Uncharted Territory: Putting Ideas on the Map
May 5th, 2018
JUMP | 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
Uncharted Territory: Putting Ideas on the Map.
Reflecting on the past, and living in the present, allows us to question what we know, and seek out what we do not. The future is for the wanderers, the seekers, and the unknown paths they will take.
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Shannon is a social impact strategist and community-minded entrepreneur who helps brands build vibrant communities. She has founded two companies that work to create realities where health is the first wealth, communities are prosperous, and people are empowered to maximize their potential.
Shannon has a passion for improving food systems because of their dramatic effects on our social, environmental, and economic development. She believes this is one of the most important topics to tackle in order to continue regenerating our human essence. Whether it’s urban farms, childhood obesity, food cooperatives, dietary veganism, or food education and empowerment destinations, Shannon is working to make a positive difference in the world.
David is a storyteller, writer, and local leader in software product development. He is intrigued by the concept of applying strategies and techniques used in software development to create literature and art. His interests range from experimenting with practical "how-to" techniques to examining the philosophical meaning of story in business and life. He is particularly interested in how these techniques can be used in an educational environment to unlock the creative potential of children.
Brooke Linville doesn’t believe in impossible. Brooke doesn’t give up. When her father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, she found the clinical trial that could save him. She brought a startup virtual reality company to the Consumer Electronics Show. And when her alma mater, Sweet Briar College, needed to be saved, Brooke led the online effort to raise $12 million. Her current challenges include avoiding the pain of stepping on stray Legos left on the floor by her two sons, working out plot points in the novel she’s writing, and conquering live, on-stage storytelling.
A software engineer and a local leader in high tech, Alecia Hoobing creates and uses technology that makes our lives easier and more connected. One day while hiking with her two daughters, Alecia realized she was more intent on using technology to capture perfect photos for social media than enjoying the time with her children. Recognizing this pattern in her life, she became aware of the fact that she was a photoholic and on that day vowed to change. That change led her down a path to understand photoholism and how to break the addiction, focusing instead on human connections. She became keenly aware that the very technology that connects us can lead to feelings of isolation and degraded personal relationships. Alecia is also theco-founder of Women Innovators, an organization that elevates, connects and advocates for women in technology and science.
A Boise native, Amy made her way to Chicago, New York, and Paris as an Elite model, then to Hollywood as an actress and producer. On the way, she developed a fascination with the process of producing great art and entertainment. This passion, combined with a latent talent for technology, led Amy to create her own company to build breakthrough tools for visual creativity. Amy’s technologies are changing the way things get made. Through her journey, Amy has developed deep insights into the dynamics of being a powerful female in male-dominated industries.
Amy Gile is the CEO and Co-Founder of Silverdraft Supercomputing, the leading builder of computing platforms for creative arts, graphics, and design.
Gabe Bentz was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon. By six years old, he could weld and ride a horse. His formal education began in a one-room schoolhouse. Gabe left college, for one year, to start his first company, which morphed into the product design firm Slant Concepts. He became a robotics engineer, and moved his company to Boise to focus on developing consumer robotics.
In 2017, Slant Concepts realized the need and potential of commercial 3D printing. This recognition led to the creation of the spin-off Slant 3D. Gabe now spends most of his time among rows of 3D printers, growing the highest-capacity commercial 3D printing farm in the western United States.
When the foundational principles of capitalism and the capital markets are being questioned, when entire segments of societies are being left behind by the forces of globalization and open competition, when authoritarian leaders at the helm of command economies are on the rise, we need a third way, a surprising solution.
Matthew Weatherley-White is a global thought leader in the emerging discipline of impact investing, which harnesses the market’s power to drive solutions to some of the great challenges we collectively face. Matthew offers his perspective on what the future will hold for capitalism—and for everyone in the world who is touched by it. His experience as an investor, observer, entrepreneur, traveler, and advisor to some of the world’s more innovative pools of capital gives him unique insights into the future of capitalism and the evolution of markets.
Natalie’s father came out to her immediate family 20 years ago, when she was twelve years old. As a former Chief Justice for the Idaho State Court of Appeals, maintaining his employment and hard-earned success was vital to their family unit. For two decades, she lived in a closeted gay family with her mom, two dads, and older sister. Her book, Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet, is the first memoir written by a child growing up in a closeted LGBTQ family. Natalie chronicles the highs and lows of growing up with gay dads in one of the most conservative states in the country.
Noah Siple has a passion for enriching the lives of veterans through employment, education, purpose, and social connection. He advocates for building community in ways that meet the needs of emerging generations of veterans in Idaho. Noah is a combat veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He is an Army strategist, and currently the Chief Operations Officer of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, as a Major in the Idaho Army National Guard. Noah has served in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Paul Primus knew his passion was surfing before he ever laid eyes on the ocean. After growing up in the Midwest, Paul first set foot on a surfboard in early 2009 while living in Oregon. He’s been addicted to surfing ever since. In the landlocked state of Idaho, his craving for waves became insatiable, so Paul began surfing Idaho’s untamed whitewater rivers, from the Payette to the Lochsa, eventually bringing surfing to the country’s first adjustable river wave. His obsession and love for river surfing and wave-shaping has distinguished him in the sport across the U.S.