A Sense of Place.
Our existence is defined through our experience of place: our place on Earth, in the universe, in culture, and in time. Understanding place is critical to the spread of knowledge, ideas and to progress. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to cities, to galaxies and undersea mountain ranges, everything has a place. TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 celebrates and explores place, mobility, context, and locality – and humanity’s ongoing desire to achieve a sense of place.
A native of Spain, José Andrés is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, and is responsible for Washington’s popular and award-winning dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, America Eats Tavern and the critically-acclaimed minibar by josé andrés. José was named Outstanding Chef of the Year at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vinton G. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services.
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed “disinformationist,” Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that’s okay – he doesn’t either.
Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi’s primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event.
Dr. Jane Rigby is an Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She serves as Deputy Operations Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. As a user of the Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra, and Herschel space observatories, and the Keck and Magellan observatories on Earth, her research focuses on two subjects: black holes in the centers of galaxies, and galaxies that rapidly forming new stars.
Dr. Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), the country’s only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009. Dr. Majumdar also currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary. Dr. Majumdar helped shape several strategic initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage.
Luis von Ahn
Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the founder of reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google. Luis is working on Duolingo, which aims to coordinate millions of people to translate the Web into every major language. In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine named him the most influential intellectual of Latin America and Spain.
Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed theatre director, playwright, video installation artist, and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. In his 39 year career in the theater, he has been a restless explorer of new possibilities and new directions, always pushing at the boundaries of what theater is and can be. Mr. Chong’s work has been presented around the world.
Paula Apsell got her start in broadcasting at WGBH Boston and in 1975 joined NOVA, a science documentary series that has set the standard for science programming on television. Today, NOVA is the most popular science series on American television and online. Under Apsell’s leadership, NOVA has won every major broadcasting award, including the Emmy; the Peabody; and the AAAS Science Journalism award.
Bob Corrigan is the director of product management for the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), an ever-expanding, trusted, web-based biodiversity resource launched in 2008 following Professor E.O. Wilson’s TED Prize wish in 2007. EOL’s vision is to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. Bob is a member of the EOL team based at Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
Stowe is an internationally recognized authority on social tools and their impact on media, business, and society. He is best known for his commentary on the social revolution, and his research on work media, social business, the social web, publicy, social cognition, networked identity, and the future of work. Stowe is at work on a new book about the rise of a socially augmented world.
Rebecca Renard is being hailed as a library education innovator. She works in the DC Public Library and has won two national awards recently. Rebecca is also the force behind creating the #youth202 community and a podcast, all manned and hosted by DC students. She created a nationally-recognized library program to educate the youth about homelessness, called “Your Story Has A Home Here”.
Duncan Watts is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was a full professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and Nuffield College, Oxford. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals.
Dante Chinni is the director of Patchwork Nation, a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and housed at the Jefferson Institute and a partner of PBS NewsHour. Based in Washington, D.C., he has been covering politics and the media for more than 10 years. Chinni has worked as a reporter-researcher at Newsweek and a senior associate at the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His research focuses on decision-making, and on issues related to behavioral economics, with an emphasis on empirical studies of how people make decisions in situations of conflict and uncertainty.
Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a masters in public health from Johns Hopkins. He’s been called “The Doctor of the Future” and one of the “Top Ten Most Creative People in Healthcare” by Fast Company. Esquire Magazine included him in 2009′s “Best and Brightest: Radicals and Rebels Who Are Changing the World” issue.
Since 1993, Danielle Brian has been the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), a nonprofit government watchdog organization. She frequently testifies before Congress, and often appears in major national media. Under Ms. Brian’s direction, POGO has conducted numerous investigations that have resulted in major public policy reforms.
Jon Maurer has been a member of the Baltimore original music scene for over 17 years. His search for a new universe of sound led him to Marcodi Musical Products. Marcodi, also based in Baltimore, is the creator of the harpejji, a hand-crafted instrument that was featured in Academy Award winner, A. R. Rahman’s song, “If I Rise,” as performed by Rahman in this year’s Oscar Awards.
Erica Frenkel helps lead UAM Global, a social enterprise enabling safe surgery through innovative anesthesia technology. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer, managed the Global Media AIDS Initiative for the Kaiser Family Foundation and helped shape public health initiatives as a consultant for the Clinton Foundation, the Liberian Ministry of Health, Merck Vaccines, and the Wellcome Trust.
Phil Salesses is an American creative, strategist and technologist, currently finishing his masters degree at the MIT Media Lab. His latest project, Place Pulse, is a “hot-or-not” style web application that attempts to define curb appeal by crowdsourcing opinions on places using freely available Google Streetview. Before joining the MIT Media Lab, Phil was a Principal Investigator for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Jon Lowenstein has been a professional photographer for more than ten years. He specializes in long-term, in-depth projects that confront the realms of power, poverty, and violence. As a documentary photographer, he strives for unsparing clarity, and believes images make a critical contribution by revealing the subjects of history that lack voice. Lowenstein is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and 2011 TED Fellow.