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Rick Smolan
Against All Odds Productions
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Rick Smolan

Company: Against All Odds Productions
Title: CEO
Location: New York, United States
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture, Digital, Technology
Twitter: ricksmolan

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series. Today, Smolan directs massive crowd sourced projects which combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Many of his projects have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, and Newsweek. His latest book, THE GOOD FIGHT: AMERICA'S ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE, is a powerful reminder of how much progress America has made over the past 100 years against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, homophobia and injustice and what's at risk right now. It was sent by TED to all 1,500 attendees. Smolan has spoken at TED, The Davos World Economic Forum, The Ford Foundation, The Wired Health Conference, TEDMED, Techonomy, DLD in Munich, IdeaCity in Canada, INK in India. His TED talk "Natasha's Story: An American Homecoming" has been watched by more than a million people. In the fall of 2012 Smolan released "The Human Face of Big Data" focusing on humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize vast amounts of data in real time. The project, sponsored by EMC, Cisco and SAP resulted in a large format book, an engaging iPad app, and a TV special. The book was delivered to 10,000 key influencers in 50 countries courtesy of FedEx. The project won a 2013 WEBBY award. In 2014 the Oscar Winning Producers of "The Kings Speech" released TRACKS. In the movie Robyn Davidson was portrayed by Mia Wasikowska ("Stoker", "The Kids are Alright", "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp). Smolan was portrayed by Adam Driver, Kylo Ren in Star Wars. "AMERICA 24/7", a NY Times bestseller, enabled thousands of Americans to create a national family album during one ordinary week, and was featured as one of Oprah Winfrey's "Favorite Things." Fortune magazine describes Smolan's company, Against All Odds as “One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America.”