TEDxBuffalo promotes ideas that are centered in and relevant to Buffalo, by Buffalonians.
TEDx is ENGAGING
TEDxBuffalo does not have keynotes, panels, or hotel shuttles. It’s a day of engaging and refreshing your brain.
TEDx is PEOPLE
Teachers, brewers, dancers, organizers, astronomers, business leaders—all with something to say to you.
Ideas Worth Spreading
In the spirit of TED, a global platform devoted to 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 videos 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.
Puppeteers and preservationists, newspaper editors and artist-scientists, police chiefs and chiptune musicians — these and nine other speakers shared their stories and projects with more than 300 “Renaissance Citizens” at the third annual TEDxBuffalo on Oct. 15, 2013. People and ideas came together under the domed ceiling and stained glass of Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center.
The dedicated citizens of Buffalo inspired this year’s theme. As our 2013 speakers demonstrated, so many Buffalonians don’t simply leave their day jobs to go home and relax. On nights, weekends and whenever they can steal a moment, involved residents here work on their passions. A professor by day is an “imaginary scientist” by night. An aerospace engineer who grew up with 16 siblings develops a mental toughness regimen for coaching business executives. A Bhutanese refugee harnesses his own experiences to advocate for other refugees, both at his job and long after regular business hours.
TEDxBuffalo 2013 was the first TEDxBuffalo event not held to a 100-person limit. The dedicated volunteers that organized and ran the event were thrilled to be able to welcome more than 300 attendees, who networked and picked the brains of their favorite speakers during breaks. Everyone enjoyed breakfast from Elmwood Avenue’s Coffee Culture, a fabulous lunch from Buffalo’s own Lloyd Taco Truck and an afternoon snack from Firefly Cupcakes.
For those who wanted to attend but did not receive an invite or couldn’t take the day off from work/school, organizations throughout Western New York hosted remote viewing parties. A few speakers stopped by a viewing party at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Central Branch for a Q&A. TEDxBuffalo 2013 was also streamed live on TEDxBuffalo.com, and interested parties could follow along via Twitter and Facebook.
Back at the Montante Cultural Center, shortly before the day wrapped up, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stopped by to declare Oct. 15, 2013 to be TEDxBuffalo Day in the city of Buffalo!
Now that the new year is officially here, planning for TEDxBuffalo 2014 is already under way! Interested volunteers, speakers, sponsors or attendees can stay updated on the event and how they can get involved at TEDxBuffalo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2013 speakers put hours of their own time into their talks and gave up the chance to broadly promote themselves or their affiliated organizations to bring you these ideas, for free. We are quite proud of them and the product we can share with you today.
On a less serious note: they are really fun to watch. Make time in a lunch break, a quiet moment after dinner, or when you’re in need of a change-up while at work. Some are quite short, others will make you wonder where 18 minutes went. See what ideas came out of months of work and preparation.
Thank you to everyone who spoke, sponsored, attended, organized, and otherwise helped at TEDxBuffalo 2013. We are already working on 2014.
Here are the last two videos shown at TEDxBuffalo 2013, selected by TEDxBuffalo’s own polymath Carl Skompinski.
First up, Neuroscientist Beau Lotto tells and shows us what we’re missing when we restrict science and experiments to only accredited professionals. He enlisted 26 12-year-olds, including Amy O’Toole, to study bees, and the results are remarkable, funny, and worthy of further study.
Next up, National Geographic photo editor David Griffin makes a simple but remarkably strong case for how photojournalism tells stories that none of us could ever hope to capture in words. Talking to many attendees after the event, this is one that stuck with people. Having an adorable but carnivorous seal as a character probably helped.
Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our TED video series to journey further along through our 2013 event. And stay tuned: official videos from our own Buffalo-based speakers are coming very, very, very soon.