TEDx College Park

Thursday, June 21, 2018
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The theme of this first-ever College Park TEDx event is GET OUTside. Come for a day full of entertainment, ideas and stories that push you to “GET OUTside” physically to appreciate the benefits of being connected outdoors as well as metaphorically to get out of your current mindsets, comfort zones, us versus them mentality and stereotypes.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx[name], where x = independently organized TED event. At this TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Tickets are $80 for the day, and can be purchased at the TEDx website.

Topics and speakers

How An All-Girls Engineering Team Addressed Homelessness

Daniela Orozco-Jimenez
Student Inventor

Maggie Meija
Student Inventor

Daniela is an inventor, STEM advocate, and aerospace engineering student at Stanford University. As part of an all-girls engineering team in high school, she helped invent a solution to address homelessness in her community and bring dignity to displaced people globally.

Maggie is an inventor, STEM advocate and college student studying Biblical Studies and Communications at Life Pacific College. She is passionate about empowering teenagers to reach the impossible. In high school, as part of an all-girls engineering team, she helped invent a solution to address homelessness in her community and bring dignity to displaced people globally.

Crime and Social Enterprise: The New Frontier

Peter Ouko
Human Rights Champion

Peter is Founder and CEO of Crime Si Poa which means crime is not cool based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his deeply personal story of suffering and forgiveness, Peter shares how social enterprise can help reduce crime and extremism while giving hope and second chances to offenders worldwide.

What Happens When The Majority Becomes A Minority

Shelby Dziwulski
Aerospace Engineer

Shelby grew up in the comfort of the Baltimore suburbs and is a proud University of Maryland alumna. Her unique career story, where she went from being a majority to being among ‘the only’, will reshape your thinking about the impact of unequal opportunities on our daily lives.

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Our Cities

Nico Larco
Sustainable Urbanist

Nico is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of Oregon and Director of the Urbanism Next Research Initiative. He pulls back the curtain to preview how autonomous vehicles will shape the future planning of our parks, cities and life as we know it.

How We Can Stop Artificial Intelligence From Marginalizing Communities

Timnit Gebru
A. I. Researcher

Timnit works at Microsoft, New York in the Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics (FATE) Group where her team studies the ethics of data mining public images and challenges of computer vision. She previously worked at Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab where she received her PhD, and is Co-Founder of Black in AI, an organization that aims to decrease racial bias in machine learning.

The Surprising Facts a Gun Owner Discovered Through Her Research

Cassandra Crifasi
Gun Policy Researcher

Dr. Crifasi is an Assistant Professor and Researcher at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research while also being a long-time gun owner. She has published a multitude of peer-reviewed papers in top journals and her work has been featured in major outlets including the Washington Post, US News & World Report, NPR, and the Baltimore Sun.

How We Can Use Virtual Reality and eSports to Combat Childhood Obesity

Chris Lai
Virtual Gaming Pioneer

Chris is the Founder and CEO of MassVR, a virtual reality company that converges at the intersection of eSports and real sports. As a father of three young boys, he is passionate about combating childhood obesity through his pathbreaking work in creating an immersive and physically active gaming experience.

Why I Supported Providing Tampons To Every Female Inmate

Leslie Herod
Colorado Legislator

Representative Leslie is the first African-American, LGBT candidate elected to the state legislature while capturing the highest votes for any candidate in a contested race. In a lifetime of repeatedly breaking the mold, she reveals how her personal story drives her to advocate for criminal justice reform and be a voice for those unheard in our society.

Why We Get Misdirected So Easily And How To Avoid It

Christophe Jelinski
Master Magician

Christophe is a mentalist, actor, speaker, and DC’s “2018 Magician of the Year” along with being the host of the “Magic Mind” podcast. In his eye-opening talk, he reveals how a simple misdirection makes us overlook things right in front of us and how we can cut through the ‘noise’ to make every moment count.

Why The World Needs Super Heroes Who Look Different

Tony Weaver Jr.
Media Stereotype Buster

Tony Weaver Jr. is the Founder of Weird Enough Productions, a media company focused on combating stereotypes. He is the recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship, Camelback Ventures Fellowship and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 for his pathbreaking work envisioning and creating superheroes who reflect the real world.

How Smart Parks Cen Help Get More People Outside

Edward J. Krafcik
Landscape Architect

Edward Krafcik is an urban designer and landscape architect who currently leads City Partnerships and Urban Design at Soofa, an MIT Media Lab start-up working with Prince George's County, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia etc. His vision is to implement surprising yet simple technologies to design smart parks and public spaces for diverse communities. 


Audience: Public 

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