Monthly Archives: December 2012

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

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This is a very exciting time in our city. Pittsburgh is being featured left and right in national articles to showcase recent growth and projects. This city deserves to be proud of where we’ve come from and confident in what we’re developing. We are changing the way people view this once industrious steel capital of the world. We are building our city’s future.

Our region is filled with powerful voices that need to be heard. Hundreds of you want to hear these voices and discover new ideas. That has led us to a milestone – we have far exceeded the capacity of our TEDx audience limit. Pittsburgh is craving knowledge of the brilliant innovations around us. With this insight and with innovation in mind, TEDxGrandviewAve is taking it to the next level.

On February 23rd, 2013 we’re going citywide. In addition to viewing 9 incredible innovators at TEDxGrandviewAve, we will be connecting neighborhoods through Webcast Parties. This is your opportunity to gather with friends, family, coworkers and fellow Pittsburghers to share a day of exploration and celebration of innovation.

While we have gone over the allowed limit for audience members, we are still accepting ticket invite requests. We love hearing your stories and desire for learning new ideas. Invites for the main event will be sent in January and we’ll be directing those who do not get tickets to the webcast parties. Locations of these parties will be announced very soon. If you have an idea for one, are interested in sponsoring or organizing one of your own, let’s talk!

The people of Pittsburgh have a great way of working together to get things done. TEDxGrandviewAve is a prime example of this. There is a wealth of open minds and passionate people all around us. As area legend Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision…it is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Join our vision by spreading the news of TEDxGrandviewAve and help us prove Pittsburgh is on The Edge of Innovation.

Meet the Team: John Quayle

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John Quayle

Business Developer

@jpquayle

Native to the greater Pittsburgh area. Graphic designer by trade that has a growing passion for economics. Founder and organizer of Pittsburgh Geek Breakfast – a monthly morning technology-minded networking group.  Also a frequent listener of BBC Radio and a devout ice hockey enthusiast.

Favorite Pittsburgh food:
There are still plenty of places I need to visit but Union Pig & Chicken and The Porch at Schenley Park are up there in my book.

Favorite Pittsburgh museum:
Carnegie Museum of Art

Favorite pizza:
Mineo’s

Favorite coffee shop:
Anything but Starbucks

What’s on my playlist while working:
Ludovico Einaudi, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Stephan Moccio, Tina Dico, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell

TV show I could watch all day and why:
Not really a big fan of television. Other than live sports, I watch The Walking Dead and Shark Tank.

The last book I read:
How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins

Famous person I’d like to have dinner with: 
Richard Branson

What excites you about the future of Pittsburgh?
I’m always excited to see how Pittsburgh progresses throughout the years. There are plenty of people trying to accomplish incredible things. If you look hard enough, you’ll find another side of Pittsburgh many outsiders (and even current residents to some extent) aren’t familiar with.

What have you learned about planning a TEDx event so far?
As a late addition to the team, my time planning the TEDx event has been relatively short. However, I’ve learned that just a few people can generate a substantial amount of momentum.

What do you hope to get from this TEDx event?
The real question isn’t about what I hope to get out of this TEDx event, but rather how many people can I inspire through building this event. I sincerely hope that everyone who attends or watches TEDxGrandviewAve finds the energy and courage to pursue greater things for the Pittsburgh community.

 

Meet the Team: Sara Coffey

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As announced in last week’s blog, we will go behind the scenes and feature a member of our team each week. Have any questions for the team? Ask away!

 

Sara Coffey

Lead Designer

@SaraLeeCoffey

Holds a Graphic Design position at a Pittsburgh Based company as well as various freelance projects, with a focus on non-profits. Free time consists of drawing, listening to music, reading, and being outdoors!

Favorite Pittsburgh food:
I really appreciate the many options I have as a health conscious vegetarian in the city. The food in Pittsburgh is very adventurous, which appeals to me.

Favorite Pittsburgh museum:
The Warhol museum & The Mattress Factory

Favorite pizza:
Spak Brothers in Garfield

Favorite coffee shop:
Voluto Coffee, also in Garfield, because French press is the best!

What’s on my playlist while working:
Oh man…everything from the calm absurdity of indie rock to the electronic beats of hip-hop

TV show I could watch all day and why:
Carl Sagan Cosmos is truly something I can watch over & over without growing bored. His visions of the universe are beautiful.

The last book I read:
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an autobiography of her life from living in a Somalia tribe to a political leader in The Netherlands. I also just finished the comic ‘Persepolis’ which was lended to me by a friend & is coincidentally an autobiography about a woman from Iran. I would recommend both to anyone looking for an interesting read.

Famous person I’d like to have dinner with:
Kind of famous, in the design world, Jessica Hische, so we can talk nerd-ly about hand drawn type.

What excites you about the future of Pittsburgh?
I think Pittsburgh embodies a sense of community that is contagious. Many of the people I meet in this city are bustling with ideas. While living in a community open to it, they are actively pursuing their ideas. TEDx is a great way to showcase these people & their ideas. I’ve witness a lot of transformation in the 6 years I’ve lived in the city, I’m very excited for the ride ahead.

What have you learned about planning a TEDx event so far?
I’ve never been apart of directly planning an event of this nature, so during every stage of planning I learn something new. Who knew this much went into an event? I’m super excited to see it all come together!

What do you hope to get from this TEDx event?
Just being able to attend my first TEDx event, let alone being apart of the planning! I’m hoping to gain inspiration, motivation & courage to pursue my ideas.