Portland

x = independently organized TED event

Theme: UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Portland, OR, United States
April 21st, 2012

About this event

In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery across the continent, arriving in what is now Astoria, Oregon, in December 1805. Their remarkable journey into the unknown evokes the pioneering spirit of all Oregonians and is the inspirational platform for us to spread ideas in search of the new frontier. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Founded 25 years ago, TED (Technology/Entertainment/Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The annual conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for no more than 18 minutes. Their “talks” are then made available for free at TED.com.

Established in 2009, in the spirit of ”ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED.com videos, live speakers and performers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Over 1,400 TEDx events occur annually around the world.

Confirmed Speakers

  • GENE SANDOVAL
    Gene’s design philosophy is simple and inspiring: do more with less, protect our natural resources, elevate craft, enrich the human experience and create delight. He is a partner at ZGF Architects, where he puts his philosophy to work developing award-winning design. Gene was honored as a top “40 under 40” business leader by Oregon Business magazine, and was recently named one of Portland’s most influential people by Portland Monthly magazine.
  • KIMBERLY HOWARD
    An accomplished actress and former managing director of Portland's Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Kimberly was appointed in 2009 to oversee the Oregon Cultural Trust, whose mission is “to develop and sustain our arts, heritage and humanities in the state.”
  • JEB CORLISS
    Since he could walk, Jeb wanted to fly. And fly he has. He is a world-renowned BASE jumper and an accomplished wing suit flyer with over a decade of experience in each discipline and thousands of jumps and flights under his belt. It may be fair to say he's flown more out of a plane than most folks have flown in one. In January 2012 Jeb suffered an accident while BASE jumping with a wing suit off Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Sharks and the exhilarating power of fear fascinate him.
  • GAVIN DAVISON
    Eleven-year-old Gavin started SevenSeven Skateboards three years ago after designing deck art on his dad’s iPad. He loves skateboarding, design and celebrating the positive aspects of the sport. His real passion revolves around building and sustaining futuristic skate parks for youth, and what that means for local skate athletes. An avid Trail Blazers and Timbers fan, Gavin lives in Portland, Oregon, with his parents and older brother, Cameron. He dreams of a world with no math homework.
  • HIDESHI HAMAGUCHI
    As the head of strategy at Ziba design, Hideshi uses visual models and frameworks to generate concepts and strategies, and is considered to be a leading mind in creative concept development, strategy building and decision management on both sides of the Pacific. In 1994 he created the first corporate intranet in Japan. In 2000 he led the core concept development for the world’s first USB flash drive. The process of innovation inspires him.
  • BASSIMA MROUE
    Bassima is a Lebanese American, with roots in West Africa and Canada, who attended Queen's University and received an MBA from Babson College. Experience in the pharmaceutical, agriculture and automotive industries led her to Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon. Bassima’s passion is supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on the intersection of business innovation and social change. She is living testament of The Girl Effect, a beacon of hope and promise.
  • WARD CUNNINGHAM
    Ward is best known for helping invent wiki technology. Now, as the Nike Open Data Fellow, he has set out to change the world by doing for numbers what he's done for words: use technology to give them depth and meaning that ordinary people can depend on every day.
  • JESSICA GREEN, PHD
    Jessica—aka “Thumper Biscuit” in roller derby circles—is a professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute. She's a TED Fellow whose current goal is to help people visualize the invisible world of microorganisms to foster a world full of buildings that limit infectious disease and maximize energy.
  • AITHAN SHAPIRA, PHD
    A first-generation American, Aithan is a cubist artist who believes today's act of “looking” involves simultaneously seeing and knowing all we are not seeing, because in looking we are able to be inside and outside, in history and the present. He believes it is important to understand why something is being made—specifically, what the urgency and necessity for its making are. Internationally recognized, exhibited and collected worldwide, Aithan challenges contemporaries across disciplines with the responsibility to engage—not to simply aim for making the interesting or the new but to be interested—as the essence of creativity and progress.
  • SAM ADAMS
    Portland’s mayor since 2008, Sam has embraced collaboration and innovation as core tools to fuel economic development. He’s been the commissioner in charge of the city's transportation, planning and sustainability, and police bureaus, as well as liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council. It will be uncharted territory for Sam when he leaves office in 2012 after over two decades of public service.
  • DAVID TERRY
    David was born in Texas. He tells his three kids that he made a lot of bad decisions but that coming to Oregon, moving the family from Brooklyn and working for Wieden+Kennedy as the director of strategic planning kind of makes up for all the years of being a dumbass.
  • JOHN WALLER
    No project is too daunting for John and Ben, also known as Uncage the Soul Productions, an innovative video production studio that explores the art of storytelling across photography, adventure films and documentaries. Their most recent work took them across the state of Oregon, traveling over 1,600 miles and packing 700-plus pounds of camera gear, to remote locations. The result, Finding Oregon, comprising over six months of time-lapse photography, has received critical acclaim. TEDxPortland has inspired an encore production.
  • BEN CANALES
    No project is too daunting for John and Ben, also known as Uncage the Soul Productions, an innovative video production studio that explores the art of storytelling across photography, adventure films and documentaries. Their most recent work took them across the state of Oregon, traveling over 1,600 miles and packing 700-plus pounds of camera gear, to remote locations. The result, Finding Oregon, comprising over six months of time-lapse photography, has received critical acclaim. TEDxPortland has inspired an encore production.
  • BILL DEROUCHEY
    Bill was most recently the creative director at Simple, a financial start-up company aiming to reboot personal banking through design, technology and service. Previously he directed interaction design for products ranging from patient monitors to satellite radios to air conditioners. He loves tackling problems that seem mundane but are actually rich with complexity and can help people in their everyday lives.

Venue and Details

Gerding Theatre at the Armory
128 Northwest 11th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97209
United States

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Mark Starkey
Portland, OR, United States

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