I recently attended the World's Greatest Problem Solvers conference. The conference spanned three days, had a single track, and was held right here in Boulder, CO. The premise? Bring together individuals from a wide variety of fields to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing the world, with a focus on how the internet of things can help us tackle these problems.
Distinguished speakers covered a range of thought-provoking and pertinent topics. Everything from containing infectious disease and combating violence to ensuring food security and maintaining energy sources was discussed. The conference included a mix of panels, interviews, and presentations. It was light on PowerPoint slides and heavy on engaging discussion. Speakers covered real work from their fields of expertise and passionately shared their views on the topic at hand.
Since the conference was small, it provided an intimate setting to get to know speakers and other attendees. Everyone was encouraged to mingle and discuss the topics during breaks and meals. This aspect enhanced the overall event by allowing attendees to review issues in more depth and make connections to address specific problems together.