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Theme: Invention2Venture

This event occurred on
December 3, 2010
6:00am - 1:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Princeton, NJ
United States

TEDxPrincetonU hopes to catalyze entrepreneurial conversation with an emphasis on social change. The conference hopes to spark a deeper interest and understanding in social entrepreneurship; taking an academic idea and transforming it into something more meaningful that can affect change as a venture.

Frist Performance Theatre, Frist Center
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, 08544
United States
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Shirley Tilghman

Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University's 19th president on May 5, 2001, and assumed office on June 15, 2001. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president.

Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Nicholas was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Lauren Bush

Lauren Bush is the CEO, Creative Director and co-Founder of FEED Projects LLC. She also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the FEED Foundation. In 2004, Lauren became an Honorary Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program (WFP).

Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky is founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, Inc. TerraCycle enables consumers to collect waste which it then upcycles into thousands of various consumer products that are sold at the world’s biggest retailers from Wal-Mart to Whole Foods.

Gregory van der Vink

Gregory van der Vink, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Terrametrics LLC, a firm that specializes in poverty-reduction and conflict mitigation through environmentally-sustainable economic development and analytical assessments of human responses to environmental change.

Charles Tsai

A change catalyst, Charles Tsai is dedicated to helping young people imagine and realize a better future for themselves and their communities. He mentors young changemakers through his work with Ashoka, the world’s largest incubator of youth-led ventures, as well as his own charity, Global Youth Fund.

Mark Pickens

Mark Pickens works with CGAP, a policy and research center working to improve access to finance for the unserved in developing countries. In the past year he has conducted field work in the largest slum in Nairobi, rural India, and Brazil’s arid northeast to understand how low-income consumers use mobile phones to meet their financial needs.

Samuel Cochran

Sam has been the Chief Design Officer at SMIT since 2005, and took over as acting CEO in 2010. In this role he oversees all design, product and manufacturing developments at SMIT with account for their sustainability, profitability and marketability.

Jane Harrison

Jane Harrison is founder and director of ATOPIA_Research, a Princeton based non-profit design and development organization working internationally to use the tools of strategic planning, architecture, and design in some of the most ecologically challenging areas of the World.

Breanden Beneschott

Breanden is the founder of smsPREP. A Chemical & Biological Engineering major at Princeton University, Breanden is dedicated to using technology to benefit others.

Organizing team


Princeton, NJ, United States
  • Eden Full
  • Jilly Chen
    Co-Lead Organizer
  • Raleigh Allison
    Co-Lead Organizer
  • Max Siegel
    Programming Co-Director
  • Amanda Rees
    Programming Co-Director
  • Diana Liu
    Sponsorship Director
  • Sheng Zhou
    Publicity Director