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TEDxOStateU INNOVATE – Speaker List


All times are approximate.


• 1:10 p.m.  - Matt Waits 

• 1:25 p.m.  - LeAnn Yadon

• 1:30 p.m.  - Kayse Shrum

• 1:45 p.m.  - Evan Woodson

• 1:55 p.m.  - David Woods/Brent Douglas

• 2:10 p.m.  - Ali Asmari

• 2:15 p.m. - Bob Blackburn 

• 2:45 p.m.  - Cori Duke

• 3:20 p.m.  - M24D

• 3:30 p.m.  - Heather Gomer

• 3:40 p.m.  - Zach Barbeau

• 3:45 p.m.  - Toby Nelson

• 4:00 p.m. - Lee Easton 

• 4:20 p.m.  - Lara Sypniewski

• 4:30 p.m. - Lorinda Schrammel 

• 4:40 p.m.  - Jennifer Mayo

• 4:45 p.m. - Victoria Berry 

• 5:00 p.m.  - Jason Wetzler

• 5:05 p.m. - Salmak Ensemble







Final round of speakers announced



With the event approaching next week, here’s our final round of speakers.


Dr. Lara Sypniewski

• Henthorne Clinical Professor

• Showing how acupuncture can affect animals


Heather Gomer

• CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Flight Training Solutions

• Sharing her story on being an veteran and entrepreneur


Lee Easton

• OSU Engineering senior

• Presenting on the possibilities of solar energy in Africa



• Malaysian drummers

• Back for an encore performance



Gear up for the big day on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share your thoughts on this year’s lineup. Free tickets are still available at








TEDxOStateU starts the week with another round of speakers



Check out this eclectic and creative group of TEDxOStateU presenters.



Dr. Bob Blackburn

• Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society

• Sharing a look into the state’s past


Jennifer Mayo

OSU senior in Health Education and Promotion

• Revealing a groundbreaking contraceptive for people in third-world countries


Jason Wetzel

• OSU sophomore in Agricultural Leadership

• Inspiring you to use small acts of kindness to change your world


Chance and Cori

• Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering senior and Multimedia Journalism senior

• Performing live music just for the TEDxOStateU audience



Check back next week as we release the remaining speakers for this year’s event. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share your thoughts on this year’s lineup.


Free tickets are still available at








More performers and speakers announced



Today’s speaker release includes two performances and a local CEO.


Evan Woodson

• OSU graduate student in history

• Performing and giving insight into spoken word poetry


Matt Waits

CEO of SST Software

• Sharing the importance of information management for the agriculture industry’s future


Salmak Ensemble

• Group that plays Persian classical music

• Introducing the audience to historic Persian culture



Check back next week as we release the remaining speakers for this year’s event. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share your thoughts on this year’s lineup.



Free tickets are still available at







Additional speakers announced for Oct. 24 event


From the corporate world to outer space, our next round of speakers will cover a variety of topics.


David Woods and Brent Douglas

GiANT Partners CEO and President, respectively

• Giving an inside look into growth strategies and leadership development for companies


Dr. Toby Nelson

OSU Chemistry Professor

• Sharing his work on organic solar panels to create a more sustainable world


Lorinda Schrammel

• Training and Development Manager at OSU

• Presenting on the benefits of the new pilot pet therapy program on campus


Zach Barbeau

• OSU senior in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

• Revealing his no-gravity experience with the Oklahoma State Space Cowboys


Victoria Berry

• OSU Museum of Art Director

• Showcasing the importance of visual arts at OSU and the new Postal Plaza Gallery


We’ll be releasing more speakers later this week. Don’t forget to head over to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share your thoughts on this year’s lineup.


Free tickets are still available at





First round of speakers announced


This year’s TEDxOStateU event will feature 15 speakers and performers. The group is made up of OSU alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends.


We’ll be releasing speakers periodically over the next few weeks, starting by proudly announcing the three below.


Dr. Kayse Shrum

• President and Provost for the OSU Center for Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Presenting about the current state of rural healthcare


Ali Asmari

OSU Ph.D. candidate in mechanical and aerospace engineering with specializations in automation and computer vision

• Sharing his research on reusing pollution for green initiatives


LeAnn Yadon

• OSU junior majoring in Human Nutrition and Premedical Sciences

• Telling her story about her upcoming bike across America


Don’t miss out on the next announcement of speakers. Get the latest details about the event and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Free tickets are still available at .





Baker returns as TEDxOStateU emcee


We’re excited to welcome back J. Bryson Baker as official TEDxOStateU emcee.

"I'm involved with TEDx because I've seen how it can act as a catalyst. The conversations that result from hearing and seeing these presentations can catapult individuals into their own creative work," says Baker.

Baker is an OSU graduate from Stillwater, Okla. He holds a B.S. degree in liberal studies, a B.F.A. in acting and an M.A. in theatre from Oklahoma State University.

Register for your ticket today!





Students auditions to be held at OSU Student Union


Student speakers play an integral role in TEDxOStateU, but this year more OSU students have an opportunity to deliver a “TED-like” talk. Any student has the opportunity to audition for a slot at TEDxOStateU 2013 by giving a three-minute talk at 1 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Student Union’s Little Theater. Two or three students will be chosen to present a longer version of their talk on Oct. 24.

To register for the audition, email




Global Reach


Take a look at the global issues addressed by last year’s presenters. Below are the international countries that were mentioned during TEDxOStateU 2012.

Head over to Facebook and tell us your solutions for today’s major social problems.




Worldwide viewership

The flame sparked by the inaugural TEDxOStateU event continues to spread across the world. The map below shows every country where people, like you, have visited our website and watched the presentations and performances from last year's event.


We're excited to add more countries to that list this year!



TEDxOStateU continues preparation for 2013 event

We're hard at work planning the next TEDxOStateU.


Here's a list of big announcements we'll be sharing in the coming months:


• 2013 theme

• Student speaker audition information

• Location

• Speaker rundown

• Ticket application


Be the first to get all the details by joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and now Google+!


Second-annual TEDxOStateU scheduled for October 24, 2013

TEDxOStateU is returning for a second year. We recently announced the 2013 event will be held on Oct. 24 on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus. It might seem like a long way off, but we’ll be giving you the latest news right here on our blog throughout the months leading up to the second-annual event.


Be the first to get details on everything TEDxOStateU from student auditions to speaker bios and more by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. We’re always excited to hear from our fans and encourage you to join the conversation on our social media channels.


We’re glad you stopped by to learn about TEDxOStateU! Before you leave, please take some time to watch the behind-the-scenes video above and discover some great presentations from last year on our Talks page.


Learn more about TEDx and the national TED organization.  


TEDxOStateU videos now available to watch and share

Locally-produced TED-like event drew capacity crowd and viewers from 31 countries

The 19 talks and three performances from the first-ever TEDxOStateU on November 1, 2012 are now available through and OState.TV. The segments range in length from just a few minutes up to 16 minutes, and viewers are encouraged to share the links with others to continue the dialogue on the issues presented.


The independently-organized TEDx event, licensed by TED, featured talks on sustainability, leadership, food production, disaster preparedness, challenges faced in third-world countries, health and wellness, design, oral history, standardized testing in education, animal training programs, suicide research, and unmanned aerial vehicles (see speaker listing below).


TEDxOStateU was held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. before a capacity crowd of nearly 800 in the Seretean Center Concert Hall. Approximately 20,000 people from 31 countries watched portions of TEDxOStateU via live streaming. The theme for the gathering was “IGNITE.” TEDxOStateU segments in order of appearance:

• Malaysian 24 Seasons Drum (Percussion Ensemble)

• Brian “Bru” Brurud (Leadership and safety initiatives)

• T. Boone Pickens (Leadership skills)

• Kathleen Robinette (Human body measurement for everyday use)

• Rand Elliott (Design of a building that creates its own energy)

• AJ Johannes (Waterless sanitation technology)

• Mary Larson (Oral History)

• Jim Bose (Geothermal heating/cooling)

• Melanie Page (Ecovillage planning)

• Bob Sternberg (Standardized testing in education)

• AC/VP (OSU faculty musicians)

• Piyush Patel (Animation design)

• Alyssa Peterson (Ubuntu Youth Program—South Africa)

• Michael Larranaga (Disaster preparedness)

• Michael Davis (Animal exercise research)

• Victoria O’Keefe (American Indian/Alaska Native suicide research)

• Andrew Gray (Pencils of Promise)

• Ann Hargis (Health and Wellness)

• Jayson Lusk (Pros and cons of organic food production)

• Brett Carver (Wheat production and use)

• Jamey Jacob (Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

• Frontiers New Music Ensemble (“Clapping Music”)


Stand-by Tickets Available

Didn't get a ticket to TEDxOStateU? Stand-by registration opens at 12 p.m. on Thursday in the Seretean Center Concert Hall for those hoping to snag a last-minute seat. Stand-by tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, and ticket hopefuls will need to remain at registration until seats are released shortly before 1 p.m. The number of available seats will be determined by the amount of unclaimed tickets. Don't miss your chance to be part of this inspiring event!


Registration Update

Less than a week left! All tickets are claimed but just before we start at 1 p.m., we will fill empty seats on a first-come, first-served basis at the stand-by table in the lobby. You can also watch in the Student Union Ballroom or online at OState.TV.


Speakers Announced

Check out the Talks page of this website to read about some of the exciting speakers at our upcoming event. The remaining speakers will be announced over the next few weeks leading up to Nov. 1!


Registration Update

Our registration page is working again for everyone! Please complete the form on the ticket link to submit your request.


Registration Update

Still a few issues with online registration, but the number of ticket requests topped 400 today. It appears to be a browser issue. If you can't get the application to go through, submit your information to


Registration Open

Registration for free tickets opened today and the response was incredible! Applications for nearly 200 tickets were received in just a few hours. Unfortunately, the server is having some difficulty keeping up. Keep trying if you receive an error message. Our incredible IT staff is working on fixing the issue.