901-754-9404
My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

}
back to Speakers
Hugh  Herr

Hugh Herr

    • Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT
     
Fee Range

$30,000 - $50,000

Travels From

Massachusetts

TedMed

TedMed

Ted - New bionics let us run, climb and dance

Ted - New bionics let us run, climb and dance

Dr. Hugh Herr, a double amputee after a rock climbing accident, now heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is creating bionic prostheses that emulate natural limbs—and are having a dramatic impact on eliminating disabilities and empowering people. The “Leader of the Bionic Age” according to TIME magazine, his work in the emerging field of biomechatronics – technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics – is revolutionizing the way we approach human limitations. He is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that augment human strength, endurance, and agility and provide new hope to those with disabilities.

In presentations, Herr uses inspiration and humor as he shares his story and creates a powerful message that is both personal and applicable to organizations. With insights on innovation, technology, and human possibility, he speaks from firsthand experience in creating breakthrough advancements that help people overcome adversity. An incredible presenter and repeat TED speaker, Herr’s story of overcoming his own tragedy is highly inspirational and his insights on innovation, technology, and the future of the human body are out of this world.

Innovating the Way out of Tragedy. Herr’s lab not only creates bionic limbs; he wears them himself. He had been considered a rock climbing prodigy until his legs were amputated after he got frostbite during a rock climbing accident. With the idea that the strength of the body is its malleability, he created special limbs to help him return to climbing—and to be better than he had been before. This extraordinary accomplishment made him the first person in history with a major amputation to compete at an elite level against persons with normal physiologies. “At the time, I didn’t view my body as broken. I reasoned that a human being can never be broken,” he said. “I thought: Technology is broken…This powerful idea was a call to arms to advance technology to the elimination of my own disability, and ultimately the disabilities of others.”

Incredible Accolades. Herr is the author and co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and patents, chronicling the science and technology behind his many innovations. These innovations include the computer-controlled artificial knee (named one of TIME magazine’s “Top 10 Inventions” in 2004), active leg exoskeletons, and powered ankle-foot prostheses, which mimics the action of a biological ankle and, for the first time, provides transtibial amputees with a natural gait. It was also named to TIME’s “Top Inventions” list in 2007. That same year, Herr was presented with the 13th annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment.

Herr is the founder and chief technology officer of iWalk Inc., a company that commercializes the BiOM, , the world’s first bionic foot and calf system that will emulate or even augment physiological function through electromechanical replacement. Today the BiOM has been clinically shown to be the first leg prosthesis in history that allows amputees to walk with normal levels of speed and metabolism – as if their legs were biological once again. Herr’s story has been told in the biography Second Ascent, The Story of Hugh Herr; a 2002 National Geographicfilm, Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr; and features in CNN, the EconomistDiscover, and Nature.

Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr

Technology & the Human Spirit: Merging Body & Machine

The Limits of Human Performance

Speaking Topics:

Related Speakers

Holly Atkinson, Speaker

Holly Atkinson

Award-Winning Medical Journalist

David Mead

David Mead

Chief of What's Next

Daniel Yergin Events Speaker

Daniel Yergin

Chairman

Walter Bond Speaker

Walter Bond

"Mr. Accountability" 

Jacob Morgan Speaker

Jacob Morgan

One of the World’s Leading Authorities on the Future of Work and Employee Experience

Lauren Bush Lauren, Celebrity Speaker

Lauren Bush Lauren

CEO

Dick Vermeil, Leadership Speaker

Dick Vermeil

Owner of Vermeil Wines

Giovanni Livera, Entertainment Speaker

Giovanni Livera

Motivator

Wayne Gretzky, Sports Speaker

Wayne Gretzky

Hockey Legend

Joe Trippi, Technology Speaker

Joe Trippi

Political Strategist & Media Consultant

Abby Rike Rockenbaugh

Abby Rike Rockenbaugh

Inspirational speaker on health and wellness and overcoming the greatest odds

Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy

Former Major League Baseball Star and Mission LDS President

Testimonials

"They have booked me to speak at events for over a decade and their professional approach and client focus is unmatched in the industry. I am..

Garrison Wynn, Sales Speaker

"Thank you, both, for making last night possible! You have been such a Joy to work with and I appreciate everything you did for us! I can't s..

Salvation Army

Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year an..

I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers ..

I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not ha..

Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  

You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work ..

The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Execut..

Thank you to both of you for everything surrounding Mr. Will as our special guest. I suspect, soon, I will be in touch regarding our next eve..

We could not have done it without you.  Thank you for the outstanding suggestions.  The speakers were by far the best we have ever..

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below