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TEDxPeachtree 2017 Program: Beneath the Surface

The ninth annual TEDxPeachtree features some of Georgia's most innovative thinkers and doers who will each go beyond the headlines to share ideas that drive the future, help spark change and that celebrate human ingenuity!

Location: Rialto Center for the Arts,   When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Tickets: SOLD-OUT. Check back on this page for free live webcast. Download conference booklet.


~ 2017 Schedule ~

9 AM - 9:45 AM::Registration and networking

9:30 AM - Auditorium doors open for VIP access

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM:: Speaker Session 1 - Look Deeper

  • Tejas Athni “Fighting brain cancer: nature could hold the key”
  • Krzysztof Czaja “Why many diets fail; it’s not what you think”
  • Siana Altiise “Sensory performance”
  • Dana Kanze “Gender bias and venture financing”
  • Cara Turano Snow “It’s not just a penny”

Online audience Only: Interview with Dana Kanze

12:00 PM - 1:10 PM:: Speaker Session 2 - Second Chances

  • Rickey Bevington “The future of news media is in everyone's hands”
  • Louise Wasilewski “A new approach to overcoming prison overcrowding”
  • Jason Martin “Teaching outside the box”
  • Susan Sparks “Laughing our way to world peace one joke at a time”

Online audience Only: Interview with Louise Wasilewski



1:10 PM - Lunch and Field Activities

2:25 PM - 3:30 PM::Speaker Session 3 - Step Forward

  • Bill Nussey “The future of energy is local”
  • Justin Daniels “Why you hold the key to cybersecurity”
  • Jasmine Crowe “Hunger is a question of logistics; not scarcity”
  • James Beckerman “Giving to health”

Online audience Only: Interview with Justin Daniels

3:55 p.m.  Online audience Only: Interview with Lonnie Johnson
4:00 PM - 5:05 PM:: Speaker Session 4 - Beyond Boxes

  • Erich Netherton “The music of things”
  • Lonnie Johnson “The future of energy tech”
  • Juana Mendenhall “The future of cartilage regeneration comes in a syringe”
  • Matt Meister “This is uncovering the secrets of the Antarctic. Tomorrow…?”
  • Siana Altiise, performance

5:05 PM - 6:15 PM:: Post-Event Party

Stay the weekend after the post-conference party

Special rates are available at official 2017 conference headquarters The American Hotel a DoubleTree by Hilton located just a 5-minute walk from the theater. Call 1-404-688-8600 and ask for the $109 "Peachtree TEDx" group rate. 

~ 2017 Partners ~


Official Conference Hotel




~ X Zone Partners ~

The term "X Zone" was coined several years ago to describe the total conference experience where "X" stands for active. Even as speakers serve to stimulate the sight and mind, X Zone partners, majority of which are based in Georgia, engage the other senses with inventions and tasty tastings fueled by caffeine, of course!

A huge thanks to all our 2017 X Zone partners.