Shipbreaking, Sahara, and other Stories

Speaker: Mike Hettwer

Date: Friday, May 05, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: 32-D463 (Star Seminar Room) / 32 Vassar Street

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Host: Daniela Rus

Contact: Lauralyn M. Smith,

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Mike Hettwer is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine and is focused on the environment, paleontology and archeology. For recent stories, he photographed Bangladesh shipbreaking and a cover story on the largest meat-eating dinosaur ever found. His National Geographic shipbreaking video has over 6M views and helped change policies in the toxic yards. He has photographed ten expeditions with dinosaur hunter Paul Sereno in the Sahara and Gobi Deserts, and paleo anthropologists Louise Leakey and Meave Leakey in the Lake Turkana area of Kenya. Mike produced photography books with Paul Sereno and the Leakeys. He co-wrote and provided photography for a genomics book with TED Fellow Dr. Jimmy Lin.

Mike has attended the TED conference for 17 years. He is co-founder of TEDxMidwest in Chicago which showcased 100 top speakers and performers - most were TED Talk speakers, MacArthur and Pulitzer Prize winners, National Geographic contributors and others. They included Sandra Day O'Connor, Wes Craven, Ken Robinson, Dean Kamen, Kevin Bacon, Phil Zimbardo, Frans Lanting, Paul Nicklen, Ron Finley, Meave Leakey, Julia Sweeney, Joi Ito, Shaka Senghor, Dan Ariely, Paul Salopek, Amory Lovins, Mellody Hobson, Baratunde Thurston, Dave Gallo, Bill Strickland, Joel Sartore, Alexis Ohanian and many others. The TEDxMidwest Youth events hosted 500 inner city Chicago public high school students. The TEDxMidwest videos have been viewed 30M times. He is co-founder of Chicago Ideas Week which draws 50,000 people annually.

Mike is an electrical engineer and serial entrepreneur – his previous companies were web, tech or marketing based and he was part of team that took one tech firm public. He built his last web agency to 250 people and $35M in annual revenue. His previous web consultancies drove $1.5B in online revenue for their clients.

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Created by Lauralyn M. Smith Email at Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 4:18 PM.