise does nanotech hold for you?

Join friends old and new this summer at Google's Mountain View headquarters in Silicon Valley as we explore the future of nanotech with a rockstar lineup of nanotech experts and entrepreneurs.

Archived webcast of June 25-26 conference:

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Past participants have said:

"This is mind candy for my soul. Having attended for two years now, this event stands alone in my mind as an opportunity to explore new horizons, challenge assumptions, and turbocharge a pursuit of lifetime learning. Too few people are brave enough to ask what could be—what could go right, how can we create our future...Those people are here!" —Steve Jurvetson, VC

"This is arguably the leading organization that truly combines scientific thinking and engineering thinking." —Aubrey de Grey

"Foresight Institute is the premiere organization projecting the societal impacts of technologies which will remake the human experience" —Brad Sherman, Congressman

"Terrific experience for one of the unenlightened! Can't imagine a more delightful introduction to the world of nanotechnology...Thanks for including me." —Suzanne Kelly

"Definitely the best conference in this genre that I've been to... I was totally impressed." —Luke Nosek, Paypal co-founder

"Had a great time and was exposed to fascinating ideas -- and, more importantly -- fascinating sources of ideas." —Vernor Vinge

"One of the best times I've had at a conference, ever! Looking forward to the next one!" —Charles Vollum

This is an exciting year for Foresight; we have renewed energy, new staff, and renewed focus. We would love to have you with us as we step into a new era of nanotechnology.


Health, space travel, longevity.

Great potential, fascinating problems, and exciting advances!

Want to understand the science behind the dream? Find out why Sir Fraser Stoddart's successful development of molecular switches and motor-molecules merited him a knighthood. Talk molecular robotics with Ari Requicha, or molecular computation with quantum theorist William A Goddard, III. See single atoms with microscopist Andrew Bleloch, hear how Feynman Prize-winner Christian Schafmeister builds macromolecules, and find out how rising star Matt Francis is shaking up the world of synthetic biology.

Want innovative entrepreneurial applications? Hear word from the nanostartup trenches with Halcyon Molecular founder William Andregg and "Mad Scientist" One-Nano CEO Rob Meagley. Find out about new nanotech initiatives from IBM's decade-long, worldwide Director of Physical Sciences, Thomas Theis. Learn the practical impact of nanotech innovation in a forecast from futurist expert Paul Saffo, or the problems of financing them with Founders Fund partner and Paypal founder Luke Nosek. And if that's not enough, Foresight is proud to announce our


JAMES R. VON EHR is founder and president of Zyvex, the world's first successful molecular nanotech company. Products of Zyvex Technologies and Zyvex Instruments have appeared in the Forbes Top 5, while the developmental research of Zyvex Labs continues to works towards true atomic-level precision. Von Ehr has been a titan supporter of nanotech initiatives in numerous ways, including: testifying before the U.S. Senate on The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, co-founding the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, and supporting the UT-Dallas Nanotech Institute. Jim was awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in June 2003; notable partnerships include Lockheed Martin, DARPA and NIST.

BARNEY PELL, PhD is CTO and CoFounder of Moon Express, Inc. which was selected last year by NASA for a $10M lunar data services contract; this year the X PRIZE Foundation announced Moon Express as a competitor for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE. Pell is a long-time NASA veteran best-known for his work with Clarissa, the first spoken dialog system in space, and Remote Agent, which was awarded NASA's "software of the year" award in 1999, and is widely considered one of the top achievements in the history of AI. Since then, his successful investments, affiliations & exits have included: SpaceX, PowerSet, Robotex, FlipDog, AppJet (Google), Hot Potato (Facebook), Etacts (, and LinkedIn. Presently, Pell is also Chief Architect for Bing Local Search, as well as Associate Founder and Trustee at Singularity University.

In addition to inspiring talks by innovative luminaries, the weekend celebration also includes a no-host informal reception Friday night at our official hotel and an exclusive 25th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday night.


Admission and Cuisine

Admittance to the conference includes a gourmet lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks on both days. Meals will be prepared by Bon Appétit, which serves as the exclusive catering service for all cuisine at Google. To see the chef's detailed menu, click here!

The conference is open to anyone wishing to purchase a ticket on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost of a regular conference ticket is $300.

We hope you can come celebrate with us!

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