Nov 22nd
Civic Theater

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Lafayette's Ideas Worth Spreading

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Learn more.

We make it an unforgettable experience for you.


Amazing top influencers from the heart of our twin cities.


All crafted around our theme:
Spark. Inspire. Change.

super after-party

Super after-party hosted at MatchBOX.


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Local Speakers

Amazing top influencers from the heart of our twin cities.

Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor is the founder of Evergreen Leadership, an organization dedicated to helping leaders from all walks of life lead in today’s fast paced and uncertain environment.

She is the author of The Leader’s Guide to Turbulent Times. Kris weaves together her depth of experience in organizations, change, and leadership to create high impact learning programs where leaders emerge with deep insights about their own personal leadership and new skills in creating and implementing positive change in their organizations. Her work is based on helping over fifty companies across the globe successfully implement large scale, mission critical change initiatives. Clients include Lilly, MISO, Citizens Energy, Interactive Intelligence, Microsoft, First Solar, Cummins and Cargill. Kris teaches entrepreneurship at Purdue University in addition to her writing, teaching, coaching and leadership development work.

Zachary Baiel

Zachary Baiel is an assiduous citizen in the #greaterlala area. He engages his community on a neighborhood, City, and County level.

Utilizing the Internet, local library systems, and good old fashioned in person politicking, everyone can become a political agent of change. Zachary currently serves on the New Chauncey Neighborhood Leadership Team, he is Chair of the Housing and Maintenance Appeals Board for the City of West Lafayette, and Vice President of the West Lafayette Friends of the Library and sits on the WLPL Foundation board. He also attends and speaks at a multitude of official City meetings and you should too. After all, everything we do and don’t do is political.

Beth Carroll

Beth Carroll is an Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Purdue University, former small business owner and creator of Small Shopper.


Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as "Funkatron", leverages web technology to empower users at commercial and non-profit organizations.

Ed started making web sites before browsers had frames, and does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University ( for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast ( Ed's current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his "Open Sourcing Mental Illness ( speaking campaign. He is part of "Engine Yard's Prompt ( campaign. Ed writes at

Ashley G. Scott

Ashley Scott is passionate about building communities and serving as a resource for individuals interested in launching a career in tech.

Scott serves as Operations Manager & Community Curator for MatchBOX Coworking Studio where she works to cultivate an environment that supports budding entrepreneurs as they launch small businesses in Greater Lafayette. She also worked to expand the tech pipeline through her role as Program Associate with digitalundivided (DID), a New York based social enterprise where her job was to manage and develop programs that increased the number of urban entrepreneurs, especially women, in the digital space. Scott embraced her own entrepreneurial spirit early on by launching Purdue's first black think tank, called the “Black Thought Collective“, an intellectual ensemble that was adopted and funded by the Black Cultural Center in fall 2008. After a number of other experiences, Scott was inducted into the 84th Class of the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board – a national senior honors society. After graduation she continued to focus on helping others as she worked to make young dreams a reality through her role as an Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions at Purdue University. As an alumna, Scott has enjoyed supporting the efforts of the Purdue Black Alumni Organization, volunteering as a board member for the Greater Lafayette chapter of the Indiana Black Expo, volunteering in the Domestic Violence shelter at her local YWCA, and networking with young professionals via her local Chamber of Commerce. Scott was recently selected as one of Tippy Connect's Top 10 Under 40 and as Volunteer of the Year for the local chapter of the Indiana Black Expo. In 2011, she was chosen as one of Northeast Indiana's 101 Connectors, and as the Purdue Alumni Associations Outstanding Young Alumni award recipient. In 2012 she started a group called the Black Professionals of Greater Lafayette hosted on Now almost two years old, the group connects and celebrates over 100 black professionals living in and around the area. One of her all-time favorite activities is hosting the pop-up workshop series she co-created with friend and former colleague Dr. Natasha Watkins, called "Bloom: Where Girls Go to Grow." The workshop series builds goal setting and goal achieving behaviors by helping young girls articulate their personal strengths and plans for the future - participants spend time identifying the individuals and resources they can use to reach and exceed their goals. Scott truly believes that when working together we are better.

David Bowker

David Bowker is the Director of the Office of Future Engineers at Purdue University. David is responsible for directing and implementing recruitment activities for the College of Engineering.

Previously David spent three years as Recruitment Coordinator at Ivy Tech State College-Lafayette and a year advising in the School of Education at Purdue. David is a “townie” raised in Lafayette and received both his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Purdue University. David has teaches a variety of classes and is currently teaching Academic & Career planning at Purdue University. He has a passion for encouraging young people to find their niche and takes pride in being a small bridge on their pathway to success. He has been recognized by the College of Engineering for his leadership and is active on campus / community committees.

Joe Ruhl

Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He presently teaches Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana.

He and his wife Gail have two children and two grandchildren. The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Science Teaching. In 2004 he was awarded the Purdue College of Education’s Crystal Apple Teaching Award. And in 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award, which annually recognizes one K-12 science teacher in the United States and Canada.

Keith Watson

Keith Watson is an information security architect for Purdue University, a host on the Eyes on Privacy podcast and co-author on "A Guide to Facebook Security".

His interests lie in explaining complex security concepts simply, expanding the skills and capabilities of security professionals, and designing adaptive and resilient information systems.

Double Helix Collective

Double Helix Collective (info) is an interdisciplinary new media performance project that explores visual poetics of sound, music, drawing, video, shadow and ritual. Sabrina Lastman is a vocalist, composer and educator who draws from jazz, Latin American and contemporary music, and incorporates extended vocal techniques in her singing. Petronio Bendito is an intermedia artist and Associate Professor of Visual Communications Design at Purdue University.

Bendito developed a custom software which, connected to a projector, allows him to color and draw in real-time onto the stage with generative and computational visual processes. In contrast to a world increasingly automated, central to DHC’s philosophy is an aesthetic that creates a point of convergence between cultural heritage, technological experimentation and human spontaneity. DHC premiered at Purdue University’s Fountain Gallery (2013) and was featured at the 4th Bronx Latin-American Art Biennial’s performance and video series at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York (2014).

Local Artists

Live performances at both venues - Civic Theater and MatchBOX.

Briagha McTavish

Briagha McTavish is a singer-songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana. She claimed the winning and runner-up spots in NPR's "In Search of a Song" competition and was the show's featured artist for July 27, 2013. Briagha was the featured independent artist of the month for the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of "I Am Entertainment" magazine, a finalist for the August 2013 Songwriter Universe Song of the Month, won the 2012 SAMI Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters and was named a winner in the Blooming-Tunes Songwriting Competition.

Leaving Space

Leaving Space is a rock band featuring their own original tunes and rock/alternative covers. The backbone of the band is the brothers Nate (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Travis Wright (bass, guitars, vocals) who have been playing music for decades. Joined by Brian Hartz (drums) and Chad Miller (guitar, bass) the band has molded a unique sound with a fusion of rock, jazz and old school metal. Gigging in the greater Lafayette area for the past year, Leaving Space puts on an entertaining, memorable rocking show.

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  • Entertainment acts
  • Attend the Super After-Party
    (Free, open to public, bring friends!)
  • Food and beverages included

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  • Front row VIP box seat
  • Recognition from stage
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  • Experience TED culture
  • Entertainment acts
  • Attend the Super After-Party
    (Free, open to public, bring friends!)
  • Food and beverages included
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TEDx @ Civic Theater

  • Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 •
  • The Civic Theater
          313 N 5th St, Lafayette, IN 47901
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  • It's weekend, park anywhere on the surrounding streets, at City Parking Garage, or Civic Theater's parking lot.