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May 10, 2012
1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cincinnati, OH
United States

Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship

When two worlds collide, something happens. Something powerful, inspiring, and visionary. TEDxCincy explores where technology and artisanship meet, forming a connection that transforms into possibilities to come.

School for the Creative & Performing Arts
108 W Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
United States
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Elissa Yancey

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an Educator Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati as well as Managing Editor of, a weekly online magazine focused on “what’s next” for the region. Nothing fascinates her more than a good story, well told. Nothing excites her more than the expanding storytelling opportunities that technology allows. With more than 20 years of reporting and teaching experience, she regularly works with diverse cultures in a wide range of service-learning courses for journalism students. For her efforts, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011, the same year that she received the College of Arts & Sciences Edith Alexander Award for Excellence in Teaching. She regularly leads workshops in course development, use of technology and service learning at UC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Queen City Project

The Queen City Project (aka QCP) stems from collaboration between two Cincinnatibased companies who share a genuine interest in all things positive with regards to Cincinnati. The QCP is formed by ad agency Bluestone Creative and photography studio Alias Imaging. Pictures allow our minds to absorb large amounts of information in a short amount of time. Yet this simple idea is often sacrificed due to the flurrying array of media opportunities that surround us. With the inevitable speed of today’s society, we find ourselves constantly sorting through the messages like junk mail, attempting to differentiate the relevant from the propaganda. In an effort to offer you an unobstructed view and them a genuine representation of their culture, those of us at The Queen City Project believe we have found a way to shine the light on local independent businesses sans the glossy packaging. And we can’t wait to see what happens.

Steve Fulton

Steve Fulton is a Technical Fellow at GE Aviation and was the co-founder of Naverus, Inc. in 2003, the root of GE Aviation’s Performance-based Navigation (PBN) Services. Prior to this, in his former capacity as technical pilot at Alaska Airlines, Fulton was instrumental in the development of the world’s first commercial Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required (RNP AR) instrument approach procedure at Juneau, Alaska. Fulton also was a principal author of RNP RNAV (Area Navigation) criteria contained in Appendix 5 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advisory Circular 120-29A. Previously, Fulton was an avionics engineer and development pilot at Honeywell. He is an FAA Flight Test Pilot, Designated Engineering Representative, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Fulton is a co-author of three US patents. GE Aviation’s PBN Services is a global leader in the development and implementation of Performance-based Navigation and is working with aircraft operators and air traffic management providers in China, South and Central America, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe to implement PBN solutions.

Meg Galvin

At, Chef Meg Galvin develops healthy recipes, tests member submitted dishes, and teaches the fundamentals of cooking. A World Master Chef since 2005, Chef Meg was the host of “The Dish,” which aired on Channel 12, and now hosts cooking videos on FOX19. Galvin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a certificate of culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in London. She is certified as an executive chef by the American Culinary Federation and is working toward her Court of Master Sommeliers wine certification. Galvin is a faculty member at Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute. A farmer’s daughter, Galvin now lives in northern Kentucky with her husband and three teenage sons, including twins. Most days, she can be found hitting the pavement on long runs or cheering on her sons at sporting events. She is author of the best-seller The SparkPeople Cookbook.

Ephraim Gutmark— Sid Khosla

Dr. Ephraim (Effie) Gutmark joined the University of Cincinnati in 2000 as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. In 2008 his title was upgraded to Distinguished Research Professor. In 2009 he was appointed an Affiliated Professor of Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. His work on voice research was featured in the Discovery series of BBC International. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the University Distinguished Research Professor, a Fellow of the UC Graduate School, and the recipient of College of Engineering Research and Distinguished Engineering Researcher awards and several teaching awards. He is an Associate Editor of AIAA Journal. He published 163 papers in refereed archival journals, over 420 conference papers, and is a co-inventor of 56 US and EU patents. Dr. Sid Khosla, Assistant Professor, UC Department of Otolarynology–Head & Neck Surgery, specializes in treating voice and swallowing disorders. He is nationally known for his expertise in vocal cord and airway reconstruction. Khosla is a leader in the research field, pioneering new techniques to treat voice and swallowing disorders. He is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) award recipient in the area of phonation and vocal cord paralysis. Khosla is widely published and has received numerous grants from the NIH and the University of Cincinnati Research Council.

Lauren Kaufman

Lauren Kaufman is the driving force behind WGSN’s consulting division in the Americas. A strategic and innovative thinker with a keen insight for qualitative analysis and an eye for design, Kaufman leads the Strategic Services team in managing the consulting business for both WGSN and Homebuildlife. She employs market research and future forecasting to identify consumer shifts, develop marketing and retail strategies and provide business solutions for current and prospective clients. Kaufman has delivered insights to key senior management teams from Revlon, HP, Gap, Kimberly-Clark, Colomer, Unilever, Disney and Lululemon, among others. Before joining WGSN in 2007, Kaufman honed her marketing acumen working at Macy’s, in addition to developing her account management skills with two full service advertising agencies. A native New Yorker and graduate of Colgate University, she is also a certified Health Coach.

Higher Level Art

Founded in 2008 by Danny Babcock and Matthew Dayler, Higher Level Art creates exclusive mural, sign, and fine art installations. Babcock’s extensive scenic and graffiti experience, along with Dayler’s figurative and print style works, are the foundation of their collaboration. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Higher Level Art has produced projects within the US and Canada. Selected Projects: Landor’s Fashion Week Party Vitamin Water’s Unplugged Covington Independent Schools CCPA Murals The Ultimate Fighter 2011 Fringe Festival Mural Powerhouse Factories Mural Coney Island Mural “Versus” Exhibition at PAC Gallery

Elementz Kre8v Dance Troupe

For more than six years, Kre8v dance company has been a program of Elementz Hip Hop Arts Center. Elementz has been working to build up a group of talented urban-inspired artists right here in Cincinnati. We use the very popular Hip Hop art form and culture as a platform to inspire and engage inner-city youth. Leveraging the core elements of Hip Hop (dance, spoken word, graffiti, DJ’ing) we help youth develop leadership skills and unleash their creativity to produce and perform conscious hip hop that is respectful, insightful, and uplifting. Elementz’s unique program distinction is that all of the center’s artists create and perform their own compositions consistent with Elementz’s core values of respect, community, and positivity, transforming the typically negative portrayals of urban life (such as drugs or violence) into inspirational, uplifting, and collaborative expression!

Jesse Mooney-Bullock

Jesse Mooney-Bullock makes puppets, but not the kind that you might first think of when you hear that word. They are not usually very soft or bright. They definitely do not have googly eyes. They are figures carved out of wood, complete with joints that operate via levers and triggers. He is fascinated by the way living things move and how they are “built,” and he strives to emulate natural form and function in his artwork. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he collaborated with fellow students to create puppet-infused art that they performed around the Windy City. Then his schooling extended into the studio of puppeteer Blair Thomas, who taught him much about building puppets and their stages. While still in Chicago, Mooney-Bullock created near life-sized wooden puppets for a Redmoon Theater production which earned him a Jeff Award. He continues to design and build for these two companies from his home-studio in Northside. He has been a recipient of the City of Cincinnati Artist Grant and every now and then gets to perform his own work here in town. In addition to being an artist, Mooney-Bullock is a full-time father. He and his wife have two young boys, and Dad stays home. For Mooney-Bullock and sons, building and art-making are everyday activities, and each puppet that comes out of the workshop undergoes complete testing by the junior members of the family.

Matt Hagedon

After completing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati and several co-op rotations in the semiconductor industry, Matt Hagedon seized an opportunity to stay on at UC pursuing his PhD in the rapidly burgeoning field of microfluidics. Working under the direction of Dr. Jason Heikenfeld in the Novel Devices Laboratory, he has published and presented his work in several journals and international scientific conferences. His research is creating a new form of electrofluidic display which would allow for rollable and sunlight-readable tablets and smartphones.

Dr. Pramod P. Reddy

Dr. Pramod P. Reddy, MD, completed a residency in urology at Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York, and following that, he completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He served as the Chief of Pediatric Urology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, from 1999-2001. Since 2001 he has been on the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC). He is currently a Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and in May 2010 was appointed the Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology. In December of 2011 he was recognized for his expertise as a global leader in pediatric urology by being named the Curtis Sheldon and Jeffrey Wacksman Chair of Pediatric Urology at CCHMC. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice, Reddy is also conducting research that he hopes will benefit his patients; he has a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded basic science laboratory where he is studying the normal development of the urinary bladder and its innervation as well as the role of tissue engineered substitutes for bladder replacement and augmentation. Reddy has been recognized with numerous awards for his contributions to pediatric urology, including first place for basic science research by the Society of Pediatric Urology, second place for clinical research by the Society of Pediatric Urology, as well as being named both a Pfizer Urological Scholar as well an American Urological Association (AUA) Scholar. As a member of the Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati, one of the country’s busiest fetal centers, he is actively involved in managing congenital conditions that involve the genitourinary tract of the fetus; his involvement ranges from diagnosis and counseling to in-utero intervention. In addition to advancing the science, along with his mentor Dr. Curtis Sheldon, to improve the outcomes of prenatally diagnosed urological conditions, he is ensuring that the ethical considerations keep pace with the technological and medical advances.

Ben Nunery— Steve Daly

Ben Nunery is Powerhouse Factories’ Chief Cultural Officer and Co-Founder. His role helps ensure the authenticity of Powerhouse’s insights and includes management of Powerhouse’s factory model. This model creates separate, sustainable businesses in which Powerhouse employees immerse themselves and gain hands-on insights for client work. This builds on Nunery’s earlier work for Powerhouse, co-founding the business in 2004 as a design firm and print shop. Nunery and Powerhouse have created concert posters for musical acts including Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, and Sleater-Kinney. Now a 50-person agency, analog tools are a distinct part of Powerhouse’s culture. Nunery’s role as Chief Cultural Officer has a direct impact on the agency’s work for clients including P&G, Chiquita Brands, Shaw Floors as well as Bush Brothers & Company. Nunery has a degree in graphic design from Western Kentucky University. As Chief Technology Officer, Steve Daly is challenged with separating digital trends from reality to hone Powerhouse Factories’ service offering. This gets him immersed in everything from data integration, social media platforms and gamification technologies to content management, collaboration and community tools. Daly is known for his capability to solve complex business problems using digital technology. He’s spoken internationally on the use of technology in customer service and call-center applications and has authored books on developing presence awareness and knowledge management applications. With more than 20 years of experience in all areas of technology, Daly has developed solutions for clients including P&G, Sears, Epson, Kroger and the US Air Force. Daly has a degree in computer engineering from Bellarmine University.

Greg Smith

Gregory Smith, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. He holds a PhD in business information technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. At Xavier, he focuses his teaching and research on computer-based data mining applications and associated ethical implications. His passion for the subject matter led him to create the Xavier/SAS® certificate testing center for Predictive Modeling. It stands as one of only a handful of on-campus test centers in the United States. He also co-invented Xavier University’s suite of American Dream indices, including the American Dream Composite IndexTM (ADCI). The ADCI is a unique and robust measure of sentiment that values the American Dream on a monthly basis. This instrument is changing the way people view the American Dream and the way organizations view quality of life.

Tatiana Berman

Tatiana Berman is a passionate advocate for live classical music performance, often presenting it in conjunction with other art forms. She is a violinist and founder and artistic director of the Constella Festival in Cincinnati. Among the many festival events, Constella Festival presents world-class musicians, dancers, visual artists as well as newly commissioned world premiere music and choreography works. As a chamber musician Berman has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Bryce Dessner, Ivry Gitlis, Steven Isserlis, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Nico Muhly and Ted Nash. As a soloist she worked with such conductors as Paavo Jarvi, Sarah Ioannides appearing with London Musici, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Spartanburg Philharmonic orchestras. Performing with Constella string trio, Berman is a also a founding member of concert:nova, a multidisciplinary chamber music ensemble.

Christian Strike

Christian Strike’s entrepreneurial experience began in 1995, when he founded a self-financed, leading youth culture publication, which he later sold to Alloy Media in 2001. He then served as President of its publishing unit and EVP of Marketing for its online merchandising businesses. Strike went on to found Iconoclast Productions— an arts production, publishing and e-commerce business and a leading distributor of limited-edition, art-related products. In 2004, he conceived, produced, edited, and curated “Beautiful Losers,” an internationally celebrated, record-breaking museum exhibition, book, and documentary film. “Beautiful Losers” toured museums worldwide through 2009 and featured a wide range of visual artists and filmmakers including Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Spike Jonze, Barry McGee, Harmony Korine, Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, Os Gemeos, Raymond Pettibon, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, and Ryan McGinness, among others. In 2008, Strike founded Country Club and built it into an internationally recognized art program lauded by critics, curators, patrons, and museum personnel worldwide. Via Country Club, he produced renowned projects with a roster of internationally recognized artists including Fairey, McGinness, Korine, EV Day, and Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s famed Bright White Underground. Articles on Strike and his businesses have been published in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Miami Herald, Artforum, Art In America, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and the New York Times’ T Magazine as well as leading publications and national newspapers throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. Strike has consulted and lectured on culture, the arts, and media throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College.

Renee Koerner

Renee Koerner spent most of her career in the wine and food business working with some of the finest restaurants and wine companies in the Midwest. Several years ago she became enchanted with the idea of producing caviar. Now she is a principal with Big Fish Farms, one of the first domestic free-range caviar producers and a pioneer in zero-impact sustainable aquaculture. Big Fish Farms’ innovative network of “reservoir ranches” provides its indigenous paddlefish with protected natural environments from hatch to harvest, producing caviar of outstanding quality and taste.

Chris Erb

As Vice President of Brand Marketing for EA SPORTS, Christopher Erb is responsible for driving strategy and marketing for the EA SPORTS brand. Erb oversees a crossfunctional team that focuses on consumer marketing, licensing, brand identity, and brand partnerships. In addition, his team is responsible for partnership activation across franchises within the EA SPORTS label including Madden NFL, FIFA, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NHL, NBA, NCAA, SSX, and Fight Night. His leadership within the entertainment industry has revolutionized the way EA SPORTS markets to their consumers by elevating video game releases to be bigger than highly anticipated film premieres. He pioneered applying the theatrical model of partnership and collaboration to video games which is now standard protocol within the industry. Erb is responsible for transforming the annual release of the Madden NFL franchise into a summer event, creating an unofficial start to the NFL season, and a designated placeholder on the official NFL calendar. His work includes partnerships with top global iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Sony, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Doritos, Mars, and Budweiser.

Organizing team


Hamilton, OH, United States


Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • Michael Bergman
    co organizer
  • David Volker
    co organizer