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This event occurred on
November 5, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Rochester, NY
United States

Going into our fourth year is a huge step for TEDxRochester, and we're excited by the possibilities ahead! Keep an eye on our website for more information.

Geva Theater
75 Woodbury Boulevard
Rochester, NY, 14607
United States
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Andrew Phelps

Andrew is the founding Director of the School of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He established the Game Design & Development programs at RIT that, under his direction, are ranked nationally in the top 10 by the Princeton Review. His work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times,, USA Today, National Public Radio and other publications. He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and design while pursuing his passions as an educator, artist, programmer, and game addict.

Ben Hayden

Dr. Hayden is an Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. He completed a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley in 2005 and a post doctoral fellowship at Duke University in 2011. His research focuses on the psychological and neural basis of decision-making in animals and humans. He has a particular interest in risk and self-control. He is currently a Sloan Research Fellow. He lives in Brighton with his wife, a neuroanatomist at the University of Rochester, and his dog, Bartlet. (90)

Carmelo Ramos

Carmelo has been practicing alternative health care for over 35 years. For the past 15 years, Carmelo has been an Integrated Medicine Specialist for the Jewish Home of Rochester. He consults with physicians and caregivers, serves in the hospice program, and also conducts workshops on natural health issues. Carmelo utilizes diverse healing practices and has taught Tai Chi for over 35 years. He continues to study natural forms of medicine, traveling throughout the world, learning from Native American Healers and indigenous tribes in the Amazon acquiring extensive knowledge in alternative healing Arts. Carmelo has also taught multi-cultural aspects of death and dying at MCC.

Craig Cypher

Dr. Cypher is a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in a variety of settings. He also works extensively as a trainer and presenter, providing informative and interactive experiences on a number of topics, including the impacts of trauma, understanding the subjective experience of mental illness, and video games, media, and violence. Recently, his focus has been on the interaction of technology and emotional health, resulting in the creation of CohesiveSelf, a mobile platform for iOS devices designed to help individuals track their mood and emotional experiences over time. Dr. Cypher also maintains a private practice in psychology, offering psychological services, training, supervision, and consultation.

Davin Searl

Davin is a culturally Deaf person and native user of American Sign Language, and hails from a fourth-generation Deaf family in Rochester. Searls is the Executive Director of Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW), a non-profit organization that promotes the self-determination of signing Deaf communities through local capacity building in developing countries. He joined DDW in 2008 after 10 months teaching Deaf university students in Changchun, China. Searls also serves on the National Association of the Deaf International Sub-Committee.

Erich Lehman

Erich is the owner and curator of 1975 Gallery in Rochester, NY and works as the Premedia Facilities Coordinator for the School of Media Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. A member of the Sweet Meat Co. art collective, Erich also sits on the board for Friends of the Roc City Skatepark and is an organizer for the WALL\THERAPY mural project. He is an artist / designer / tech geek / workaholic who simply finds the world far too interesting to sit still for long.

one dance company

The Pickpockets and one dance co. developed a relationship during their co-creation of “In You Is Home; a rigmarole of movement and sound,” and their structured improvisation “Scene & Herd; a Carnival of the Animals,” where the artists began inside the Rochester Contemporary Art Center and moved to the corner of East Avenue and Scio Street during the Jazz Festival. Both groups adapt easily to new environments and create work for the space and audience given. You will find The PickPockets and one dance co. working together and with various other artists and in venues throughout Rochester.

Glenn Pearson

FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Ian Wilson

A Brooklyn native, Ian is the founder and curator of the WALL\THERAPY mural project. A 1999 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Imaging Sciences and a practicing interventional radiologist. Dr. Wilson is also the co-founder of The Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which endeavors to improve the health of communities in the developing world using the tools of teleradiology and cloud computing. As an erstwhile graffiti writer, Wilson supports street art by producing events, such as WALL\THERAPY. The Synthesis Collaborative endeavors to couple street art to its medical philanthropic initiatives with imagery as the common thread.

Jen Indovina

Jen is a green tech entrepreneur and TED Fellow, who is currently working to spread energy efficiency initiatives worldwide. Jen is the CEO of Tenrehte Technologies, a green tech company that makes power management products to save energy in buildings. Jen is also one of the co-organizers of RocCity2.0, a group of tactical urban designers trying to make Rochester more pedestrian and bike friendly. Jen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Meghdad Asadi Lari

Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Meghdad started his higher education in 2000 by studying Electrical Engineering in Shiraz University and continued to M.Sc. in Communications Engineering. After defending his Image Processing thesis titled "Study and Enhancing the Metal Artifact Detection and Correction Methods in CT Imaging", he earned his Master degree in 2008.

Mike Governale

Mike is an Interactive Art Director at Partners and Napier, a Rochester·based advertising agency. After childlike curiosity led him to design a map of Rochester's abandoned subway system, he began digging deeper into Rochester's past. He now shares "local history and new ideas" on his blog,

Nicole Corea

Originally from Palmyra, NY, Nicole began training under Sandy Stramonine and Lynn Kareken until her acceptance to The Juilliard School, where she graduated with a BFA in 2000. Since then, she has danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte Dance, Ballet Memphis the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as well as numerous independent choreographers throughout the East Coast and abroad. She is currently a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

Ota Ulc

Ota was born in Binghamton,NY, son of immigrant Czech and Chinese-Swiss parents. Before the age of one, he travelled for nine months in Africa and Asia. At the age of 7, he resided in the Pacific island of Rarotonga. At 14, he drove through the Namibian wilderness. By now, he has visited over 80 countries. He received a masters of architecture at University of Buffalo and currently works at an architecture firm in Ithaca.

Rochester Latino Theatre Company

Founded in the Spring of 2011, the RLTC is a group of Rochester Artists who, with one voice, connect, collaborate & excite with pride the Latino perspective on American Culture through theatrical productions; educating the general public on the Latino experience with bilingual professional performances and supporting emerging and established Latino Artists who contribute towards the diversity of American theater adding a clear & positive voice to our Latino American identity.

Teen Empowerment

Teen Empowerment inspires young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities, and gives them the tools they need to work with others in creating significant positive change. At TE's youth organizing sites, youth and adult staff bring authentic youth voices into the dialogue about improving their communities, mobilizing the energy of urban youth to create meaningful change, and facilitating mutually respectful relationships between youth and adults.

Victoria van Voorhis

Victoria is the founder and CEO of Second Avenue Software, Inc., which develops interactive media and serious games for education and training. Prior to founding Second Avenue, Victoria was a teacher at the middle, high school and college levels. She also played a leadership role in Xerox Corporation’s business and innovation strategy. Her goal with Second Avenue is to creatively blend pedagogy with technology and create innovative learning environments that empower teachers, engage students, and evolve learning to a digital platform. Victoria received an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from New York University.

Organizing team


Rochester, NY, United States
  • Gary Jacobs
  • Amanda Doherty
  • Suzanne Piotrowski