500+ “Innovation Junkies” Pack BIF2015 Summit in Providence
Thursday, September 17, 2015
"It's always so incredible to me to bring these people here to Providence -- it shows the city and state at its best," said BIF Founder and MC Saul Kaplan. "It makes innovation central to our conversation -- the stories have been incredible, as have the 500 plus innovation junkies who are here."
Since the first BIF Summit, BIF touts that it has heard stories from more than 200 innovators from across every sector and discipline and "even more amazing is that 2,000 people from around the world have participated in a BIF Summit."
On Wednesdaay, BIF participants in the morning included Michael Samuelson, Robin Chase, Joshua Davis, Steven Keating, Larry Rosenstock, Catherine Hoke, Dennis Whittle, and Jaff Sparr.
Afternoon speakers were Sophie Houser, Chris Emdin, Carla Dirlikov, Rick Benjamin, Kimberly Kleiman-Lee, Tanisha Robinson, Matthew Zachary, and Waterfire's Barnaby Evans.
Evans spoke about the inception -- and innovation -- behind Waterfire to the BIF audience, combining photos and videos to provide a comprehensive presentation.
"The question was, could we use public art in a public place with public participation -- and volunteers -- and have the entire audience be part of the artwork," said Evans, who said the goal was to "find an opportunity to take members of the community, the different cultural groups and artists, and find the opportunity to present this event."
Evans noted that innovation did not come free.
"The event is free. People might think the city pays for it -- it does not. We'd love to do so much more, but we need partnerships and support to be able to do so," said Evans. "A recent study showed we bring $114 million annually in economic impact to the city."
Hip Hop then Opera
Dr. Chris Emden, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University spoke to the role of knowing oneself -- and one's "innervisions," referencing the role of the Stevie Wonder album in his upbringing, before talking about how the Wu-Tang Clan was the catalyst for his decision to become a teacher.
"Know yourself deeply," said Emden, who said "we should think about our work in the context of our inner-Serena tennis thing," about tennis champion Serena Williams, and it being at the core of who she is.
Emden was followed by mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov, who interspersed talking about her multi-cultural upbringing and passion for expression with singing opera excerpts.
Related Slideshow: RI’s Top 30 Highest Paid Jobs by the Hour
Below are the top 30 highest paying jobs in Rhode Island based upon hourly wages. For each, the median wages and median annual salaries are displayed. Median wages and salaries reflect what a typical employee in an occupation earns, rather than average wages and salaries, which are affected by what the highest and lowest earners make. Note that data was not available for some professions which had reported a median hourly wage above $90. Occupations are listed in order of least to highest paid. Data is current as of May 2014, the most recent available. Source: the Occupational Employment Statistics program at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Number Employed: 1,680
Median Hourly Wage: $51.25
Median Annual Salary: $106,610
Occupational Description: Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Computer Network Architects
Number Employed: 300
Median Hourly Wage: $51.41
Median Annual Salary: $106,930
Occupational Description: Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes "Information Security Analysts," "Network and Computer Systems Administrators," and "Computer Network Support Specialists"
Number Employed: 460
Median Hourly Wage: $52.12
Median Annual Salary: $108,420
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Number Employed: 250
Median Hourly Wage: $52.35
Median Annual Salary: $108,880
Occupational Description: Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics," "Medical Assistants," "Registered Nurses," "Nurse Anesthetists," "Nurse Midwive," and "Nurse Practitioners."
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Number Employed: 270
Median Hourly Wage: $53.19
Median Annual Salary: $110,630
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.
Number Employed: 150
Median Hourly Wage: $53.46
Median Annual Salary: $111,200
Occupational Description: Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are included in "Physicians and Surgeons, All Other"
Number Employed: 210
Median Hourly Wage: $54.38
Median Annual Salary: $113,100
Occupational Description: Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Number Employed: 380
Median Hourly Wage: $54.61
Median Annual Salary: $113,580
Occupational Description: Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Number Employed: 1,220
Median Hourly Wage: $55.03
Median Annual Salary: $114,460
Occupational Description: Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.
Natural Sciences Managers
Number Employed: 120
Median Hourly Wage: $56.31
Median Annual Salary: $117,120
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Excludes "Architecture and Engineering Managers" and "Computer and Information Systems Managers"
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Median Hourly Wage: $56.32
Median Annual Salary: $117,140
Occupational Description: Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers"
Number Employed: 60
Median Hourly Wage: $56.33
Median Annual Salary: $117,160
Occupational Description: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories. Excludes "Biochemists and Biophysicists"
Number Employed: 440
Median Hourly Wage: $56.93
Median Anniual Salary: $118,400
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.
General and Operations Managers
Number Employed: 6,390
Median Hourly Wage: $58.40
Median Annual Salary: $121,470
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Excludes First-Line Supervisors.
Human Resources Managers
Number Employed: 330
Median Hourly Wage: $58.49
Median Annual Salary: $121,660
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization. Excludes managers who primarily focus on compensation and benefits and training and development
Compensation and Benefits Managers
Number Employed: 70
Median Hourly Wage: $58.94
Median Annual Salary: $122,600
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization. Job analysis and position description managers are included in "Human Resource Managers
Median Hourly Wage: $59.23
Median Annual Salary: $123,200
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.
Number Employed: 2,910
Median Hourly Wage: $59.35
Median Annual Salary: $123,450
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.
Number Employed: 840
Median Hourly Wage: $59.99
Median Annual Salary: $124,790
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Number Employed: 1,070
Median Hourly Wage: $61.52
Median Annual Salary: $127,960
Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Excludes "Computer Occupations"
Architectural and Engineering Managers
Number Employed: 360
Median Hourly Wage: $62.33
Median Annual Salary: $129,640
Occupation Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields. Excludes "Natural Sciences Managers"
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Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Number Employed: 100
Median Hourly Wage: $68.57
Median Annual Salary: $142,630
Occupation Description: Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.
Number Employed: 340
Median Hourly Wage: $83.05
Median Annual Salary: $172,750
Occupation Description: Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Median Hourly Wage: $87.67
Median Annual Salary: $182,360
Occupation Description: Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Number Employed: 160
Median Hourly Wage: $89.10
Median Annual Salary: $185,330
Occupation Description: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.
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