Session 1: Systems and Society
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowitz
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz fires up the TEDxPhilly crowd with an emotive opening to the day. Using her poetry, experiences working in a cubicle and art, Aptowicz encourages audience members to chase their most ambitious dreams. "Just be there," she says. "Don't worry about your genius."
Chris Lehmann introduces a revolutionary idea in education: Encourage learning by allowing students to do things they are good at instead of restricting them. While that may sound elementary, Lehmann's speech carves out an innovative way to teach students success so they will strive for success in the post-graduate world.
How do you sow the seeds of change? Nic Esposito speaks emphatically to the audience at TEDxPhilly about Urban Farming happening "Right here, right now". Nic has set up community gardens in West Philadelphia, where residents take control of their own food security and local economy through the production and sale of agriculture.
Jay Coen Gilbert
Jay Coen Gilbert shares his vision to harness the power of business to solve society's problems through B Corporations -- a new standard labeling socially and environmentally responsible companies. B Corps will help corporations be profitable while solving society's problems.
Session 2: Culture and Meaning
Stanford Thompson speaks about the importance of after school programs and how music serves as a vehicle for social change. See Stanford's students come on stage for a string performance that reduces the crowd to tears.
TEDxPhilly receives a behind-the-scenes look at Tanya Hamilton's highly anticipated December release, Night Catches Us. Hamilton explains the connection between her rearing and the movie's setting.
Once a year, for the past 10 years, Zoe Strauss turned the space under 95 South into an art gallery. Hear Strauss share inspiring stories of how personal history and community history shape her art.
Michael Solomonov shares his journey from a childhood in Pittsburgh, a stop in Israel, and to present day, where he is creating very successful restaurants in Philadelphia.
Session 3: Incredible Machines
Simon Hauger founded the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School, inspiring students to build multiple hybrid cars that beat most professional teams’ mpgs. The West Philadelphia High School team has introduced their work to the auto industry, the president, and the highest ranking rocket scientist in the country. Their story is an inspirational one.
Robert J. Moore
Robert J. Moore will astonish you with how much data is being created. He stresses the importance of organizing and analyzing the insane amount of data we now have
Exposing how innovators in STEM are being sent oversees after graduation, Evan Malone offers suggestions and policy reform that can help keep these bright minds in America.
Outlining the explosion of craft beer in the United States, Bill Covaleski explains how there is now no place for standard supermarket white bread in the beer world.
As an object in a hardware store a 2x4 may seem mundane. Billie Faircloth, however, reveals the significance of this basic construction supply’s creation and use, illustrating the complexity of architectural design.
Session 4: Between the Ears
Dive into the inner workings of the brain as Iyad Obeid explains how brain waves can be mapped and then used to control prosthetic limbs. Obeid brings up the possibility that in the future, mass storage devices and other tools could be used in human brains.
Stephen Powers explains how his local graffiti roots influenced A Love Letter for You, an ambitious series of 50 murals in West Philadelphia. Powers presents photos and stories from a similar community project spawned in Brazil.
After incredible talks discussing ideas of all kinds, TEDxPhilly was punctuated with a message that threaded through the day: Do your thing. Ursula Rucker performed a few of her pieces and left the crowd craving more TEDxPhilly.