Kyle Reid’s Cigar Box Guitar Performance

In this performance set from TEDxOU 2015, Kyle Reid captivates the audience with a few tunes on his custom handmade cigar box guitar.

Kyle Reid is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, instrument builder, bandleader and composer based in central Oklahoma. With the backing of his New Orleans jazz inspired swing band, “The Low Swinging Chariots,” Kyle released his first full length album “Alright, Here We Go…” in 2014 to great reviews, being named the Daily Oklahoman’s “Best Local Album of 2014.”

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

Hollie Hawkins Describes Making a Medical Home for Children in the Foster Care System

Hollie Hawkins describes the impact and transformation of a foster care community, specifically in Tulsa, when customized, consistent and holistic care is delivered to youth.

Hollie Hawkins is a pediatric nurse at the OU-Tulsa Health Sciences campus, as well as a medical provider at Fostering Hope Clinic. She delivers comprehensive care to infants and children in the welfare system using a broad, multidisciplinary approach.

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

John Long wants to transform monotony into opportunity

General Long shares a story which he tells all of the students he mentors about hard work and motivation.

Retired Army Major General John Long has held many positions and titles in his career, but the role he’s most passionate about is mentor. Illustrated with a story about the time he used the word “trivia” to describe thousands of communications received by the Pentagon, General Long has empowering advice for students, graduates, and all.

Jennifer Barnes On Imaginary Friends and Real-World Consequences: Parasocial Relationships

Dr. Barnes creates characters as a YA author and studies people as a psychologist, leading her to ask: what are the consequences of the emotions we feel about people who aren’t real?

Dr. Jennifer Barnes lives a double life: by day, she’s a professor of psychology, and by night she’s a YA novelist. These passions have lead her to study the intersection of fiction and cognition.

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

Rodney Brazil describes why live theatre is vital for communities

In this entertaining talk, experienced thespian Rodney Brazil explains the importance of community theatre and presents a new model to make it more sustainable.

Rodney Brazil is a playwright, actor and director based in Oklahoma City, OK, where he is deeply involved in the local theatre community. Rodney is the co-founder of Next Stage, a theatre group dedicated to developing new plays and providing a more sustainable platform for local theatre artists.

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

Dean Hougen wants to make robots smarter by teaching them empathy.

In this TEDxOU talk, Dean Hougen discusses strides made in robotic research that gets us to a paradoxical question – to make robots more efficient, should we equip them with the ability to emote and feel?

Dr. Dean Hougen teaches computer science at the University of Oklahoma and leads research in artificial intelligence through the College of Engineering.

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

Victoria Bautista Brings it On and Off the Map

Victoria Bautista tackles the issue of under-representation of minorities in media and pop culture with this spoken word performance of an original poem. In her second performance, Victoria Bautista takes the audience “Off The Map” with this spoken word performance of an original poem written for and premiered at TEDxOU.

As a spoken word artist and performance poet, Isabel Victoria Bautista holds words to a high standard. For the last five years, she has used poetry and humor to explore and explain a variety of social, political and personal issues that would be difficult to discuss otherwise.

Emily Scheele Explains How Your Body is Designed to do Math

Emily Scheele explains how humans are inherently designed to do math in this interactive talk full of interesting neuroscience research and cognitive discoveries.

A ballerina since childhood, Emily Scheele is passionate about combining movement and learning. Emily has done research at some of the top neuroscience research institutes in the world, and she is the founder of a unique dance therapy program to teach modified ballet classes to children with special needs.

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

Jenny Rodgers on Perspective, Normal, and Purpose

The lessons that Jenny has learned from spending a lot of time around cancer, including being a survivor, can help anyone live a full life.

Jenny Rodgers had her “normal” redefined when she was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager. She now dedicates herself to ensuring that kids facing chronic and life-threatening illnesses are not defined by their illnesses.

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

David Driskill Approaches Life Like a Walk-On

In this talk, David Driskill explains what student athletes can do to effectively maneuver the difficult realm of collegiate athletics and have a successful career, both on and off the field.

David Driskill graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, where he spent five years as a defensive end for the Sooners. David learned numerous lessons from his experience as a successful walk-on and student athlete that he is now applying to solve problems not only in college athletics but also in every-day life.

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