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Mick Ebeling

CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Two-Time Winner of SXSW Innovation Award, and Author of "Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done"
  • Named one of Ad Age’s “Top 50 Most Creative People”
  • Lives by the motto, “If not now, when; if not me, who”
  • Mick Ebeling brings audiences to tears with emotional stories of using technology to assist ALS patients, Sudanese amputees, and more
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“Do not accept ‘no’ for an answer – especially from yourself. Setbacks are ramps, not road bumps.” – Mick Ebeling

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, a two-time South by Southwest Innovation Award Winner, one of Wired magazine’s “Agents of Change,” and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling is a film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker who has won every major creative and advertising award. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, he is the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, a multiple-award-winning social innovation lab and production company whose mission is to develop creative solutions to real-world problems. Named one of Ad Age’s “Top 50 Most Creative People,” Mick Ebeling’s mantra of “Commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene, connect, and empower a team of thinkers, dreamers, hackers, and doers to change the world. Working with a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling shares the important message of creating “Technology for the Sake of Humanity,” and encourages others to do the same.

Mick Ebeling’s unconventional approach to problem solving brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives: The EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice, and most recently, Music Not Impossible. These inventions have found solutions to previously unworkable problems including bringing the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees, and a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who had not spoken to his wife in over 15 years. Since its creation, the EyeWriter achieved noteworthy press and appearances including TIME magazine’s “Top 50 Inventions of 2010,” as well as being honored at Ad Age and Creativity’s 2010 “The Idea Conference.” The device is now part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Project Daniel, the subject of Intel’s “Look Inside” campaign, enabled Ebeling to fly to Sudan to 3D print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. He then left the equipment behind with trained locals to continue his work, creating the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Arms are printed within hours and cost $100. TIME magazine said, “It’s hard to imagine any other device doing more to make the world a better place.” Project Daniel and Don’s Voice were consecutive recipients of the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award in 2015 and 2016, in addition to receiving many other accolades.

Mick Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, recounts the life experiences that led to the founding of Not Impossible. Praised by Jillian Michaels as “a road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others,” and hailed by Deepak Chopra as “the template for a new science of consciousness,” the book is now in its fifth printing and has been translated into multiple languages.

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