A Bollywood dance instructor, a zoologist who studies human-animal interactions and a health-insurance executive are among the speakers at this year’s TEDxBuffalo conference, a day-long event in October intended to inspire innovative thinking.
The 2014 version of TEDxBuffalo has the theme “In Motion,” and organizers selected a diverse crop of 13 speakers after advertising for participants and sorting through pitch videos submitted by would-be speakers.
TEDxBuffalo, which has been held each year since 2011, takes place Oct. 14 in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center, where speakers have 18 minutes to share their vision with an audience of more than 300 people. The talks also are streamed live online and saved for later viewing.
“Once again, the TEDxBuffalo team found themselves in awe at the wide field of passions and projects that Western New Yorkers brought to our open auditions,” Kevin Purdy, the program director, said in a statement. “Our job is to bring this mix of experienced experts, young enthusiasts and passionate advocates to the stage with their best possible TEDx talks. It is a very challenging, fun job.”
The speakers include Bollywood dance instructor Gaitre Subryan, who will perform during her talk; Miranda Workman, an anthrozoologist who will talk about issues concerning shelter animals; Dr. Michael W. Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health; and Kenneth W. Regan, a University at Buffalo computer scientist and international chess master who uses statistical modeling to combat cheating in the game.
TEDxBuffalo holds a license under the TEDx brand from TED – short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – 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.
There is no cost to attend TEDxBuffalo, but seating is limited and those who wish to attend must apply to be part of the audience at www.tedxbuffalo.com/attend. Applications are due by Aug. 17.
For a full list of this year’s speakers and more information on the event, visit www.tedxbuffalo.com/tedxbuffalo-2014-speakers.