x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The Power of Everyone

This event occurred on
September 29, 2012
8:00am - 4:15pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Ashburn, Virginia
United States


TEDxAshburn 2012 happened on Saturday September 29, 2012 and featured a selection of leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading, LIVE.

The individuals involved in TEDxAshburn have a passion for life. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world. The theme for TEDxAshburn 2012 expressed the need to work together in successful environments, as we become more and more dependent on each other’s skills. Each of us can make a difference in our community, region and why not, the world.

The following was our list of speakers. Please visit our website ( to access more information about each speaker.

Luke Dollar, Conservation Scientist, National Geographic
Shawn Hardnett, Chief Officer for School Excellence, Friendship Public Charter School
Bob Kolvoord, Interim Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering/Professor of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University
Afam Onyema, Chief Operating Officer, The GEANCO Foundation, a nonprofit health care purveyor
George Wolfe, Emmy award winner and Director of Academy of Science in Sterling, VA
Radu Burducea, Director Xbox and Kinect, US Education, Microsoft
Greg Toppo, USA Today’s National K-12 Education Reporter
Lori Anne Madison, 6-year-old student, speller, science enthusiast
Jeff Platenberg, Assistant Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools
Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools
Emil Chudnovsky, Professor, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

TEDxAshburn is operating under license from TED, organizers of the immensely popular TED Conference, an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx, a program of local, organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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LCPS Administration Building
21000 Education Court
Ashburn, Virginia, 20148
United States
Event type:
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Organizing team




  • Janet Platenberg
    School Principal
  • Monica Kissel
    Assistant Principal
  • Lynn McNally
    Technology Resource Supervisor
  • Barb Gruber
    Technology Resource Specialist
  • Chris Bugaj
    Assistive Technology Trainer
  • Josh Ajima
    Technology Resource Teacher
  • Sharon Ackerman
    Assistant Superintendent
  • Wayde Byard
    Public Information Officer
  • Mike Martin
    Director, Elementary Education
  • Preston Coppels
    Director, Instructional Services
  • John O'Connor
    Staff Development Supervisor
  • Mike Speidel
    Staff Development Trainer
  • Karen Richardson
    VSTE Executive Director