x = independently organized TED event

Theme: By-youth, for-youth empowerment

This event occurred on
April 27, 2013
10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Columbia, SC
United States

TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC is an annual by-youth, for-youth conference founded in 2012 to inspire and educate local youth by featuring speakers that bring new or rarely-discussed ideas and perspectives to help guide and develop a youth community of inquisitive, open-minded critical thinkers. The founder, Kevin Rabinovich, was denied acceptance to TEDxColumbiaSC due to attendance age restrictions, and as a result, decided to start a youth version of the event. Offshoots of the main TED conference, which takes place annually in California, TEDx events are intended to have a local or regional focus and TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC is a showcase of talent, innovation, and topics specifically selected to inspire teens and young adults within the community. Columbia's first TEDxYouth conference was held in April 2012. This year's conference, hosted by IT-oLogy@Innovista and sponsored by various organizations, focuses on youth empowerment, and fittingly, will showcase more youth speakers and performers.
This conference was free and open to the public, and was held on Saturday April 27, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the IT-oLogy@Innovista Auditorium, located on 1301 Gervais Street.

IT-oLogy@Innovista Auditorium
1301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC, 29201
United States
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Joe Long

Joe Long is the Curator of Education for the gloriously archaically-named “South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum”. He holds an M.A. in History from Georgia College and State University, and has been published numerous times including in Civil War Historian magazine, the South Carolina Historical Association journal, the magazine of the Naval Airship Association, and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. He has appeared on the television shows “History Detectives” and “Mysteries at the Museum”, as well as ETV’s “Carolina Stories”. Joe is a veteran of the Army National Guard, and a volunteer with the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps; he enjoys obsolete literature, politics, theology and weapons. He rejoices in a happy marriage, five children and a distinct shortage of spare time. Nevertheless his current projects include a biography of South Carolina General Maxcy Gregg and a juvenile book on South Carolina’s war horses.

Kaela Harmon

Kaela Harmon is the Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.She graduated from Ridge View High School in 2001 and from Washington and Lee University in 2005 with a degree is Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. Kaela began her career as a web producer for WISTV but soon moved into full-time work in PR and part-time work as a talk-radio host. During her time in radio, Kaela has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul. Prior to joining the airport staff, Kaela was the Advancement Coordinator for the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. In that role she was not just the only African-American to have a leadership position in the organization but also the youngest. Kaela serves as the Service Chair for the Washington and Lee Alumni Association. Recently, Kaela has been recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Columbia Region Business Report and the Southeastern Business Magazine.

John Hodge

John Adams Hodge is a Professional Geologist (P.G.), environmental attorney, and pilot. He is also an experienced amateur astronomer. He was selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of environmental law, and he is currently the principal of Hodge & Associates, LLC, an environmental and aviation law and consulting firm in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Duke University, the University of South Carolina, and Birkbeck College of the University of London and holds a BS Degree in Geology, an MS in Marine Science/ Geology, a Certificate in Planetary Geology, and a JD Degree. Mr. Hodge is an Adjunct Professor in the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina. He formerly taught a graduate level class in Environmental Regulations. He was selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to serve as a volunteer speaker in the Solar System Ambassador Program, and he is a frequent lecturer and presenter on topics in planetary science. Mr. Hodge is a partner is a private astronomical observatory and spends many nights imaging, observing, and collecting astronomical data. He is a Fellow in the Explorers Club and serves on the Legal Committee and Student Grants Committee, and he is a former Chapter Chair. He received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award in South Carolina, for his role in recovering a WWII vintage B-25 bomber in 2005 from a depth of 150 feet that ditched in Lake Murray in 1943. This endeavor was featured on the History Channel’s Mega Movers series. Mr. Hodge is also an experienced pilot with over 17,000 flight hours, and holds numerous FAA Certificates including an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with type ratings on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and Airbus A-320 and A-330 aircraft, Flight Instructor, Flight Engineer certificates, and seaplane and glider ratings. He has practiced law for almost 30 years and has represented clients before state and federal agencies, administrative, trial, and appellate courts. He left a large law firm to start Hodge & Associates in 2011.

Doug Wedell

Doug Wedell is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of California at Los Angeles, specializing in understanding how judgments and choices are influenced by the decision making context. He trained as a Post Doctoral Fellow specializing in quantitative methods in psychology at the University of Illinois before coming to South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in 1989. Dr. Wedell is currently the Interim Chair of the Psychology Department and the Director of a National Science Foundation Program: Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Along with his career in academics, Dr. Wedell has studied the nonviolent Japanese self defense art, Aikido, since 1977 and holds a seventh degree rank as Shihan or master teacher. He teaches Aikido at the University and in the Columbia Community.

Nathaniel Long

Nathaniel Long III is a ten year veteran of the environmental analysis industry. His professional expertise include the fields of organic extraction, radiochemical separation and analysis, and health physics. He currently leads a team of gas flow proportional counting data analysts. Nathaniel is a 2002 graduate of Clemson University. You can reach him at

Craig Butterfield

In the classical field, Dr. Butterfield has performed concertos and given masterclasses and recitals as a soloist in many concert halls and universities throughout the United States. He is a member of Dez Cordas, an unusual combination of classical guitar and double bass. The busy schedule of Dez Cordas includes presenting more than 20 recitals and masterclasses a year. The duo’s first recording, Dances, Songs, Inventions, was released by Centaur Records in February 2010. Butterfield has been invited twice to perform recitals as a guest artist at the semiannual International Society of Bassists convention and has given presentations at the American String Teachers Association and the Violin Society of America national conferences.

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Columbia, SC, United States