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Featured Speaker: Haben Girma

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Featured Speaker: Haben Girma

Haben Girma

White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, and BBC Women of Africa Hero Haben Girma advocates for the creation of more inclusive communities. From America’s largest tech companies to Africa’s oldest universities, Haben energizes audiences with powerful lessons from her life and work. A celebrated speaker, she introduced President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her TEDx Talk, highlighting her pioneering work, continues to inspire people to strive for a more inclusive world.

Recognized as the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, she received her J.D. in 2013. Through her work at Disability Rights Advocates, Haben helped achieve a legal victory in National Federation of the Blind v. Scribd, the second case to hold that the ADA applies to e-commerce. Haben lives in Berkeley, California.

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Solutions in Sight Keynote Speaker: Hugh Herr

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Keynote Speaker: Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr

After a blizzard during a rock climbing excursion left Hugh Herr stranded, severe frostbite resulted in both his legs being amputated below the knees. As a double amputee, he is uniquely attuned to the need for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. His story is also a moving testament to what needs to be done to rebuild a life - and make a difference - after a disability.

In 2011, TIME magazine named Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. He is the Director of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab and is the Founder of BionX, a leader in the field of prosthetic devices.

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