This year, TEDxMiamiâ€™sÂ fourth annual Fall ConferenceÂ celebrates the power of innovation and different viewpoints which innovators bring to longstanding problems. Our speakers will provoke you to Live Differently, Work Differently, Play Differently, Learn Differently, and most importantly, toÂ Be the Difference.
Be part of a catalyst moment for Miami
With more speaking applications received than ever before, Miami is certainly bursting at the seams with innovative and disruptive ideas. With the platform set, we can help take theseÂ ideas worth spreadingÂ and continue supporting them to the next level. Â Join us for a night of connection, inspiration and action!
The networking reception is at the Knight Concert Hall Lobby from 6-7pm. Doors to the auditorium open at 6:30pm. Concessions are available throughout the evening however, food is not allowed in the auditorium. Mingle with attendees at the after-party immediately following the event in the lobby.
Speaker Line-Up (revealed thus far)
Rodrigo ArboledaÂ â€“ One Laptop per Child, Revisited
Risa BerrinÂ â€“ Health Information Project
Richard WeinerÂ â€“ The Virtues of Gossip
Anabelle K. PaulinoÂ â€“ A Modern Twist on an Ancient Memory Technique
John E. Lewis, Ph.DÂ â€“ A Solution for Your Health Care is Ringing. Will You Answer the Call?
Fernando FabreÂ â€“ Creating An (Entrepreneurial) Mafia
Frankie RuizÂ â€“ Running to Join a Miami Movement
Rodrigo Arboleda is Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPCA), a not-for-profit entity seeking to provide equal opportunity of access to knowledge to small children in Developing Nations and in some communities within the USA. OLPCA’s mission focuses on socio-economic and cultural change via education, with primary interest in children of 3 years and up. Arboleda is in charge of worldwide operational issues related to the project. More than 2,700,000 laptops have been distributed so far to children in 41 countries and in 21 languages including many indigenous languages. Arboleda has been also a Visiting Scholar at the Media Lab of MIT, where he worked on the Digital Nations Consortium project and on the Education for Peace initiative, E4P. He has served also as a Board Member of the 2B1 Foundation, which made possible some of the projects developed at the Media Lab. He was born in Medellin, Colombia and completed his Bachelor Degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1965.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Some of the brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University and beyond gathered together on campus recently, ready to take their turn on stage. More than 450 attendees appreciatively took it all in, at the fourth annualTEDxCMUÂ event.
This year’s theme was ‘Spark.’
“Our goal is to inspire each and every one of our 450-plus attendees â€” to create a spark of ideas that will spread, and ignite people’s minds with brilliance,” said Ketaki Desai,Â master of public managementÂ student at CMU’s Heinz College, and president of this year’s event.Â The team built their list of speakers based on several factors, including subject matter and passion. They assembled both men and women from diverse fields that would best represent the CMU population.
Rodrigo Arboleda:Â chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association, a not-for-profit that has distributed more than 2.7 million laptops to children in 41 countries, was one of the featured speakers. At the end of his presentation he received a standing ovation.
Rasha Hussein writes on the TEDx Ramallah blog about her journey with OLPC and PaleXO over the past year in Ramallah, and how she was welcomed to the group byÂ Noura Salhi and found friends and collaborators, and inspiration to join a new startup (Bazinga) with others from that group.
I learned the true meaning of voluntary work, and I felt awesome about what I do. Itâ€™s been a year now, and it was the best year of my life!
Kudos to her for sharing this experience. Â For more about the Bazinga technology hub, you can also follow them on twitter.
If you have been involved with an olpc project in your community, let us know what it was like — Â we would love to hear from you.
Rodrigo Arboleda spoke about OLPC at TEDxRio this week to a crowd of 800, with 7000 people watching online. Â The conference was a big hit in the Brazilian blogosphere, and one of the top trending topics in the world that day. Â TEDx has really captured the essence of TED without much of the overhead, and it’s great to see it flourish. Â Everyone there felt they were discussing how to contribute to human knowledge and development, and they left wondering how they could follow up on the event in more rural parts of the country – a great audience for an olpc talk.
The session will be up online soon, and you should watch it; for now, an image from the floor: