Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amazing Talks From Pittsburgh People: On Preparing for TEDxGrandviewAve

TEDxGrandviewAve will take place on February 23, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme of our TEDx event is "The Edge of Innovation" in reference to Grandview Avenue which runs along the top of Mt. Washington overlooking the city.

Mt. Washington photo from Postcards from Pittsburgh

Currently, our team is searching for the Top 9 Innovative Speakers to present ideas worth spreading in front of an audience of thought leaders. During the event, we will record each 18-minute (or less) speech. Afterwards, we will post the talks online for the world to see, listen, respond, and help turn into real world action.

Events like TED and TEDx create wonderful platforms to begin conversations around important ideas. A great deal of time and energy goes into applying for a TEDx license, securing a venue, confirming speakers, approaching sponsors, inviting attendees, and setting the stage for the best talks we can provide. If you are unfamiliar with TED Talks, the 20 most-watched TED Talks to date is a great place to start. To find out more about our upcoming TEDx event you can visit our website, follow us on Twitter @TEDxGrandviewAv, "Like" our Facebook page, and check out the posts from Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto's Blog: "Step up to the Mic! TEDxGrandviewAve's Call for Speakers" and "Mark Your Calendar for TEDxGrandviewAve."

Pittsburgh, PA provides an extraordinary setting for innovative ideas with the many universities, research centers, businesses large and small, and cultural institutions. I have scoured the internet looking for innovative and fun talks from Pittsburgh people. Here are ten of my favorite talks:

1) "Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" by Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University

2) "Rebuilding America, one slide show at a time" by Bill Strickland at TED

3) "Duolingo: The Next Chapter in Human Computation" by Luis Von Ahn at TEDxCMU

4) "Design Outside the Box" by Jesse Schell at Dice 2010 (3 Parts)

5) Fred Rogers Acceptance Speech - 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards

6) "The New Trendsetters: Utilizing the Power of Social to Change Fashion" by Susan Gregg Koger at Web 2.0 Expo SF 2011

7) Andy Warhol paints Debbie Harry at the Commodore Amiga product launch press conference in 1985

8) "Rick Sebak at Work" - talking about making documentaries for WQED

9) "Google Female Rapper" - Kellee Maize

10) Pittsburgh Dad: Watching the Steelers