Aspen Ideas Festival Follow-up

The Aspen Ideas Festival has been an amazing opportunity to see what some of the greatest minds in the world are doing to help the world innovate and progress. Applied Materials’ focus was on how our high-tech manufacturing has the potential to re-energize the U.S. manufacturing sector (watch Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter’s talk here). Other topics discussed have ranged from encouraging consumers to be green to redefining the purpose and goals of higher education.

Friend of Applied, Thomas Friedman, opened the conference by talking about Inspirational Leadership and Sustainable Values.

KR Sridhar of Bloom Energy talked about fuel cells and how they might change how we use energy in the future. His discussion around how solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells can work together to power individual households and communities at large is a reminder that using different technologies and approaches can work together to create the renewable energy future we aspire to.

Various forums have also focused on how we need to adapt and innovate our education system to develop young minds into the highly educated scientists, engineers and managers that will drive the industries that will shape the future of the world. Watch some of those talks here and here.

Our SunFab city is also continuing to grow and expand as speakers, attendees and sponsors stop by to install the LEGO solar panel kits we handed out. It’s exciting to hear the dialogue and interest that everyone has in moving past the ideas stage of renewable energy to making a clean energy future a reality.

Key people who have stopped to visit the display include, James Fallows, journalist for “The Atlantic” magazine; Christopher Hyzy, managing director and chief investment officer at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and of course Mike Splinter, stopped by to do his part in bringing our installation to life. We appreciate the encouragement and engagement from everyone at Aspen.

As we continue to explore the ideas being brought to the table during the Aspen Ideas Festival, follow us on Twitter for the latest happenings as we learn more about creating the education systems of the future, the government shifts needed to resurge our economy and standing in the world and how companies and individuals are turning innovations into industries.

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