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TEDxJacksonville Conference 2019: POP

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The Florida Theatre

128 East Forsyth Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

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Join us Saturday, October 19th at The Florida Theatre for TEDxJacksonville 2019 "POP."

Session 1:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Why We Need Prison Reform—an Insider’s Perspective by Linda Argila
How Literacy Can Fix America’s Juvenile Justice Incarceration Problem by Brandon Griggs
• Performance: Mal Jones, founder of The Lyricist Live
Robots in the Operating Room by Husain Abbas

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Session 2:
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Performance: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts jazz singers
Deconstructing Race by Tammy Hodo
Getting Away With Murder by Thomas Hargrove
Planting Hope by Daron Babcock
Taking Your Seat at the Table by Phillip Singleton

Break: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Session 3:
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Baking A Better Society by Michael Platt
Building Community Identity Through the Arts and Culture by Joy Young
Big Data and the Future of Our Cities by Jeff Sheffield
Engineering Stem Cells by Rawan Al-kharboosh
• Performance: Jacksonville University Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts program vocalists and dancers

Followed by Afterglow, our after-party at the Jessie Ball duPont Center, one block from the the theatre, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Learn more about our speakers for TEDxJacksonville 2019:

Robots in the Operating Room
Dr. Husain Abbas • Jacksonville

Robotic technology is transforming America’s operating rooms. Robots go where traditional surgical tools can’t, and they perform tasks unimaginable without computer assistance, sophisticated algorithms, and advanced motion control technology. Dr. Husain Abbas, who this year completed his 200th da Vinci robotic surgical procedure, will discuss the significant impact of robotic technology on surgeons and medical care.

Engineering Stem Cells
Rawan Al-kharboosh • Jacksonville

The quest for immortality has preoccupied humans since time immemorial. At the Mayo Clinic, Rawan Al-kharboosh’s research focuses on using fat stem cells to fight off fatal types of brain cancer. She is a real-time witness to and participant in the revolutionary discoveries of regenerative science. Efforts to engineer immortality are paralleled with safety concerns, physical and ethical dangers, and unprecedented risks. Are we ready to work as a collective to confront the dilemmas that accompany what could be the most profound discovery in human existence?

Why We Need Prison Reform—an Insider’s Perspective
Linda Argila • New York City
Linda Argila witnessed firsthand the way incarceration rips at the hearts of children and families, as well as the physical and mental injustices that women—the majority of them nonviolent, first-time offenders—face in prison. Today, she is an advocate for prison reform, proposing alternatives for nonviolent offenders, as well as new standards of dignity and respect for those behind bars.

Planting Hope
Daron Babcock • Dallas
Daron Babcock left a successful corporate career in private equity along with his comfortable home in Frisco, Texas and opened a farm in the inner-city community of Bonton. Although Bonton is historically known for its high crime, poverty, and violence, Daron believes another world is possible. His broad professional experience coupled with his heart for serving inner-city communities brings a fresh and innovative perspective to solving problems there.

How Literacy Can Fix America’s Juvenile Justice Incarceration Problem
Brandon Griggs • Jacksonville

Surveys conducted by the Department of Justice have found that 85% of incarcerated youth can’t read. Brandon Griggs has witnessed firsthand the inequities that permeate our education system; he’s also proud that as a 4.0 student and EVAC movement member, he is redefining stereotypes and setting an example for other black teens. Juvenile justice reform, Brandon argues, begins in our kindergarten classrooms, because keeping kids out of prison starts with giving them basic literacy skills.

Getting Away With Murder
Thomas Hargrove • Alexandria, Va.

Thomas K. Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C.-based investigative journalist and former White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides nationwide. Every year, at least 5,000 killers get away with murder. It doesn't have to be this way. Even in a land as violent as America, the power of information is transformative. When people learn the truth, they will demand change: more cops, better trained cops, more resources of every kind, and a cooperative relationship between police and the communities they serve.

Deconstructing Race
Dr. Tammy Hodo • Jacksonville

Race is a social—not a biological—construct. There is no gene or cluster of genes common to all blacks or all whites. As a Ph.D. social scientist who studies the impacts the variables of race, class, ethnicity, and sex have on life chances, she has incredible insight into how to start the difficult dialogue about the irrelevance of enduring racial constructs. We need to work toward a world that doesn’t put labels on people due to variables outside of their control.

Baking a Better Society
Michael Platt • Bowie, Maryland

Michael Platt believes you’re never too young to solve a big problem. Michael appeared with 11 of the best kid bakers in the country in season four of “Kids Baking Championship” on Food Network and has appeared on “Good Morning America” and “Access Hollywood” as well as CNN and CBS. He founded Michaels Desserts, a bakery with the mission of fighting hunger and giving back. For every baked good he sells, he donates another one to someone in need.

Big Data and the Future of Our Cities
Jeff Sheffield • Jacksonville

Jeff Sheffield is obsessed with the future of cities. He wants to ensure Jacksonville is positioned to be a “smart” city that uses tech solutions to confront city planning challenges. Today, Jeff is challenging tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors to commit to collaborating and innovating right here in North Florida: recognize a community problem you want to solve and apply emerging technologies to solve it using the data available in the public space.

Taking Your Seat at the Table
Phillip Singleton • Jacksonville

As a political strategist and influencer known as the "Hip-Hop Lobbyist," Phillip Singleton has worked at the highest levels of state government and knows that historical issues underpin much of what he advocates for in terms of positive change for black lives in America. His talk will focus on how the black community—without sacrificing its unique identity and perspective—can become fluent in the rules and language of state politics and effect positive change.

E Pluribus Art
Joy Young • Jacksonville

The more diverse Jacksonville becomes, the harder we must work to achieve trust and unity. As a city with a wealth of history and people who are migrants and immigrants, citizens, nationals and multi-nationals, Jacksonville has before it an opportunity to embrace the natural assets found in its resident arts and culture. They can be used to facilitate a common culture of community unity, not uniformity, to shape Jacksonville’s identity and future.

And three live performances:
• Douglas Anderson School of the Arts jazz singers
• Jacksonville University Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts program performers
• Recording artist Mal Jones, founder of The Lyricist Live

Hope McMath—a Northeast Florida cultural leader, educator, artist and the founder of Yellow House—is returning as conference host for the sixth year in a row. TEDxJacksonville will be held at The Florida Theatre for the fourth year in a row and will host interactive experiential activities with Forsyth Street closed in front of the historic venue.


POP. It’s just one syllable. But it’s also a sound, a taste, a moment, a movement, a cultural phenomenon.

POP is the space between before and after. It’s that startling, intense explosion of inspiration that leaves something new and momentous in its wake. POP is a virtual playground of heightened senses and saturated colors, sizzling with sudden insight. It’s that electric moment the blinders fall and you can see the light and promise and energy and potential of something about to be made manifest.

POP is the birthplace of ideas. POP is what comes next, so be ready for it.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Photo ID is required for students and people who would like alcoholic drinks at the Afterglow.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is no designated parking lot for this event. There are numerous parking lots is the vicinity of the theatre. The cost of parking is your responsiblity. We highly encourage carpooling and arriving early to ease congestion.

What can I bring into the event?

Handbags are allowed, but are subject to security screening.

No food or drink is permitted in the theatre.

Videos cameras and flash photography are not permitted.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at social@tedxjacksonville.com!

What's the refund policy?

All sales are final.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please do, but we can use a photo ID to verify

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your registration to another person prior to 10/1/19. Email us at social@tedxjacksonville.com with your receipt and the contact information that is receiving the ticket.

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Only if they don't mind wearing your name tag and eating the lunch you picked out for them.

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