TEDxRVA : Uncommon
Friday, April 10, 2015
Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage
Richmond, we invite you to take a step away from your routine. Unravel with TEDxRVA and celebrate our wonderful and unique city.
Share your un(common knowledge), distribute your un(common wealth), speak aloud your un(common sense) and join in our un(common threads). Disrupt the common. Find a place within our un(common ground), at TEDxRVA 2015.
Ryan Abrahamsen started his first web development and video production company in 2002. Looking to personalize his work and merge his passion for the outdoors and photography with his career in web development, Ryan launched Terrain360.com in 2012. The website offers 360-degree image maps of hiking trails all over the United States.
In partnership with the James River Association, Ryan and Andy Thompson, a local outdoor journalist, floated the 343-mile James River in a custom pontoon raft in the summer of 2014. The resulting map – now online at Terrain360.com and jrava.org – is the first 360-degree image map ever created of an entire river... Read More t
Following decades of serving Virginia’s families and children, Anne Holton continues that legacy as Virginia's secretary of education. After earning her law degree from Harvard, Anne worked as a legal aid lawyer and became a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge in 1998. As Virginia’s First Lady from 2006 to 2010, she led a major reform of Virginia’s foster-care system to connect more children with permanent families. Afterward, she joined the Child Welfare Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, consulting on foster care reform efforts nationwide. In 2013, Anne was program director for Great Expectations, which helps youth in the foster-care system gain access to higher education... Read More t
Laura McGlinchey Akesson began her passion for science education with an interest in how mathematics can both predict and help understand the world around us. Her teaching philosophy has evolved over a 15-year teaching career to involve the interconnectedness of not only math and science, but of math, science, music, history, art, language, business, coding, photography, sport, psychology, and sociology. In 2009, she founded Science Overdrive, a non-profit company that offers free professional development for K-8 science teachers. Currently, she works at the Steward School, teaching physics and biomedical design, serving as the academic dean for the Bryan Innovation Lab, and coaching cross country... Read More t