Last month, I had the opportunity to give a talk at TEDxUCLA. The best part? It let me highlight some of the amazing people that I've gotten to collaborate with (and even a chance to collaborate with a brand new partner... during the talk). Alas, the stage time is short, so I want to use this blog post to share more information about the awesome people and places and organizations that I mention in the talk!
- The theme of TEDxUCLA 2017 was "Gravity"
- Here is the music video for "Gravity" (the "Engineering Dynamics with Circus Lab" theme song... written by the amazing Mischa Suemnig and his band Mighty Fairly) The labs for this class were held at Circus Juventas.
- The Playful Learning Lab is the University of St. Thomas research lab that I run, full of amazing students!
- Squishy Circuits were invented by my former student Sam Johnson and I. The Squishy Circuits store is the company whose products I use, and it is run by my former student Matthew Schmidtbauer.
- People who show up in pictures and stories:
- Chef Eric Rivera, who I met when working on the "truffle project" with the Alinea Restaurant Group. Eric went on to create amazing food for the party we threw to open our "Projects of the Long Now Foundation" exhibition at UST.
- Chef Kate Sigel is my pastry partner in crime for all musical and exploding cake projects. She is a sorceress with sugar, and is the executive pastry chef at Scout/The Nest in Seattle. She and I make up Cake andCapacitors.
- The singers we worked with on the Code+Chords project are Cantus.
- People who helped on the exploding cake include Rachel Gehlhar, John Angeli, John Edgar Park, Erin Kern, and Shane Foss.
- The exploding cake and musical cupcakes were for the Factory of Imagination led by Adam Montadon and Steffie Limere
- Thank you so much to Damian Kulash of OK Go for being my "surprise guest" and answering questions about their Upside Down and Inside Out video. (I met Damian at TED in April, where he and the band gave an amazing talk about their creative process. I invited him to join me the following month for the talk about and he kindly said yes.)
- Thank you to the Roadrunner pre-school class and my ENTR490 students for writing questions that I used in the interview.
Thank you all for watching!