TEDxBoston – Ideas in Action

Thursday, November 4th, 10:00 am – Midnight @ The ‘Quin

14 hours of serendipitous hyper-immersion into a verbal, audio and visual experience across your senses. Spanning serious to whimsical, exhilarating to contemplative. It’s ideas and insights and pure mental stimulation that will challenge and engage you for months after the sessions.  Program packed with Ideas, Projects and Interactions, each divided into two two-hour Power Bursts of stimulation. You can dive in, come up for air and dive back in again, moving across themes as you will. Noteworthy thinkers, doers and makers who will share their thinking in short bursts, surrounded by audio and visual sensory immersion, including dynamic 3D projection mapping on venue walls. You’ll be able to interact with Speakers before and after their talks.

More info on our event page HERE.

Block 1 – Force

10:00 – 12:00 pm


Pardis Sabeti

Computational Geneticist & Professor at Harvard University

L’Merchie Frazier

Public Artist and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History Boston and Nantucket

John Sharp

Medical Professional, Board Certified Psychiatrist & Harvard Medical School Faculty Member

Pennie Saum

Sexual Abuse Prevention Activist, Author; Founder, Director - Brave and Unbroken Project

Block 2 – Velocity

12:00 – 2:00 pm



Travis Ambroise

Rap Artist & Singer, 2021 Rising Tides Fellow, Eureka Ensemble

Block 3 – Heat

2:00 – 4:00 pm


Erin Vadala

Singer-Songwriter & 2021 Rising Tides Fellow, Eureka Ensemble

Lane Gardner

Arts Educator, Singer/Songwriter, President/Founder of THREAD

Crystal Emery

Founder of URU: The Right to Be Entertainment Non-Profit

Laura Caputo

Instructor Pilot, BETA Technologies & US Air Force Officer

Block 4 – Reaction

4:00 – 6:00 pm


Danny Rivera

Singer-Songwriter & Social Advocate for Social Impact, Equity & Empowerment

Steve Papa

Entrepreneur Visionary, Founder & CEO at Parallel Wireless

Brittany Bychkovsky

Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Instructor at Harvard Medical School

Vik Parth

Research Affiliate, MIT and Captain, MIT Hyperloop II

Block 5 – Fragmentation

6:00 – 8:00 pm



Angelina Botticelli

Singer-Songwriter & Community Organizer, 2021 Rising Tides Fellow, Eureka Ensemble

Jon McNeill

Serial Entrepreneur & Former President Tesla, Former COO at Lyft

Brock Reeve

Executive Director Harvard Stem Cell Insitute

Tom Grilk

President & CEO, Boston Athletic Association, Boston Marathon

Block 6 – Fusion

8:00 – 10:00 pm


Kristo Kondakci

Conductor; Eureka Ensemble; Kendall Sq. Orchestra & Narragansett Bay Symphony

Ofer Levy

FDA Advisor, Director of Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children's

Ramesh Raskar

Privacy and AI expert, MIT Media Lab Inventor, Lemelson Awardee

Block 7 – Momentum

10:00 pm – Midnight


Andy Andres

Award-winning Baseball Researcher and Teacher, BU

Russ Howard

Distinguished Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University

Jamie Heywood

Healthcare Revolutionary, Founder, CEO & Chairman at Alden Scientific

Block 8 – Supernova



Brandon Woods

Neuroscientist, Musician, Actor & Harvard PhD Candidate

Zoe Heywood

World-Class Aerialist & Coach at Moody Street Circus




Pre-recorded for the Event


Nir Barzilai

Professor & Director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Organizing Team


Bruce Hecht

MIT Systems Design & Management Fellow, Founder & CEO VG2PLAY