Thinking Without a Box
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Thinking Without a Box

Rules are intended to be learned, followed, mastered, and then broken, so as to make way for the new rules. The past 25 years of American history have demonstrated the ability to create paradigms, settle into them, and then see them shift dramatically. Thinking Without a Box encourages its speakers and spectators alike to abandon the previous ways of getting things done. The box, and its metaphorical four walls, no longer exists.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for TEDxUMKC 2017!

Speakers

Andy Hung

Andy Hung

Andy Hung
General Manager at Uber

Andy Hung is a General Manager at Uber, a technology company whose mission is to help make transportation as reliable as running water for everyone, everywhere. The first time he took an Uber ride, it was to get his drums to a gig in downtown Chicago; from that point on, he was hooked. Prior to Uber, Andy worked in strategy consulting, focusing on disruptive business models. He studied Economics at Yale University and has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management. Andy is particularly interested in mobile behavioral economics – or why having a supercomputer in our pockets is fundamentally changing the way we think.

Ciera Kelley

Ciera Kelley

Educator at University Academy

Hi! My name is Ciera Kelley and I am a first grade teacher! This is my third year teaching first grade at University Academy. I love first grade because of all the learning, exploring, and fun we get to have!
I attended college at UMKC where I earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
I grew up in Kansas City and I am the middle child of 3 sisters. I am married and I have a son (6) and a daughter (3); my son is currently attending first grade at University Academy.

Samira Zantout

Samira Zantout

Student Speaker

I am a second-year pre-pharmacy student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and I am in the incoming Pharm.D. Class of 2021 at UMKC’s School of Pharmacy. My interests stretch far and wide and my passions are boundless. During my two years at UMKC, I’ve been a member of the Biological Sciences Student Government, the Muslim Students Association, UMKC’s undergraduate research journal Lucerna, and UMKC’s Honors College. I’ve hosted non-profit literacy projects to raise funds for UNICEF’s Syrian Children Relief Fund as well as spent the last three summers volunteering at a transitional housing program for the homeless. Between non-profit endeavors and maintaining full-time student status, I work as a Pharmacy Technician with over two years of volunteer and work experience in clinical and retail pharmacy.

Whitney Terrell

Whitney Terrell

Assistant Professor + Author
Whitney Terrell’s most recent novel, The Good Lieutenant, was nominated for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The Washington Post and The Boston Globe selected the novel as a best book of 2016. He is also the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. His nonfiction has additionally appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Kansas City Star, and other publications. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and lives nearby with his family.
Simon Friedman

Simon Friedman

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Simon H. Friedman is a scientist-educator and artist. His scientific work lies at the interface of chemistry and biology: described in the Economist, the NY Times and NPR (Here and Now). His art lies at the interface of meaning and absurdity: Winner of Science Magazine’s “Visions of the Future” essay contest, featured writer for Nature Chemistry’s “In Your Element” series, multiple featured films in the New York City Food Film Festivals and others. He has won the University of Missouri Governor’s Award for teaching, and was named the KC Pitch’s Best Science Non-Nerd.
Max Younger

Max Younger

CIO and Co-Founder at Mobility Designed
Max Younger is an Industrial and Interaction Designer that holds multiple patents for his designs. He has worked for CCI, Dimensional Innovations and Hallmark Cards. His experience includes designing for clients like Sprint, Ryobi, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Max graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a B.F.A in Industrial Design and a minor in Interaction Design.
Mason Wilde

Mason Wilde

Computer science student at University of Kansas and Owner of Dextella Company
Mason Wilde is a sophomore Computer Science student at the University of Kansas originally from Louisburg, KS. He is involved in artificial intelligence research in Dr. Dongkyu Choi’s Cognitive Control Systems Laboratory, and he is a member of the KU Association for Computing Machinery, Biomedical Engineering Society, and Running Club. Outside of class, Mason owns and operates the non-profit Dextella Company which strives to provide prosthetic devices to families in need through the use of 3D printing and open source designs.
Emcee: Divya Igwe

Emcee: Divya Igwe

Past Events

TEDxUMKC 2015: Big Challenges, Small Solutions

Although our society has made much progress, there are still major challenges facing us today. Some of these challenges are well known, while many are not. However, there are those among us that recognize, react, and resolve those problems. These pioneers, acting in the spirit of ingenuity and altruism, have paved a path to help make the world a better place. They bring awareness to unseen obstacles, and offer creative solutions to tackle them. Innovational in nature and quick in thinking, these individuals strive to expand our horizons by breaking the facade for others to follow and demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.

TEDxUMKC 2015: Ditching Dogma

Dogma is embedded into the human condition. We are taught what processes worked for our ancestors and we observe those same processes being utilized by others around us. Accordingly, more often than not, we follow suit. Ditching Dogma is about creativity, innovation, and thinking differently: not accepting the notion that we should do things simply because “that’s how they’ve always been done,” rewarding those who take risks while casting away notions of traditionalism.

TEDxUMKC 2013: UncharTED

Ideas shared involve risk-taking and may involve mistakes. We have focused our curating efforts towards people who were going, or had gone, beyond limitations. we are hinting at geography as well as the limits of our imaginations. Inspiring and exhilarating, we invite you – to discover, explore, and challenge the uncharTED.

TEDxUMKC 2012: InterconnecTED

A University is a place of learning and expanding one’s ideas, beliefs, and perceptions. The mission of this event is to invite passionate, eloquent and inspiring speakers to impart a body of knowledge and a growing sense of curiosity among the audience.

Sponsors

Work With TEDxUMKC

Work With TEDxUMKC

With TEDxUMKC, you’re not just our sponsor, but partner to a fast-growing network centering around this non-profit organization. TED and TEDx cater to a diverse demographic through not only our conferences, but also our various media. TEDxUMKC is proud to be one of the most notable organizations on our UMKC campus, as well as within the Kansas City area. In addition, we’ve attracted national attention with both the diversity and featuring of our speakers on TED’s main website. We’re confident that we can work together to achieve mutual goals and perfectly cater to our audience.

As we grow, our outreach is bigger than ever. Our website and social media outreach alone net thousands of views a month. In addition, in-person branding is a powerful way to spread through untapped demographics.

Here is a sampling of our perks offered to our sponsors. We are happy to accommodate other requests as well.

  • Featured on our video card
  • Sponsor links on our website
  • Social Media coverage
  • Logo on our T-shirts
  • Logos on programs and other printed materials
  • Additional materials included in attendee bags
  • Complimentary Tickets

Planning and organizing an event of this scale requires fiscal and logistical support. We accept both monetary and in-kind sponsorships. We hope to have your support, and join a growing community of notable TED Talks partners supportive of philanthropy, ideas worth spreading, and education.

Please contact us if you’d like to become a sponsor.

KCAV

KCAV

StempelBros

StempelBros

StempelBros.com

We are extremely thankful to be working with the Stempel Brothers for our 3rd event. Without their help, this event would not be a success.

Crow’s Coffee

Crow’s Coffee

Breakout KC

Breakout KC

UMKC Friends of the Library

UMKC Friends of the Library

UMKC Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers and donors dedicated to supporting and strengthening the UMKC University Libraries. Visit the UMKC Friends of the Library website for more information.

Mark Exline Designs

Amit Patel, M.D.

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Meet the Team

Rahul Maheshwari

Rahul Maheshwari

Director of Salons, Founding Member, Former Co-Curator

Rahul Maheshwari has been with TEDxUMKC since 2012 and has served as Director of External Finance, as well as Curator for two events. He is currently on track to receive an MD through the School of Medicine in 2018. Rahul’s favorite TED Talks include Romina Libster’s “The Power of Herd Immunity” and Ramanan Laxminarayan’s “The Coming Crisis in Antibiotics.”

Ryan Sieli

Ryan Sieli

Co-Curator and Licensee

Ryan Sieli is a medical student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating in May 2018. He also is a part-time writer for Gomerblog, as well as an alumnus of Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Phi Omega. Ryan further participates in other extracurricular and non-academic activities, both on and off of the UMKC campus.

Divya Igwe

Divya Igwe

Co-Curator

This is Divya Igwe’s third TEDxUMKC event and first as co-curator. She is currently enrolled at UMKC School of Medicine. Divya’s favorite thing about Kansas City is the strong sense of community. Her favorite TED talk is “How to Spot a Liar” by Pamela Meyers

Vishnu Harikumar

Vishnu Harikumar

Co-Director of Speaker Relations

Vishnu Harikumar is a medical student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is graduating in 2020. Vishnu also serves as Director of Public Relations for Sojourner Free Health Clinic and Director of Community and Events Outreach for the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic. A Kansas City native, Vishnu enjoys all of the ideas (and, food) that the city has to offer. His favorite TED Talk is Pranav Mistry’s “The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology.”

Rmaah Memon

Rmaah Memon

Co-Director of Speaker Relations

Rmaah Memon is in her second year with TEDxUMKC. She is a medical student in the 6-year BA/MD Program and will graduate in May 2020. Rmaah also is involved in the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association; American Medical Women’s Association; and the Association of Women Surgeons, among other organizations. She enjoys playing the violin and binge-watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her favorite TED Talk is Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.”

Ben Bernard

Ben Bernard

External Director of Finance

Ben Bernard is a third-year student in the School of Medicine’s 6-year BA/MD program. This is his first year on the board for TEDxUMKC, although he has volunteered at past TEDxUMKC events. Ben counts TED Talks by Sam Berns and Amy Cuddy among his favorites.

Bharadwaj Jilakara

Bharadwaj Jilakara

Director of Media

Bharadwaj Jilakara is a medical student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating in 2021. He also serves as the Vice President of Indus; Conference Chair for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association; Recruitment Chair for Partners in Health; and an ambassador for the Council on Curriculum. During his free time, Bharadwaj enjoys other fine arts and medicine-affiliated activities. His favorite TED Talk is Sam Berns’ “My Philosophy for a Happy Life.”

Adrianne DeWeese

Adrianne DeWeese

Director of Advertising and Communications

Adrianne DeWeese is a Master of Public Administration student, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, at UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management. She also works full-time as an Account Coordinator for Synoptos Inc., a media monitoring and analysis firm. Prior to Synoptos, Adrianne worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for five years on both sides of the Kansas City metropolitan state line. This is her first year of participation in TEDxUMKC. Adrianne counts all three TED Talks by Brené Brown as among her favorites.

Khalil Kennedy

Khalil Kennedy

Director of Internal Finance

Khalil is a senior at UMKC, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics. This is his first year participating in TEDxUMKC. Khalil’s favorite TED Talk is Amber Case’s “We Are All Cyborgs Now.”

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