Elliot Kotek

Co-Founder of Not Impossible, Inspiring technology and innovation speaker

Elliot Kotek is the multi-award winning co-founder and former Content Chief of Not Impossible. He creates projects based in the sphere of science and technology, and ensures they are not only accessible, but that they deliver real impact to real people in real need.

Elliot has spoken extensively - including, for example, at the United Nations, SxSW, Techweek, the US Institute for Peace, NxNE, the US Chamber of Commerce and Social Innovation Summit. In a world where people are preaching the 'Three P's' of People, Planet, Profit, Elliot Kotek goes one further. His 'Four P' strategy goes like this: When you find something you're Passionate about, it will define your Purpose. When you share your purpose, you'll find your People. And when you have your people, anything is Possible.

Elliot is committed to inspiring others to change their world with stories about these innovations. He is passionate about crowd-sourcing solutions and disrupting systems that have long been inaccessible to those with limited resources. A former M&A/Biotech Venture Capital attorney in Australia and New York, Elliot Kotek holds a Law Degree, a BSc in Pharmacology & Toxicology, and he studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and completed UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Elliot has interviewed everyone from Elmo to Elon Musk and 1,000 other global thought leaders who include the winners of more than 100 Oscars and, a Noble Peace Prize. With a weekly segment on ABC radio, he delivers coverage of all things entertainment to an estimated one million listeners. He's the founder and editor-in-chief of Beyond Cinema magazine, the former editor-in-chief of both Moving Pictures and Celebs.com, and he has hosted events for Film Independent, the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America and film festivals globally.

By harvesting crowd-sourced ideas from its maker community, while at Not Impossible Elliot effected change through projects that include the Eyewriter (Time magazine's Top 50 inventions), the Brainwriter, Project Daniel (an award winning 3-D printed prosthetic project featured in Time magazine, MSN, WIred UK & more), the Alex Mouse and more! As well as founding Not Impossible, Elliot Kotek has been the producer and executive creative producer of award-winning branded content, the editor in chief of NotImpossibleNow.com and he leads the Not Impossible Foundation.

Elliot Kotek is the founder and CEO of The Nation of Artists, a social good content production company responsible for feature documentaries, integrated impact media campaigns, branded content collaboration and the launch, maintenance and renaissance of digital editorial platforms. Projects undertaken by The Nation of Artists include Queen Mimi which was recognised with Best Documentary Manhattan Film Festival, Spirit Awards at Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, multiple nominations and Best Director Award at the St Tropez Film Festival; and Raise My Hands - a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Elliot's magazines have received many accolades and his branded content and campaign work has been recognised with three Cannes Lions (including the Titanium Lion), five Telly Awards, four One Show Awards, two Clios, AICP awards, recognition from TEDMED, Nominet Trust, NYU, and archiving at MoMA.

He is the recipient of back to back SxSW Innovation Awards, received the Kellogg School of Management Innovation Fellow for 2016 and the 2015 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award winner for the Faculty of Science.

As a former lawyer, Elliot regularly addresses law firm functions, as a social entrepreneur, he often addresses business schools, as a branded content and cause marketing expert, he is regularly invited to address advertising agencies and their clients, and as the producer of inspiring content around technologies, he's asked to speak on innovation and inspiration to a wide range of audiences.

More specifically, Elliot's speaking engagements include featured keynote at SxSW (2015), opening keynote at SIGGRAPH and NxNE (Canada), and keynotes at the Social Innovation Summit and the US Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Citizenship Conference (both in Washington, DC), at the Up Experience in Houston, the Dell Entrepreneur's Summit in Berlin, Social Innovation Week, UCLA's Anderson School of Business, Grey Advertising New York, Sid Lee Advertising Agency New York, Pioneer Summit Silicon Valley, and at Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations.

Elliot Kotek talks about:

  • Storytelling for social good
  • Using technology for humanity's sake
  • Innovation
  • Cause marketing and advertising

As Elliot Kotek says, "By helping one person we can all inspire others to do the same - it's our 'Help One Help Many' philosophy and it breaks down barriers, enabling greater access to all in need."

Client testimonials

The most inspiring talk that I watched at NXNE Interactive 2014 was the first person to step on stage: Elliot Kotek, the cofounder of Not Impossible.

Beta Kit

I would like to add my appreciation for your session at this past SIGGRAPH. In the over twenty years I have been involved with SIGGRAPH, yours was the best.


Elliot took the event to another level. The survey results for Elliot had rave reviews; which didn’t surprise us one bit. Elliot brought such a wonderful human element to the dialog and it reverberated with the attendees the rest of the conference.

Connecting the Dots Conference

We’re the lucky ones to have Elliot join us and inspire our network. The feedback we’ve received on Elliot’s presentation has been nothing short of incredible… Our world needs more Elliot Koteks!

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thanks to Elliot, he was amazing, people really loved his talk and impact, wow... Elliot brought a unique passion and warmth to the topic of innovation, and clearly in context offer evidence of the art and science of what is possible.

Social Innovation Summit

I can't thank Elliot enough for being a part of this amazing team last night that not only educated the audience, but also inspired them, changed their thinking, and challenged them to be better. Elliot was a wonderful presenter and we were all so impressed with the lifechanging projects he is working on. Thanks again for coming to Houston.

The UP Experience