Technology Trailblazer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist | Monday, October 10 • 1:15–2:30 pm
Honored by Advertising Age as one of the “Top 50 Most Creative People” in 2014 and the recipient of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Closing General Session speaker Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, whose mission is to develop creative solutions to address real-world problems. Through it, he aims to connect and empower thinkers, dreamers, and doers to change the world.
After befriending ALS patient and renowned street artist Tempt, Ebeling and a team of programmers, hackers, artists, and inventors developed Not Impossible’s first project: the EyeWriter, a low-cost, award-winning eye-tracking device that allows artists to draw using only the movement of their eyes. The EyeWriter is now part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In Not Impossible’s latest endeavor, Project Daniel, Ebeling flew to Sudan to 3D print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. He then left the equipment behind with trained locals to continue his work, thus creating the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility.
Ebeling’s first book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, hit the shelves in January 2015. Hailed by Deepak Chopra as “the template for a new science of consciousness,” the book is now in its fifth printing.