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April 18-21, 2016

Santa Clara, California

Bill Nye

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Bill Nye

CEO, Planetary Society


Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer, who wants the world to know and appreciate the passion, beauty, and joy (the P, B, & J) of science. While working on 747’s at Boeing, he entered and won the Steve Martin Look-Alike Contest in Seattle, which led to his performing as a standup comic. He met a few other comedians and started submitting jokes to Almost Live, Seattle’s own comedy show. There, Bill came up with the Science Guy® character and quickly realized that he wanted to create a kids’ show about science. Eleven years later, The Bill Nye the Science Guy show had won 18 Emmys. Bill won seven of them, as host and head writer. These days, Bill travels around the globe exhorting his audiences to— Change the World. He also has a day job as the CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-governmental space interest organization. The Society was started by Bill’s astronomy professor at Cornell, Carl Sagan, a man who had a tremendous influence on Bill, deepening his respect for science and what he likes to call “our place in space.” Bill has written six children’s books and is working on a seventh about evolution. He’s also writing a general interest book about energy. Understand energy, Bill says, and you can change the world. He was awarded the Ralph Coats Roe Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and he holds honorary doctorates from Johns Hopkins, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Goucher, Quinnipiac, Williamette, and Lehigh Universities.


19 April 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM at Main Scenario
The best science is built on solid data. As a world-renown icon in tech and geek circles everywhere, Bill Nye fights to raise awareness of the value of science, critical thinking, and reason. He hopes that the data he brings will help inspire people everywhere to change the world. Bill is the CEO of the Planetary Society.