November 23

What is TEDx?

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPrinceton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPrinceton event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Session 1

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Post Talk Reception

John Danner served as the James Wei Visiting Professor in 2008 and is currently serving as a visiting professor at Princeton, where he teaches EGR 498: Ventures to Address Global Health Challenges. He is a professor at the Haas School of Business and the School on Information at University of California, Berkeley. He began working as an advisor and investor for startups as an undergraduate at Harvard and later received his JD, MPH, and MAEd degrees from UC Berkeley. Danner has worked as a management consultant, lawyer, and senior executive. He has worked with Intel to encourage women and youth entrepreneurship, advises emerging ventures around the world, and came up with the concept of TED University.

Christopher Eisgruber

Christopher Eisgruber currently serves as the President of Princeton University. In 1883, Eisgruber graduated from Princeton University, where he majored in Physics and finished with magna cum laude honors. As a Rhodes Scholar, Eisgruber received an MLitt in Politics from Oxford University. He then earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude. Following law school, Eisgruber served as law clerk to Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and later Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. After teaching at New York University Law School for eleven years, Eisgruber served as a director and later as a provost of Princeton University. On April 21st , 2013, he was elected Princeton University’s 20th President.

Jeff Nunokawa

Jeff Nunokawa is currently a professor of English at Princeton University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Nunokawa specializes in English literature from 1830 to 1900. His first book, The Afterlife of Property, studies the concept of secure possession in novels of Dickens and Eliot. Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable Desire writes of imagination and desire. Nunokawa is currently working on a project that discusses the difficulty of breaking from the social groups that surround us and make us who we are.

James S. Henry

James S. Henry is a renowned economist, attorney, and investigative journalist. He has written numerous articles on global issues, economics, technology, and tax issues, which have been published in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Times and many more prestigious papers and magazines. Mr. Henry served as Director of Economic Research for McKinsey & Co and Vice President of Strategy for IBM/Lotus. He is a founding partner of Intel Venture Partners in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a founder of the Sag Harbor Group. In addition, he is also a senior adviser to the Tax Justice Network and has served as the first Chair of the newly formed Global Alliance for Tax Justice, which represents 81 NGOs in 37 countries. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received an M.S. in Economics from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

Robert Accordino

Robert Accordino is a physician, researcher, and the U.S. founder of the nonprofit organization, Music for Autism. Music for Autism develops autism-friendly, interactive concerts for individuals with autism and their families. Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, honored Accordino for his work with individuals with autism. Dr. Accordino is currently a resident at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, earned an M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, and an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Accordino is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2009, Dr. Accordino was one of only 15 medical students in the country to receive the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and service. In addition, he also blogs regularly on medicine and social justice for The Huffington Post.

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook is the CEO and Founder of Seeds. Seeds is a social game fitted for mobile devices that uses the conventional methods of moneymaking in gaming and adds the option to microlend through the game. It creates capital for entrepreneurs that may not have access otherwise. She worked as a trader for some time, but after finding the industry rather sexist, Cook decided to begin Seeds, thus creating a tool that could potentially empower women and many others through microloans. Cook also directed and produced The Microlending Film Project, which focused on the impact of microloans on women.

Renée Hlozek

Renée Hlozek is a Lyman Spitzer Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University. She is a renowned cosmologist and a Spitzer-Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows. Hlozek received her BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of Pretoria and her BSc with honors and MSc degrees from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. She completed her DPhil in Astrophysics at Oxford University as a South African Rhodes Scholar. Hlozek co-organized the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in the Department of Astrophysics and also participates in the Prison Teaching Initiative in New Jersey. She was named one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2012, and is a 2013 TED Fellow.

Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson attended Princeton for three years from 2003 to 2006. Jeremy is a co-founder of 2U, an educational technology company that partners with universities to offer online degree programs. He also co- founded Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage startup accelerator focusing on young entrepreneurs. In 2012 Jeremy was named one of Forbes 30 most influential entrepreneurs under 30.

David Klein

David Klein is Co-Founder and CEO of CommonBond, a student lending platform that connects graduate students seeking loans with a community of investors seeking a financial and social return. In September 2013, the company announced a $100M financing round from investors including the former CEOs of Citigroup and Thomson-Reuters. David previously worked in consumer finance at American Express and McKinsey & Company. David is an alumnus of Wharton Business school and graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Politics, Economics, and International Business. He is a former Board Member at the Bronx Charter School for the Arts.

Paul Canetti

Paul Canetti is the founder and CEO of MAZ, a publishing platform for mobile and tablet devices. MAZ works with over 200 publications, including Forbes Magazine, to create and distribute digital content. Paul is a skilled UX/UI designer who has worked previously at Apple and Condé Nast. Recently listed as one of Inc.'s 30 Under 30 Young Entrepreneurs, he teaches regularly at General Assembly about topics such as UX, design, apps, and online advertising.

Deborah Chang

Deborah Chang is dedicated to solving big problems in education through entrepreneurship. Most recently she was Chief of Staff at Socratic Labs, an accelerator and community for education technology entrepreneurs. Deborah is also the founder of The Conversation Coach, a service that coaches people through high-stakes conversations. She writes about issues in education, entrepreneurship, and social justice on The Huffington Post. Deborah is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied education policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Jane Harrison

Jane Harrison is the co- director of ATOPIA and co-founder of the non-profit design organization ATOPIA Research. Jane has taught at Princeton University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Vienna University of Technology, among many others. ATOPIA has been involved in many projects including developing design strategies for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and SUNNYLANDS, a vision plan for a Pacific Rim powerhouse.