Speaker Announcements

February 20, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Michelle Rowley — Permission granted. Now, GO!

Michelle Rowley

Michelle is a self-taught software developer who seeks a deeper understanding of the world and the chance to change it for the better. She aspires to empower women to excel in their lives through technology, which she believes anyone can … Continue reading

February 15, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Ryan Saari — Altruism Meets Imbibing

Ryan Saari

From a front-page New York Times article to a spot on The Colbert Report, Northeast Portland’s Oregon Public House garnered international attention last year when it became the world’s first nonprofit brew pub. At the heart of Oregon Public House … Continue reading

February 12, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Catherine J. H. Miller — Fine Art Belongs to Everyone

Catherine J. H. Miller

Internships. Many of us have been there. Some of us lucked out and got do more than just fetch coffee and make copies. We got some hands-on experience, some networking opportunities and at the very least a window to greater … Continue reading

February 09, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Michael Curry — A Life of Grand Design

Michael Curry

Early in life, Michael Curry decided that he would make a living by making art. But at the start of his career as an artist he had no idea that he would invent his own style of live-performance art that … Continue reading

February 04, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Gideon Freudmann — Playing With Sound

Gideon Freudmann

If you don’t know Gideon Freudmann by name, you certainly may have heard him play. The best word to describe his singular style comes from the artist himself: CelloBop. Using the electric cello as his entryway into improvisational classical, blues, … Continue reading

January 24, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Tyler Tervooren — Adventure, Purpose, and Intentional Uncertainty

Tyler Tervooren

A self-described “riskologist,” Portlander Tyler Tervooren challenges people to embrace uncertainty and take risks. If he could harness the pulse and energy of the 700 TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) attendees in the room, Tyler would ask them to admit … Continue reading

January 18, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Dann Stayskal — A Digital Craftsman

Dann Stayskal

Ask Dann Stayskal what he’d like to give a talk on and here are just some of the topics that he is both personally interested in and highly-qualified to talk about: computational meta-ethics (using computers to calculate the rightness or … Continue reading

January 13, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Rita Golden Gelman — A Female Nomad

Rita Golden Gelman

How would you classify a lifestyle that involves rarely knowing where you’ll be in six months, moving through the world without a plan, and watching for serendipitous opportunities? Rita Golden Gelman is a self-styled anthropologist, a participant-observer with a heavy … Continue reading

January 10, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Mic Crenshaw — The Force of Words

Mic Crenshaw

Hip-hop has always been about change. The constant influx of “the new” drives the genre, leading to creatively poetic rhymes, varied subject matter, humorous boasts, and innovative beats. Drum breaks from 60’s and 70’s funk and soul records laid the … Continue reading

March 01, 2013

Speaker Announcement: Tyler Jones, Grow with Gusto

Tyler Jones

In a state with 38,000 farms, most of which are 50 acres or smaller, people in Oregon have a definite chance to develop a more intimate relationship with their farmer. As a state we’re not a complete anomaly, but the … Continue reading

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