A poet, touring cyclist, and storyteller, who travels around the world (mostly by bicycle) in order to collect 1001 audio-stories on changes in water & climate. Since “People’s Climate March 2014” in New York, Devi had collected more than 750 recordings from the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, Morocco, the UK, Canada, China, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Currently she is working on an online-map on her website, where you will be able to click on a country and enjoy a story from the chosen area. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate, and many other popular newspapers. Moreover, since 2018, Devi is a National Geographic Explorer for the project, recording stories with ArtCirq.
Akmal makes people's lives more convenient and comfortable by implementing simple and effective solutions based on modern IT. Akmal Paiziyev is the head and co-founder of: MyTaxi - taxi ordering application; Workly - a cloud-based time-and-attendance system (workly.io); Express24 - food delivery service (express24.uz), Maxtrack - GPS monitoring system for transport.
Ben dropped out from Harvard University to accept an inaugural Thiel Fellowship - a $100,000 grant awarded to the top 20 entrepreneurs under the age of 20 by the billionaire founder of «PayPal» Peter Thiel. During and after the fellowship, he co-founded two startups: «Sprayable», which produced the world’s first topical energy and sleep sprays, and «Stream», which raised over $20 million to help make content creation more profitable for creators, and is advised by Steve Chen, the co-founder of YouTube, and Justin Kan, the founder of Twitch. In his personal life, he is known for various antics such as having lived in an RV for over 4 years to save money, buying a private island with several friends in Canada, traveling all around the world for free and using various life hacks to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in free bitcoins and a free car. Some of his adventures have been seen over 50 million times on Facebook.
Botir graduated from the Tashkent State Technical University (TASHSTU), specializing in financial management. He earned his master's degree from the Redding University (Great Britain) in the field of "International Finance and Economics". The founder of the payment system "Paynet"; online-shop "Lebazar.uz" and "Technobiz" company, that realized a number of projects on automation of large billing and payment systems in Tajikistan, Egypt, United Arab Emirates.
Aiming to develop innovation and startup friendly ecosystem in the globe full of change-makers by changing the mindset and raising human capital. He graduated from Georgian Technical University in the sphere of "Telecommunications and information technologies". Currently, CEO of Future Laboratory consulting company. Formerly Chairman of Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) - state entity implementing Government's Innovation Policy.
Researcher, strategist, and entrepreneur. He splits his time between West Africa, China, and California (where he is from) partnering with people to build new things, innovate, and explore. He does this through action research, design, and a variety of creative media. His experiments with emerging technologies include virtual reality art at www.sixervr.com, his personal currency JeremyCoin, and virtual reality for emerging markets at www.afrivr.com.
Yerbol is the founder of the projects on the business news site 7kun.kz and the "School of Business Journalism". He graduated from the al-Farabi Kazakh National University faculty of journalism, specializing in "public relations". He also graduated from the Narkhoz University with a degree in "Economics and Business". Worked as a correspondent in the Kazinform agency, editor in chief of the Internet projects on "Kazakhstan" TV channel, a lecturer in al-Farabi KazNU.