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TEDxBuffalo Announces Speakers For 2014 Event

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center, TEDxBuffalo speakers will present their respective takes on the theme “In Motion”. The speakers range from the importance of learning a foreign language in today’s rapidly changing world climate to the benefits of cooperatives. It’s a diverse line-up that is sure to teach us all about subject matter that hits close to home, regardless of the far-reaching intent.

“Once again, the TEDxBuffalo team found themselves in awe at the wide field of passions and projects that Western New Yorkers brought to our open auditions,” said Kevin Purdy, TEDxBuffalo 2014’s program director. “Our job is to bring this mix of experienced experts, young enthusiasts and passionate advocates to the stage with their best possible TEDx talks. It is a very challenging, fun job.”

TEDxBuffalo 2014’s speakers are:

  • Aaron Krolikowski and Darren Cotton from the University Heights Tool Library. Krolikowski is the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s director of research and public policy, and Cotton is an associate planner at the UB Regional Institute.
  • Ambra Sultzbaugh, a writer and enterprise strategist who will speak about foreign languages as a survival skill.
  • Soccer player Anna-Lesa Calvert, whose talk centers around the benefits of organized youth sports.
  • Brian Borncamp, co-founder of Buffalo Open Data.
  • Clinton Parker, a proponent of the cooperative movement.
  • Bollywood dance instructor Gaitre Subryan, who will be performing during her talk.
  • Keith Harrington, a.k.a. Projex, an audio-visual mixologist who alters venues with site-specific installations, video projections and electronica.
  • Dr. Kenneth Regan, who is an International Master at chess and works to combat cheating in the game through statistical modeling.
  • Internationally recognized internet addiction expert Dr. Kimberly Young, founder of
  • Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health.
  • Miranda Workman, an anthrozoologist who will speak about the choices surrounding shelter animals.
  • Sabrina Pena Young, who crowdsourced a machinima opera.

“People who apply to attend TEDxBuffalo can expect to see talks about exciting science and technology, for sure, but also some smaller works around Buffalo that deserve wider recognition,” Purdy said. “And people who have a unique take on the thing they care most about.”

Applications to attend TEDxBuffalo 2014 are open through Sunday, August 17. To apply, please visit More information about this year’s speakers, including their complete bios, is available here.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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