Polly Bangs has worked with youth since 2002 and founded the Program Manager of Urban Opportunities in 2007. She owned her own restaurant in North Portland, Pasta Bangs, where she created job opportunities for at-risk youth and developed the concept for Urban Opportunities. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business connections have provided at-risk youth in Portland access to real jobs.
Tres Shannon is the founder of Voodoo Doughnuts, but grew up in Colorado and moved to Portland in 1984. He opened an all-ages Rock Club, The X-Ray Cafe from 1990-1994 in downtown Portland. He booked bands at Berbati's from 1994-2000 and opened Voodoo Doughnut in 2003. Voodoo Doughnut currently has two stores in Portland and one store in Eugene. Tres is currently the front man for the Kareoke From Hell Band and The Miss You's, Portland's premier Rolling Stones Cover Band. Watch
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.