WorldFuture 2014: What If

Dates: July 11 – 13, 2014
Location: Orlando, Florida

WorldFuture 2014 is shaping up to be another can’t-miss experience. Building on the success of the 2013 conference, 2014 will offer interactive, participatory activities, fascinating speakers on cutting-edge topics, and a luxurious resort setting.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Paul Saffo, co-founder and managing director of Foresight at DISCERN, consulting associate professor at Stanford University, visiting scholar at Stanford Media-X.
Raj Bawa, president/patent agent, Bawa Biotech LLC, and adjunct professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Arnulfo Valdivia, director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. During President Peña’s tenure as State of Mexico’s governor, Dr. Valdivia served as his advisor for foreign affairs and, during the presidential transition period, as advisor for migratory issues.
Karen Moloney is a Chartered Psychologist, consultant, writer and speaker, and the founder and director of Moloney Minds.
Delos Smith is working on new initiatives by the dyslexic community that connect brain and cognitive development research, early childhood evaluation and development, and education system reforms.
Gil Meyer is director of Global Issues Management & Trend Analysis, DuPont Company. He has been with DuPont for 26 years, serving in a wide range of public affairs and regulatory affairs roles. His current assignment includes nanotechnology issues management, recall preparedness, chemicals risk management, synthetic biology, crisis preparedness, and pandemic planning.

Sci-Fi Symposium
WorldFuture 2014 will host the first ever Science Fiction Futures Symposium. Authors, fans, and others in the sci-fi community will come together to discuss how fiction can provide a vision of the future, and how it creates and is created by reality.

Confirmed speakers include:

Brenda Cooper, author of The Creative Fire and The Silver Ship and the Sea, is a futurist, conservationist, and the Chief Information Officer of the City of Kirkland, Washington.
Ramez Naam, author of Nexus and its sequel Crux, is a professional technologist, a former software developer at Microsoft, and the author of several nonfiction books.
Brad Aiken, author of medical technothriller Mind Fields, is a doctor specializing in rehabilitation medicine, and has written several medically oriented sci-fi stories.

The Lifeboat Foundation will hold a dinner for members at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel on July 13 at 6:30 pm. RSVP via email to admin@lifeboat.com with subject “Lifeboat Foundation Dinner.”