Elliot Kotek

Co-Founder and Content Chief, Not Impossible

The co-founder and content chief of Not Impossible, and editor-in-chief of www.NotImpossibleNow.com, Elliot has become a recognizable figure in taking stories based in the sphere of science and technology, and ensuring that they are not only accessible, but that they serve to inspire. 

By utilizing crowd-sourcing to crowd-solve healthcare issues, Not Impossible aims to provide low-cost and DIY solutions, and to enable high-tech devices to reach people in need all over the world. Not Impossible is disrupting the status quo of accessibility by creating a sustainable cycle where collaboration inspires innovation, and content compels action.

Not Impossible projects include - Project Daniel - 3D Printing Prosthetic Limbs for Children of War Torn Sudan; The Brainwriter - a prototype EEG sensor and eye-tracking device that enables those with ALS and other locked-in syndromes to create and communicate using just brainwaves and eye movements; the Robot Walker - pursuing a right to walk for kids with cerebral palsy; and Don's Voice - utilizing software to give audible speech to those without.

A former M&A/Biotech Venture Capital attorney in Australia and New York, Kotek holds a Law Degree, a BS in Pharmacology & Toxicology, studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Beyond Cinema magazine, the former editor-in-chief of both Moving Pictures and Celebs.com, has written for publications as diverse as The Hollywood Reporter, GQ, Flaunt and Inked, delivers a fortnightly report on ABC Radio Australia to an est. 1 million listeners and has hosted events for Film Independent, SAG, the Writers Guild of America and film festivals globally.  The feature documentary “140", which Kotek co-produced, is the first ever user-generated film made utilizing social-media. ”Little Larry,” which Elliot wrote, received a Directors Guild of Canada nomination; his current productions include the St. Tropez film festival-winning documentary “Queen Mimi” with Zach Galifianakis and “The People Sign,” which highlights the work of music interpreters for the hearing impaired.

Elliot's honors include 3 Cannes Lion Awards (including the Titanium Lion), 4 One Show Awards, 3 Maggie Awards, 2 AICP Awards for Cause Marketing, 5 Telly Awards, a Clio Award, the Nominet Trust 100, TEDMED's Hive and the NYU/Tisch Craft Award. Amongst recent engagements, he was last year's opening keynote speaker at NxNE, the opening keynote speaker for SIGGRAPH 2014, a featured keynote presenter at SxSW 2015 and was featured at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, Social Innovation Summit, Techweek, the UP Experience, Monash University's Global Challenges and UCLA's Social Innovation Week.