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Theme: Disruption

This event occurred on
August 19, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
St. Petersburg, FL
United States

During Poynter’s fourth TEDx event, we will tap into the minds of influential thought leaders who will share a broad range of ways disruption fuels innovation.

TEDxPoynterInstitute will feature a diversity of speakers from across several disciplines — including technology and media.

These speakers will tell stories of how they have used change to help them, and others, grow. They will provide examples of how thinking the unthinkable can spark unexpected solutions. They will share the good they have from disruptive events in their lives.

In short, together we will explore the useful innovation that can come from disruption.

TEDxPoynterInstitute will maintain the spirit of TED by focusing on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. This event will promote learning, inspiration and wonder — and provoke conversations that matter.

This limited group of 100 participants will have access to the speakers throughout the day, so that they can ask additional questions and share ideas inspired by the speakers’ talks.

Poynter Institute for Media Studies
801 3rd St S
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
United States
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Ben Huh

Ben Huh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cheezburger (http://cheezburger.com). The former journalist turned successful entrepreneur has been credited with pioneering Internet culture as entertainment, crowdsourcing, and bringing Internet memes to the mainstream. Since first acquiring I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007, Huh has grown the media company to now include more than 50 online humor sites that generate more than 400 million page views monthly. His Internet culture empire includes popular sites such as FAIL Blog, The Daily What, Know Your Meme and Memebase. Cheezburger has also released five books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers, and was the focus of the LOLwork reality television series, which aired on the Bravo network in 2012. The Internet culture connoisseur has been featured in many high-profile media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Mashable, WIRED, Inc., and TIME. He was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in the Business” by Fast Company, and was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Worst Dressed Men in Silicon Valley” by GQ. In 2011, Huh received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2012, he received Newsweek’s “100 Most Influential Digital Disrupters.” As a top industry expert, Huh has been tapped to speak on numerous panels at leading conferences including SXSW, TEDx, Ad Age Digital SF, Engadget Expand and Web Summit. He is also a Co-Founder and board member of Circa, an online journalism startup which reimagines the way people will consume news. Huh holds a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and resides in Seattle with his wife Emily.

Yuri Victor

Yuri Victor is a senior user experience designer at Vox Media. He spends most of his time in the Vox newsroom melding design, programming and journalism. He’s worked in almost every newsroom role (reporter, editor, page designer, photographer) and in multiple departments (editorial, IT, marketing, advertising) and even had a stint pushing 600 pound rolls of paper around the pressroom. He most recently worked at The Washington Post where he helped introduce a new CMS and worked on some cool projects: The Grid, Liveblog, Know More and Truth Teller. He also sometimes helps build stuff for ONA and SND and contributes to open source projects like WordPress.

Amy Webb

Amy Webb is CEO of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that focuses on near-term emerging technology trends. She and her team help Webbmedia Group’s clients prepare for future business disruption using research, ideation and a vast knowledge of digital media. Webbmedia Group works with Fortune 50, Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well as large nonprofits, universities and government agencies. Recently, Amy’s team worked with American Express to re-imagine the future of credit cards on mobile phones and the City of Chicago to redesign, in every aspect, a modern library system for the 21st century. In addition, Amy is the co-founder of Spark Camp, a 501(c)(3) invite-only series of conversations that brings together the brightest minds in media and technology to solve problems in society. Amy holds many professional affiliations and collaborates with a number of institutions. She is a Delegate on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and has been a Lecturer at the Columbia University Sulzberger Program at the Graduate School of Journalism since it began in 2007. She is a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Libraries. Amy is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group), and has served as a Blue Ribbon panel judge for the Emmy awards. She is a current member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra board of directors, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and serves on a number of advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator, Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and the International Center for Journalists. Amy is an advisor to several startups, including TheLi.st, AdGlue and Knod.es. Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently. Amy began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She contributes to a number of publications, including the Harvard Business Review and Slate, where she writes the "Data Mine" column. In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story,” a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Amy was featured on Good Morning America, 20/20, The View, NPR and CNN, and her book was covered by numerous media outlets, including People Magazine, Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Wired, Elle, Slate, Huffington Post, Grazia, ReadWrite, Mashable and many others. Data has since been translated into several languages and has garnered a worldwide audience. Last year, Forbes named Amy one of the “Women Changing The World,” while the Columbia Journalism Review included Amy on its “20 Women To Watch in Media” list. Amy lives in Baltimore and New York City with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Mario Garcia

Mario is the CEO and founder of García Media, supervising the work of all projects. Trained as a journalist, Mario is strongly committed to the idea that content is what determines the success of a brand; his work and teaching is based on his “WED” philosophy, of combining writing, editing and design as basic principles for effective communication of ideas. Mario has devoted more than 40 years to redesigning publications, and has personally collaborated with over 700 news organizations. From such large projects as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia's other Canadian metro newspapers, Aftenposten (Norway), New Straits Times (Malaysia), the business weeklies of American City Business Journals, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Handelsblatt (Germany), Die Zeit (Germany) and RIA/Moskovskiye Novosti (Russia); to medium-size newspapers, such as The Charlotte Observer and Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden); to smaller ones such as the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World and the weekly of the oil and energy industry, Upstream (Norway): All projects command the attention and special personalized service that is part of the Mario trademark. Mario has been appointed the Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence for 2013–14 at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His responsibilities have included teaching a course in the spring semester on multi-platform storytelling, delivering the Hearst Digital Media Lecture and participating in the Columbia Journalism School community in New York City. He has continued to consult with new and ongoing clients while at Columbia. Mario has recently completed his first digital book, iPad Design Lab: Storytelling in the Age of the Tablet, available from the iBookstore for iPad, as well as on Amazon Kindle and Google Books. Mario tells everyone that he is, first and foremost, a teacher. Mario started his teaching career as a journalism professor and publications adviser at his alma mater, Miami-Dade Community College. From there he became a professor of graphic arts at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications (1976–1985), and the University of South Florida (1985–1991). In addition, he has been a Distinguished Professor at the University of Navarra, Spain, as well as a lecturer at universities in 25 countries throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he is still a faculty affiliate and continues to be involved with EyeTrack research. (In 2012, he was part of the key research team for EyeTrack: Tablet, which studied how tablet users read and interact with news.) Mario has also been an American Press Institute presenter at over 200 seminars, as well as an organizer and moderator for dozens of seminars at IFRA (Germany) and IAPA (Latin America) and the WAN/IFRA organization, with which he continues to participate actively as a presenter and panel moderator. Mario has received over 300 SND Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. People Magazine en Español selected Mario as among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. He is a 2011 recipient of the University of Missouri School of Journalism‘s Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Mario often states, “These are truly the best of times to be a storyteller—we can tell stories across platforms, emphasizing the uniqueness of each.”

Liz Heron

I am a journalist who has spent my career in digital strategy and innovation. Currently, I manage the news partnerships team at Facebook. Previously, I was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal in charge of news for mobile, social media, audience development and multimedia. Prior to that, I was Social Media Editor at The New York Times. Before that, I was on ABCNews.com's audience development team, increasing traffic, interactivity and engagement through SEO, social media and blogs. Before that, I spent five years at the Washington Post as an editor on the Foreign, National Security and Local desks, developing strategies to cover the news using social media, curation and interactivity; running multimedia projects, live-blogging major international news events, and developing new blogs and partnerships.

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Saint Petersburg, FL, United States