Virtual reality as a tool for fighting addiction

Ken Stoner is a curious lawyer in the unlikely role of innovating in the area of treatment of drug addiction. Upon graduation from law school his desire to improve the community influenced his choice to work as a criminal prosecutor. While there, he first began to understand the enormous impact that addiction has as an underlying factor driving the majority of criminal activity and many other social problems. Once he left the District Attorney’s Office and began private practice he engaged in the front line work of assisting those with battling addiction. Discouraged by the fact that for many people even our best treatment models are ineffective in the short term, Ken co-founded shift+groove to dig deeply into the latest discoveries in neuroscience and brain health. Shift+groove is integrating the emerging technology of virtual reality with the ancient practice of mindfulness to help us treat addiction.

Ken graduated from the of OU College of Law with highest honors. He is a sixth generation Oklahoman and a proud member of the Cherokee tribe. He is even more proud of his charming wife and three sons. Ken is a self-professed “TED Geek” having watched nearly 750 TED Talks and was the founder/curator of TEDxOKC in 2011. Talk to him about meditation, Thailand, longboarding and Adventure Racing.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Using technology to facilitate “aha!” moments

In evolutionary biology, an exaptation is a trait that is co-opted for a purpose other than that for which it had originally evolved. Dave King explains how technology and big data can mimic exaptation to create new, cross-discipline ideas.

Dave King has been involved in high-tech entrepreneurship since the early 1990s. He has over 15 years experience in all aspects of software development, from system architecture to large-scale database design to the psychology of user interfaces and management of Agile development teams. Dave helped pioneer paperless manufacturing information systems in the electronics industry, then focused on designing extensible software systems for ad hoc visualization and analysis of large-scale multidimensional datasets. In 2011, Dave saw the need for a more modular and cross-disciplinary approach to data science and founded Exaptive, Inc. in order to pursue ways that technology and community can be combined to facilitate innovation. In 2015, his company was named as one of five Cool New Vendors in the life sciences by Gartner and an Innovator of Year by the Journal Record and in 2016 was selected by the Bloor Group as one of the top 10 companies and technologies to watch. Dave holds a BS from MI

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Jonathan Stalling on Improving English Pronunciation Using Chinese Characters

Dr. Jonathan Stalling shares a novel technique to help native Mandarin Chinese speakers improve their pronunciation of English

Jonathan Stalling is an Associate Professor of English at OU specializing in Modern-Contemporary American and East-West Poetics, Comparative Literature, and Translation Studies and is the co-founder and editor of Chinese Literature Today. Over the last 15 years, Stalling has explored the poetics of transliteration and interlanguages (his thesis at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 was entitled “Prefacing the Text: Toward a Transliterational Telos”) and this work led to the publication of Yingelishi and more recently Phonotaxis, but over the last several years this preoccupation has led to larger projects on accents in language as epistemic space and on radical new paradigms of ESL pedagogy.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Connor Sullivan’s Journey of Hearing

Connor Sullivan was born with hearing loss and received a cochlear implant after going completely deaf as a young adult. Now as a doctor of audiology student, he shares the science behind cochlear implants and how this technology changes people’s life trajectories.

Connor Sullivan is a Doctor of Audiology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Connor, born with a hearing loss, currently has a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. Connor received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Oklahoma in December 2014. Connor currently is a Graduate Clinical Assistant for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Hearing Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes Laboratory at OUHSC. Connor has presented both nationally and internationally on the topic of Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome, the disorder that resulted in his hearing loss. Connor is passionate about using his personal experiences alongside clinical knowledge in audiology to help children and their families who are impacted by hearing loss.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

James Simpson Explains the Power of Social Gaming

James Simpson is the CEO and Founder of GoldFire Studios, an Oklahoma City-based HTML5 game development startup focussed on real-time, community based gameplay. He began developing games and entertainment-related websites at the age of 13, selling his first game a year later. Since then, his products have reached over one hundred million people from around the globe, including one of the world’s 100 most visited sites. James earned a degree in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management from the University of Oklahoma in 2011.

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Phil Dow is Inspired (and Terrified) By Technology

Philip Dow graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A in Letters and has been developing software professionally since. He taught English in Austria under the Fulbright program and has worked as an independent software developer in San Francisco and the Oklahoma City area. In 2007 he was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in the Macintosh community by MacTech magazine. He is currently the Developer in Residence at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and the I.T. Entrepreneur in Residence for the Price College of Business, both at the University of Oklahoma. Philip is fascinated by computers but recognizes that technology is not a panacea. When not programming, Philip is tinkering with electronics, playing classical piano, or studying mathematics.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Mike Moradi Details the Past, Present, and Future of Diabetes Care

Mike Moradi is a successful entrepreneur, having founded or been a principal in several nanotechnology and biopharmaceutical startups. He is a Co-Founder & CEO of Sensulin, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company that is developing the first true 24-hour glucose sensitive insulin for type I and type II diabetes. Mike was awarded a community service commendation from the United States Congress for his voluntary efforts in technology-based economic development. He is the author of The Impact of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Global Developments.

David Glover Examines the Politics of Numbers

David Glover, is a community organizer and works with a startup in Palo Alto. He spent a year backpacking around the world after graduating from University of Oklahoma, he has set a world distance record in hang gliding, if you Google him you may see him fist bumping the President or on a gameshow.

Wes Fryer Makes Digital Witnesses

Dr. Wesley Fryer empowers others to create and share digital stories about family life, local culture, and community history. He coaches people of all ages to become digital archivists of family stories and community history. Since 2006 Wesley has helped facilitate collaborative, online oral history projects like “Celebrate Oklahoma Voices,” which includes over 900 videos about Oklahomans and Oklahoma oral history. He is the author of the 2011 eBook “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Fulbright Scholar, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, an avid educational blogger, and an acknowledged connoisseur of fried chicken.

David Burkus On Why Great Ideas Get Rejected

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity. David Burkus shares the good news that there actually is something we can do about it.

David Burkus is Assistant Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. He is the author of the forthcoming book Myths of Creativity to be published in Fall 2013.