Taking place from September to November 2009, Womensphere's L.I.V.E. WORLD Summit is a series of 11 unique and powerful Forums of leaders from all sectors and disciplines – industry leaders, thought leaders, innovators, corporate executives, government leaders, entrepreneurs, community leaders, social entrepreneurs, all dedicated to creating solutions to some of the world's toughest problems.

The L.I.V.E. WORLD Forum on Innovation for Social Good will feature as Keynote Speaker Dean Kamen, Chairman & Founder of DEKA Research & Development, and Founder of FIRST ((For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Dean Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton for his inventions, which includes more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. 

 L.I.V.E. WORLD Forum on Innovation for Social Good attendees will have opportunity to:

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  • Meet executives from womensphere's corporate partners
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Awarded by President Clinton with the National Medal of Technology

Holder of 440 U.S. and international patents for life-saving medical and health-related technologies

As an inventor and physicist, Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the automatic, self-contained, ambulatory pump designed to deliver precise doses of medication to patients with a variety of medical conditions. In 1976 he founded AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corp. to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.

The array of products and technologies invented and developed by Mr. Kamen and the engineering team at DEKA is extremely broad.Two notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, marketed by Baxter Healthcare, and the iBOT™ Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid developed for Johnson & Johnson. With the Segway™ Human Transporter, Mr. Kamen aspired to improve upon the most basic form of transportation, walking, by allowing people to go farther, move more quickly, and carry more without separating them from their everyday walking environment. DEKA’s other projects include: a DARPA-funded robotic arm project intended to restore functionality for individuals with upper extremity amputations; a new and improved Stirling engine intended to convert almost any fuel into electrical power and clean heat as part of a system that is clean, quiet, easy to use, and easy to maintain with a long operating life; new water purification technology intended to convert almost any source water into safe drinking water; and many others.

Among Mr. Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. In 2009, its flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, will reach more than 42,000 high-school students on close to 1,700 teams in 40 regional competitions, seven district competitions, and one national championship. The FIRST Robotics Competition teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. In 1998, the FIRST LEGO League was created for children ages 9-14. Similar to the FIRST Robotics Competition, these young participants build a robot and compete in a friendly event designed for their age group. In the 2008/09 season, over 137,000 children are participating in 42 countries. FIRST also offers the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds and the FIRST Tech Challenge, which provides high-school-aged students with the traditional challenge of the FIRST Robotics Competition, but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit.

Mr. Kamen has received numerous awards and accolades including the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment in 1998, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation, the United Nations Association of the USA Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2006 and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. Mr. Kamen was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.


President, Ayala Foundation USA

Global Leader, GILAS Project, providing PC labs and internet to ALL Philippine public high schools

Victoria P. Garchitorena is considered as one of the pillars of Philippine non-government organization sector. She was founding Chair of the League of Corporate Foundations, Philippine Council for NGO Certification, Philippine Association for Volunteer Efforts, Metro South Cooperative Bank, and the Makati NGO Network.

She is/has been Chair or Trustee of the following: Pinoy ME, Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, EDSA People Power Commission, AIM Alumni Association, Mendiola Consortium, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, College of the Holy Spirit, Corporate Network for Disaster Response, Spirit of EDSA Foundation, Alliance of Women for Action Towards Reform, among others.

She is also a Board Member of the United States-based Council on Foundations and is a Senior Adviser of the World Bank’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council Against Corruption.

Vicky also served as the Senior Consultant of the Office of the President of the Philippines, the Head of the Presidential Management Staff, Secretary to the Cabinet, and a Director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.She is also the Managing Director of Ayala Corporation’s Stakeholder Relations and President of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

The Ayala Foundation is a nonstock, nonprofit organization that serves as the socio-cultural development arm of the Ayala Group of Companies (AGC). Through various social development and cultural programs, the Foundation works to fulfill the needs of the whole person, firmly believing in the human being as less of an object of charity than a cause for celebration. Today, the Ayala Foundation is also working to extend the benefits of recent technological developments to a greater number of men, women and children. Through these new technologies, the Foundation continues to work for the cultivation of Filipino ingenuity and talent, as well as the preservation of the Philippines’ rich culture, history and traditions.

Ayala Foundation USA creates opportunities for Filipinos in the U.S. to help the Philippines by facilitating meaningful contributions to social development initiatives. With over 100 projects supported in partnership with Philippine non-profits, AF-USA is able to address the country’s greatest needs. AF-USA assists Filipinos committed to helping the homeland in supporting projects closest to their hearts.

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