General Sessions


 Opening Keynote


Life in the Form of a Question

Monday, June 5
8:00 - 9:30 AM

Do you love puzzles and trivia? We bet you don’t love them as much as Ken Jennings, the all-time Jeopardy! champion who swept the nation in 2004. Born just outside of Seattle in 1974, Jennings grew up overseas where his father worked as an attorney. During the 15 years he spent in Korea and Singapore, his only lifeline to American pop culture was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched Jeopardy! religiously after school.

While double majoring in English and computer science at Brigham Young University, Jennings captained the university’s academic competition team, which consistently finished in the top ten at national quiz bowl tournaments. Post-graduation, Jennings’ childhood dream of appearing on Jeopardy! was realized while he was working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing company.

Since his 6-month Jeopardy! run, Jennings has been keeping busy. He speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and has co-invented two trivia games. He has released the book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs about his bizarre Jeopardy! adventures and about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, as well as Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, a book about the allure of geography. His latest book is Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.

Jennings will be signing copies of his latest book in the AIHA booth (#1211) on Monday, June 5 from 12:15 to 1 PM.




Tuesday, June 6
8:00 - 9:00 AM

The Ignite session originated in the high-technology profession but has spread worldwide. In a five-minute presentation, speakers share their professional and personal passions using 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. 

Once again, AIHce will be offering its own version of Ignite. Learn what is on the mind of your colleagues and friends in this innovative and engaging new format. Find out why this program has become an international phenomenon and why there is always a standing-room only crowd at AIHce! Experience first-hand what is meant by the Ignite motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Presenters will be listed in Spring 2017.

View last year's Ignite presentations at AIHce 2016 on our YouTube channel.


 Closing Keynote


The Brains Behind Leadership

Wednesday, June 7
2:15 - 3:15 PM

Our closing keynote speaker has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information, so we’re sure he and Jennings will have a lot to discuss between their keynotes at the AIHce conference. Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health.

The only thing that rivals Medina’s genius is his energy. When he speaks, the room is filled with passion and enthusiasm, leaving his audience riveted, reeling, and also quite refreshed. The solutions to seemingly complicated questions become easy to discern after experiencing his presentations. Medina’s been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year.

Medina will be signing copies of his latest book at the AIHA booth (#1211) on Wednesday, June 7 from 12:30 to 1 PM.