MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Saul Griffith will demonstrate a new, free digital application that allows anyone to more broadly understand their real energy footprint. The rich online audit calculates personal energy consumption from flying, driving, powering a home, eating, shopping, working and even one’s share of the energy necessary to make our society function. WattzOn helps users understand their personal impact on the environment and how they rate compared to others WattzOn users, as well as global averages.
Saul Griffith is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his
work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has
multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his
PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is founder
or co-founder of numerous companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco, In-
structables.com, Howtoons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded numerous
awards for invention and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. In 2011 Saul was
named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’. Saul holds multiple patents
and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, robotics, energy production,
manufacturing and smart geometry. Saul co-authors ‘Howtoons’ with Nick and Ingrid
Dragotta – a children’s comic book series about building your own science and engi-
neering gadgets. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics,
and sits on various advisory boards including Duke Energy and the San Francisco 100%
Renewable Energy Taskforce. He rarely wears shoes, is typically found knee-deep in
machinery with fists full of tools, and has holes in most of his pockets.
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