TEDxPittsburgh 2019
Greater Than

We believe that every big idea is founded on the notion that we can be greater than the challenges we face. To these forward thinkers, an idea is a collection of actions that has proven to be greater than an obstacle in science, art, policy, sport, or the humanities. When inventing a new technology, searching for new medicines, trying to find a way to make our local policies benefit everyone, the daunting work can only begin if we believe that we can find the piece of the equation that is greater than. The speakers and performers of our 2019 event embodied this mindset. Watch below. 

Unveiling Acid Attack Violence | Hanifa Nakiryowa | TEDxPittsburgh
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Unveiling Acid Attack Violence | Hanifa Nakiryowa | TEDxPittsburgh

After surviving an acid attack, Hanifa Nakiryowa chose to reclaim her identity by unveiling her scars. In doing so she unveils awareness about this growing form of violence and shares hope and empowerment for victims. Hanifa Nakiryowa is the Global Health Associate at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation working to advance the goals of JHF’s Women’s Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal) by applying her internationally-recognized leadership and advocacy skills. Prior to joining JHF, Hanifa served as special projects intern for the Pittsburgh Foundation during her final year as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a recent H.J. Heinz fellow and a second career graduate with a Master of International Development and Human Security Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate school of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). Prior to attending GSPIA, Hanifa completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nairobi, and a Global Change Leader’s Certificate from COADY International Institute in Canada. She has worked as a Monitoring and Evaluating Specialist for the UNICEF-FBO partnership promoting maternal and child health, women’s and children’s rights and girl’s education Uganda. Hanifa’s work focuses on addressing gender-related challenges facing women and children in institutionally oppressive societies. She founded The Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV), an NGO in Uganda after surviving an acid attack in 2011, to provide lifesaving medical and nutrition support to victims in the hospital, to raise awareness of the problem, to advocate for inclusion and minority rights and to promote socioeconomic sustainability among burn violence survivors. Hanifa’s work has earned her several awards, including the 2013 Kampala West-Rotary International Vocational Service Award for her work empowering acid attack survivors in Uganda: the Iris Marion Young Award for her political engagement and social justice advocacy, which has changed the face of acid attack violence in Uganda; the Sergeant James “Rip” Taylor Award for her public service; and H.J. Heinz Fellowship for her proven leadership potential. She is a proud mother of two daughters who challenge her on rollercoasters, trampolines and zip lines when she is not at work. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How to Draw Anything in the Universe | Chris Pacione | TEDxPittsburgh
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How to Draw Anything in the Universe | Chris Pacione | TEDxPittsburgh

Can you draw? After learning both the basics and the big picture in this talk, your answer will likely be yes. As a Co-Founder and CEO of LUMA Institute, Chris leads a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of practitioners located around the world who are passionate about preparing and equipping organizations to be more innovative. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of design and innovation in the US, Europe, and Asia and is co-author of the book “Innovating for People.” Prior to LUMA Institute, Chris co-founded BodyMedia, Inc., one of the pioneers in wearable health monitoring, and headed up their experience design and customer marketing groups. BodyMedia was acquired by Jawbone in 2013. Chris’s work has been cited in numerous national and international publications including Business Week, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and Fast Company as well as several popular books about design and innovation including “In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World” and “The Design of Things to Come: How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Products.” Chris also served as an assistant professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in the 1990's and was a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School from 2012 to 2016. He holds several IDEA Gold Medal Awards sponsored by Business Week and the Industrial Designers Society of America and has been awarded numerous US and EU patents for his work. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Using Artificial Intelligence to Fight Human Trafficking  | Emily Kennedy | TEDxPittsburgh
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Fight Human Trafficking | Emily Kennedy | TEDxPittsburgh

The horrors of human trafficking are widespread across the world. Big problems require top technology and ingenuity, that's where the idea of creating Artificial Intelligence powered software for law enforcement comes in. Technologist and founder Emily Kennedy's idea for fighting the spread of human trafficking centers on the heart of the mission and the technology created to find and rescue victims while bringing criminals to justice. Emily Kennedy is a startup founder, human trafficking subject matter expert, Forbes 30 Under 30, a Mother of Invention, keynote speaker, and activist. She has been developing technology solutions to human trafficking since 2011 at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. Her company Marinus Analytics uses the latest advancements in AI to turn big data into actionable intelligence for sex trafficking investigations. As President and Co-Founder of Marinus Analytics, she leads development and deployment of these tools to law enforcement across the globe for use on criminal cases, with an emphasis on sex trafficking investigations. She routinely works alongside, advises, and teaches stakeholders—such as attorneys general, prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and non-profit victim services organizations—on micro and macro approaches to combating and measuring human trafficking in the United States and abroad. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How the Arts Saved My Life  | Emmai Alaquiva | TEDxPittsburgh
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How the Arts Saved My Life | Emmai Alaquiva | TEDxPittsburgh

From experiencing homelessness to becoming an Emmy Award Winner. Filmmaker Emmai Alaquiva sits down for an interview conducted by acclaimed author Damon Young to discuss how art saved his life and has been a positive force for his family. Alaquiva and Young get into specifics about cinematic influences and how that affects how he approaches every shoot. Emmai Alaquiva, an Emmy Award-winning film director, photographer, and composer, skillfully showcases soulful accounts of humanity across multidisciplinary art platforms. Once homeless, Alaquiva shifted the trajectory of his life's path to become one of the most distinct trailblazers in the arena of creative arts. Today, he is a Fox Rothchild’s “Top CEO” of Ya Momz House, Inc, a digital multimedia agency, co-founder of Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K., an arts education program for youth K-12, and curator of the interactive photography exhibit, OpticVoices. Alaquiva’s enraptured work can be seen internationally on the PBS, BBC, NBC, and CBS networks. This 8-Time Telly Award-winner now serves on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts under Governor Tom Wolf, honored as Black Enterprise Magazine’s “BE Modern Man of Distinction” and is a national BMe Community Leader recognized by President Barack Obama. The Sky is NOT the limit. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx