<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CalebAlvarado.jpg" /><br>Caleb Alvarado is a dreamer and architect turned photographer. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is the middle child of eight. As a child, his father’s missionary service relocated his family to nearby states, where his close-knit family and their strong faith molded him. Earning his Masters of Architecture in 2007, he began exploring the idea of human connection through his social-service architecture thesis project. After working in architecture but having a love for photography since a young age, he decided to follow his photography passion. With his thesis still in mind, Caleb began exploring the idea of connection, which began his project, “Inspirations; Human Connection, A Portrait Series.” He began photographing and interviewing people who inspire in exploration of finding human connection; photographs with no makeup, costumes, just raw portraits that capture true human spirit, full emotions, life and thirst for real human connection.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AnnicaBenning.jpg" /><br> Annica Benning author, photographer, philanthropist, teen community activist and ASU student. She is a published author and award-winning creator of the “The Bridge a Youth Summit For Understanding” promoting literacy, diversity, understanding; honoring Arizona’s Indigenous cultures, arts, history and veterans. She is the winner of Miley Cyrus / Youth Service America Award 2010, NEA Youth Leaders for Literacy Grant, Governor’s Service Volunteer Award 2011, GoDaddy.me Scholarship. More recently she won the Congressional Gold Medal 2012.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ChrisDavey.jpg" /><br>Christopher Davey, Executive Director of EnviroMission has a deep expertise in renewable energy and financial matters. His involvement has been vital to the development of the first U.S. Solar Tower project, which will be located in Arizona. Chris has become a key leader within the business community serving on a number of boards and advisory panels including Alliance for Construction Excellence, the Phoenix Green Chamber and the Professional Science Master’s Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization Advisory Board. Mr. Davey is also the co-chair of the Arizona Energy Consortium where he has been integral in drafting the Arizona Energy Roadmap and a number of the consortium’s initiatives. He has also been closely involved with the development of the “Arizona’s Energy Future” report at the recent AZ Town Hall on Energy, as well as the recently published “Arizona Solar Strategic Plan,” both of which are critical roadmaps for the future development of Arizona’s energy industry. In 2011 Mr. Davey was named a Green Pioneer by the Phoenix Business Journal for his efforts in the renewable space.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FrediLajvardi.jpg" /><br>Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi is the program director for the Marine Science Magnet Program at Carl Hayden High School. Mr. Lajvardi has been teaching at Carl Hayden H.S. for 26 years where he leads the Falcon Robotics Team, an extracurricular program that has received national and worldwide recognition. In 2004 the team had is break out moment when students from the robotics team went to the MATE National ROV Championships in Santa Barbara, California and came back as national champions in a competition that some said they had no business even being in. One of the competitors included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team has gone on to win other national competitions in the field of robotics. His robotics team has been featured in Wired magazine, Reader’s Digest, ABC Nightline and on CNN with Soledad O’Brian’s In America Series. Mr. Lajvardi and the Falcon Robotics team have inspired many other teams in Arizona and beyond. He and his team have revolutionized S.T.E.M. education at Carl Hayden HS and have dramatically increased the number of students going into engineering and technical fields. Mr. Lajvardi believes that every H.S. should have an extracurricular STEM program to help reverse the science, math and technology deficit that exists in Arizona and United States today by showing the youth of today that hard work and determination in S.T.E.M. fields can be fun, exciting and rewarding.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/EricLehnhardt.jpg" /><br> Eric Lehnhardt is the Executive Director at FlashFood, a Phoenix-based social venture that uses mobile devices to fight hunger. Started by a team of Arizona State University students, FlashFood helps restaurants or event organizers coordinate real-time food donation deliveries to families in need. The real-time food donation and delivery platform took first place in the U.S. finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Software Design Competition, which encourages students to use technology to solve the world’s toughest social issues. The team has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company Magazine. Trained as a biomedical engineer, Eric believes that technical innovation and entrepreneurship, combined with a heart for the world, are among the best tools for positive social change.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BobMarquis.jpg" /><br>Bob Marquis is an award-winning producer, director, editor, improviser and actor. He teaches digital filmmaking at Metro Tech High School and is the Middle School / High School Education Director for the Phoenix Film Festival. In 2010, Bob founded Sailbear Labs, a non-profit that inspires others to use their imaginations and tell great stories to change Phoenix and, eventually, the world.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JNichols.jpg" /><br>Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols works to inspire a deeper, more active, connection with nature. J. is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and co-founder/director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates; SEE the WILD, an international conservation travel portal; and LiVBLUE, a campaign to reconnect people with our water planet. He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive, and connected environmental community. Lately he is working with neuroscientists on reconnecting people with water through BLUEMiND: The Mind + Ocean Initiative. He is also endeavoring to share a blue marble through every hand on Earth. More at wallacejnichols.org
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JPlamondon.jpg" /><br>Jennifer Plamondon is an ASU student in art education, an artist herself, a hacker, maker and an active member of the HeatSync labs. Established in 2009, HeatSync Labs is Arizona’s first 501(c)3 hackerspace. It is a community workshop that makes workspace, tools, and other resources available to students and hobbyists, artists, engineers and entrepreneurs to build their projects, prototypes, and art. HeatSync labs believe in creating a community of collaboration and learning-by-doing.
<img src="http://tedxkidsphoenix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ChrisPetroff.jpg" /><br>Chris Petroff is the Co-Founder of SEED SPOT, an incubator in Phoenix for early stage social entrepreneurs. Launched in Oct of 2012, SEED SPOT is currently working with nearly 60 entrepreneurs to help bring their product, service, or technology to the market. Petroff is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.