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Speaker Spotlight: Chantelle Rytter

Chantelle Rytter founded the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade in 2010, along with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.

Is this your first time speaking at a TEDx event? What are your thoughts on presenting on October 17?
Yes, it is my first time! I think it is a terrific gift to speak at TEDx, and it happens to fall on my birthday.

August 2014 Lantern making workshop at Lantern House

August 2014 Lantern making workshop at Lantern House

Our theme this year implies the discovery of something that is before unseen. Tell us about a pure, unexpected change in your life that was the illumination of a revelation.
10,000 people showed up for the BeltLine Lantern Parade last year! Up from 1250! I didn’t believe that until I saw the video. I have always felt that there is a universal desire for creative play. I am now certain.

At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?
I am honored to do my work. I love it. At the end of the day, I kick back in my hammock and beam gratitude. I wrote a little song I sing then:
When its 5:55, then you know you’ve arrived,
Your good work is done and it’s lookin’ so fine.
Time to crack a beer and look at the sky
Oh my, it’s 5:55!

(There’s 2:22, 3:33, and 4:44 verses, too. I don’t have a set schedule.)

What is your passion?
Art + civic kinship.

What keeps you centered in this crazy world?
Love. My friends, my family, my art, my bicycle, and my cat.

What is your motto?
To work is human, to play is divine.

What are three words to best describe you?
More Play Time

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Speaker Spotlight: Shannon Zirbel

Speaker Spotlight: Shannon Zirbel

The second speaker for TEDxPeachtree 2014 we’ll be “illuminating” is Shannon Zirbel. Shannon has a background in engineering and mechanical solutions and believes that “design shows that inspiration can come from anywhere.”

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Is this your first time speaking at a TEDx event? What are your thoughts on presenting on October 17h?

Yes, it’s my first TEDx speaking engagement. I’m really looking forward to being part of this group of speakers; I consider it a great honor.

At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?

I am motivated strongly by a desire to understand the world around me and to solve the puzzles or problems that present themselves.

What keeps you centered in this crazy world?

My family.

What is one place you’ve visited that you’ll never forget?

Prague. It was amazing on so many different levels: I loved the architecture which managed to escape destruction during the Second World War, I was romanced by the people and their determination to rebuild their economy, the Jewish ghetto was heart-wrenching, and the art and culture were beautiful.

What are three words to best describe you?

I am an observer; I like to continually try new things; and I love sunshine.

 

We still have some early bird tickets to hear Shannon and the other presenters illuminate Atlanta this year on October 17th!

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Speaker Spotlight: Erico Mattos

Speaker Spotlight: Erico Mattos

TEDxPeachtree is proud to announce our first presenter, Erico Mattos! Get to know him a little and see why we’re so excited to hear his ideas on illumination.

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Is this your first time speaking at a TEDx event? What are your thoughts on presenting on October 17h?

I presented “OffShore Farming” at the TEDxUGA in 2013. I am very excited to be part of a TEDx again and I am looking forward to present on October 17. TEDxPeachtree has proved to be the best TEDx in GA and it will be an honor to be a presenter at this event.

At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?

What keeps me going and moving forward is the challenge, the unpredictable, the unknown. Working on a project that was never done before is exciting and extremely challenging. The passion and the chase for a write solution is my main motivation. The reward after a few “a-ha” moments is so pleasant that it can keep us going during the thousands of fail moments. That is science, just amazing!

What is your passion?

I love science and I love being a scientist. I consider myself very lucky for being able to do what I like. I can tell I live for Mondays instead of weekends. Waking up and going to work makes me happy. I also love Ducati motorcycles!

What is one place you’ve visited that you’ll never forget?

In 2012 I was selected by Singularity University and had the opportunity to participate at the Graduate Studies Program. That was a mind blowing experience that changed my life. After 3 months studying at Singularity University I have now a new perspective of how much we are capable of. I believe that the intelligent use of exponential technologies can solve world grand challenges and these solutions can come from anyone from everywhere.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to play a musical instrument. Although I love rock n’roll, I never learned how to play.

What is your motto?

Intellectual curiosity. This is the driven force behind me. The simple fact of wanting to know “why” and “how” is what makes me move forward. This is valid for my house appliances to the universe and our origins.

 

Don’t miss out on hearing Erico and the other presenters illuminate Atlanta this year on October 17th!

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