Ideas Worth Spreading
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxDetroit 2010 features more than a dozen of the best and brightest minds sharing their passion, wisdom and innovations.
Self-proclaimed former ad brat, Erik Proulx is the founder of Please Feed the Animals, a blog for aspiring entrepreneurs and the recently unemployed. He is also the director and producer of two documentaries, Lemonade and Lemonade: Detroit.
The Blue Economy: Protecting the World’s Water Resources
Algal Scientific Corporation is a start-up company that formed as the result of a failed engine in Lake Erie. With a passion for natural waters and problem solving, Geoff works with Algal using algae to treat waste water.
A Poem Saved My Life: A Homage to Detroit from a Native Daughter
Jessica is an internationally renowned poet, author and performer. She is the founder of Moore Black Press and the jess Care moore Foundation.
How DC Power Systems Benefit the Grid and its Stakeholders
Nextek Power Systems is a renewable energy pioneer, bringing renewable energy to everyday applications in Detroit and across the world.
Detroit Dances Rooftop to Rooftop!
Anuja is an accomplished dancer and innovative choreographer leading a wellness revolution throughout Michigan. BollyFit turns traditional views of exercise on its head, synthesizing fitness, fun and spirituality in a dynamic dance experience.
Leading Innovation: Making Stone Soup
Jeff DeGraff Clinical Professor and “Dean of Innovation” at The University Of Michigan Ross School of Business
Jeff’s “Innovatrium” in Ann Arbor is an idea lab where companies learn innovation practices via a see one, do one, teach one approach.
Lessons Learned in Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
James is an engineer and entrepreneur whose vision and commitment to Michigan enables Altair to thrive in new markets and bring new industries to Michigan.
Teach a Man to Fish
A Michigander since birth, Bil was raised by wolves and educated by life. He is a speaker, salesperson and technology lover.
How Big Can You Make an Inch?
Mary is an artist and social entrepreneur in love with Detroit. Her current projects, LOVELAND and Imagination Station, focus on social ownership, alternative fun(d) raising, mixed reality experiences and community engagement.
How Big Can You Make an Inch?
Artist, futurist and entrepreneur, Jerry moved to Detroit because his spider senses were tingling with the opportunity to weave a collective internet experience into the fabric of the city. He’s weaving now, working on LOVELAND and the Imagination Station.
Feeding the Mind and Sustaining Local Food Systems at Wayne State
SEED Wayne helps students grow food, campus members buy from local farms and corner stores make fresh produce available in Detroit neighborhoods.
Detroit – While I Was Away
Blair has toured the U.S., South Africa and Germany sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, Michael Moore, Wilco & more. He is a National Poetry Slam champ and recipient of the Bent Mentor Award for Queer Writers.
Building Relationships over Scotch and Cigars
Henry is the founder and lead iPhone applications developer at Bickbot.com. He is also a national speaker on mobile technologies.
The New Flexible: Stretching the Way You Do Business
Dianne builds great software and promotes a company culture where great ideas persist and things that don’t work are learning experiences.
Motor City Miracles
Paul is the owner of Wunderground Magic, Inc. and works with transitional companies on software projects and business development.
Karl teaches information visualization for Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and is a consultant for news and government organizations.
Detroit, Just ****ing Do It
Ben is an author and founding partner of Texts From Last Night, one of the top 500 websites in the U.S. according to Quantcast.com. He is a college graduate, according to Michigan State, an aurthor, according to Penguin Books and a definite texter, according to himself.
WEBward Avenue & Detroit 2.0
Dan Gilbert is the founder of the nation’s largest web lender: Quicken Loans. He just moved HQ/1700 of 4,000 team members to “WEBward Avenue” in Detroit. Dan is the owner of Cleveland Cavs and Fathead and the founder of Bizdom U.
Five Principles to Transform Cities
Rick is a social entrepreneur and creator of ArtPrize, an experiment that was widely celebrated, reviled as heresy and made 200,000 people look at art.
Shades Global Canvas
Tony is a world-famous artist, known for his graffiti, who believes making art is as much about projecting a defiant attitude as it is coming up with a clever composition.
Finding Mona Lisa: Urban Students Become Global Scholars
Jocelyn is a sculptor, painter and owner of the JRainey Gallery. She is known for designs that consist of bright, cadmium colors and familiar shapes that create excitement.
Steve is the director of the WSU Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, a series of programs designed to produce success for Detroit students as they pursue their education from elementary and middle school through high school and college.
Adventures on the #Backchannel
An old TV news dog learning new tricks, Stephen is leading the convergence of old and new media through the #backchannel on WXYZ TV. Stephen tries every day to find balance between the good and the bad.
Joybox Express / Music in Motion
Joybox Express is a custom trike that carries a 352 lb. piano, touring to raise awareness and funding for children’s access to arts and athletic programs.
Ode to Detroit (in ScratchSong)
DJ Prime Minister, a.k.a. “The Scratch Painter,” is an artist using his scratching to express his thoughts, feelings and perspectives on life.
Dixon’s Violin is one part concert violinist, one part digital effects master and one part shaman.
Nothing But Our Love
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., started by Detroit natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, combines drum machines and samplers with quality songwriting to create music that is both interesting and danceable.