TEDxDetroit 2014 is in one week, so we wanted to reach out to past attendees and see what everyone is most excited about. Check back throughout the week for more posts!
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How many TEDx events have you been to? This will be my third TEDx event that I have attended. Ever since the first one I attended, I’ve been hooked.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s event? Besides the speakers and the amazingness that is TEDxDetroit, I always look forward to meeting new people. My first year I went alone, but I met some great people who also attended alone. We kept in touch and the next year we met up again at the event and added some new people to our group. This year we’re all looking forward to expanding our group and continue to meet new people!
What was the best part of TEDxDetroit 2013? The best part of all the TEDxDetroit events is the contagious energy and passion. You can feel the excitement when you walk in the door. Everyone you meet has true passion and commitment for what they are involved with and when you leave, you leave inspired to feel the same way about something in your own life.
What advice would you give to a first time TEDx attendee? Come ready and prepared to meet and hear from some amazing minds. From the speakers to the attendees, every person you will come across has a story and is more than happy to share it with you. It’s enlightening. Also, there always seems to be a lot of surprises in store at TEDxDetroit!
How do you design something for the human being?
Blake Leeper is fast. He’s a world-class athlete with the medals to prove it. Now he’s set his sights on the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janerio. There’s only one additional challenge: Blake is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee.
Blake relies on prosthetic blades to run. He’s off balance coming out the starting blocks. He has to adapt his running to the blade. “That’s a huge problem,” says Blake, “The user that is using the product shouldn’t have to adapt to the product, the product should adapt to them.”
When Kevin Shinn heard Blake’s talk at the 2013 International Design Society of America International Conference, he welcomed the challenge. What if we start with a clean sheet? Use a human-centric design approach to rethink prosthetics technology for athletes as well as for the general population.
As the vice president of design at Altair Thinklabs, Kevin is able to bring Altair’s expertise in product design, engineering and software to the table. Together with advanced material science expertise from Eastman Innovation Lab, they are developing a breakthrough approach – looking beyond the blade.
Kevin is passionate about human-centric design, reimagining prosthetics and helping Blake go for the gold in Rio. We’re excited to hear his idea worth spreading at TEDxDetroit.
Can a Sharpie save you’re life? Dr Joyce Lee thinks so.
Joyce is a pediatrician, diabetes specialist and researcher, but she thinks like a designer and she thinks you should too.
For too long, folks in black turtlenecks and have co-opted the title “designer” while inspiration and design challenges abound in every profession. And her work has proven that design thinking can solve health problems.
And she’s using a participatory approach with here patients. Using markers, post-it notes and YouTube, Joyce and her patients have tackled everything from food allergies and eli-pen use to resident sign-out in the hospital.
Joyce is also shining a light on how good design in healthcare is saving lives. She’s an evangelist for patient-centered design pushing the transformation of healthcare.
So how did a girl from Seven Mile fall in love with the guy from Stratford?
It was an arranged love of sorts. Samantha White’s mother wouldn’t allow her to listen to rap music as a kid. So Sam got lost in books and theatre. In no time at all, she found herself on stage.
Sam began her Shakespeare in Detroit efforts in 2012 — at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, by producing Shakespeare vignettes for children between the ages of 2 and 17 who were receiving chemotherapy. The performances served as a respite and her acting troupe was also able to leave Shakespeare-themed gifts for the kids.
The young theatre company has engaged with nearly 3,000 people, including Sam’s alma mater , Mumford High School, where the troupe performed “Romeo and Juliet” in the school’s new state-of-the-art theatre — the first time a play had ever been performed in the space.
To date, Sam has produced five full-fledged productions including “Othello” at Grand Circus Park, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at New Center Park, “The Tempest” inside the Marlene Boll Theatre (YMCA Detroit) and even recreated Rome and Egypt from recycled materials with “Antony and Cleopatra” at Recycle Here.
Next up, Sam’s Shakespeare in Detroit company is gearing up for “King Lear”, but first, she’ll share an idea worth spreading at TEDxDetroit 2014. We’ll have to wait and see if she brings a skull, a crown or tights.
Bruce Banner. Peter Parker. Indrin Chetty.
All three of them have experimented with radiation in the lab. All three of them are super heroes saving lives and battling impossible odds. While two of them are known for their work with the Avengers, one of them is doing remarkable work right here in Detroit.
Indrin Chetty serves as the Director of Radiation Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology for the Henry Ford Hospital. He’s a pioneer in using Stereotactic Radiosurgery to treat brain tumors. Together with doctors at researchers at Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital, Indrin is innovating new techniques to help radiation oncologists and brain surgeons detect and fight cancer.
While Bruce and Peter may save the world on the big screen, Indrin is proud of the innovative work Detroit-based hospitals are doing to save lives here in the real world. We’re looking forward to hearing Indrin Chetty’s idea worth spreading at TEDxDetroit 2014.
Detroit native Devita Davison was perfectly happy taking a bite out of the Big Apple. She had a great job at a blue chip publishing house, volunteered her time helping young entrepreneurs with their business plans and launched her own startup bring Southern flavor to the city.
When Hurricane Sandy hit Devita’s house in Long Island, she came home to Michigan for a spell. In rediscovering her hometown, she was inspired by the good folks at FoodLab, Eastern Market and Green Garage to create Detroit Kitchen Connect.
Detroit Kitchen Connect combines all of Devita passions: entrepreneurialism, bringing people together, marketing and delicious food. DKC is part food incubator, part network weaver, part business accelerator, part test kitchen and all good. With DKC, Devita is helping the city’s food entrepreneurs serve up economic development, a thriving community and tasty cuisine.
All that hard work is starting to pay off. In one year, 13 brand new businesses have opened their doors with the help of Detroit Kitchen Connect. And people are starting to take notice. When Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend rolled in to the Palace this past weekend, Oprah honored Devita with a “Standing O-Vation” for not only making the world a better place, but also motivating others to spark their own journey of personal change.
We’re glad to have Devita Davison back home creating in the D and we can’t wait to hear her idea worth spreading at TEDxDetroit. If we’re lucky, we also might have a chance to sample some of the creations to hatch out of Detroit Kitchen Connect.
James Ford Murphy is living the dream.
The self-taught artist and animator from Detroit got his start in the business animating Pizza Pizza commercials for Little Caesar’s. Ads gave way to animating video games as Jim served as the lead animator on Torin’s Passage. In 1996, his career took a giant grasshopper sized leap as he joined the ranks of Pixar Animation Studios as an animator on “A Bug’s Life”.
At Pixar, Jim has help create some of our favorite films: “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille.” As the Director of Creative Artists at Pixar, he’s overseen Animation, Art, and Story across the studio.
In-between Oscar winning projects, Jim fell in love the natural beauty and volcanos of Hawaii. They inspired his directorial debut: “Lava,” the latest Disney•Pixar short that will play before 2015’s “Inside Out.”
We’re delighted to welcome Jim back home to Detroit for TEDxDetroit to share his idea worth spreading. We’ll also sneak a peek at “Lava” and gain insight into his creative process. He might even break out his ukulele.
We’re excited to officially announce that TEDxDetroit 2014 will be Tuesday, September 30th at the historic Detroit Opera House. It’s just 18 days away so we’ll be moving fast. Here are the details:
WHAT: TEDxDetroit 2014 (part conference, part tech expo, part art festival, part revival, all good)
WHO: 1,250 optimistic thinkers and doers in the fields of business, education, design, tech and community service from around the midwest
WHERE: The historic Detroit Opera House
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 from 9am - 6pm
Ishita Gupta asks the questions most people are afraid to ask: What are your biggest fears, failures, and mistakes? How can you use these to live a more courageous life?
In fact, Ishita’s built a magazine based on exploring the “grey” topics that most people steer clear of, and emphasizes them so we all understand: Fear.less profiles hundreds of thought-leaders, CEO’s, and business leaders on how they’ve overcome fear to build successful careers and lives.
Ishita was born and raised in metro Detroit and while she currently resides in New York City, Detroit will always be home and close to her heart. She is looking forward to seeing not the “bankrupt” Detroit people refer to it as, but the creative, visionary, and vibrant city she’s always known it to be. Detroit, to Ishita, is a great example of resilience and success.”
“No city, no success in life, nothing is built only on a stream of wins - it is always built on two steps forward and one step back,” she says. “It’s built upon failure after failure and I’m looking at Detroit from the lens of what true success means.”
Motorless in the Motor City
In 2012 Norman Witte found himself living in Detroit, unemployed with a dead car. With no means to replace it, Witte learned alternate ways to get around the city as he continued to look for employment. The process, he said, involved navigating the city’s public transportation system and learning to be a good cyclist.
More than a year later, Witte, now a web developer at Crain’s Detroit Business, is continuing his car-less life in the city, but this time out of choice. It’s a lifestyle, he said, and one he wants to share with others.
“It’s been both a learning experience and a challenge,” he said.
Witte has attended every TEDxDetroit conference since it began in 2009 and said his favorite talk was by Brian Mulloy, who spoke in 2011 of the history of Detroit and how the city’s original plans by the French can be applied today.
Witte is originally from Lake Orion and started to visit Detroit as a teenager to explore its music and art scene.
“Throughout the years, that’s what really kept bringing me back,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave. Eventually I realized this is the place I should be living.”
To make positive change, Witte said it’s about stepping outside your comfort zone.
“The idea is that status quo is not sustainable,” he said. “In order to move forward, you have to break some of the habits.”
The Age of Automated Driving is Already Here
There was a time when self-driving cars seemed like a concept from The Jetsons, but John Capp says advancing technology could make these cars available within the next decade.
“This is real,” he said. “There are things going on in the marketplace and in our industry that are going to enable it.”
Capp, director of Electrical & Control Systems Research for Cadillac, has worked in product engineering, specifically in automotive safety, for nearly three decades. In his talk, “The Age of Automated Driving is Already Here,” he will discuss the future of the automotive industry as computers do more and more driving, and how this change will impact society.
Capp was born and raised in Detroit and said his favorite things about the city are the auto industry, the downtown atmosphere, and the Tigers.
When it comes to positive change, Capp said it’s all about making a commitment.
“In order to have credibility around making positive changes, you really need to stick to your guns,” he said. “You need to make decisions and follow through.”
Research shows we have 60,000 thoughts a day! Most of us really don’t realize what we’re thinking, and we’re not aware that we’re making thousands of choices a day that are serving our purpose or not serving.
Mary Lore, founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC spends her days helping people and organizations develop self-awareness and change the way they think to attain long-lasting success.
In her interactive talk entitled, “Words Matter,” Lore will show how changing one word of a thought defines whether we are creative, inspired, energized or not.
“Words that we think and words that we speak are what we ultimately create,” she says.
When she isn’t on stage presenting during TEDxDetroit, Lore is most looking forward to the energy, inspiration and wonder that will be exemplified during the conference.
To find out more about Lore and Managing Thought, visit www.managingthought.com