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Event: TEDxSeattle

TEDxSeattle 2016

Details

Our theme for the November 19th event was Greater Than and it was an amazing experience for the sold out crowd of 2,500 people who watched 16 speakers and performers at McCaw Hall.

We also showcased two TED videos at the event. James Veitch on the agony of trying to unsubscribe, and Michael Murphy on architecture that’s built to heal.  We don’t yet have a timeline for when the speaker videos will be online. We will announce when they are on the site through our email list and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Date November 19, 2016
Time 9AM to 5PM
Location

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

Seattle, WA, 98109

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Speakers

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

Having worked as a radio host for decades, Celeste knows the ingredients of a great conversation. She will share her 10 useful rules.

Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

CEO Oren Etzioni

Oren Etzioni

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of computer methods to solve difficult computational problems. The phrase “an AI” is misleading. Let’s not confuse science with science fiction!”

Playwright and director Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

“There is a term called ‘social distance,’ which describes how far away we’ve become from each other socially. Technology makes our ability to get even more socially distant possible. Theatre demands that we get into the same room with other people and reconcile our differences.”

Scientist Alexis Kaushansky in her lab at the Center for Infectious Disease Research

Alexis Kaushansky

“We know the adage that the sum is greater than the parts. But, what happens when you can’t see or yet understand all of the parts? How can we make progress against infectious diseases when we don’t yet know how infections work?”

Publish the Quest

Publish the Quest, a Vashon Island band, has traveled to the four corners of the world to inform its musical style.

Judge Wesley Saint Clair on the bench

Judge Wesley Saint Clair

“In my time as a Judicial officer, I have done my best to model and inspire others to have the courage to say what we’re doing is not working, shifting our focus and not being afraid and trying new, different processes.”

Documentary filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro

Eliaichi Kimaro

Eliaichi Kimaro uses art and video to bring stories of struggle, resistance, and survival to a broader audience.

Nikkita Oliver performing on stage

Nikkita Oliver

“Not all stories are created equal—some are greater than. Our stories are not told in a vacuum, but rather within the same context in which we live. Our stories also create our context, our inner beliefs and understandings about ourselves and others, and impact how we see the world, live in the world, and treat others.”

Headshot of Nathan Kundtz, Ph.D.

Nathan Kundtz

The demand for mobile bandwidth is at an all-time high, and climbing. With an expected 35 billion connected devices by 2020 and limited spectrum from terrestrial networks, we are sprinting towards complete capacity.

Scott Wyatt

Scott Wyatt

Scott Wyatt is a partner at NBBJ, an architecture firm and one of the most innovative businesses in the world.

Elizabeth Arnold in Alaska in front of an ice cutter

Elizabeth Arnold

“The North Pole is a landscape of extremes. It is unforgivably harsh and yet the most fragile place on earth. Ten years separated my first visit from my second. The change I witnessed was profound.

Dr. Jerry Radich

Dr. Jerry Radich

“When I started my career the number of mutations associated with cancer could be counted on one hand, and we had the wonderfully naïve thought that a single mutation might cause a cancer. Now we know that it usually takes many mutations to cause a normal cell to become cancerous.”

Research biologist Ranae Holland holding a flashlight and dressed in hiking gear

Ranae Holland

“I’ve always had a natural curiosity for the unknown. It is the driving force that motivates me to search the world for an animal I don’t believe to exist.”

Tim Dawes

Tim Dawes

“We confuse compassion with kindness and sacrifice. There’s a better form of compassion that gives you power where force fails.”

Lesley Hazleton

“Death gives shape to our lives — creates the narrative arc, from beginning to end, that gives real meaning to the idea of life as a journey, with all its discoveries along the way.”

Schedule

8 am Registration opens
8:20 am Early access to Hall for Partner and Patron ticket holders
8:40 am Access for General Admission and Student ticket holders
9 am – 10:30 am Session 1: curiosity > assumptions
Ranae Holland
Celeste Headlee
Elizabeth Arnold
Lesley Hazleton
10:30 am – 11 am Conversation Break
11 am – 12:15 pm Session 2: future > today
Dr. Jerry Radich
Nathan Kundtz
Oren Etzioni
Nikkita Oliver
12:15 pm- 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 3 pm Session 3: together > alone
Publish the Quest
Eliachi Kimaro
Scott Wyatt
Judge Wesley Saint Clair
3 pm – 3:30 pm Conversation Break
1:30 pm – 3 pm Session 4: > sum of the parts
Andrew Russell
Alexis Kaushansky
Tim Dawes
Suzanne Simard

Talks

Suzanne Simard

Nature’s internet: how trees talk to each other in a healthy forest

This fascinating talk presents the scientific research that shows the interconnectedness of life in the forest ecosystem. It takes us beneath the forest floor where we learn how trees are communicating and exchanging resources. Going beyond the simple view of a forest as a resource to be exploited, it presents the forest as a complex […]

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver

Through spoken word and images, Nikkita Oliver urges a reexamination of both history and the stories we tell. From the 1968 Summer Olympics to Colin Kaepernick, from Timothy McVeigh to the Blank Panther movement, she reveals fragments of truth often hidden within the bigger story. Holding a light to these distinctions, Oliver urges us to […]

Ranae Holland

What Bigfoot can teach us about curiosity

Ranae Holland is a research biologist who spends much of her time trekking through forests with a camera crew, looking for evidence of a big furry man-ape. As a cohost of the Animal Planet television As a cohost of the Animal Planet television show Finding Bigfoot, she draws on her scientific skills to sift through […]