Berkeley
Innovation
Forum

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, April 30 – May 3, 2024

Featured Sessions & Speakers

In an era defined by environmental urgency, we gather at the Berkeley Innovation Forum this spring to explore the transformative power of open innovation in nurturing a sustainable future. Dive into discussions on pioneering strategies, state-of-the-art technologies, innovative approaches, and influential policies that catalyze collective action for planetary well-being. At the forefront of this exploration lies the inspiration drawn from organizations like NASA – hosts of the Spring 2024 BIF. Renowned for their commitment to open collaboration and scientific excellence. Discover how cutting-edge space technologies, data-driven insights, and collaborative frameworks contribute to Earth’s sustainability efforts.

Saeed Amidi

Founder & CEO,
Plug and Play

Alexandre Bayen

Associate Provost,
Berkeley Space Center

Prith Banerjee

CTO,
Ansys

Rupak Biswas

Director, Exploration
Technology, NASA

Penny Boston

Director of Astrobiology Institute, NASA

Nadia Carlsten

VP, SandboxAQ
(Google X spinoff)

Henry Chesbrough

Faculty Director, Garwood Center, UC Berkeley

Solomon Darwin

Executive Director, Garwood
Center, UC Berkeley

Will Decker

Co-Founder,
Head of Media & Advertising,
Plug and Play

Darek DeFreece

Executive Director,
Berkeley Space Center,
UC Berkeley

Sabin Dima

Founder
& CEO,
Humans.ai

Charles Duke

NASA
Astronaut,
Apollo 16

Dotty Duke

Co-Founder,
Duke Ministries

Jim Dukhovny

President and CEO,
Alef Aeronautics

Lisa Dyson

CEO,
Air Protein

Omer Gozen

SVP, Partner,
Plug and Play

Justina Gallegos

Deputy Director,
White House,
Office of S&T Policy

Kam Ghaffarian

Co-Founder &
Executive Chairman,
Intuitive Machines

Dr. George Jacob

President,
CEO,
Bay Ecotarium

Steve Jurvetson

Board Member,
SpaceX Director,
Future Ventures

Parimal Kopardekar (PK)

Director, NASA Aeronautics
Research Institute (NARI)

Ram Kumar

Principal Secretary
Govt. of Meghalaya, India

Dan’l Lewin

President & CEO,
Computer History Museum

Rich Lyons

Chancellor (July 2024),
UC Berkeley

Naveen Mathur

CEO,
Maithri Aquatech

Ravi Prasher

CTO,
Bloom Energy

Srikar Reddy

Consul General of India
at San Francisco

John Roese

President & Global CTO,
Dell Technologies

Cindy Schmidt

Earth Scientist,
NASA Ames

Greg Schmidt

Director, Solar Systems 
NASA Ames

Paul Shapiro

CEO and Co-Founder,
The Better Meat Co.

Param Singh

Vice President,
Salesforce

Jim Spohrer

Retired Director
of Innovation, IBM

Emma Stewart

Chief Sustainability
Officer, Netflix

Mallik Tatipamula

CTO,
Ericsson

Astro Teller

CEO,
Google X

Dr. Eugene Tu

Director,
NASA Ames

Uma Valeti

CEO and Founder,
UPSIDE Foods

Shardul Vikram

CTO,
Head of Data & AI, SAP

Suresh Yadav

Sr. Director (AI),
The Commonwealth

Po-Wen Yen

CEO,
Tzu Chi Foundation

Andrew Zolli

Chief Impact Officer,
Planet

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