Enjoy reading about the wonderful community that has developed around this annual event.

January 12, 2013

Speaker Announcement: Mohammad Khan Kharoti, The Power of Ideas


There are incredible people in this world whose ingenuity and velocity are only eclipsed by their selflessness. Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti is such an individual. He may seem ordinary, his iPod full of pictures of his family and his shelves … Continue reading

January 08, 2013

Speaker Announcement: Juvie Hall & Cynthia Lopez, Filmmakers on a Roll


Talk about velocity! Within two hours of meeting, the dynamic duo of Juvie Hall (aka Diana Fedoroff) and Cynthia Lopez decided to embark upon an ambitious adventure inspired by Juvie’s experience playing roller derby for the Rose City Rollers: to … Continue reading

December 12, 2012

Velocity: This Year’s Theme


At first glance, you might think that we on the TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) planning team are practicing verbal economy. Our first event’s theme was three words long—Think. Inspire. Go. Last year’s theme was two—Becoming Extraordinary. This year’s theme … Continue reading

November 07, 2012

Our New Design

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There we all were, sitting in Pop Art’s Blam! conference room, looking out over the animated Pearl District in Northwest Portland. Three of our TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) planning team members had just seen Pop Art’s latest design comps … Continue reading

April 20, 2012

Summing It Up: 2012

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As people began filing out of the auditorium after Saturday’s final talk, the fluorescent house lights went up. Crystal Schenk’s art installation, colorfully illuminated from the stage throughout the day, instantly lost some of its magnetic magic; the illusion of … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

Announcing Something Extraordinary: Our Mystery Session


Shhh! We have a very secretive announcement to make this week. As you well know, Jefferson Smith is curating a session at TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood). But do you know what speakers he’s chosen? Are you excited to hear … Continue reading

March 14, 2012

Artist in Residence for TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2012: Crystal Schenk

The rhetoric artists use when they talk about their creative processes is well-worn. We know about the ingredients of inspiration, imagination, expression, skill, emotion, and representation; we’ve heard about the muses (sometimes real and sometimes imagined), and we know that … Continue reading

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

February 25, 2012

Announcing Our Next Round of TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2012 Speakers: A Thinker, a Drummer, and an Educator

This week we have a little riddle for you: What will generate over thirty minutes’ worth of incredible talks and a lifetime of memories, but makes 168 hours seem like only yesterday? The announcement of our next three speakers! That’s … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Announcing Our Musical Guests for TEDxConcordiaUPortland2012

At this year’s event we’re jazzed to be partnering with kin trio. They will provide mood music throughout the day that will accompany and harmonize with the all of the wonderful thoughts and ideas being shared. Eugene Lee, artist and … Continue reading

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