- 4:30 p.m. Kauffman Center doors open/participant gifts bags distributed
- 5:00 p.m. Helzberg Hall & Muriel Kauffman Theatre doors open (tickets allocated as General Admission by section)
- 5:30 p.m. TEDxKC begins
- 7/7:30-ish Separate intermissions for Helzberg Hall and Muriel Kauffman Theatre
- 9:00 p.m. TEDxKC concludes
- 9-11 p.m. Act III After-Party for Kauffman Center attendees
State of the Art
Curator, Executive Director
Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in museum management. Dr. Bacigalupi joined Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as executive director in 2009, responsible for the planning, organization, construction and inauguration of the museum. Since its opening in November 2011, he has overseen the key areas of professional staffing, governance, collections, exhibitions and education programs. In early 2013, Dr. Bacigalupi was promoted to the newly created office of museum president and board member, charged with advancing the museum’s national and global special initiatives.
Our Approach to Innovation Is Dead Wrong
Author, Entrepreneur, Senior Fellow
Diana Kander entered America as an eight-year old refugee of the Soviet Union. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.
Today, Kander is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and is a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A sought-out public speaker and consultant, Kander has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for launching customer-focused products and services. She is the author of New York Times bestseller “All In Startup,” a business novel published by Wiley in 2014. The book is a "page turner" that helps entrepreneurs build products and services they know customers will buy.
Singer, Songwriter, Robot Enthusiast
With a voice uniquely her own, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kawehi draws you in with her catchy hooks and honest lyric. Manned by a guitar, KoAloha ukulele and Boss RC-300 looping station, she's known across the nation as a "one-man band," creating intricate loops via beatboxing and creative guitar/ukulele usage. Since taking a giant leap to Lawrence, Kansas from her home in Hawaii, she has been featured in Music Connection magazine's "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists & Bands" in 2011. Kawehi is also known across the web as "The Kickstarter Darling," raising funds for three EPs through crowdfunding alone.
Now with more than 300 shows nationally under her belt, Kawehi is making a name for herself as a true DIY artist, creating music that is both tangible and relative – and generating much-deserved attention from both fans and industry folk alike.
Nuclear Fusion Within Reach
Michel Laberge is a renowned plasma physicist and a pioneer in the research and development of fusion energy. In 2002, he founded General Fusion, which has raised $50 million and currently employs 65 people in Vancouver. The company is viewed as a leader in the pursuit of commercial fusion energy. Dr. Laberge has deep experience in electronics, computers, materials, lithography, optics and fabrication. In his work with General Fusion, he has acquired practical experience in plasma physics and with all modern plasma diagnostic techniques.
Since 2002 Dr. Laberge has been working on the General Fusion project. He has written numerous scientific papers, has been awarded 10 patents, and has nine more pending.
The Bully in the System
Writer, Filmmaker, Producer
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary “The Mark of Cain” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on “Nightline.” She went on to produce additional segments of “Nightline” as well as seven segments for the PBS series “LIFE 360.” She has directed and produced two other feature length documentaries, “Bayou Blue” (made in collaboration with David McMahon) and “Mentor.” She has directed numerous shorts and music videos including “You as You Were” for the band Shearwater (Sub Pop) and “Tiffany” (POV).
Lambert has written for a number of magazines including Stop Smiling, ArtForum, The LA Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine, and is an editor at large for the literary journal Open City. She is also an author and director and is currently producing a segment for “This American Life.”
Changing the Political Narrative
Activist, Philosopher, Author
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He also clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Lessig spent a decade arguing for sensible intellectual property law updated for the digital age. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established first by the open-source software community
An Economist Walks Into a Bar
Economist, Author, Sr. Fellow
As an economist and attorney, Litan has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in the private, public and government sectors. He has directed economic research at three major organizations – The Brookings Institution, The Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government – and authored or co-authored 27 books on a variety of economic topics. His most recent book, “The Trillion Dollar Economists,” will be published by Wiley Press this September.
Litan currently is a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; counsel to Korein Tillery, a law firm based in St. Louis and Chicago specializing in large case litigation; chief economist at Main Street Genome, a D.C.-based startup providing financial analytics to small businesses; and a regular contributor to the Think Tank blog published by The Wall Street Journal.
Making Movies makes music built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms.
Taking cues from Latin American folklore, the band's sound swings intensely, at times sounding like Compay Segundo being played by Jimi Hendrix and at other times like The Talking Heads digging deep into a dembow. When Felix Contreras at NPR described the title track “Deriva”, he stated "...the young band Making Movies (and its producer, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) shows us how deeply thought-out lyrics sound next to a rhythm track that somehow both propels and floats without violating the laws of physics."
Movies are socially active both inside and outside of the band. In 2012, they established M.U.S.I.C.A., a summer music camp in Kansas City for low-income students from immigrant families. Partnering with local nonprofit the Mattie Rhodes Center, in July 2013 the band completed a successful second year of the music camp.