Joey played quarterback at the University of Oregon, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2001. Since retiring from the NFL, he formed a nonprofit, The Harrington Family Foundation, raising over $1M in scholarships for in-state youth. Joey is a shining example of down-to-earth Portland. He’s even a jazz pianist.
Nadya is an honors student at Catlin Gabel. She founded Camions of Care to address the unmet menstrual hygiene needs of poor women. She is Youth Director of Social Venture Partners Youth and serves on the Women's Foundation of Oregon board. She loves snowboarding and Whitney Houston.
Elias co-owns Olympia Provisions. His family taught him resourcefulness and how to make almost anything. A former vegan hardcore music lover and semi-pro snowboarder, Elias has survived avalanches, bandits and electrocution. His cookbook, Olympia Provisions is a New York Times best seller.
Israel fights to give a voice to the homeless. He is an award-winning housing advocate, journalist, poet and photographer with 15 years’ experience in street newspapers. He serves as Executive Director of Portland newspaper Street Roots and also worked for the North American Street Newspaper Association.
Intisar is a photographer, writer and dancer telling real stories about the people of the African Diaspora. She helped create a 200,000-mile arts expedition based on the book, The People Could Fly. She maintains the photo essay and blog called The Black Portlanders.
Rex helped start Portland’s cycling revolution through the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. He leads the Outdoor School for All Oregon campaign and co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future. On Metro Council he helped reform sustainability policies statewide. He wrote The Activist’s Toolkit and blogs at gettingto2100.org.
Director of Love and Celebration for the Portland Timbers, Jim began chainsawing logs after goals at Timbers matches in 1978. Jim has rappelled over treetops for the Forest Service and trained hundreds in First Aid/CPR. Jim is a cancer survivor and lion-heart who volunteers all over Portland.
At 11 years old, Bobbi earned attention singing the National Anthem for NBA and NFL games. The young performer starred as Tomika in "School of Rock the Musical" on Broadway and would later feature in "Broadway at the White House," hosted by Michelle Obama.
Designer, futurist and Director of Strategic Innovation at Autodesk, Maurice works with clients to explore the future and how to get there. He’s traveled the globe and earned three medals for bravery for saving shipwrecked sailors.
Tracy’s combined passion for food and activism led her to start Urban Gleaners in 2006. She decided to help hungry Portlanders after seeing how much food went to waste every day. Tracy previously owned a catering company in Los Angeles and sold her own packaged food to local grocers.
Thaniya’s passions are human-computer interaction, design and behavioral economics. She and her cross-disciplinary team manage all things TED on mobile. She’s won many awards including an Emmy and Peabody. As Director of Product Development at Major League Baseball Advanced Media, she was responsible for MLB's real-time game tracker, Gameday, and MLB.TV.
Mara is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard, which strengthens communities by helping its members help one another. She is also a calligrapher and has designed hundreds of custom tattoos. She also teaches workshops internationally. Mara draws on artist collectives, architecture, urban planning and grassroots organizing when designing online spaces.
Samuel is the author of The Elements of User Onboarding. He has combined UX savvy and a cat-like curiosity for measuring UX impact to become an expert in onboarding. His approach is shaped by over a decade of web experience, theories taken from behavioral psychology, video game design and even filmmaking.
Tylor Neist & Bridgetown Orchestra bring unique musical perspective by bridging creative disciplines and classical roots through original works. Using music, theater, dance, poetry, projections and interactive installations, they create one-of-a-kind experiences that encourage audiences to connect to something deeper.
The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus aspires to expand, redefine and perfect the choral art through eclectic performances that honor the gay community and affirm the worth of all people. Founded in 1980, it is the fourth oldest gay-identified chorus in the country.
Rose City Trombones is a group of passionate musicians dedicated to showcasing the majestic trombone. Its goal is to provide both concerts and educational outreach to unravel the mysteries of the shiny instrument. The members’ musical pedigrees include well-established music organizations across the Northwest and music schools around the country.
With critical acclaim from the UK's The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Time, these multi-instrumentalists cleverly mix influences ranging from ’60s orchestral music to modern dream pop. Proudly from Portland, they just dropped their third album, Synesthetica—a soundscape exploring the multi-sensory experience as commonplace; where definitions blend and melt, and surreality becomes reality.
Renny is a geek who’s worked in startups and interactive marketing since 1994. He leads interactive strategy globally for Wieden+Kennedy and co-founded W+K’s tech-business accelerator Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). Having presented at “Big TED” multiple times, he’s an original board member, speaker coach and chief advisor to TEDxPortland.
Fawn is the bestselling author of Happy Wives Club and CEO of ValRentco. She serves as an Executive Board Member for MEND Poverty and Slavery No More, an anti-human trafficking organization, and is a supporter of the International Justice Mission.
Benji Wagner is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Poler Outdoor Stuff, which began after a camping trip with friends who love the outdoors. He has been a photographer and filmmaker for 20 years and continues to inspire people to get outside through his art and product.
Gregory Gourdet is the trendsetting Executive Chef at Portland's popular pan-Asian restaurant, Departure. He was named Chef of the Year by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2013 and competed on season 12 of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.
Karen Gaffney is President of a non-profit organization, championing the journey of developmentally disabled people to full societal inclusion. She raises Down syndrome awareness through open-water swimming, having swam the English Channel, escaped Alcatraz 16 times, and conquered Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water.
Jon Wexler is one of the most influential people in the global sneaker community. He has worked his way up from an entry-level product role to that of Senior Director of Entertainment and Influencer Marketing at adidas. In this role he focuses squarely on people, and relationship management is his art.
Regina Ellis is Founder and Chief Joy Officer of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). Established after her daughter Alexandra died of cancer, CCA delivers JoyRx to ill children, teens, and families that need more than medicine.
Vidya Spandana is Director of Strategic Partnerships for Ushahidi, a global humanitarian technology nonprofit. As a teenager, she cofounded DMV.org. As Presidential innovation Fellow, she worked on the President's Executive Order on Open Data to prove how open data could drive economic growth in the world's poorest countries.
Cameron M. Smith, PHD, of Portland State University's Department of Anthropology began his career excavating million-year-old stone tools in Africa. However, Dr. Smith’s current quest is to put humans into space with low-cost, DIY methods, and Icarus Interstellar's work on multi-generational voyaging to exoplanets.
Jenna Nicholas project-manages the Divest-Invest Philanthropy movement, a global coalition of foundations directing divestment from fossil fuels toward new energy solutions. Via her firm, Phoenix Global Impact, she also consults on impact investing and social entrepreneurship.
Daniel H. Wilson, PHD, wrote the bestselling Robopocalypse (currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks), its sequel Robogenesis, and seven other books. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon and Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
G Douglas Bundy is a parent, musician, artist, and teacher building a technology arts program at Raleigh Hills K-8. He fosters creativity and a love of learning through disciplines like video game design. As one of his students said: “The world needs more kid-made things.”
Amber Starks is the owner of Conscious Coils Salon in Portland. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed the "Natural Hair Act," which Amber initiated and helped revise in an effort to make it easier for cosmetologists to get licensed to care for African and African American hair. She advocates for the creation of spaces where all people can come together to celebrate, share, and be informed about inclusion in our society.
Linda Smith, a former Congresswoman and Washington State legislator, is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking. She founded Shared Hope International and is the primary author and co-author of several significant books and reports on sex trafficking.
Dr. Kent L. Thornburg earned his PHD in Developmental Physiology and studied Cardiovascular Physiology as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He advises the NIH, American Heart Association and Children's Heart Foundation.
Speech formed the Grammy Award-winning group Arrested Development, which has been a pioneering force in the music world since the early 1990s. He serves his community as an ordained minister and by supporting the plight of the homeless through the Mr. Wendal Foundation with love, communication and respect.
Meet The von Trapps, the next generation. Cut from the DNA of the greatest musical ever, the new sound of music is sweet, honest, and raw. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August tour extensively as ambassadors of music, heritage, and hope.
Have fun and do it together—that’s what Portland’s Con Bro Chill wants. CBC is a party vortex of high-energy pop, creating its own brand of neon dance revolution bent on taking over Planet Globes! Let’s party #NeonArmy.
Jacob Miller and The Bridge City Crooners bill their music as West Coast ragtime, jazz, and blues. Although you can hear all of those influences, there’s also a strong undercurrent of youthful abandon.
Daryl Hannah’s first film role was in 1978, in the horror film The Fury. She acted in several other films in the early 1980s before she landed her biggest job to date: in 1984’s Splash. Throughout the 1980s, Hannah continued to act, appearing in films such as Steel Magnolias and Wall Street. Hannah’s most notable recent role was that of a one-eyed assassin in Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2.
Move over Pluto - Is there a 9th planet in our Solar System? Dr. Malhotra and other planetary scientists have discovered the theory of Planet 9 after noticing that something was exerting a gravitational force on objects in the Kuiper Belt – an area of comets, the dwarf planet Pluto and huge icy objects beyond Neptune that encircles the whole solar system.
In this simple yet profound Talk, Emma enlightens TEDxPortland with how one could and should approach the world. Think...Yeah Maybe? or Yeah Right. Embracing the first two words and adopting this mindset will radically change the way you decide to live your life. This is the only thing that stands between you and your next big idea.
We live in a world of consumption. Before you buy your next item for your "man cave" or "she shed," think again. Adventure and exploration is the best way to learn and expand your horizons. The idea here is simple and enlightening, that one should have a passport full of stamps rather than a house full of stuff. Travel more. Buy less.
Who uses the scientific method to solve problems anyways? Not Thor Drake. This Talk is one part hilarious and two parts authentic and inspiring. Thor shares his creative process on how to approach challenges, build things and get things done.
Arguably, one of the greatest performances the TEDxPortland stage has ever seen. The following piece was produced with a tripod, an iPad, a mirror and a piece of tape on the floor. And countless hours of meticulous preparation by five dance professionals from BodyVox. It was so provocative it literally left the crowd speechless. 3000+ attendees did not know whether to watch the real-time choreography on the stage or the digital manipulation above on the 90 foot screen. All the while, listening to beautiful harmony of a string quartet. It stretched our minds to edge of resourcefulness, original visualization and meta creativity.
In this thought provoking Talk, Stephen Green questions the things we all know to be true. He asks us to rethink our paradigm of community consumer habits because when we invest in the small things it has a big impact on our local backyard. Ultimately asking us to #CheatMore
China mesmerized the audience with this virtuoso performance singing two songs: Twinkling Lights & Rise. Offering some context between songs she prophetically owns her life journey and proclaims that she is "done with shame." She also pays tribute to late Pink Martini drummer, Derek Rieth, who committed suicide in 2014. China Forbes is example for us all to aspire to. Thank you for being a part of our local Portland community and sharing your talents with the world.
In this epic Talk, Colin O'Brady, explains his journey back from a tragic burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth - in world record time. His idea is centered around mindfulness and how one can achieve anything no matter the circumstances.
Water is life. And Marla is a water crusader. She has set out to change the world with accountable solutions and advocacy. In this Talk she outlines how governments and global stakeholders can realign and mitigate risk and waste. To ultimately try and solve for the 5 billion in funds that is squandered in impoverished communities around the world annually.
The design and structural craft of building with wood in America is finally changing - for the better. Innovations in the timber industry and the rise of cross-laminated timber (CLT)* are forcing Oregonians sitting on the richest sustainable resource, the Douglas Fir, to rethink how to harvest, sustain and reshape the future.
Healthcare in America is complicated. What happens when a local startup in Portland, Oregon, challenges the status quo with innovation? You get Dave Sanders and Zoom Care trying to set a new standard to serve 1 billion people.
The Dehen Knitting Company has hired immigrants and refugees since World War II. It prides itself in the Family culture they have created - "welcoming all comers." Ben teaches us that your success is measured by how you help others achieve prosperity. With this mindset, each one of us can help resurrect the American Dream.
We know the power of the words we use with each other, but what about the language we use to define our own lives? Logophile Adam Garcia uncovers how words shape our world, and explains how we can all be verbs.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls provides week-long summer camps for girls, including those who are trans and gender nonconforming, where campers learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song and perform live.