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Theme: Innovation on the Prairie - From Nebraska

This event occurred on
November 10, 2011
1:00pm - 6:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Lincoln, NE
United States

Bringing Nebraska to the World: Innovation on the Prairie was the theme for TEDxLincoln, an independently organized event designed to foster the sharing of ideas and connecting people took place on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tickets to the live event were SOLD OUT. Because we've had so much interest, we also hosted an offsite viewing at the Lincoln Community Foundation building at 215 Centennial Mall in Lincoln. We also heard from off site viewing groups at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Westpoint, Nebraska, and via our live blog from many folks across Nebraska, the United States and in several foreign countries.

The videos are now posted on TEDxTalks. Just click on the speakers name for the video. Also below is a link to an overview video. We express out gratitude to the sponsors including NET, Nelnet, Firespring, Cornerstone Printing, Nebraska Global, Nanonation, Floor 99, Stibal Marketing, The Lincoln Community Foundation, The Parthenon, The Grand Manse, Lincoln City Libraries, Allstate and TenDot Travel.

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Live at NET Nebrfaska
1800 N 33rd
Lincoln, NE, 68501
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Steve Kiene

Building a Software Ecosystem in Nebraska

Michelle Kosmicki

Planned Communities and Planning for Autism. Michelle has a son with Asperger's. She works for NET

Joseph Knecht

Tiaiit - There is an "i" in Team. Joseph is a Managing Director at Vipa Solutions.

Shane Farritor

We Need Your Gift. Dr. Farritor is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nebraska

Jay Wilkinson

Is a Company's Culture Determined by Design or Default? Jay is founder and CEO of Firespring

Allen Kruse

Embracing Diversification, Showcasing Midwest Ideals & Being Empowered by the Impossible. Allen is cofounder and CEO of Rare Earth Solar.

Desiree Wineland

For Amber Waves of Grain. Desiree and her husband retired from the military and settled in Cambridge, Nebraska as a promise to their two young sons following an incredible experience at the Pentagon in September, 2001. The ideas behind this story will be an inspiration to everyone.

Russell Bartholow

From Taliban to Teeter-Totters: One Nebraskan's Afghan Legacy. Russell joined the Nebraska Army National Guard at 38 to help with the war on terror. His ideas on how to impact people will surprise you.

Paige Cornwell

From a few cents to thousands of rupees: How Lincoln helped rebuild a community. Find out what Lincoln and Colombo have in common as Cornwell, a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, shares this story about how a community can come together for good.

Tanner O'Dell

You Need to Fit In Before You Can Stand Out. Tanner's the owner of Tanner O'Dell Productions, host of Fatplate and an all around entrepreneur. All that and he's only 17.

Kevin Shinn

A Mid-Life Career Change: Saying yes when everyone else says no. Kevin is co-owner and Executive Chef at bread&cup, an original café/wine bar in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket. He decided to make a drastic career change in his forties and take the risk to become an entrepreneur and help improve Lincoln’s food culture.

Pat Leach

As Lincoln's Official Librarian, Pat loves books. She took to the stage to share a couple of her favorites she's read in the past year.

Susan Stibal and Chris Beutler

Our emcee helped make everything run smoothly. Susan contributed a great deal to the overall program with her introduction and interspersed comments throughout the afternoon.Also, we were honored to have LIncoln Mayor Chris Beutler help open the event.

TEDxLincoln Overview

Hear the main points from TEDxLincoln 2011 in just under 10 minutes. This will give you an idea which of the speakers to watch first. They're all so good you'll want to view each presentation.

Organizing team


Lincoln, NE, United States
  • Jay Wilkinson
    President, Firespring
  • Ben Kiser
    Marketing and Communications, Nelnet
  • Chuck Norris
    Nelnet Capital Markets
  • Rod Bates
    General Manager, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
  • Bradley Walker
    President, Nanonation Digital Signage
  • Charlene Henninger
    Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
  • Colby Thomson
    Allied Strategy
  • Jan Bretz
    JB Connections
  • Derrick Eells
    TenDot Travel
  • Tom Nielsen
    Cost Effective Technologies
  • Emily Hatas
    NUtech Ventures
  • John Nellessen
    Allstate Insurance
  • Trena Reed
    Allstate Insurance
  • Susan Stibal
    Event Emcee
  • Chris Augeri
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Nebraska