Futurist Inventors to Converge in Vancouver

More than 1,000 futurists from around the globe will meet in Vancouver this July (8-10) to discuss sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, and the quickly changing future of the human race at WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society.



In addition, WorldFuture 2011 will feature the first ever Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) a technology and innovation “petting zoo” where participants can get up close and personal with new start ups and inventions that could change the way we live. Registration is open to the public. (www.wfs.org)


“This year, we had over 60 excellent submissions for Futurists: BetaLaunch and could accept a handful of entries,” said Lisa Donchak, Google associate and one of the F:BL judges. “We were surprised and impressed by the quality of each submission.… We hope WorldFuture 2011 attendees enjoy getting up close and personal with the final selections. We’ll be exhibiting a phenomenal range of inventions, big and small,” she said in a taped segment, available on the Futurists: BetaLaunch Web site.




Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. will speak at the WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society to be held in Vancouver from July 8-10th. Dougherty helped found O’Reilly Media, Inc. with Tim O’Reilly. Dougherty was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers. “MAKE Magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will,” according to the company’s Web site.



Dale Dougherty on TED:



Etalim Inc.




Etalim Inc., a startup company in Vancouver, Canada, is developing a totally new type of device that can generate electricity from any fuel or heat source (including sunlight, gas or biomass) with extraordinary efficiency, simplicity and reliability.  Imagine a small “engine”, the size of a soccer ball, that operates at 50% efficiency, can be manufactured for $0.20 per Watt and can run maintenance-free forever.  This technology will be highly disruptive to several markets including residential cogeneration and large-scale solar power. The scientists and engineers behind Etalim come from one of BC’s most successful tech stalwarts, Creo Inc. Etalim’s technology stems from some recent advances in thermoacoustic physics at Los Alamo

Contact: Ron Klopferrklopfer@etalim.com



SeaSteading Institute, one of the BetaWatch entries.


“The Seasteading Institute was founded in 2008 by Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman. We have received wide media coverage, including stories by CBS Sunday Morning, the UK’s Sunday Times, Wired magazine, and many more. As of December 2010, we have raised over $1,000,000, with funding led by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook.

Our mission is to further the long-term growth of the seasteading movement. Our current focus is on enabling the success of the first seasteads by researching the critical engineering, legal, and business problems, increasing public awareness, and building a core seasteading community.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.”