• April 7 | Hyatt Regency Dallas, Landmark Ballroom | Dallas, Texas
The second annual Final Four Innovation Summit, presented by Turner Sports and the NCAA, is an exclusive, invite-only event to celebrate those who are pushing the boundaries of innovation – from students and student-athletes who represent the next generation of leading innovators, to high-profile business leaders who began their path towards innovation while in school. The Summit will showcase select college students and high-profile executives who are pursuing ground-breaking innovations in dynamic industries, such as sports, health/wellness, emerging media, and technology.
||Registration and Breakfast
TODAY'S STUDENT INNOVATORS
Discussion with remarkable student innovators who are providing clean water and renewable energy sources across the globe, creating cost-efficient prosthetics for children, and developing the next generation of wearable devices.
Moderator: Brooke Baldwin, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
• Elad Ferber and Pierre-Jean Cobut (Stanford)
• Ashley Johnston (Union)
• Eden Full (Princeton)
• Shree Bose (Harvard)
YESTERDAY'S STUDENT INNOVATORS, TODAY'S INDUSTRY LEADERS
High-profile business leaders talk about their path towards innovation and the impact of innovating and/or starting a business while in school.
Moderator: Brooke Baldwin, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
• Grant Hill, Turner Sports/CBS NCAA Studio Analyst
• Jason Jacobs, Founder and CEO of Runkeeper
• Marian Croak, SVP of Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T Labs
• Peyton Robertson, America’s Top Young Scientist (Discovery Education & 3M)
FIRESIDE CHAT: ASK ANYTHING
Student innovators will join Kevin Plank, Founder & CEO of Under Armour, on stage for an interactive fireside chat and Q&A.
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
|Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO, Under Armour
In the sweltering Mid-Atlantic summer heat of 1995, Kevin Plank helped lead his teammates through grueling two-a-day workouts as special teams captain for the Maryland football program. Tired of changing his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts over and over again throughout the day, he was inspired to create a better kind of T-shirt -- one that could wick sweat and keep athletes cool, dry, and light.
Upon graduating from Maryland in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Plank started to turn his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress. That year, he went on a mission to find the perfect fabric—performance synthetics—and combined it with an athlete’s perfect fit—compression. What started out as one tight shirt ultimately led to the launch of Under Armour as the high performance answer to the sweat-drenched cotton dilemma.
After 18 years of outfitting athletes with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment, Plank now oversees a company with nearly 7,000 employees worldwide and total revenues over $2 billion. Under Armour athletic performance products are sold globally and are worn by athletes at all levels on playing fields all over the world. Under Armour's wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world's largest Connected Fitness communities. True to his vision in 1995, Plank and Under Armour remain committed to empowering athletes everywhere.
|Grant Hill, Turner Sports/CBS NCAA Studio Analyst
During his 19-year NBA career, Hill played for the Detroit Pistons (1994-2000), Orlando Magic (2000-07), Phoenix Suns (2007-12) and Los Angeles Clippers (2012-13). Hill was a seven-time NBA All-Star, and became the first player since Larry Bird to average 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a season –- an accomplishment that has not been duplicated since. During his first two seasons in the NBA, Hill led all NBA players -– including Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal -– in all-star votes. In his first season, Hill became the first Pistons rookie since Isiah Thomas to score 1,000 points and shared NBA Rookie of the Year Award honors with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks.
During his collegiate career, Hill became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots. Hill led Duke University to back-to-back NCAA championships his freshman and sophomore years.
In 2011, the Basketball Hall of Fame elected Hill to serve as one of the 22 members of the Board of Governors, making Hill the first and only active player to ever serve on the board. In 2010, Hill became the first player to receive the NBA Sportsmanship Award a record three times. Hill also won the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Off the court, Hill is an advocate for awareness and prevention of MRSA, and he funds an organization in his hometown to help needy students of any age pursue education. Hill also contributes to a day care center established by his father, Calvin Hill – with the goal of helping children and families in the local community.
Hill is now a co-host of NBA TV’s NBA Inside Stuff.
|Jason Jacobs, Founder and CEO of RunKeeper
Jason is the founder & CEO of RunKeeper, a company turning your phone into a personal trainer in your pocket. RunKeeper is dedicated to helping its more than 28 million users (and counting) lead more active lives. Prior to founding RunKeeper, Jason worked for 10 years in small, high-growth technology companies, always longing for the day when he could start his own. He received his BA from Wesleyan University, and his MBA from Babson College, where he was an Olin Fellow.
Jason received his MBA at Babson College, which was an incredibly entrepreneurial place. Being around so many people that were infected with the bug for entrepreneurship definitely rubbed off on him.
|Marian Croak, Senior Vice President, AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Advanced Services Development
Marian Croak, Senior Vice President in AT&T Labs is responsible for leading AT&T’s Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design. Marian manages over 1,500 world class engineers and computer and data scientists responsible for designing and managing the development of AT&T’s next generation network and services, meta data analytics, and researching advanced technologies. She mentors numerous employees, is an executive sponsor for many ERG organizations, and is a member of the boards of Catalyst, NACME, ATIS and the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Lincroft, N.J.
Marian joined AT&T in 1982 at Bell Laboratories and has held numerous assignments in Integrated Voice and Data Communications. She has received over 160 patents in technology. She received a PhD in Social Psychology and Quantitative Analysis in 1982 from the University of Southern California. She has three young adult children and resides in Dallas, Texas.
Peyton Robertson, America’s Top Young Scientist
(Discovery Education & 3M)
At the age of 12, Peyton Robertson already has three pending patents. He was named America’s Top Young Scientist for 2013 and winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his redesigned sandbag, which aims to better protect flood zones against salt-water flooding. Robertson is the youngest winner in the contest’s history and is currently a sixth grade student at Stanford University’s online middle school program. At 8, Robertson was a Grand Prize Winner in the National Science Foundation’s Kids Science Challenge for his development of a golf ball temperature preserver which is designed to maintain a golf ball’s temperature and performance on colder days. At 10, Robertson invented real-time retractable training wheels allowing a beginning rider to use handle bar controls to retract and release training wheels while riding. Robertson’s innovations have been featured on ABC World News, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Huffington Post, and TED.
PJ Cobut & Elad Ferber, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Co-founders of Echo Labs, PJ and Elad are developing a wearable device to help athletes maximize performance through personalized recommendations based on physiological data.
|Ashley Johnston, Union College
Ashley is the co-captain of the Union College Women's Hockey Team. She is developing an adjustable, below-the-knee prosthetic for children that will grow with the child.
|Eden Full, Princeton University
Eden is a student-athlete on Princeton University's lightweight women's rowing team. She is developing the SunSaluter, an intuitive, low-cost solar panel rotator specifically designed to optimize solar energy and provide clean water for developing countries.
|Shree Bose, Harvard University
Shree was the Grand Prize winner of the first Google Global Science Fair in 2011 for her work with drug resistance in ovarian cancer, and she has showcased her research to President Obama, NIH directors, and as a TEDx speaker around the world. In 2011, she was also named one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Women of the Year.
Brooke Baldwin, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
Brooke Baldwin anchors the 2-4 p.m. edition of CNN Newsroom. Based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Baldwin came to the CNN and HLN networks in 2008.
Baldwin has been in the nerve center -– from the field and behind the anchor desk -- during countless breaking news events at CNN. In 2013, she reported live from the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards and then the same month traveled to Washington to cover President Obama’s second Inauguration. In the spring, for three weeks, Baldwin anchored extensive special coverage on the Boston marathon bombings. Over the next few months, she returned to Boston to interview survivors and anchored a special live show from Fenway Park during the World Series. Baldwin has also anchored from the field amid tornado debris in Moore, Oklahoma and from Cleveland, covering the release of three women held in captivity for a decade. Baldwin also joined CNN’s Jake Tapper for special coverage of the historic government shutdown from Capitol Hill.
In 2012, she reported live from Newtown, Connecticut in the days following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. She was tapped to co-anchor the network’s global coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Piers Morgan in London. In addition, she covered the 2012 Presidential election, anchoring her show from the Republican National Convention and participating in the network’s primetime coverage of the GOP primaries. Baldwin also anchored breaking news coverage of the Arab Spring, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Benghazi attack, the death of Osama bin Laden, and the crisis in Syria. She also helped lead CNN’s special coverage of the final space shuttle launch Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center in 2011. She was part of the network’s Peabody-award winning team, covering of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the collapse of the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in West Virginia; and the battle over the fate of the nation’s big three automakers. Baldwin worked with the network’s Special Investigations Unit to complete her first hour-long documentary “To Catch a Killer” which won a Silver World Medal for Best Investigative Report at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2012. She a part of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper from cities like Nashville & New Orleans. Due to the success of Baldwin’s #MusicMonday series of original artist interviews, Baldwin hosted a half-hour special on music on CNN. Baldwin contributed to the network’s award-winning coverage of the 2008 presidential election. In 2009, she exclusively reported on the new discoveries of the forgotten Mayan City of Mirador for CNN International’s “World’s Untold Stories.”
Baldwin joined CNN after serving as a lead reporter for the 10 p.m. newscast for WTTG in Washington, D.C., where she covered the shooting massacres at both Virginia Tech and the West Nickel Mines School, a one-room Amish schoolhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. At WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia, she was the morning anchor and reported on the Sago Mine collapse and Martha Stewart’s release from federal prison. She began her news broadcasting career at WVIR in Charlottesville, Va.
Baldwin earned a double bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she also studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City. You can find her on twitter: @BrookeBCNN.
Wolf Blitzer, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
Wolf Blitzer is CNN's lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which airs weekdays at 5 p.m. ET, providing viewers with in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day. In addition, he anchors "Wolf," airing weekdays at 1 p.m. ET, focusing on the most important news from Washington and around the world. Blitzer has been with the network for more than two decades.
Blitzer was pivotal to CNN's election coverage throughout America's Choice 2012, serving as lead anchor on key primary nights, caucus nights and the Emmy award-winning election night. He moderated three of CNN's Republican presidential debates including the first-of-its-kind tea party debate. During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. He also led CNN's Emmy-winning "America Votes 2006" coverage and "America Votes 2004." Furthermore, he anchored the network's coverage during the inaugurations of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Blitzer is also at the helm of the network's breaking news coverage covering stories around the country. Most recently, he reported on the shootings from the Washington Navy Yard, the devastation of the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Boston bombings, and the tragedy surrounding the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
In addition to politics, Blitzer is also known for his in-depth reporting on international news. In January 2013, Blitzer traveled to Cairo, Egypt to sit down at the presidential palace with President Mohamed Morsy. In December 2010, he was granted rare access to travel to North Korea with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. While in country as the only network journalist, he took viewers inside the communist, totalitarian regime with reports from the rarely seen streets of Pyongyang and Kim II-sung University.
Known for his Middle East expertise, Blitzer reported from Israel in the midst of the war between that country and Hezbollah during the summer of 2006 and he also returned to the region with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in 2012. In 2005, Blitzer was the only American news anchor to cover the Dubai Ports World story on the ground in the United Arab Emirates. He also traveled to the Middle East in 2005 to report on the second anniversary of the war in Iraq. In 2003, Blitzer reported on the Iraq war from the Persian Gulf region.
Blitzer began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15 years of reporting from the nation's capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the network's military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. He then served as CNN's senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton from November 1992 election until 1999, when he became the anchor of CNN's Sunday public affairs program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer and remained for more than a decade.
Over the decades, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world that have shaped the international political landscape. In 1982, Blitzer was in Beirut during the withdrawal of PLO and Syrian forces. Blitzer covered the first Israeli-Egyptian peace conference in Egypt in 1977, and, in 1979, he traveled with then-President Jimmy Carter on visits to Egypt and Israel for the final round of negotiations that resulted in the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. He was among the first Western reporters invited into KGB headquarters for a rare inside look into the Soviet intelligence apparatus; he returned to Moscow in December 1991 to cover the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transition from Mikhail Gorbachev to Boris Yeltsin.
Throughout his career, Blitzer has interviewed some of history's most notable figures, including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Blitzer has also interviewed many foreign leadersâ€”the Dalai Lama, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former South African President Nelson Mandela, among them.
In March 2014, he will be awarded the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the National Press Foundation. Last year, he was recognized as the eighth recipient of the Urbino Press Award from the Italian Embassy for his excellence in journalism. In 2011, Blitzer received the distinguished Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from The Radio & Television Digital News Foundation, and The Panetta Institute for Public Policy's Jefferson-Lincoln Award.
Among the numerous honors he has received for his reporting, Blitzer was a part of the CNN team to earn a 2012 Emmy award for the network's coverage of the revolution in Egypt, leading up to and including the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. In addition, he was also vital to the network's efforts to earn the 2006 Emmy-award for live coverage on Election Day. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Journalist Pillar of Justice Award from the Respect for Law Alliance and the 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association. He was also among the teams awarded a George Foster Peabody award for Hurricane Katrina coverage; an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia; and an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN's coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Furthermore, Blitzer is the recipient of an Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and a Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for his and CNN's coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
Blitzer has authored two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter's Notebook (Oxford University Press, 1985) and Territory of Lies (Harper and Row, 1989)-cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1989.
Blitzer earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition, Blitzer has numerous honorary degrees from educational institutions across the country, including The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; State University of New York at Buffalo; The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. Follow Blitzer on Twitter @WolfBlitzer and become a fan of CNN The Situation Room on Facebook.
Rachel Nichols, Reporter and Anchor, Turner Sports and CNN
Rachel Nichols is a sideline reporter for Turner Sports and CBS’ joint coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Nichols is also a sideline reporter for select NBA on TNT games.
Nichols is the host of CNN's Unguarded with Rachel Nichols and also covers major sporting events for the network.
Prior to joining CNN and Turner Sports, Nichols spent nine years at ESPN, working as a correspondent for SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, NBA Countdown and the network's newsmagazine show, E:60, as well performing sideline duties on a number of Monday Night Football broadcasts.
Earlier in her career, Nichols worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. A native of Potomac, Md., Nichols recevied her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
The Final Four Innovation Summit will be held at:
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Landmark Ballroom
300 Reunion Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
FROM DFW AIRPORT
Take the south airport exit and follow signs to Dallas via Hwy 183 (east). Continue approximately 14 miles and merge to I-35E (south) to Dallas. When the downtown Dallas skyline is visible the famed 50-story Reunion Tower will be seen and is connected to the hotel. Continue I 35E (south) approximately 8 miles to Exit #428E (Reunion Blvd/Commerce St (east) and exit to the right. Once at street level, continue to the next traffic light at Houston Street and turn right. Go one (1) block to the next traffic light at Reunion Blvd (west) and turn right. Continue down the incline to the traffic light at Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive. For hotel parking, turn left and continue up the incline to the front drive of Hyatt Regency Dallas, just up the hill. For Five Sixty and Reunion Tower parking, continue to follow Reunion Blvd around the hotel. Turn left at the traffic light at Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive. Valet parking for Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Reunion Tower will be on your left.
FROM DALLAS LOVE FIELD
Leaving the airport via the main entrance at Cedar Springs Road, turn right onto Mockingbird Lane. Continue on Mockingbird Lane to I-35E and turn left onto the I-35E (south) ramp. Continue on I-35E (south) approximately 8 miles to Exit #428E (Reunion Blvd/Commerce St (east) and exit to the right. Once at street level, continue to the next traffic light at Houston Street and turn right. Go one (1) block to the next traffic light at Reunion Blvd (west) and turn right. Continue down the incline to the traffic light at Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive. For hotel parking, turn left and continue up the incline to the front drive of Hyatt Regency Dallas, just up the hill. For Five Sixty and Reunion Tower parking, continue to follow Reunion Blvd around the hotel. Turn left at the traffic light at Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive. Valet parking for Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Reunion Tower will be on your left.
FROM AT&T STADIUM
From the stadium, head east on East Randol Mill Road, turn left onto Ballpark Way. Continue on Ballpark Way for 0.6 miles and take the I-30 E ramp. Continue on I-30E for approximately 15.5 miles to exit 44B toward I-35E S / Industrial Blvd. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for I-30W / I-35E (north). Turn left onto S Riverfront Blvd and continue for approximately 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Reunion Blvd, and in 0.2 miles, make another right turn onto Reunion Blvd E. Take the first left onto Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive. Valet parking for Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Reunion Tower will be on your left.
• Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
• Omni Dallas
555 S Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
• Hotel Lawrence Dallas
302 S Houston Street
Dallas, TX 75202
• Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown
1015 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202
• Aloft Dallas Downtown
1033 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Registration will open at 9 a.m. outside the doors to the Landmark Ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Dallas. A continental breakfast will be served from 9-10 a.m.
Please note that seating will be first come, first served, and that your invitation to Final Four Innovation Summit is non-transferable.
• Should you need assistance or have questions, please email: NCAA.Summit@turner.com
• Additional contact information will be provided prior to the event.