SUMMARY REPORT: TEDxBaltimore 2014

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Information about SUMMARY REPORT: TEDxBaltimore 2014

Published on March 8, 2014

Author: TEDxBaltimore


FR OM THE CURATOR In chemistry, collision theory teaches that one must bring two atoms within proximity of each other for a chance to form a bond and share electrons. Proximity is the prerequisite. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. We gathered on January 31 to induce proximity and to celebrate the conviction that knowledge should analogously be shared. We do so as part of a global movement that has been gathering leaders, thinkers, and doers in over two thousand cities since 2009. Our January 31 gathering was the 9,020th TEDx conference to date. P I O NEERS, O PIONE E RS! The conference theme Pioneers, O Pioneers! embodies the broad spectrum of individual journeys and personal ambition that shape our shared experience. And the theme preamble recognizes the innate drive to learn, to overcome challenges, and to advance human ideals. We celebrate those who harbor vulnerability. We seek out those who carry the creative flame. We yearn for those who call deep on their courage to march, impatient, and full of action. Pioneers! And we honor the cause that there is more to live, to do, to experience, and to discover than what is known today. Our speakers rose to the occasion, and they shared their most compelling ideas. We also unveiled two projects that expand the “ideas worth spreading” mission by leveraging Baltimore resources to tackle “problems worth solving,” Projects CASL and Calliope. We remain grateful for the kind invitation of Dr. Wilson, President of Morgan State University, to return to his campus. And we are thankful for the support provided by Monica Lupton of the Murphy Fine Arts Center, by Omar Muhammad of the Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC), and their respective staffs. The TEDxBaltimore team of volunteers worked tirelessly to strive for a more perfect community. The support of our sponsors and the attendance of the community elevated us toward that ideal. And we proudly affirm that TEDxBaltimore is unequivocal proof that given all the resources endemic to Baltimore, we don’t need to go far to go far! On behalf of the TEDxBaltimore team, Sarge Salman, PhD

THE CONFERENCE The TEDxBaltimore 2014 conference, once again held at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, reaffirmed our commitment to Morgan State University. We exploited the opportunity to craft a program comprising over 20 unique voices spanning disciplines and geography, from fatherhood to manufacturing, and from Austria to Detroit. And we augmented the experience by unveiling two ambitious projects to tackle “problems worth solving.” Conference talks: Event pictures:

AT A GLANCE 1 4 20 ∞ Stage Sessions Speakers & Performers Ideas & Connections

ATTENDANCE 390 800 Complimentary passes Paying Customers 197 (25%) Early Bird 349 (44%) Student We exploited the break between Sessions One and Two to serve locally sourced food, highlighting five food pioneers. The work of these purveyors reflects traditional methods of our food heritage pre-dating fast food. We served conference attendees foods to be eaten in winter locally sourced then preserved, not simply freshfrom-the-garden produce. Items served: Goat Cheese Cheesecake & Herbed Chèvre Charlottetown Farm Original, Hot Chile, Chesapeake style & Maple Pepper Beef Jerky Woodberry Kitchen Roasted Winter Root Vegetables & Fruit Rolled in Spice Mix Triple R Farms Traditional Jams canned using French Method in Copper Pans Max’s Degrees German Baked Goods from Babett’s Bakery Atwater’s 254 (31%) General Admission 1190 Badges Issued LOCAL FOOD LUNCH 350 450 Vegan Box Lunches Meat Box Lunches 26 Artisan Pizzas from Touloulou



SESSION ONE SESSION TWO Decisions & Outcomes SESSION THREE Our Shared Experience Guest Hosted by Derek Braun, a geneticist on the faculty of Gallaudet University Our Potential Neighbors & Neighborhoods What do you want to be when you grow up? Public Service Lawyers as Pioneering Advocates Experimental Music RickGeritz HabenGirma ✉ ✉ THUS SESSION FOUR ✉ An Interview with Pug from the Documentary “12 O’Clock Boys” Pug ✉ Understanding Chess Mastery Rethinking Foster Care The Bitter Reality and Failure of Drone Warfare Our Neighborhoods JenniferShahade MollyMcGrathTierney MedeaBenjamin ElijahMiles ✉ ✉ ✉ ✉ Going from Point A to Point B Tackling Ethnic Health Disparities The Return of Skilled Labor Manufacturing to Detroit Fatherhood as an Anti-Poverty Strategy TysonSanford-Griffin LisaCooper JenniferGuarino JosephJones ✉ ✉ ✉ ✉ Giving Voice to Sexuality Sometimes It’s Not Enough to be a Pioneer The Secret Identity of an Adopted Child ChrisKraft NickCienski CatharineRobertson ✉ ✉ ✉ Economic Lifespan of a Dollar The Global TEDx Community MargaritaAnderson NikiErnst ✉ ✉ @TEDXMAIL.COM Baltimore’s Urban Soil CherylCarmona ✉ To encourage connections between speakers and attendees, we initiated Project TEDxMail. The conference program included a Name@ email address that forwarded all correspondence to the speaker’s private email Session Three was ended with a surprise demonstration of a fused glass-metal technology: an underwater LED-lit red X. The light fixture was designed by Aric Wanveer and Tim McFadden of Zero Gravity Creations. TED is supportive of innovative product demonstrations and we anticipate incorporating them in subsequent conferences Performance TokyoCigar ✉

2013 298 Tickets Sold ATTENDEES 730 Badges Issued 2014 800 Tickets Sold 1190 +168% +63% Badges Issued 650 Confirmed Attendance 938 Confirmed Attendance +44%

31 Academic Institutions Represented In Audience American University Maryland Institute College of Art Community College of Baltimore County Morgan State University Drexel University New York University Elon University St. Johns College Gallaudet University St. Timothy’s School George Mason University Stevenson University George Washington University Towson University Georgetown University University of Baltimore Goucher College University of Delaware Guilford College University of Maryland Howard Community College University of Maryland Baltimore County Johns Hopkins University Ursinus College Loyola University Maryland We also hosted ten Volunteer Maryland Coordinators and fifteen Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps. 9:00am Vassar Ms. Sahar D. Sattarzadeh led a delegation of eighteen members of her SO 105: Social Problems & Issues course from Montgomery College - Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. Most of the students are first-generation college students, comprising a diverse spectrum of socioeconomic classes, racial/ ethnic/national identities, education levels, ages, and household structures. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg Villanova University Maryland University of Integrative Health Virginia Commonwealth University 11:30am 21 TEDx Organizers in Attendance TEDxAdamsMorgan TEDxMidAtlantic TEDxAdo TEDxPhiladelphia TEDxAmericanUniversity TEDxPhoenixville TEDxBergenCommunityCollege TEDxPSU TEDxChesterRiver TEDxRockCreekPark TEDxGallaudet TEDxSalzburg TEDxGeorgeMasonU TEDxUMBC TEDxGeorgetown TEDxUMD TEDxJohnsHopkinsUniversity TEDxVillanovaU TEDxKhartoum TEDxYouth@RMHS TEDxLancaster REMOTE VIEWERS The TEDxBaltimore livestream website received 1,207 visits throughout the day. Top viewing countries were: 1. United States of America 2. Canada 3. Brazil 4. Lithuania 5. Gernmany 6. United Kingdom 7. Italy 8. Mexico 9. Columbia 10. Lebanon 2:15pm Entrepreneurs 6 7 AccelerateBaltimore 2014 Winners Venture For America Fellows 3 12 University of Baltimore Entrepreneurship Fellows Open Society Institute – Baltimore 2013 Fellows 4:00pm

Problems Worth Solving The global TEDx mission is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Yet there are challenges in this world that will not succumb to a great idea. Solutions must be developed and deployed to defeat them. We call these opportunities “Problems Worth Solving.” Leveraging the Baltimore talent pool and ample local resources, members of the community collaborated to develop two ambitious solutions to problems worth solving. They were unveiled at TEDxBaltimore.

PROJECT CASL Each TEDx conference, organized through a license agreement from TED, has come to symbolize a vision that embraces people and ideas to craft a compelling local narrative about our shared future. And TED magnifies the effort through the Open Translation Project (OTP) where one thousand volunteers translate talks into 104 languages. On January 31 we launched Project CASL, envisioned in the same spirit as the OTP program, to augment the conference experience in a very special way. For the first time, deaf attendees will sit in the audience and stream the sign language interpretation on an iPad we provide, as remote deaf viewers enjoy the talks on the website. The CASL technology platform is merely a web browser that broadcasts the signs of interpreters. The unveiling of Project CASL was marred by the failure of the audience iPad system. The technically feasible platform was deployed without on-site testing. However, a redundant system design allowed the simultaneous interpretation for home viewers to proceed unimpeded. And a planned backup plan allowed stage interpretation for our deaf guests. This ambitious partial failure brought to light the strengths and liabilities of every system component, human and electronic. We are capitalizing on this knowledge to develop the second coming of Project CASL, which will offer remote sign language interpretation for citywide venues while creating hundreds of new interpreting job opportunities. PROJECT CALLIOPE In 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will lift restrictions on the commercial use of drones. Our drone incubator, known as Project Calliope, will stand at the forefront developing the next generation of civilian drone technology and companies. With all the resources available in Baltimore, we are confident Baltimore can become an epicenter for drone technology development. Drone technologies in development include remote sensing and navigation applications for agricultural and other civilian uses.

“The openness of the event is really great - everyone seemed engaged.” “I thought that the whole event was superbly organized. They lost the letter J badges when I arrived and one volunteer personally found me to give me my badge later on. The food was great, the staff helpful, and everyone there was enthusiastic to network and talk.” “I enjoyed the speakers offered, and I thought the breaks were ample, which allowed lots of time for networking. The programs and other materials provided were excellent, and TEDx staff were very helpful about providing directions and other logistical assistance.” “I had detailed information about where the venue was, how to get there, where to park, and speakers ahead of time. That worked well. The convenience of the parking was awesome.” “It seemed to be well organized. The sessions flowed without incident and the volunteers were very helpful. The starbucks coffee was a nice touch as well. Oh, and as a vegetarian, I loved that there was a vegan lunch option. Also, mingling with the speakers during breaks was wonderful.” “It made you feel like it was a large organization with a hometown appeal.” “I liked having speakers familiar with and local to Baltimore. It creates a sense of community pride which we can all appreciate.” “The whole event felt well planned, the speakers were great, and it was awesome getting to meet so many people.” Feedback “The excellent speakers were so inspiring and generated such energy in the audience that the day just flew by.” “Flow was good, talks were great...I left feeling uplifted, renewed and inspired to incite change.”

SURVEY RESULTS SPONSORS We remain grateful for the support of our financial and in-kind sponsors. Their contributions exemplify the community support that motivates us. BRILLIANT GOOD AVERAGE POOR This Event (overall) 30% 58% 9% 3% Speakers & Theme 35% 55% 7% 3% Onstage Host 24% 35% 28% 13% Food 14% 31% 36% 19% Venue 42% 42% 14% 2% LENGTH JUST RIGHT TOO LONG TOO SHORT This Event (overall) 49% 51% 0% Talks and Sessions 84% 16% 0% Breaks 85% 13% 2% Would you attend another TEDx? 96% 4% YES NO

Visual Design A 2-year commitment for graphic design students. First year: serving as Junior Designer in support of the Senior Designer with tasks relating to branding, graphics, and multimedia. Second year: promotion to Senior Designer, responsible for the entire TEDxBaltimore visual experience (branding, advertising, printed program, animations, etc.). Japheth Crawford served as the inaugural Senior Designer, he is being succeeded by Crystal Dimeler. Stage Management The Master Puppeteer, aka stage manager, carries the soft power and deft stringmanship required to serve as gatekeeper to the stage, keeper of the schedule, shepherd and therapist for speakers, whispering appropriate encouragements. All stage activities fall under the purview of the Master Puppeteer. Rebecca Wolf, Production Coordinator & Resident Lighting Designer at Towson University will serve in this capacity, and we look forward to recruiting students to the effort. Production Assistant A planned internship for Morgan State sophomore Devonte King to document TEDxBaltimore using miniature GoPro cameras. The Journey Ahead The Proximity Foundation, based at Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) in Highlandtown, is an organization to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation will serve as home for all TEDxBaltimore activities. And the development and deployment of Problems Worth Solving projects will anchor a vibrant innovation hub in the City. Stop by for a visit! Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) 101 N Haven St, Suite 301 Baltimore, MD 21224 And don’t forget to join the discussion online: @TEDxBaltimore


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