April 12, 2014 / 8 AM - 8 PM
Tickets on sale March 12 at 9AM
Does it exist? If so, what is it? Ask a thousand people and you’ll get a thousand different answers. Whether you’re talking about a person, place, thing or idea, this word provokes discussion. The desire for it pushes people to think of bigger and better things, challenging them to make their own definitions and maybe even make them a reality.
Nong was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Nong’s mother taught her, from the time she was a little girl, to cook in traditional Thai-style, focusing on quality ingredients crafted from scratch. Nong came to Portland in 2003 with two suitcases and $70 to pursue her dream. After honing her skills at local Thai restaurants, such as Pok Pok, Nong opened Nong’s Khao Man Gai food cart in 2009 and quickly received substantial international attention and critical acclaim.
D’Wayne was the Footwear Design Director of Nike’s JORDAN Brand. Over the course of his 25-year career, D’Wayne received numerous design awards, was granted over 30 patents, and designed over 500 styles for some of today’s premiere athletes, such as Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and Michael Jordan. In 2010, D’Wayne decided to start a new chapter in his career and founded the first academy in the U.S. dedicated to footwear design, PENSOLE.
Born and raised in Marin County, California, Cody is convinced that the secret to building a better world for all is building better playgrounds. Cody and his wife, April, live in Portland with their daughters, Harper and Lennon. Due to eight-year-old Harper’s unique needs, the couple launched “Harper’s Playground,” a passion project that has spurred a movement to design and build the city’s first inclusive playground, one that adapts to the needs of children of all abilities.
Tough as nails, gentle as a poet and determined as a badger, 91-year old Frank loves fly fishing. Even during his World War II service, he paid attention to the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed in war torn towns. Since then, he has focused on conservation and fishing. He and his wife of 70+ years, Jeanne, built and were the long-time proprietors of the world-renowned Steamboat Inn along the North Umpqua River. Frank was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2010 and is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Mending The Line.
Jackson is a computer programmer, struggling idealist and Portland native. Inspired by visionaries like Bret Victor, he left high school to find ways to use computers to teach people to think. In the past year, Jackson started a high school class to teach coding, helped develop companies in TechStars, and began selling shares in himself. Today, he is working on a thesis that shows how programming can be an art form.
Lisa has worked in the restaurant and natural foods industries for over 25 years. She was the CEO of New Seasons Market and worked as the Director of Purchasing for Whole Foods Market in the Midwest. In 2013, she founded Green Zebra Grocery in Portland. Committed to transparency, through open-book financials, and sustainability, by curating local community partnerships, Green Zebra makes trustworthy groceries easier to find.
Governor John Kitzhaber is the longest-serving governor in Oregon’s history and one of the country’s most respected minds in health care policy. The son of two Eugene-area educators, Governor Kitzhaber was raised with a public service ethic, respect for education, and a strong connection to Oregon state’s natural heritage and bounty. Before entering politics in the late 1970s, he was an emergency room physician, where he developed an acute interest in improving the health and livelihoods of all Oregonians no matter where they live.
James is a designer who enjoys blurring the lines between physical and digital experiences. After leading Wieden+Kennedy’s digital strategy team, she left to co-found Small Society, a mobile agency that created the first wave of native mobile apps for Starbucks, Zipcar and Amazon. In 2012, Small Society was acquired by WalmartLabs. Today, James continues to help define the next generation of mobile retail experiences.
Zalika is the co-founder and Director of Learning for KairosPDX Early Learning Center. After teaching in Los Angeles Public Schools, Zalika spent 13 years at the Catlin Gabel School and two years teaching and consulting for the Opal School at the Portland Children’s Museum. Zalika is currently a school improvement specialist for Portland Public Schools. She has a passion for child development, literacy and historical perspectives, having spent the last 10 years facilitating a variety of equity experiences for children, families and educators.
Andy Revkin has been covering environmental sustainability for The New York Times for more than three decades, most recently through his Times blog “Dot Earth.” Andy has won top awards in science journalism multiple times. In 2010, he became the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, where he teaches courses on blogging, environmental communication and documentary film. He has also written acclaimed books on global warming, the Arctic and the Amazon rainforest.
Born from the loins of the proud Midwest, Aaron grew up on a steady stream of Legos, Star Wars, family trips, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding. After making a name for himself as art director for Snowboarder magazine and Portland design firm Cinco, Aaron stepped out on his own in 2004 to start The Draplin Design Company. Since then, he has rolled up his sleeves for brands ranging from Burton Snowboards to President Obama. Aaron proudly calls Portland home.
A Portland native, Isaiah became involved with gangs as a young man. During a confrontation in which he feared for his and his friend’s life, Isaiah was shot–and shot another youth. Isaiah recovered from his own gun wounds, but served served seven years in the Oregon State Penitentiary for his crime. He was offered early parole for good behavior but decided to carry out his full term because he had not completed a rigorous training program to become a licensed electrician. Isaiah’s story is one of second chances and turning your life around.
Eric heads WiTricity, a startup with a product directly out of science fiction: wireless electricity beamed from a base station to an electrical device. Prior to WiTricity, Eric was the Chairman and CEO of Groove Mobile, a mobile music commerce platform company, and founded Brooktrout Inc., a telecom software and hardware provider. He was granted eight patents, a BS from Carnegie-Mellon and a Master’s from Harvard Business School.
Zach is a filmmaker, born and raised in Portland. He started his film journey at age seven when his parents gave him a camera at a wedding. After being rejected from film school, he started the YouTube channel “FinalCutKing”, posting video editing tutorials. Zach has garnered more than 400,000 subscribers to his channel. In September 2013, he launched a Vine account based around his “magic” editing and has grown an audience of nearly 1 million fans.
Al James is a songwriter and singer, born and raised in Oregon. He writes and records simple, but honest songs with his band Dolorean in the vein of Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Gene Clark. His albums have been covered and reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent and NPR’s Fresh Air. He has also collaborated with songwriter Bob Desper in support of the re-issue of his 70s folk masterpiece “New Sounds.”
Founded in 1989, Oregon Ballet Theater is the state’s largest full-time professional ballet company, dedicated to creating and preserving the art of ballet through the highest quality performance, training and educational programming. OBT is committed to producing compelling and diverse works that consistently inspire and entice audiences. OBT offers experiential arts education programs for youth and adults, as well as a professional ballet school for students, ages 4-18.
Rose City Trombones is a group of passionate musicians dedicated to showcasing the majestic trombone. Their goal is to provide both concerts and educational outreach to unravel the mysteries of the shiny instrument. The members’ musical pedigree includes well-established music organizations across the Northwest and music schools around the country.
Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners bill their music as West Coast ragtime, jazz, and blues and, though you can hear all of these influences, there’s also a strong undercurrent of youthful abandon. It is the kind of wild joy from the American road (or rails) that filled the gas tank of Woody Guthrie’s dreams and kept him rolling down the highway.
Blitzen Trapper was founded in 2000 by a group of Pacific northwest natives who played around Portland to skeleton crowds and gave away an impressive stream of garage recordings for years. Since then, they have released a handful of albums, played colossal festivals, been on network TV, toured all over the Western world and worked with the likes of Wilco and Belle & Sebastian. Even more, they have become the band they had always dreamed they would be.
This year’s event at the Keller Auditorium marks the fourth year for TEDx in the Rose City. The year-round planning takes a team of more than 45 volunteers and incredible community partners—without them, it would not be possible. Thank you for bringing ideas worth spreading to a city known for spreading them.
Beam, Feast Portland, The Hue, Irving Street Kitchen, Really Big Video, The Sentinel Hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Steven Smith Teamaker, Umpqua Bank, Uncage the Soul, Waggener Edstrom, Widmer Brothers
Without you this would not be possible.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
8AM - 8PM
(Doors open at 7:30AM)
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
What is Perfect? You tell us. Download the Perfect photo app for iOS to label what you see as Perfect. During the 2014 conference, 3,000 of the images will be used to create the stage design.