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Nominations for TEDxVirginiaTech 2015: Kaleidoscope Now Open!

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“Kaleidoscope” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2015 event to be held on November 19th at the Moss Arts Center. The TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee invites nominations for speakers for this event.

Intentionally broad, this year’s theme is meant to captivate and inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. “Kaleidoscope” plays off of the instrument itself, which uses mirrors to reflect objects in a variety of patterns. Highlighting change and diversity, the theme evokes a broad range of literal and figurative interpretations and proposes intriguing questions, such as:

  • What changing patterns or scenes are we seeing in various disciplines? In the world?
  • What happens when we look at the same topic using multiple disciplinary lenses?
  • When do variation and transformation create a new reality?
  • Who has the resolve to rotate our view of the world ever so slightly and alter our collective future?
  • How can we change our viewpoint to see things differently?
  • What is the value of seeing things from another perspective?
  • How can we adjust our ideas of inclusion and diversity to design beautiful new forms of community?
  • What have we recently discovered that has been in front of us the entire time?
  • How does color, reflection, light affect us?
  • How has viewing something from another perspective altered your life or career?
  • How can old and new problems be seen differently?
  • How can we implement more creativity into our lives?
  • What is the value of change?

Nominate someone today!

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

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

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: Read more »

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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