by Kelly G Cooper

imagine 28On February 22, 2016 the 6th annual Imagine Solutions Conference will bring alive science and technology through stories of dynamic innovators and their outstanding achievements. These brilliant minds are making breakthroughs in the fields recognized as key to economic growth and global leadership.

This is a session that will stretch your mind, amaze you, and make you very proud while touching your emotions.



You will have the opportunity to interact with the blind man who taught himself to see Daniel Kish, who has raised public awareness towards the way the world views the blind and the way the blind view the world. Daniel Kish is an expert in human echolocation and President of the non-for profit World Access for the Blind. Kish will share his personal perspective and life’s work on teaching the visually impaired to empower themselves using human echolocation, which he named Flash Sonar. Sightless since the age of 13 months, he discovered vision and learned to ‘see’ by the simple click of his tongue. By actively creating the clicking sound he was able to interpret the sound waves reflected by nearby objects enabling him to identify their location and visualize the object. With the mastery of human echolocation Kish has passionately taught the visually impaired how to use flash sonar and perceptual mobility around the world. He will discuss his global travels and unique stories of leadership notably guiding and teaching a group of blind teenagers how to navigate to new locations safely throughout the wilderness with the use of flash sonar. Kish will deliver a passionate and genuinely personal perspective on his own life living sightless and helping others navigate their challenges. He will share with you his dream to help all sight-impaired people see the world as clearly as he does.

Over half of the world’s population suffers from some from of cognitive, emotional, motor, or sensory condition. Through technological innovation now individuals do not have to accept limitations and can in fact exceed their disability. Presenter Hugh Herr is a perfect example of an individual who has turned disability into ability and human limitation into human potential.

Herr is a double amputee who founded the Center for Extreme Bionics at MIT and heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs, which provide hope and superior mobility to those with physical disabilities. Herr has designed his own bionic legs, the world’s first bionic foot and calf system called BiOM.

He will discuss human stories of bionic integration and educate you on the latest breakthrough research in the realms of genetics,  regenerative medicine and synthetic biology.



Many of us have heard about regenerative medicine but do not quite understand what it is. Expert Alan Russell who was named one of the 100 People Who Are Changing America by Rolling Stone magazine will present his inspiring vision of the future in regenerative medicine. Russell is the founder of The University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine which is the world’s largest multidisciplinary center in the field. This revolutionary medical technology aims to find a way to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases, while working to return structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. Russell will educate you on different ways of treating debilitating illnesses and maladies, with the goal of converting fear of the unknown into hope for the future.

It is unforeseen what the future holds but it is nonetheless thought provoking and exciting. Another extraordinary development has been the creation of IBM Watson, a model of computing that is built to reflect the same learning and thought process humans use to make decisions.

From kitchens to hospitals IBM Watson can be used to observe, interpret, evaluate and make decisions. Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the greatest minds in the world of science and technology! Imagine Solutions Conference 2016 will be held on February 22, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. located at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. You may purchase tickets online at or call either 214.205.2275 or 214.215.6000 with questions

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