TEDx Virginia Tech presents


at the Moss Arts Center

Your Guide to TEDxVirginiaTech 2014



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.



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)

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

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

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. TEDxVirginiaTech is coordinated by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER).

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