Dr. Jennifer Golbeck is a computer scientist, Director of the Social Intelligence Lab, and a professor in the
College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and
security systems. She writes for Slate and The Atlantic and frequently appears on NPR, including as a
regular guest host for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Her TED talk was named one of the most powerful talks of 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the
University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of
Maryland, College Park.
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, entrepreneur, award-winning extreme
athlete, and the first man to crawl to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms
that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on, and with the support of his
family, to live life independently and without prosthetics.
In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the
top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the
press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as
Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance
Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.
Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to
do more, learn more, push harder, go further – and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story
and living by example.
Kyle proudly serves as a board member of K2 Adventure Foundation, and as an ambassador of No Barriers USA, Wounded Warrior Project, the USO, the Travis Manion Foundation, the U.S. Special Forces’ The Honor Foundation (THF), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). At age 19, Kyle authored his account of his life experiences in The New York Times bestselling book, No Excuses (2005), which is still in print and in demand today.