Albany, NY, United States
November 14th, 2013
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About this event
The informal theme for TEDxAlbany 2013 was Impact: The effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another. Speakers from Albany and beyond took the stage to talk about what's influencing them and what should be influencing all of us. Our audience was treated to talks ranging from community policing, fracking, the role and impact of women in economic development, entrepreneurship, rare disorders, mental illness and more.
During TEDx2013, Jon spoke about the power of green media to effect change. Writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster's most recent documentary – "SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories" has been making the rounds of film festivals and conferences since the fall of 2010. Author of eleven books and producer of a dozen documentary films, when not on the sea Bowermaster lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Mr Hoffman spoke about his transformation from couch potato to ultra marathon runner. Mr. Hoffman is a founder of Kitware and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. He is the original author and lead architect of CMake , an open-source, cross-platform build and configuration tool that is used by hundreds of projects around the world and the co-author of the accompanying text, Mastering CMake. Using his 20+ years of experience with large software systems development, Mr. Hoffman is also a major technical contributor to Kitware’s Visualization Toolkit, Insight Toolkit and ParaView projects.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Blain spoke about his journey, taking his life and fate into this own hands. Blain is a partner at MadGlory Interaction, a web software company for the gaming industry. He also co-owns Adjacent Concepts, a web design and custom web app development shop based in Boston.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Dr. Ingraffea spoke about issues revolving around fracking. He spent two years as a structural engineer with the Grumman Aerospace Corporation and two years as a county engineer with the Peace Corps in Venezuela before he began doctoral studies. He has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods,and fracture mechanics at Cornell since 1977. Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Cara Long spoke about the role and impact of women in regional economical development. Cara is the Deputy Director at CWGCS. She works on several program areas at the Center including; Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Women’s Leadership. Ms. Long is responsible for planning and creating the Center’s outreach and marketing plans and materials, as well as planning and implementing the outreach component of all center programs. She holds a M.A. in Media Production from Emerson College.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Christopher Button told the story of the ghost of Jack Kerouac. Christopher is the Associate Director for Planning & Construction at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his this role, he works hard to assure sustainability is incorporated into these efforts, and frequently works with faculty, staff, and students to make sustainability real. He enjoys teaching public speaking at the Leadership Institute at HWS, and believes that success happens through personal interaction, hard work, and good story telling. Chris is holds a BS and MPS in Construction Management from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, and has been a LEED AP since 2009.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Ed spoke about rare diseases and how it has touched his family and his life. Ed is a grandfather (71) and primary caregiver of two beautiful special needs girls. Haley is six and has a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5, and, in all likelihood will never walk or talk. Emily is 2 and lost all but 10cm+- of her small intestines and a portion of her large intestines at 2 days old. This ranks her as one of the more severally affected short gut syndrome children. To live she requires a permanent IV line, a tummy tube and an ostomy bag. He is a retired expert witness who had a nationwide practice specializing in state and local government finance and public sector labor economics.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Errol spoke about the value of music in the digital age. Born in the Uk and transplanted to the U.S. as a boy, Kolosine survived by playing in bands and obsessing over music throughout his youth. Kolosine began his career in the “business” in college radio, where he was Music Director, as well as local music producer and engineer, for WVFS in Tallahassee, FL. He also earned degrees in Political Science and English at Florida State University, and served a stint in Florida state government working as a Press and Communication Officer.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Michele Dutcher spoke about her experience as a Google Glass Explorer. Michele specializes in interactive technology/marketing and communications, with years of experience in web usability, information architecture, design/development, content management and marketing communications. She’s passionate about technology usability and human rights. She manages communications in the higher education field and is currently writing a science fiction collection of stories. Michele is a Google GLASS Explorer – one of 8,000 in the United States.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Joe spoke about his experience as an adult living with mental illness. Joe is an SEO & SMO specialist who brings 7 years of agency and freelance SEO experience to the table. Having worked for nationally recognized Internet Marketing Firms over the years, Joe brings those lessons learned, strategies, and tactics to the various clients and niches that BrawnMedia works with on a daily basis. A graduate of Dominican College with an honors degree in two subjects, Joe is the father of 4 young children who remain his greatest passion outside of all things web and SEO. If he had to choose a tagline for what he does in the world of SEO, it would be, “I play in traffic so you don’t have to.”
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Julien Smith spoke our the need for adaption. Julien is the CEO of Breather, an on-demand space company, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of three books. Two of these, Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, were written with Chris Brogan. In the web’s increasingly dense and competitive marketplace, Julien’s work on how to stand out, change yourself, and do what is necessary has been embraced by many.
During TEDxAlbany 2013, Marcus D. Hanwell spoke about bringing openness to science. Marcus is a Technical Leader in the Scientific Computing group at Kitware, Inc. He leads the Open Chemistry project, developing open-source tools to for chemistry, bioinformatics, and materials science research. He completed an experimental PhD in Physics at the University of Sheffield, a Google Summer of Code developing Avogadro and Kalzium, and a postdoctoral fellowship combining experimental and computational chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Kitware, Inc. in late 2009. He is a member of the Blue Obelisk, blogs, @mhanwell on Twitter and is active on Google+. He is passionate about open science, open source and making sense of increasingly large scientific data to understand the world around us.