On-Stage Hosts


September 06, 2018

Jefferson Smith Shares His Thoughts on “Ideas Worth Spreading”

Jefferson Smith has done many interesting things over the course of his career. Among them, he founded The Bus Project in 2001, which has since grown into a national alliance that inspires young people to engage in our democracy. He served two … Continue reading


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September 26, 2017

Jefferson Smith shares his thoughts on ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

Jefferson Smith has done many interesting things over the course of his career. Among them, he founded The Bus Project in 2001, which has since grown into a national alliance that inspires young people to engage in our democracy. He … Continue reading


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June 08, 2016

TEDx Saved My Life — On-Stage Host David Van Veen

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— TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce David Van Veen as our 2016 on-stage host. — Last year, David Van Veen was the TEDxMtHood stage manager. It’s a demanding responsibility — so many moving parts, timing intricacies, and personality quirks have … Continue reading


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April 15, 2014

On-Stage Host: Mark Powers — The Beat Goes On

Mark Powers

Keeping the pulse is an enormous part of Mark Powers’ life. “We all have heartbeats, so we’re all rhythmatists in one form or another,” Mark, a percussionist, says. “The better we get at aligning our own internal rhythms and keeping … Continue reading


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December 18, 2012

Ruled by Rhythm: Welcoming Mark Powers as Our 2013 On-Stage Host

Mark Powers

Mark Powers is ruled by rhythm. Beats and jives, flows and measures, vibes and shakes. Fast, slow, loud, soft: it doesn’t matter. This is what he lives for. TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) is proud to announce that percussionist Mark … Continue reading


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March 03, 2012

Announcing Our On-Stage Host for TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2012: Prashant Kakad

At last year’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event, he taught us to dance. He also taught us about his lifelong love affair with Bollywood, and we learned that he sang to his mom before he ever spoke to her. … Continue reading


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