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Theme: Challenge Accepted

This event occurred on
March 22, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Durham, NC
United States

TEDxDuke 2014: Challenge Accepted will present 12 speakers from all walks of life who will challenge the way you look at the world. For the fourth annual TEDx event at Duke University, prepare to not only learn, but engage with the speakers and hundreds of other attendees and come ready to share challenges you have accepted.

Reynolds Auditorium
Science Drive
Durham, NC, 27708
United States
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P. Murali Doraiswamy

Professor of Psychiatry and Member, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Aaron Chatterji

As an business school professor and former White House economist, Aaron will explore how the U.S. can use technology to address its most significant challenge: lowering costs in our health care and education systems, while delivering greater value to patients and students. However, technology alone will NOT get it done. We need a new approach to understanding how humans and technology interact in our health care and education systems to guide smart technology adoption and implementation.

Kari Barclay

Kari is a theater director from Bethesda, MD who blends the arts and social change. He will speak about directing plays with Latin American immigrants, Duke students, and refugees and how this work has changed his view of theatre's role in society. He will challenge artists and other changemakers to recognize that all people have untold narratives and that telling these narratives can foster a more inclusive and understanding society.

Dr. Bill Chameides

Bill is an atmospheric scientist whose honors include election to the National Academy of Sciences. With an abiding interest in the arts and more specifically in the role of the arts in connecting people to the environment he challenges us all to access the artist within to propagate an ethic of planetary stewardship.

Christine Schindler

Christine is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering and Global Health. In her freshman year, Christine became acutely aware of stereotypes surrounding engineering, which then inspired her to create a program to mentor young girls interested in engineering fields. Similarly, she began to see the importance of interdisciplinary study through her courses in both engineering and global health. Christine is a NAE Grand Challenge Scholar and Undergraduate Fellow in the Global Women's Health Technology Center.

Alana Jackson

Alana’s early experiences as a caregiver compelled her to pursue a career in medicine. Although prepared to abandon her love of the arts in pursuit of this career, participating in the Global Health Focus Program revealed how her seemingly disparate interests complement one another to promote healing and holistic care. At Duke, she studied how public health and the arts intersect and piloted a dance class series for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. She continues to leverage her performance background in hopes of empowering communities that have lost their independence, identity, or physical abilities.

Dan Ariely

Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior? Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. In addition to appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine at Duke University, Dan is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

Mikkel Jenson

With a background in Design and Engineering, Mikkel is leading the creative concept and new business development in LEGO’s Future Lab. With the challenge of 'inventing the future of play' the Future Lab team is developing and launching radically new, digital and physical LEGO play experiences.

Dr. Jeffrey Lawson

Jeffrey H. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D. received his Medical Degree and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont in Burlington. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry at the same location and a residency in General and Thoracic Surgery and a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Lawson is currently Professor of Surgery and Professor of Pathology at Duke University Medical Center, where he is also the Director of the Vascular Surgery Research Laboratory and Director of Clinical Trials in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Lawson is the Program Director of the General Surgery Research Residency Program and the Medical Director of Department of Surgery Clinical Research Unit which oversees all clinical research activities in the Department of Surgery at Duke University.

Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam

Prof. Ramanujam's is leading a multi-disciplinary effort at Duke to develop point of care technologies for women's health and in particular, breast and cervical cancers. She has also spun out a company, Zenalux, to commercialize several of the technologies developed in her lab. In October 2013, Prof. Ramanujam founded the Global Women’s Health Technologies Center to increase research, training and education in women’s diseases, and to increase retention of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines locally and globally.

Atrayus Goode

Atrayus Goode is the founding Executive Director, Movement of Youth.

Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly is an accomplished executive in the information-technology sector with proven experience in marketing, sales, business development, investment finance, and operations. He was a co-founder of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B), a managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund) and has been an executive at five other companies. He is currently one of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory , a seed-level investment fund making 10 to 14 new investments per year. In addition to TSF, Chris is the founder of the Big Top Job Fair and a national writer and speaker about start-ups and start-up communities. @chrisheivly

Organizing team


Durham, NC, United States


Hopkins, MN, United States
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  • Gavin Ovsak
  • Dianwen Li
    Tech Lead
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    Event Design Lead
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    Marketing Lead
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    Finance Lead
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    Marketing Support