• 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.
|9 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|10 a.m.||Opening Remarks|
TODAY'S STUDENT INNOVATORS
YESTERDAY'S STUDENT INNOVATORS, TODAY'S INDUSTRY LEADERS
FIRESIDE CHAT: ASK ANYTHING
|12:15 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
|12:15 p.m.||Networking Lunch|
|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
PJ Cobut & Elad Ferber, Stanford Graduate School of Business
|Ashley Johnston, Union College (Student-Athlete, Women's Hockey)
Ashley is developing an adjustable below knee prosthetic for children that will grow with the child. The goal is to limit the financial burden placed on families who have to continually replace prosthetics as their child grows. Her inspiration for this project came from Kristin Shinebarger, a 10-year-old Schenectady resident, who is battling Ewings Sarcoma (rare form of bone cancer) and recently lost her leg to the disease. She has become close with Kristin’s family and is pushing her prosthetic through a design phase. Her prototype was completed in February 2014. She is also pushing her idea on an international scale.
Ashley is captain of the women’s hockey team. She was nominated for Sarah Deven’s Award for Student Athlete of the Year; was on the NCAA All- Academic Team (‘10-‘11, ‘11-‘12, ‘12-’13); earned the Ashley Kilstein Community Service Award; and received the Hockey Humanitarian Award (presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” and seeks to recognize college hockey players, male or female, who contribute to local and/or global communities in a true humanitarian spirit).
|Eden Full, Princeton University (Student-Athlete, Lightweight Rowing)
Eden is a student-athlete on Princeton University's lightweight women's rowing team developing the SunSaluter, an intuitive, low-cost solar panel rotator specifically designed to optimize solar energy and provide clean water for developing countries. Named one of the 30 under 30 in Forbes’ Energy category three years in a row (2012-2014) and Ashoka’s Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Eden is a junior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowship’s inaugural class. The SunSaluter won the Westly Prize, Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge and was awarded the runner-up prize at the 2011 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Eden was selected to be the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior women’s development team, where they won a gold medal at Holland Beker and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, beating the German, French, Dutch, Australian and British national teams. She is currently the varsity coxswain for the Princeton University lightweight women’s rowing team.
|Shree Bose, Harvard University
Shree Bose 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. As member of Harvard’s Class of 2016, Shree hopes to pursue a future career in science and medicine while also advocating for better science education.
For Shree, there is no end to learning. As a kid playing in sprinklers, each droplet of water held a fascination for her and every bug she ran shrieking away from had a story. She has been participating in science fairs since her first project—she turned spinach blue—to her recent project on drug resistance in ovarian cancer. Shree’s scientific journey is about more than gaining knowledge, it’s about holding onto awe and a sense of wonder in her approach to problems. This awe led to her interest in biology and the study of life, and to her involvement in cancer research at age 15. She believes that it will be the same awe that will help her to achieve her dreams of becoming a medical researcher and physician.
Her supervised research for her award-winning project involved the study of a particular protein, AMP kinase, of interest in cancer cells. Through tests on inhibiting this protein’s activity, her research determined its extreme importance in the development of chemotherapy resistance. She proposed a new way to treat resistant patients when they no longer respond to the chemotherapy drug. For the over 240,000 patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer, this research will reduce the recurrence rates in patients treated with particular chemotherapy drugs.
Shree was honored as the Grand Prize winner of the Google Global Science Fair in 2011, and has showcased her research to President Obama, NIH directors, and as a speaker at the Google Zeitgeist Conference in Phoenix. She is a recipient of the GDIAAC Youth Achievement Award given by the Indian Minister of Commerce and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Women of the Year in 2011. As a current student at Harvard (Class of 2016) concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy, Shree hopes to pursue a career in medicine and science. She has also traveled around the work working for science education advocacy.
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.
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.
Rachel Nichols, Reporter and Anchor, Turner Sports and CNN
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.