Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TEDxEast Conference Held in NYC May 9, 2011

Julianne Wurm, founder/curator of TEDxEast (on right in photo on left) and Sofia Regan (left) were co-hosts for TEDxEast held at The Times Center in Manhattan on May 9, 2011. This is one of many independent regional conferences that are allowed to use the TED name. The theme of this year's conference was "Tinker, Noodle, Obsess".

TEDxEast was founded by a committee in 2009 that includes Marisa Farnia, Julianne Wurm and Connie Frances Avila. TEDxEast is a bi-annual event that brings together innovators and inspirational speakers to the New York metropolitan area and promotes TED's mission of "ideas worth spreading." Operated under license from TED, and true to the format of the TED experience, TEDxEast presenters give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.

TEDxEast seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a regional level, bringing together innovative thinkers to connect and discuss great ideas. TEDxEast works to share the voices of thinkers, innovaters, and performers who delight and inspire. TEDxEast is a collaborative effort on the part of many individuals.

Presenters included:

Will Ryman is an artist who created the giant flowers displayed in New York City on the Park Avenue Mall between 57th and 67th Streets.
Gever Tulley (see story below)
Bjarke Ingels (see story below)
David Binder is a producer who did the first Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs.
Nancy Callan is a prominent glass artist.
Matthew Crawford is the author of the New York Times bestseller Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.
Lauren Redniss writes and draws graphic books like Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout.
Tyler Cowen is the author of numerous books, most recently his e-Book *The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better*.
Caravan of Thieves (Gypsy Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks) provided music between segments (photo on right above).
Tommy McCall (see story below)
Charles Wurm (Julianne's uncle) has built several electric vehicles and continues to work on patent projects regarding drive systems and the efficient use of vehicle energy.
Jenni Wolfson is a human rights activist, writer and performer who asked participants to consider if your dream job could kill you.
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and writer who presented his ideas in rap songs.
Christine McCaull is a 4 time venture backed CEO and tech founder who gave an inspirational presentation on how to make work work better.
Ari Meisel talked about curing the incurable through self-exploration in which he recounts his triumph over a fatal disease.
Alexander Petroff talked about his work in sub-Saharan Africa where he decided to begin building villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Anthony Rudolf talked about applying the virtues that we seek from the Hospitality Industry into our everyday lives and the impact that they can have on ourselves and those around us.
Adam Black founded KeyWifi.com, a web company that enables better use of internet bandwidth through collaborative consumption.
Sarah Kay did a spoken-word performance.
Julie Reumert sang a selection from an opera.

Click on the heading above to go to the TEDxEast site.

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