TEDxDirigo: GENERATE Program Announced

TEDxDirigo: GENERATE Program Announced

For Immediate Release


October 8, 2013 (Brunswick, ME) –Today, TEDxDirigo announced the program of speakers and performers for “GENERATE,” its fifth annual fall event, on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick. TEDxDirigo “GENERATE” will feature Maine residents sharing live “TEDx Talks” exploring what it means to generate: art, products, technology, ideas, and more.

“Mainers make things— and make things happen,” said Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo’s executive director. “We’re excited to once again spread new, inventive ideas throughout our community, the state, and beyond.”

GENERATE is a homecoming of sorts. The first TEDxDirigo event was held at the Frontier Café (also in Cabot Mill) in Brunswick in 2010. One hundred people attended to hear from 13 speakers, including the late Russell Libby, long-time executive director of MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association). This year, the TEDxDirigo team will make 5,000 square feet of raw space into an inspiring venue. In addition to this year’s event, guests will have the opportunity to experience Brunswick over the course of the weekend through a mix of public and private events starting on Friday night.

Local presenters of “Maine ideas worth spreading” include:
· John Coleman founded The VIA Agency in 1993 and has been the Portland, Maine-based agency’s CEO since then. The agency was named Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year in 2011 and was twice on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies. John and the agency have tackled some of the most difficult marketing challenges in the industry, working with leading brands like Samsung, Unilever, Sam’s Club, Perdue Farms, Welch’s, Shutterfly, Republic Wireless, The World Trade Center, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and 1800 Tequila. http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/john-coleman/

· Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily takes the form of kinetic, electronic and interactive sculpture. She received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and practiced at an architectural firm in New York for several years before earning an MFA in Sculpture. Her artwork, which remains strongly rooted in design, focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. It has been exhibited at institutions both nationally and internationally. Alicia was recently named a 2013 TED Fellow and awarded the Grand Prize in the Dave Bown Projects Competition. She currently lives in Portland, Maine, and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bowdoin College.http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/alicia-eggert/

· Voot Yin joined the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) in 2011 where he leads a research program to improve wound healing and regenerative capacity in humans. An enthusiastic champion of the regenerative capacities of the zebrafish (a vertebrate that can regenerate nearly all of its limbs and organs, including portions of its heart), Dr. Yin studies the common aquarium fish to learn about the potential for organ and limb re-growth in humans. Dr. Yin, who received his B.S. from Bates College, has received honors and distinctions for his work, recently garnering the prestigious National Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association and serving as the “Evolution and Regeneration” panel chair at the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/voot-yin/

· Jennifer Oxman Ryan is a Researcher and Project Manager at Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her current research project, Agency by Design, focuses on the thinking and learning engaged during making and design experiences. She is particularly interested in exploring how educators, schools, and organizations can optimize maker experiences and how these experiences can cultivate maker empowered youth. Jennifer has degrees from Mount Holyoke College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Portland.http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/jennifer-oxman-ryan/

· Yona Belfort is a product designer and founder of Vital Innovation. During his eight years at IDEO’s Boston office, he developed experience in packaging, action sports apparel and medical devices. Two recent product launches from teams led by Yona include call2recycle’s new battery collection box (in use at RadioShacks nationwide) and Quiksilver’s Cypher Massive Boardshorts (worn by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater). Yona earned a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Rochester and graduated from Stanford’s Joint Program in Design in June 2003 with an MS in Product Design. In 2012, Yona co-founded Engine Room, a creative co-working space in Portland’s Old Port.http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/yona-belfort/

For the first time ever, TEDxDirigo will be bringing someone in from outside of Maine: Liz Neely, Director of Digital Information and Access at the Art Institute of Chicago, will talk about the project to create 3-D renderings of the Art Institute’s collection for anyone to manipulate and reiterate.http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/liz-neely/

For a complete list of presenters, visit http://tedxdirigo.com/category/speakers/.

TEDxDirigo “GENERATE” will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick. There will be one morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with breaks in between for further open discussion among attendees.

TEDxDirigo aims to bring together an intentional, diverse audience at the event that is engaged, curious and passionate— a community that will extend beyond the day of the event. Requesting an invitation to attend is the first step in making that happen. It is free to request an invitation, and the fee to attend, if a seat is available, is $100. There are some scholarships available, and the event will be available via a free live webstream. Request an invitation to attend GENERATE at http://tedxdirigo.com/want-to-attend-tedxdirigo-generate/.

About TEDx: 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 almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/pages/registration. Follow TED on Twitter attwitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

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