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Your Guide to TEDxVirginiaTech 2014

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It’s almost here, and our speakers are getting more excited each day to share with you the incredible things happening in their pieces of Hokie Nation.

To prepare you for TEDxVirginiaTech 2014 “Illuminate”, here’s a complete guide to your day.

 

Parking

Free parking will be provided in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street (map it). Limited free street parking is also available (map it).

 

Schedule of events – Thursday, November 20, 2014


Noon to 4 — Light Painting in the Experience Studio until 4 PM. Have you seen the TEDxVirginiaTech “Illuminate” light painted ads & posters? You can create your own light painting in our light painting studio! We’ll show the best ones during the break at tonight’s event.

Noon to 5:45 — The Lab in the Cube, and runs until 5:45 PM. Come interact with some of the coolest research and projects happening on campus.

Location: The Cube (to the left inside Moss Arts Center from Alumni Mall, more info)

Exhibitor
InnovationSpace
TREC
Development and Humanitarianism in Africa
Finkielstein Lab at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
NuSpark – (multiple teams)
Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Mirror Worlds: A Living Lab for Asynchronous and Synchronous Investigation of Virtual and Real Environments
Art Conroy: Speaker 2014
Jake Socha: Speaker 2012
Design for America
DreamsLab

5 PM — Doors open

6 PM — TEDxVirginiaTech begins

Speaker Title
Steve Matusak     Introduction of first speaker
Special Performance    
Roop Mahajan Intersections: Incubators of Sustainable Technologies
Brook Kennedy Undark and the Firefly
Wornie Reed A Framework for Civil Discourse about Race and Racism
Video 1 Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea
Art Conroy Draw Aloud – The Power and Peril of Illuminative Thinking
Mohsin Kazmi Photographers:  Architects of Light, Architects of Change
Short break until 7:45
Steve Matusak Introduction of first speaker
Aki Ishida Slowing Down with the Speed of Light
Video 2  Dancing with Light
Kelly Donoughe       Illuminating the Road Ahead
Joycelyn Wilson The OUTKAST Imagination
Akshay Sharma Designing Empowerment
Austin Larrowe Seeds of Hope
Steve Matusak Closing Remarks

 

9 PM — Event ends. We’ll see you next year!

 

Get excited


Pumped up for this year’s event? Check out these resources to get even more excited:

  • This year’s speakers — is there a speaker from your college or department? Check out the bios on this year’s speakers, it’s an impressive group!
  • Past talks — there’s no better way to get ready for this year’s event than to watch talks from past TEDxVirginiaTech events. Find your favorite!
  • Connect with TEDxVirginiaTech on Twitter and Facebook

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Schedule

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Session 1 — 6 PM

Steve Matusak Introduction of first speaker
Roop Mahajan Intersections: Incubators of Sustainable Technologies
Brook Kennedy Undark and the Firefly
Wornie Reed A Framework for Civil Discourse about Race and Racism
Video 1 Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea
Art Conroy Draw Aloud – The Power and Peril of Illuminative Thinking
Mohsin Kazmi Photographers:  Architects of Light, Architects of Change

Short break

Session 2 — 7:45

Steve Matusak Introduction of first speaker
Aki Ishida Slowing Down with the Speed of Light
Video 2  Dancing with Light
Kelly Donoughe Illuminating the Road Ahead
Special Performance
Joycelyn Wilson The OUTKAST Imagination
Akshay Sharma Designing Empowerment
Austin Larrowe Seeds of Hope
Steve Matusak Closing Remarks

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Announcing: Illuminate

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“Illuminate” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2014 event to be held on Nov. 20, at the Moss Arts Center. TED enthusiasts and great speakers, thinkers, and doers are invited to “give the talk of a lifetime” at the third annual event.

Intentionally broad, the theme is meant to inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. The 2014 event will be held in the evening, so the theme casts a deliberate contrast between light and dark. It evokes a broad range of literal and figurative interpretations and proposes intriguing questions, such as: Keep reading »

 

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university founded in 1872 with the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It is one of the few universities in the United States with a Corps of Cadets.

In its 8 colleges, Virginia Tech offers 150 programs of study, in which 30,739 students are enrolled. It has 230,000 alumni across the globe, and more than $450 million in research expenditures.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxVirginiaTech is coordinated by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), and University Relations. Representatives of these departments comprise the TEDxVirginiaTech Executive Committee.

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