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TEDxCincy Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship

At LPK, we believe creativity doesn’t just happen. It requires cultivating curiosity, imagination and talent. In 2009, a group of LPK employees hosted a series of “Breakfast N’ TED” sessions to do just that. LPKers were invited to bring their breakfast and watch videos of TED talks together to inspire and boost their creativity.

For a few LPKers, the inspiring breakfasts highlighted an opportunity to harness the power of TED to influence and enrich Cincinnati’s creative culture. Partnering with Mary Riffe, Principle Design Manager at P&G and recent attendee of the national TED conference, work began to organize an independent TEDx event for the Queen City. In October 2010, the inaugural TEDxCincy event was met with rave reviews. Since the fall of 2011, the planning committee has been hard at work, thoughtfully putting together a TEDxCincy event that is as successful as the first.

The culmination of these efforts will be revealed this Thursday, May 10 with a half-day event titled TEDxCincy Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship at the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education School for the Creative and Performing Arts. The group of nearly 20 speakers all hail from a variety of diverse backgrounds and varied areas of expertise. Chris Erb from EA Sports will be discussing the importance of brand collaboration and sharing knowledge while working on video games such as Madden NFL 13. From the Midwest Culinary Institute, Meg Galvin, whose talk is titled “Vivaldi Didn’t Eat Velveeta,” will be sharing her knowledge of fresh foods with natural flavors. Matt Hagedon, a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, will be discussing electrofluidic paper and its impact on future mobile devices.

Each of the speakers brings varied expertise, from aerospace to puppetry to branding. The different topics will enhance the audience’s experience, leaving them more informed on everything from reservoir ranching the perfect fish to living the American Dream.

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