TEDxPortland presents Wonderland 2016




feed our wild side.




fuel our creative spirit.


the landscape is


We can sit back and watch it change,

or we can be active participants in making it better.

Speakers & Performers

Joey Harrington

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 Okamoto

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 Cairo

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 Bayer

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 Abioto

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 Burkholder

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.


Timber Jim Serrill

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.

Bobbi MacKenzie

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.

Maurice Conti

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 Oseran

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 Keereepart

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 Zepeda

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 Hulick

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

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.

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

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

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.

Radiation City

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 Gleeson

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.