Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives

The FiRe program incorporates ongoing efforts relating to select coordinated SNS initiatives. These initiatives have grown from FiRe conversations into multiple global cooperative efforts to improve the world through the appropriate application of technology, including INVNT/IP, SNS FiReFilms, SNS Project Inkwell, Nutritional Microanalysis, and more.



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  • FiReFilms: “Chasing Coral” Q & A

    October 11, 2017

    "Chasing Coral", FiReFilms Featured Film of 2017 A Discussion with C. Mark Eakin, Coordinator, Coral Reef Watch, NOAA; Brian McInerney, Hydrologist, National Weather Service; Roger Payne, President, Ocean Alliance and Brian Moench

  • The SNS Carbon Trifecta: Harnessing the Flow of CO2

    September 29, 2016

    With Ray Gibbs, CEO, Haydale Plc; Jon Myers, Founder, Graphene Technologies, NovaMetallix, and Neural ID; Soroush Nazarpour, President and CEO, NanoXplore; and Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2 (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership), and SNS Ambassador for Pure Science; hosted by Mark Anderson

  • The UnDx (Undiagnosed) Global Initiative

    September 29, 2016

    With Katia Moritz, Director, Undiagnosed (the documentary); Ryan Taft, Senior Director, Scientific Research, Illumina Inc.; John Ryals, CEO, Metabolon; and Robin Y. Smith, CEO, ORIG3N; hosted by Doug Jamison, CEO, Harris & Harris Group

  • SNS FiReFilms: Documentaries That Change the World: Meet the Directors

    September 28, 2016

    With Chris Hegedus, Director, Unlocking the Cage; Geralyn Dreyfous, Co-Founder, Impact Partners Film Fund, Founder, Utah Film Center, and SNS Ambassador for Documentary Films; Adriana LaCorte, Director, Sniffing Out Cancer; and Ted Richane, Engagement and Impact Director, Vulcan Productions (The Ivory Game); hosted by Sharon Anderson Morris, SNS Programs Director and SNS FiReFilms Managing Director

  • Building the Pattern Recognition Lab

    October 7, 2015

    SNS and UC San Diego create a new FiRe Lab: A Pattern Recognition Laboratory (PRL) based on brain-inspired processors and housed in Calit2's Qualcomm Institute With Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2 (a UCSD / UCI partnership) and Mark Anderson Discussion: "Building the Pattern Recognition Lab": With Ken Kreutz-Delgado, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Signal Processing, and Robotics, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD; Akihiro Nakao, Professor of Applied Computer Science, University of Tokyo; and Mark Anderson

  • Building Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

    September 6, 2015

    Bibop Gresta, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ Deputy Chairman and COO

  • Documentaries That Change the World

    May 22, 2014

    Meet the Directors: With Michael Rossato-Bennett, Writer, Director, and Producer, Alive Inside - winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for US Documentary; E. Katia Moritz, Creator and Co-Director, Undiagnosed: Medical Refugees, and Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute; Joe Piscatella, Writer, Director, and Producer, #chicagoGirl, Revolutio LLC; and Mick Ebeling, CEO, Not Impossible LLC; hosted by Geralyn Dreyfous, Co-Founder, Impact Partners Film Fund, Founder and Board Chair, Utah Film Center, and Co-Founder, Gamechanger Films

  • In the Wake of the Mandiant Report: China IP Theft and the World Economy

    May 22, 2013

    "In the Wake of the Mandiant Report: China IP Theft and the World Economy": A conversation with Richard Marshall, CEO, X-SES; and Mark Anderson, Founder and Chair, INVNT/IP; hosted by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

  • CTO Design Challenge: “Creating the New Field of ‘Nutritional Microanalysis’: Inputs for the Quantified Self”

    May 25, 2012

    The goal of the 2012 CTO Design Challenge: to create a new field of medicine and a research platform for understanding human health and disease, and their connection to the human genome, by evaluating the inputs on a chemical level and their effects on the body’s processes.

  • “FiRe Films: A New Program Uniting Technology, Finance, and Documentaries”

    May 24, 2012

    Introduced by Sharon Anderson-Morris, Programs Director, SNS

  • “Privacy Protection: Going Global”

    May 24, 2012

    A conversation with David Vladeck, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; hosted by Jonathan Ewert, President, TransforMedia LLC

  • “Technology Addressing Human Trafficking: A New Global Rescue System”

    May 24, 2012

    Technologists are working with NGO leaders to create the first Global Rescue System for victims of human trafficking.

  • “A New Global Consortium for IP Protection”

    May 23, 2012

    A discussion on a new international consortium, led by the leading technology firms in the world, and joined by government agencies on three continents, the INVNT/IP group is focused on Inventing Nations vs. Nation-sponsored Theft of Intellectual Property ( With Steven Sprague, CEO, Wave Systems; Paul Ricci, Chair and CEO, Nuance Communications; and Mark Anderson, Founding Chair, INVNT IP; hosted by Don Budinger, Chair and Founding Director, The Rodel Foundation

  • The AORTA Manifesto: “A Movement to Revolutionize Teaching and Learning”

    May 23, 2012

    This SNS Project Inkwell manifesto will be signed by NGOs and educators around the world, with the aim of forming the basis for accelerated policy change and creation of a new platform for the revolution needed in K12 in the 21st century.

  • FiRe CTO Challenge: “Saving the Planet by Capturing Carbon”

    May 27, 2011

    Hosted by Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), UC San Diego and Irvine

  • “Special Showing: Are We Loving Them to Death?”

    May 26, 2011

    A KCPQ-TV production: How SNS’ Orca Relief contributed to new federal protection for Killer Whales; with Pam Pearson, SVP/General Manager, KCPQ/KZJO-TV and Tribune Broadcasting Co.; hosted by Mark Anderson

  • CTO Design Challenge: “Scaling Alternative Energy”

    May 15, 2010

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  • Dinner Presentation: “Scaling Alternative Energy: The Key to Survival”

    May 11, 2010

    Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

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