TEDxYale 2013 to be held Saturday, Feb. 23: Second annual conference themed 'Solve for y'

 TEDxYale announces its second annual TEDx conference, themed “Solve for y.” The conference, an independently student-organized event licensed by TED, will be held at the Shubert Theater in New Haven on February 23rd. The event will run from 10:30am to 5:00pm. The day will be divided into four sessions -- “Hypothesize,” “Experiment,” “Theorize,” and “Predict.”

The event will feature 22 speakers and performers including Yale alumni, Yale faculty, New Haven residents, and Yale students. Presenters include Mayor John DeStefano, Ronan Farrow, and Professor Michael Frame. Three of the students, Cody Pomeranz, DJ Stanfill, and Sam Spaulding were selected through TEDxYale’s Student Speaker Competition, which was held in November and December. In addition to the speakers, four student groups will be performing: Shades of Yale, Duke’s Men of Yale, Yale Dancers, and Teeth Slam Poets. Please find a complete list of speakers and performers below.


Attending TEDxYale


The TEDxYale team is offering members of the press complimentary tickets to the conference. Media wishing to cover the event should register in advance and contact Austin Jaspers (email: austin.jaspers@yale.edu) for more information.

The event is public, and anyone can purchase a ticket online at www.tedxyale.com/2013, at the Shubert Theater box office, or in-person from the TEDxYale team on Yale’s Campus. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

About TEDxYale

TEDxYale is an organization of students, working together to bring TED to Yale. As the synthesis of two intellectual and creative powerhouses, TED and Yale, TEDxYale creates a fertile ground for learning and an environment for sharing stories. Through events and multimedia, we connect the world’s brightest minds with the world’s best ideas.

TEDxYale is proud to recognize GANT as our event partner and sponsor. GANT is a lifestyle brand, with values based on its authentic American East Coast heritage, dating back to its inception in New Haven, CT in 1949. The company recently returned to New Haven and Yale with the opening of its GANT Campus Store at 268 York St. For more information about GANT please visit http://gant.com or contact Douglas Geller (email: douglas.geller@gant.com phone: 646-367-5198).

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in on the West Coast (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Speaker List:

Ian Ayres, Lawyer & Economist

Ian Ayres is a lawyer and an economist. He is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School, the Anne Urowsky Professorial Fellow in Law, and a Professor at Yale’s School of Management.

Sandra Boynton, Cartoonist

Sandra Boynton is a cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. She has written and illustrated a lot of short books, some for adults, most of them for children.

John DeStefano, Mayor of New Haven

Mayor DeStefano was sworn in as the 49th Mayor of New Haven on January 1, 1994. He is serving his 10th term in office.

Duke’s Men of Yale, A Capella Group

With six decades of history and numerous recent accolades celebrating its musicality and performance, The Duke’s Men of Yale offers a refreshing take on a cappella music.

Ronan Farrow, Human Right Activist

Ronan Farrow is Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office.

Debra Fischer, Astronomer

Debra Fischer is a Professor of Astronomy at Yale University who has discovered hundreds of exoplanets, including the first known multiple planet system in 1999.

Michael Frame, Mathematician

Michael Frame teaches mathematics at Yale University. He specializes in biomathematics courses, and in fractal geometry. For 20 years he worked with Benoit Mandelbrot, a collaboration that was a joy without bound.

Jonathan Holloway, Historian

Jonathan Holloway is a Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies. He specializes in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history.

Dan McKinsey, Physicist

Professor McKinsey’s research centers on non-accelerator particle physics, particle astrophysics, and low temperature physics. In particular, he works on the development of new detectors using liquefied noble gases, which promise to be useful in looking for physics beyond the Standard Model.

Eddie Opara, Designer

Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. He is currently a partner at Pentagram.

Cody Pomeranz, Chess Organizer

Cody Pomeranz is a sophomore History major from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the Co-founder and Student Coordinator of the Queen City Classic Chess Tournament, one of the largest scholastic chess tournaments in the country and the recipient of the 2006 United States Chess Federation (USCF) “Tournament of the Year” award.

Richard Prum, Ornithologist

Dr. Prum is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in diverse topics, including phylogenetics, behavior, feathers, structural color, evolution and development, sexual selection, and historical biogeography.

Roz Savage, Athlete & Rower

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower, environmental campaigner, and keynote speaker. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian.

Shades of Yale, A Capella Group

Shades is a unique co-educational a cappella group at Yale University. Shades was founded in 1988 at a pre-orientation program for students of color now known as Cultural Connections.

Sam Spaulding, Computer Scientist

Sam Spaulding is a senior at Yale University majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. In 2010, he appeared on the popular game show Jeopardy! four times and won 2nd place in the Jeopardy! College Championship.

DJ Stanfill, Musician

DJ Stanfill is a sophomore music major from Los Angeles. He sang at the 2010 and 2011 Grammy Awards and co-produced a concert at the Kennedy center in Washington DC. In 2011 he was honored as a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and selected as a winner of the YoungArts in the Jazz voice category.

Eddy Wang, Extrovert

Eddy Wang is a freshman at Yale University hailing from Rochester, New York. He will be speaking about overcoming a stutter.

Teeth, Spoken Word Group

Teeth Slam Poets is Yale’s premier slam poetry group founded in 2009. Teeth Poets is dedicated to inspiring and empowering through original poetry. Teeth Poets also has a travelling team that competes regionally and nationally in inter-collegiate poetry slams.

Tomicah Tillemann, Policy Entrepreneur

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann serves as the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies. He and his team work like venture capitalists to identify ideas that can strengthen new democracies and civil society, and then bring together the talent, partners and resources necessary to translate promising concepts into reality.

Clemantine Wamariya, Storyteller

Since first discussing her experiences as both a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and her life as a refugee on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, Ms. Wamariya has traveled the country, speaking at numerous universities, high schools, and other organizations. Currently an undergraduate at Yale University, Ms. Wamariya is involved in several human rights and genocide intervention activities.

YaleDancers, Dance Group

YaleDancers is Yale University’s oldest dance company, with members trained in a wide range of styles from classical ballet to acrobatics. At TEDxYale, YaleDancers will be performing two pieces from their fall 2012 show.