Throughout the Earth Optimism Summit, 17 invention teams have been working on solving problems pitched to them by delegates the first morning. Finalists will come to the stage and PITCH their ideas to the audience and a group of judges. A winner will be selected, and will be interviewed by Smithsonian Regent and leading Washington Philanthropist David Rubenstein. Afterwards, Rubenstein will present some of the top pledges made during the Summit, and invite people to continue making their own pledges while enjoying the afternoon “Earth Optimism Film Festival.”
World Wildlife Fund
Chief Scientist at XPRIZE Foundation
CEO & Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
Former President of Iceland
Sant Chair of Marine Science, Smithsonian
Open Innovation Director for Conservation X Labs
John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Deputy Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Chair, Smithsonian Board of Regents
Maker, Investor, Philanthropist
To register as a student, use code EarthST.
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