2015 Videos

TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 19, 2015, at Kingsbury Hall with the theme, "Upcycled Thinking."

What Can You Learn from a Broken Bike? | David Eyer Davis | TEDxSaltLakeCity

21.10.2015
A bicycle is transportation from one location to another, but it's so much more than that. In this TEDxSaltLakeCity talk, Davey Davis tells us about a different kind of transportation bicycles provide: from disparate to connected, apathetic to engaged, helpless to empowered. David Eyer Davis is the executive director of the Bicycle Collective, a statewide upcycling nonprofit that uses bicycles as tools for empowerment. He came to the Collective as a volunteer in 2007 with no knowledge of bicycle mechanics and has since integrated bicycles into his life by leading bicycle tours, writing and editing bicycle publications, organizing events, and outfitting friends and strangers with bicycles for every purpose. Davis advocates using a bike habitually to positively re-shape our bodies, our needs, our minds, and our cities. He recognizes that bicycles aren’t inherently positive, but has found both bicycle riding and bike refurbishing to encourage patience, conservation, and intentional behavior. These outlooks and skills can apply to any positive discipline, informing us in living happier, healthier, and more humane lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Wealth, Inheritance, and the $40 Trillion Tsunami | David York | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2015
Inherited wealth. Is it a powerful tool or a destructive weapon? David York argues it can be both, depending on how you define and use it. In this mind-expanding talk, he counsels us on the impending $40 trillion global wealth transfer and how to prevent it from becoming a deadly dynamite detonation. David R. York is a Principal with the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell and Guymon, where he practices law in the areas of estate planning, tax, business planning, and non-profit entities. He is a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP). David has been regularly named to Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite™ in the field of Estate Planning and as a Mountain States Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine. David loves working with entrepreneurs, closely held businesses, and families of all kinds. In particular, he loves challenging conventional wisdom when it comes to wealth transfer and instead prefers to focus on how to make the most positive, meaningful impact with wealth across generations and in society as is humanly possible. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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The Gestation of Geolocation | Ivy Estabrooke | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2015
What comes to mind when you hear the word Ecosystem? In this informative talk, Ivy Estabrooke paints the picture of a massive, invisible ecosystem that may be impacting your life far more than the kind made of plants and trees. Ivy V. Estabrooke, PhD., was appointed as the USTAR executive director in May 2014. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions, and statistical modeling, Estabrooke earned her PhD. in neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College. Prior to moving to Utah, Estabrooke served as the program officer for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). While at ONR, she managed a high risk/high payoff research portfolio including innovative neuroscience programs and cutting edge social and computational science programs, and developed and implemented a strategy for examining emerging technology areas. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Red paint can smell a bomb | Ben Rollins | TEDxSaltLakeCity

19.10.2015
Remember that line in Little Red Riding Hood: All the better to smell you with...? Well it turns out that certain kinds of red paint can smell us. Ben Rollins shows us how red paint is standing out in an entirely new way by using its "nose" to sniff bombs and drugs, and make the world a safer place. Ben Rollins is fascinated by technology that is entirely new and solves major problems. He is CEO and co-founder of Vaporsens, a tech startup developing “nanoscale spider webs” These webs are deployed in handheld detectors capable of sniffing out drugs, bombs, and even the chemical that ruins your Merlot wine. The technology originated at the University of Utah’s Materials Science Department where Rollins assisted dozens of researchers in developing and commercializing their research. He enjoys communicating complex technical material in a simple and beautiful way using images and videos. Although Rollins has lived in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Mexico, and New York, he keeps coming back to hometown Utah. It is tough to beat skiing the powder dumps, camping with his children in the Wasatch, hiking Timpanogos, or BBQing burgers with the neighbors. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Circuit Bending: The Science of Breaking Toys | Erik Brunvand | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2015
The first assignment Erik Brunvand gives his students each semester is to buy a child's toy from a thrift store. The second assignment is to break it. In this TEDxSaltLakeCity talk, watch Erik demonstrate on stage how this simple and seemingly strange task makes us better equipped to navigate the 21st century. Erik is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah where he’s been teaching and doing research in computer engineering since 1990. As a computer engineer his research group is currently working on designing special-purpose computers for generating very realistic computer graphic images using a technique called ray tracing. His interest in computer hardware extends from the high-level design of the processor, to its implementation on a silicon integrated circuit. Erik recently developed a new general education course entitled Making Noise: Sound Art and Digital Media. This course introduced students from all parts of campus to technology and electronics through noise-making projects such as circuit bending (modifying an existing music-making or speaking toy to become a sound-art noise generator). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Forward by failure: science, medicine, and you | Kevin Jones | TEDxSaltLakeCity

20.10.2015
Have you heard this before? "A recent research study proved that..." Cancer surgeon Kevin Jones is here in this TEDxSaltLakeCity Talk to argue that science has never proven anything. In this surprisingly entertaining talk, Kevin reveals a highly overlooked (and sometimes intentionally hidden) detail that might dissolve everything you think you know about Western medicine. Kevin B. Jones is a surgeon and scientist in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah. He performs surgeries to remove cancers of the bone and flesh (called sarcomas) and rebuild limbs in both children and adults. In the clinical care he provides and in life, Kevin focuses on the somewhat parallel concept of the power of human agency, or the capacity to make choices and mold future events. Critically impactful on the agency every person applies to any moment of decision is the story, or conceptualized sequence of events that brought the individual to that moment. Clarity, honesty, and humility gain paramount importance in the evaluation of stories leading up to decisions in life, as well as the stories proceeding from decision-points in science. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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The Science of Snowboarding: A Fembot Perspective | Nicole Roundy | TEDxSaltLakeCity

21.10.2015
Snowboarding is an art and a science, and in this fascinating TEDxSaltLakeCity talk Nicole Roundy shows us how the mechanics of the knee play a crucial role in this winter wonderland professional sport. She highlights that creating a prosthetic knee capable of snowboarding is far more complicated than you might think. As a child, Nicole was ambitious, energetic and outgoing. Then at 8 years old, she was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Later that year she lost her right leg above-the-knee. As any individual touched by cancer, Nicole's life took a dramatic turn. Following the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, Nicole stepped onto a ski slope for the first time. The beauty, adrenaline and excitement of three-track skiing captivated her, but something was missing. Deemed ""impossible"" due to a lack of prosthetic knee technology, Nicole found her passion in snowboarding. In 2006 she became the first above-knee amputee, male or female, to compete in adaptive snowboarding. Her accomplishments spearheaded global demand for prosthetic knee technology and played a fundamental role in the introduction of snowboarding to the Paralympic roster. Nicole represented the United States in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and is an 8X World Cup Medalist. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Fight naked! And other epic love strategies | Nate Bagley | TEDxSaltLakeCity

21.10.2015
He sold all he owned, hopped in his Mini Cooper, and headed across the country with one goal: to find the cure for "mediocre love." After nearly 500 interviews, in this TEDxSaltLakeCity Talk, Nate Bagley steps on stage to share with us what he learned from the enviable couples who've created "epic love." Nate Bagley is on a mission to cure the world of mediocre love. In October of 2012 he embarked on a journey to interview as many of the most in-love couples that he could find in America. His hope has been to uncover what these inspiring people do differently than everybody else that gives them such enviable and remarkable love. Through his project, The Loveumentary, he's interviewed hundreds of couples, love experts and authors about what it takes to create dynamic, passionate, connected, lasting love. The love stories he's gathered and the lessons he's learned on this journey have completely transformed everything he thought was possible in a romantic relationship. He's chosen to dedicate his life to sharing what he's learned with as many people as possible. He believes that anybody can master the art of love, just like anyone can master a musical instrument, or a foreign language. It just requires access to the right tools, teachers, and lots and lots of practice. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Music to Mend Hearts in the Dark Days of War | Hala Saleh | TEDxSaltLakeCity

23.10.2015
From gunfire to giggles. The simple act of singing a familiar song transformed a wartime childhood experience into one of harmony and peace. Hala shares her moving story of growing up in Palestine and shows us how music can create a peaceful zone where people can connect. Hala Saleh was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, moved to the United States before she was 2, and spent the rest of her life going back and forth between the U.S and the Middle East, with one of those moves occurring as a direct result of war. She was brought up in a family where her parents dedicated every breath, penny, and heartbeat to ensuring that she and her four siblings had the best education possible, even when it meant sacrificing the basics. This taught her to be a survivor, to always push forward, and to find joy in unlikely places. It also taught her a fierce love for her family, her own children’s futures, and her roots. Hala is a teacher at heart, and she currently works with companies to teach, train, and help them implement better processes and frameworks for working together. She is a startup mentor and coach with a local startup accelerator, as well as through her own company. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Breaking news, reported by you | Austen Allred | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2015
News reporters are gatekeepers who shape and transmit what we learn about our world. In this shocking and sometimes disturbing talk, Austen Allred explains to us that if we crowdsource news reporting, it can be a huge game changer for what we believe and how we act. Austen Allred became involved in the underground news community after he almost died in a train-wreck that was covered up by the Chinese government. Determined to democratize the news, he started a real-time Internet newsroom called Grasswire. After he lived in the trunk of a Honda Civic for three months in Silicon Valley, he was able to raise a round of funding to hire a team and make Grasswire one of the fastest growing news websites on the Internet. He spends most of his time playing soccer, talking with the Grasswire community and ranting about journalism on Twitter. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Let's Talk about Sex...Education. Teens Know Best | Thea Holcomb | TEDxSaltLakeCity

04.11.2015
Sex. It's kind of a big deal, right? But how are teens learning about it? In this tear-jerkingly hilarious TEDxSaltLakeCity talk, 17-year-old Thea Holcomb shows us a whole new way sex ed is spreading among teens. Thea is a citizen of the outdoors, the Internet, and the broader nerd community. She tries to question expectations, be well-read, and to have un-ironic enthusiasm about what she loves. She is in awe of how complexly and intricately humans can communicate, and therefore she frequently exercises her own ability to do so. The phrase “Sharing is caring,” with few notable exceptions, seems objectively true, so she tries to share what she knows with other people on subjects that include skiing, outdoor living, and sex-ed. Each in a very different setting, but all to young people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Tapestry Thinking: Weaving Together the Unexpected | Nalini Nadkarni | TEDxSaltLakeCity

23.10.2015
What do prisoners, endangered frogs, and hospital gowns share in common? In 2010 Nalini gave a TED talk with a call to action and a bold prison in Oregon responded. In this beautiful, inspiring talk she shows us the reciprocal benefits of tapestry thinking. Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is passionate about trees. Known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy", she has been a pioneer both in forest canopy ecological research and in public engagement of science. For three decades, Nalini has pursued research in the little-known world of forest treetops to understand the relationships of canopy-dwelling biota. Nalini is passionate about sharing her research and science in general with people from all parts of society. In 1994, she created the International Canopy Network to facilitate communication among canopy researchers, educators, and conservationists. She brings science to diverse public audiences - especially those underserved by science institutions - by forging unique partnerships with church congregations, urban youth, artists, rap singers, sports figures, and the incarcerated. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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