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Theme: Exploring the Past, Embracing the Future

This event occurred on
October 25, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
St. Petersburg, FL
United States

On October 25, 2013, TEDxTampaBay will swell the Palladium theatre in downtown St. Petersburg, Fl for an amazing day of exploration and wonder as our presenters explore the past and embrace the future. During our breaks, enjoy participating in a drumming circle, watch an artist bring a painting to life, and watch a 3-D printer make cool TEDx badges. Stay the day and join us for a cash bar after party.

The Palladium
253 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
United States
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Herb Snitzer

Herb Snitzer has been a professional photojournalist for over fifty years. His work has been featured in LIFE, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time and other national magazines as well as for the New York Times and Herald Tribune. Through interest in music, social and political issues, Herb’s work expresses perspectives on freedom, equality and justice. His work is in the collections of many museums and private collectors; the Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Museum of African American History, and the collections of Elton John, Bill Cosby, Bill & Hillary Clinton to name a few. Herb’s storytelling is legendary–the past will truly come to life through Herb’s stories.


The USF iPad Quintet performs music using iPads as their only instruments. Exploring the limits of the iPad as an instrument in itself, the band delivers incredibly creative, fun, interactive and inspiring performances. David Williams, University of South Florida associate professor for the School of Music founded the iPad Quintet after receiving a grant. The other iPad Quintet musicians include Clint Randles, Paul Reller, Ciro Scotto and Baljinder Sekhon, all faculty from the School of Music. The band, whose true mission is to showcase digital music possibilities for other researchers and students alike, definitely exemplifies the TEDxTampabay 2013 theme, “Exploring the Past, Embracing the Future.”

Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison

An incredibly enthusiastic, intelligent, visionary, and motivated young woman, Abigail Harrison is setting her sites on being the first astronaut to land on Mars. Starting in 5th grade with the GEMS program (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science) to being invited as guest blogger for NASA’s ISS blog, corresponding with Italian astronaut Luca Parmatano, and attending the legendary Russian Soyuz space launch as a VIP guest, Abby is well on her way. Currently, she juggles dual high school and college courses, gymnastics, blogging, and public appearances. With a deep appreciation for space exploration of the past, Abby has already embraced its future.

The New Math

Three accomplished musicians that combine the electronic elements of modern and ethnic beats, deep bass, and sonic textures with the organics of acoustic vocals, violin, and saxophone. Playing locally in Tampa Bay and New York and combining visual elements and a cinematic and artful sound, The New Math have been featured backing fashion shows and on NPR’s Snap Judgement among other publications and online magazines.

David Etheredge

From stints at Walt Disney Interactive and Microprose software to the Director of International Business Development at Hasbro and as minority partner in renewable energy company, Wind Works, David Etheredge brings an eclectic mix of passion for theatre, technology know-how, and business acumen to his current entrepreneureal venture, SavvyCard. Through SavvyCard, David leverages the growth of mobile devices to build the “trust economy”. What is the trust economy and why is it important? You’ll have to attend TEDxTampaBay and listen to David’s talk to find out.

Tracey Locke

Tracey Locke is a blogger, former television journalist and former grown up. With more than twenty years in the media, she used to write about serial killers. Now she writes about cereal slurpers. Inspired by her two children’s ‘this is it!’ mentality, she conducted a life experiment to embrace all the qualities that come naturally to us as kids. Enthusiasm. Optimism. Sincerity. Intuition. For a year, she played every week, learned every day and tried to stay present every moment while navigating the inevitable distractions that adults call reality.

Dr, Tiffany Cheneville

Dr. Cheneville is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg School of Psychology and also has a Joint Appointment with the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program, as Director of Behavioral Health and Psychosocial Services. She studies medical decisional capacity among youth with HIV, healthcare professionals who treat HIV patients, global research ethics, and issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth

Dr. Dominic D'Agostino

Dr. D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology where he develops and tests metabolic therapies, including alternative energy substrates and ketogenic agents for neurological disorders, cancer and wound healing. While studying the effects of gasses on the brains of Navy Seal divers, he developed an approach for metabolically starving cancer cells through diet and compressed oxygen, replacing chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation.

Dr. Csilla Ari

Dr. Csilla Ari is a researcher at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology. Csilla found some unique features of manta ray brains which inspired her to start experiments on their cognitive abilities, with a grant from the Save Our Seas Foundation. During these experiments she had some accidental discoveries that might change manta ray research worldwide. She will also talk about new approaches for manta ray conservation. In addition to being a principal investigator for the Foundation for Oceans of the Future and the Director of the Manta Pacific Research Foundation, Dr. Ari’s research has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine (Hungary)

Timothy Raines

Artist Timothy Raines’ background is multi-dimensional, with a long history in high tech. Timothy started with Dell Computers in the pre-dot com days and went on to executive sales positions at HP, EDS and Siemens. Following a Masters Degree from the University of Texas in Science and Technology Commercialization, Timothy consulted early stage advanced technologies in the US, India, Mexico, Hungary, and the Ukraine. Today, Timothy captures the essence of the icons of luxury and sporting lifestyle through his unique style–art of iconic brands that stand for something more than mere materialism; creations that were launched by craftsmen, artists, thinkers and creators that set out to build something better and lasting.

Katherine T. & Sally G. Robinson

Katherine Robinson is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she majored in Anthropology and Psychology and minored in Jazz Studies. She has played classical piano since the age of eight and continues to enjoy playing her own compositions. She loves expressing herself through dancing, drawing, music, djembe and poetry. She has been certified as a trained facilitator of group empowerment drumming through Remo Drum Corporation and enjoys facilitating drum circles in order to connect people on a deeper level. Sally Robinson has a B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She is also certified as a trained facilitator of group empowerment drumming through Remo Drum Corporation. She combines these two fields in a passionate pursuit of helping her students and clients create a sense of well being while inspiring a life long love of music. She works as a private Music Therapist and Piano Teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida and facilitates African drum circles in settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes.

Organizing team


Wesley Chapel, FL, United States


Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
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