Events, TEDxColumbus

Announcing the 2014 TEDxColumbus: STEAM Speakers and Performers

After TEDxColumbus (no. 5) in 2013, we were going to take a “pause” and skip this year. We wanted to re-tool and return in 2015 with a new venue, tighter program, different participant engagement activities and some new energy. So, you can tell how that worked for us as we are announcing the 2014 speakers and performers today — in our new venue, shorter program and with morning experiences.  No pause needed! And we couldn’t be more energized.

So with that, we are elated to announce this year’s speakers and performers who collectively will provoke, challenge and inspire us like never before now on the stage of the Capitol Theater on November 7th.

We looked at “STEAM” through several lenses in selecting this year’s speakers: through the commonly known STEAM as in Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-and-Math; through anger, energy, transportation and the staying power of ideas and passion. Those presenting, in alphabetical order, include:

Chad Bouton, on the new medical bypass;

Brad Bushman, on today’s self-control challenges;

Jay Donovan, on the Columbus start-up culture;

Cindy Foley, on Changing the chant of art education;

Jim Fowler, on the humanity of Calculus;

Nick George, on the mystery of a photo;

Brooke Ignet, on raising her parents;

Srikanta Mishra, on the threats of fracking;

Katherine Prince, on a new learning ecosystem;

Stu Nicholson, on trains through Columbus;

Ken Rinaldo, on a robotic intersection of nature and technology;

Jim White, on preventing another Ferguson;

Jessica Winter, on nano-technology and cancer.

And our performers:

Damn the Witch Siren and students from Transit Arts.

You may access each participant’s abstract and biography on the website.

Tickets will be available beginning September 30th at 8am by calling CAPA at 614/469-0939 or Ticketmaster via (Note: Service fees are much less if you show up in person to the CAPA box office or call). If you would like group tickets for 3-20 persons, please email us at tedxcolumbus (at)

TEDxColumbus 2014 is made possible with support of the following partners:

Lead Sponsors, The Columbus Foundation and Resource/Ammirati.

Event Partners, The Doug and Monica Kridler Fund of the Columbus FoundationLimited Brands Foundation, Cardinal Health, Leader Optics and The Ohio State University.

Presenting Sponsors, Kaufman DevelopmentOlogie, Crane GroupGlimcherHuntington Bancshares Incorporated and Barnes and Thornburg LLP.

Media Partner, WOSU.

Creative Support is provided by Fort and BonFire Red.

Coffee provided by Crimson Cup. Transportation provided by Car2Go.

TEDxColumbus 2014 Experience Partners are BESA and the Columbus Idea Foundry.