To solve the world's most pressing challenges, I believe we can start with the question:

How can we use technology to unlock the potential of our communities?

All entrepreneurs must be social entrepreneurs. Join me and let's answer this together.

 

NearShot is a media + interaction company that uses smart phones and social media to help society's most vulnerable individuals capture and share their stories. We are creating a better, crowd-driven alternative to Reality TV.

In our first series, HomelessPOV, a global network of volunteer storytellers record video messages from homeless people to their loved ones, which we help deliver as #miraclemessages using social media. The result is profound.

Media & Public Speaking

Live television interview on Money with Melissa Francis on Fox Business.

"How to Design for Human Connectivity in a World of Strangers." Talk at Catalyst Week, an event series with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project. Past speakers include Simon Sinek (Start With Why) and Slava Rubin (Indiegogo founder).

Guest lecture on finding your purpose at BUS 110 entrepreneurship class. 2013

Guest lecture on finding your purpose at BUS 110 entrepreneurship class. 2013

Small speaking role as an American College Student in this Sundance-award winning film. My acting claim to fame.

Small speaking role as an American College Student in this Sundance-award winning film. My acting claim to fame.

Numerous talks in the US and Mexico on finding your purpose and leadership. 2010-2015

Numerous talks in the US and Mexico on finding your purpose and leadership. 2010-2015

Talk on HomelessPOV. 2014

Talk on HomelessPOV. 2014

Talk on finding purpose and startups. 2012

Talk on finding purpose and startups. 2012

Talk on "Beyond DBC: Meaningful Development."

Talk on "Beyond DBC: Meaningful Development."

Writing

 

National Student Diplomat Essay Competition win

National Student Diplomat Essay Competition win

Co-authored conclusion chapter with Dr. Maria Gallo: "Facebook Fatigue? A University’s Quest to Build Lifelong Relationships with Students and Alumni."

Co-authored conclusion chapter with Dr. Maria Gallo: "Facebook Fatigue? A University’s Quest to Build Lifelong Relationships with Students and Alumni."

Authored chapter six: "Social capital after a disaster."

Authored chapter six: "Social capital after a disaster."


Official Speaker Bio


Kevin F. Adler is an entrepreneur and sociologist who uses technology to scale our common humanity. As Founder and CEO of NearShot, a media + interaction company, Kevin and his team are creating a better alternative to Reality TV that is compelling and socially good. In their first series, HomelessPOV, homeless individuals attempt to reconnect with their loved ones via social media and videos messages.

NearShot has been featured on NBC, FOX, ABC, NPR, Forbes, and dozens of other outlets. In Summer 2015, Kevin will embark on a cross-country road trip to capture and share #100stories of homelessness across the US, partnering with volunteer storytellers and nonprofits

Kevin is the author of the book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (2015), published by Rowman & Littlefield. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and two edited volumes: An Education in Facebook (Routledge 2014) and Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency (CRC Press 2010).

Previously, Kevin co-founded alumn.us (a fundraising platform for high schools), Entangled Ventures (an EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (an online mentoring nonprofit). He served one year as an ambassador of goodwill for Rotary Int'l in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Kevin has spoken at Microsoft NERD, Stanford, The Downtown Project, Rotary, and Dev Bootcamp. He is a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, a New Leaders Council Fellow (SF), a StartingBloc Fellow, and a Hive Global Leader. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, and was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduate at Occidental College.

Say hello on Twitter @kevinfad, email kevin [at] kevinfadler.com, or join him for his next monthly Fireside Potluck in San Francisco.