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If you know someone who belongs on our stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please use our Speaker Nomination form, and tell us why this person would be well-matched to the TEDxAustin stage. We accept nominations throughout the year. It’s best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision on the speaker roster.


TEDxAustin 2013: FearLess Speakers

 

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Anne Mahlum
Anne Mahlum
Anne Mahlum

Anne Mahlum

Video | backonmyfeet.org | @annemahlum @BackonMyFeet | Brainstorm
While running through the streets of Philadelphia, Anne’s mission caught up with her. Compelled to create Back on My Feet, she and her team encourage those currently experiencing homelessness to run… Read More

Andrea Alù, Ph.D.

Video | tinyurl.com/andreaalu | Brainstorm
Seems the (nano) superhero lab exists right here in Austin. After moving to UT Austin four years ago, Andrea and his team have created the first-ever 3D cloak of invisibility! Yes, you heard that right… Read More

Faith Dickey
Faith Dickey
Faith Dickey

Faith Dickey

Video | idratherbeslacklining.com | Brainstorm
Many of us seek balance in our lives. Few have taken the same approach as Faith. Her world-record slacklining requires a physical and emotional fearlessness that transcends normal boundaries. Walking where… Read More

Graham Reynolds
Graham Reynolds
Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Video 1 | Video 2 | grahamreynolds.com | @grahamreynolds | Brainstorm
Graham is a musical juggernaut, combining alternative classical, noir jazz and a decidedly experimental take on American roots music into a seamless breathtaking whole. His music has been heard…Read More

Bill Burgess
Bill Burgess
Bill Burgess

Bill Burgess

Video 1 | Video 2 | bburgess.com | Twitter: @bill_burgess | Brainstorm
Bill is a restless musician, video artist, former Apple Marketing executive and steady-eyed horizon watcher. As a musician/producer he toured on 3 continents, produced 25 records and composed music… Read More

Eric Horvitz, Ph.D.
Eric Horvitz, Ph.D.
Eric Horvitz, Ph.D.

Eric Horvitz, Ph.D.

Video | tinyurl.com/erichorvitz | @erichorvitz | Brainstorm
Decisions, uncertainty, and intelligence. This is what Eric spends considerable attention contemplating. He’s pursued advances and insights about the computational foundations of thinking and action…Read More

Elizabeth Andoh
Elizabeth Andoh
Elizabeth Andoh

Elizabeth Andoh

Video | tasteofculture.com | Brainstorm
A culinary philosopher who has made Japan her home for decades, Elizabeth is passionate that eating is an experience that transcends taste.  In her writing and teaching, she encourages us to appreciate… Read More

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Caleb Hans Polashek
Caleb Hans Polashek

Caleb Hans Polashek

Video | www.calebhans.com | @CalebHans
Caleb is a violinist based in Austin, Texas. His work can be seen and heard in a variety of performance settings. A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Caleb performs regularly… Read More

Michael McDaniel
Michael McDaniel
Michael McDaniel

Michael McDaniel

Video | michaelmcdaniel.com | @mcdanyel | Brainstorm
Michael is an idea magnet. This includes innovations as a Principal Designer for frog & his own ideas like Reaction emergency housing. With Michael, a good idea often triggers a complete design… Read More

Jared Ficklin
Jared Ficklin
Jared Ficklin

Jared Ficklin

Video | frogdesign.com | @jaredrawk | Brainstorm
Jared loves to make an impact using as many sciences as possible. A Senior Designer at frog design, he’s the man behind the annual launch party (and collective social experiment) for a few thousand…Read More

Joel Selanikio, M.D.
Joel Selanikio, M.D.
Joel Selanikio, M.D.

Joel Selanikio, M.D.

Video | datadyne.org | @jselanikio | Brainstorm
What can a practicing pediatrician, CDC epidemiologist, former Wall Street computer consultant and homeland security advisor create? Well, when you are Joel, you develop the most widely adopted… Read More

Laurie Frick
Laurie Frick
Laurie Frick

Laurie Frick

Video | lauriefrick.com | @lauriejoyfrick | Brainstorm
Living in both Austin and Brooklyn, Laurie enthusiastically embraces paradox. Straddling neuroscience, big data, and art, her work is stunning to see…while it also allows us to see something stunning… Read More

Darden Smith
Darden Smith
Darden Smith

Darden Smith

Video | dardensmith.com | @DardenSmith | Brainstorm
A Texas native, Darden is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and educator, built with equal parts refined talent, wicked sense of humor and very generous heart. Nearly a decade ago he launched… Read More

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James Pennebaker, Ph.D.
James Pennebaker, Ph.D.
James Pennebaker, Ph.D.

James Pennebaker, Ph.D.

Video | tinyurl.com/jamespennebaker | @jwpennebaker | Brainstorm
By chairing one of the largest university Psychology departments in the country, we can assume that Jamie knows plenty about how the mind works. Ever curious, however, the author of The Secret Life of Pronouns…Read More

Jia Jiang
Jia Jiang
Jia Jiang

Jia Jiang

Video | entresting.com | @jiajiang | Brainstorm
Like many of us have imagined doing, Jia quit his corporate job to build his own startup (four days before his first child was born). When he hit a financing roadblock, he hit it hard. The best…Read More

Robyn Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Robyn Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Robyn Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Robyn Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Video | tinyurl.com/robynmetcalfe | @austinfoodlab | Brainstorm
Tenacious curiosity. Determined experimentation. These terms only begin to describe Robyn, an historian, desert distance runner, and food futurist with a lifelong hunger to try—and often…Read More

Byron Reese
Byron Reese
Byron Reese

Byron Reese

Video/a> | demandmedia.com | @byronreese | Brainstorm
A fantastically better tomorrow is inevitable—one without disease, hunger, poverty, ignorance or war. Impossible? Not according to Byron, who assures us technology (and the choice to use it) will forever… Read More

Jeff Sharpe
Jeff Sharpe
Jeff Sharpe

Jeff Sharpe

Video | jsworkshopaustin.com | @jeffreydsharpe | Brainstorm
Jeff loves to make things. And not simply beautiful things, but ones that provoke a specific behavior. An award-winning architect, experimental filmmaker, institutional change champion… Read More


 

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