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Theme: Innovative, Collaborative, and Dynamic ideas

This event occurred on
March 23, 2015
8:00am - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Lawrence, Kansas
United States

It is about finding and spreading great ideas. We are so excited to bring this event to Lawrence, Kansas! Lawrence is a hot spot of idea creation. We are thrilled to be able to give the best of those ideas a platform and to help spread them to the world.

644 Mass
Lawrence, Kansas, 66049
United States
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Anthony Barnett

Anthony graduated from Baker University in 2000 and has completed the Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers distance education course. Anthony has owned a business in Lawrence, KS since 2004 and is the founder of two non-profits that focus on the human canine bond in community outreach and in healing. He was on the Lawrence Humane Society board from 2010-2015, serving as the Secretary, Vice-Chair and Co-Chair during his tenure.

Eric Melin

Eric is a multi-headed hydra of creativity, having released 10 albums and toured the world as the drummer for Ultimate Fakebook, The Dead Girls, and Truck Stop Love. He founded the movie-review site, is a contributor to, has reviewed movies for Kansas Public Radio, KCTV5, KSNT, and KTKA, and is the current film critic for the Lawrence Journal-World. He's an award-winning business communicator and social media community manager, currently kicking ass for clients at Callahan Creek, a marketing agency based in Lawrence. Eric is currently the social media communications chair for American Advertising Federation – Kansas City, and is the vice president of the KC Film Critics Circle. Perhaps he is best known as the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, and a tireless ambassador for the sport of competitive air guitar -- and its dream of achieving world peace.

Jackie Counts

Jackie is a native Kansan from Bob Dole Country. After living on the West Coast, Jackie Counts knew she wanted to get back to the heartland, and wanted to land in a place that valued free-thinking and had a university feel. She’d been to Lawrence once for an Apartheid protest in college. Bruce, her husband, convinced her that it was a cool place and that they should give it a whirl. So, they packed up with a new baby, no place to live, and no jobs and landed in Lawrence in 1993. Today, Jackie is the Director of the Center for Public Partnerships and Public Service at the University of Kansas Achievement and Assessment Institute. In her work and personal life, she pushes boundaries to stretch thinking about what is possible and tries to persuade others to join her on the journey.

Jacqueline Von Edelberg

Jacqueline Edelberg has been the driving force behind the Nettelhorst School’s dramatic turn around, a story that has been featured on Oprah & Friends, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Redbook, NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, Education Weekly, and in the local Chicago media. Jacqueline is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Youtopia, a featured Huffington Post blogger, and the co-author of How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance. She has consulted for school districts, civic groups, foundations, universities and parent organizations on how public schools and reformers can galvanize communities to improve public education. Before devoting herself to art, community organizing, and cutting the crusts off bread, Jacqueline taught political science at the University of Osnabrück in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Mark Hayward

World Yo-yo Champion Mark Hayward screwed up on national television, and it was the BEST day of his career. He wants to tell your audience why. Mark knows all about turning failure into success. He is a highly regarded and critically acclaimed comedy entertainer and speaker, and he shares the hard-won lessons he has learned from the streets of New York City, all the way to Shanghai. Mark believes that the lessons from his stories will help any organization become a better, more positive and successful place to work. Mark says, “I teach organizations that it’s ok, and necessary, to fail.”

Matt Kirby

Matt Kirby is a 22-year member of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band of Lawrence, Kansas, in which he sings and plays the hammered dulcimer, 2 button accordions, bodhran, snare drum, slide whistle, duck call, and rubber chicken. Matt was a founding member of the Kansas City Celtic band Scartaglen, and the Lawrence, Kansas based Celtic band Newgrange. He is a songwriter, and received a 2006 first place award from the big festival in Winfield, Kansas for a song about antique tractors. Matt also performs in an annual Christmas concert with Tom Jacobs at the Unity Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

Michael Combest

Michael has overseen and helped to develop a revolutionary approach to the management and creative development of CAD and REVIT produced construction documents. The methods he has helped create have had a dramatic impact on the creative culture of what had been for 26 years prior, an MEP firm that was very high quality, but otherwise traditional, in a commoditized field of very similar MEP firms.

Micheal Combest

Michael has overseen and helped to develop a revolutionary approach to the management and creative development of CAD and REVIT produced construction documents. The methods he has helped create have had a dramatic impact on the creative culture of what had been for 26 years prior, an MEP firm that was very high quality, but otherwise traditional, in a commoditized field of very similar MEP firms.

Mick Murray

Mick grew up in Tulsa, OK and attended Baylor University, graduating in 2005. He and his wife Stephanie were both transformed by God in a big way after getting involved at Antioch in Waco, which set the course that ultimately landed them here in Lawrence. They were married in 2005 and have been privileged to serve as college pastors, and as the lead pastors of a church plant in North Carolina, and on staff with Antioch Discipleship School in Waco. Mick has also worked in finance and sales and is passionate about seeing personal transformation integrated into marriage, parenting, work, and all areas of life! He is the proud father of four beautiful boys - Aidan, Paxton, Masen, & Hudson - enjoys anything outdoors, and is a science enthusiast. Above all, however, Mick is nothing apart from Jesus Christ and he lives to ensure all have the opportunity to know Him as Lord and Savior.

Pam Grout

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books, two screenplays, a live soap opera, a TV series and enough magazine articles that she hasn't starved in 20 years without a 9-5 job.

Shane Lopez

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want – including a good job and a happy family.

Stefan Mumaw

Stefan Mumaw is the newly minted Creative Director and Purveyor of All That Rocks for Callahan Creek, a Kansas City-area ad agency. Before writing Chasing the Monster Idea, he co-authored Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind with Wendy Lee Oldfield, and also penned Redesigning Websites and Simple Websites. Stefan has spoken at numerous creative industry gatherings over the years, written a smattering of articles for HOW Magazine, Step-by-Step Magazine and Dynamic Graphics, contributes to a number of creativity-focused blogs and been known to embarrass himself and those around him if given the opportunity.

Yong Zeng

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry University of Kansas Bioengineering Graduate Program. Full Member, KU Cancer Center. Areas of Specialization: Analytical Chemistry, Micro/Nanofluidics, Single Cell Analysis, Genetic Analysis, Proteomics, Cancer Biology and Diagnostics, Systems Biology, Nanobiotechnology

Organizing team


  • Frank Wiles
    Organizer, Steering Committee
  • Andy Brown
    Organizer, Steering Committee
  • Bonny Murrell
    Organizer, Steering Committee
  • James Whitaker
    Organizer, Steering Committee
  • Megan Stuke
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Christie Dobson
    Executive Producer
  • Erika Dvorske
    Head of Curator Committee
  • Nicole Van Helzen
    Social Media Coordinator