Speakers from the scientific, business and cultural worlds will address a broad range of topics as part of Tuesday’s TEDxBuffalo conference, a daylong event meant to inspire innovation here and around the world.
The second annual event, which is affiliated with the national TED lecture series, gives people in the Buffalo area the opportunity to share their interesting or creative projects with conference attendees and anyone with an Internet connection.
“We’re seeking to bring out talents in Buffalo with great ideas and capture those ideas for a local and global audience,” said Kevin Purdy, a freelance technology writer and main TEDxBuffalo organizer.
The 10 speakers at Tuesday’s conference, which will be streamed live on the Internet, include Alan Friedman, a greeting card publisher and noted amateur astronomer; James D. Roberts, the head chef at Park Country Club, who will discuss the value of mentoring; and Joy Kuebler, a landscape architect who will discuss how children should play outside.
In addition to those presentations, a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist and a dance troupe will perform, and organizers will show videos from previous TED and TEDx conferences.
TED – short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – is a nonprofit committed to “Ideas Worth Sharing.” The group records the speakers at its popular conferences and shares those TEDTalks through its website, YouTube and iTunes podcasts.
TED also licenses events under the TEDx brand. Purdy and his fellow organizers put on the first TEDxBuffalo last October, and he applied for a second license last November.
Organizers came up with the list of 10 speakers by seeking recommendations from volunteers, by asking for suggestions on Facebook and Twitter and by going back to the people who were invited to speak last year but weren’t able to take part then.
Purdy said he and his fellow volunteers got valuable experience from putting on the 2011 conference, and they hope they’ve worked out some of the logistical and technical issues from the first TEDxBuffalo.
The biggest problem they’ve resolved from last year’s edition? The long, slow-moving lines at the lunchtime do-it-yourself taco bar, Purdy said.
“This year, the burritos from Lloyd’s are prewrapped,” Purdy said, referring to the spread provided by Lloyd Taco Truck.
Tuesday’s conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Canisius College’s Carol & Carl Montante Cultural Center.
TED requires its partner conferences to limit attendance to 100 guests, but TEDxBuffalo will be live-streamed online at, and information on all the speakers is available on that site.
TEDxBuffalo also is hosting live viewing parties Tuesday at two locations: the University at Buffalo Honors College on UB’s North Campus and CoworkBuffalo, 225 Delaware Ave., Suite 10, above Spot Coffee.