INTX will feature its first-ever TED Session presented by INTX, staged and curated in partnership with TED Conferences. TED will tap its rich network of inventive thinkers, including the inspiring group of global innovators in the TED Fellows program, to present a program on the power of disruption to spark both ideas and growth. Sponsored in part by ESPN.
Adam Foss, Juvenile Justice Reformer, TED
A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system
David Sengeh, Biomechatronics Engineer, TED
The sore problem of prosthetic limbs
Negin Farsad, Social Justice Comedian + Filmmaker, TED
Fighting Islamaphobia with comedy
Jesse Genet, Entrepreneur, TED
Bryn Freedman, Editorial Director and Curator, TED Institute
Kelly Stoetzel, Content Director, TED
Negin Farsad was named one of the Funniest Women of 2015 by Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She is the author of How to Make White People Laugh, a memoir-meets-social-justice-comedy manifesto (published by Grand Central, a division of Hachette) and she is the director/writer/star of the rom-com 3RD Street Blackout – both set for a 2016 release.
Adam J. Foss
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won.” As an in-demand speaker on criminal justice reform he promotes that prosecutors need better training to view each case through a lens of cultural competency, integrity, compassion and concern for the safety of the public, well-being of the victim and the betterment of the person charged with the crime.
Award-winning TV producer, investigative journalist and author, Bryn Freedman joined TED in 2014 as the Editorial Director and Curator for the TED Institute. In her work with TED, Bryn creates and executes TED conference events for fortune 500 companies, overseeing all editorial content, as well as managing speaker coaches and determining both the topics for each talk and the overall conference theme. In addition to curating these events, Bryn works as an executive speaker coach for professionals who want to give the “talk of their lives” in a clear, passionate and authentic way.
Jesse Genet is the Founder and CEO of Lumi.com. Lumi makes it easy for businesses to order the branded packaging and supplies they need to ship their products. Genet has been an entrepreneur since 16 when she started her first company, printing t-shirts in her parents Michigan basement. Before launching Lumi.com, she invented and launched Inkodye — a fabric dye that develops its color in the sun. Together with her co-founder Stephan Ango, they’ve stocked Inkodye in over 1500 retail stores.
David Sengeh was born and raised in Sierra Leone, where more than 8,000 men, women and children had limbs amputated during a brutal civil war. He noticed that many people there opted not to wear a prosthesis because proper fit is such an issue. Sengeh has pioneered a new system for creating prosthetic sockets, which fit a prothesis onto a patient's residual limb. Using MRI to map the shape, computer-assisted design to predict internal strains and 3D printing to allow for different materials to be used in different places, Sengeh is creating sockets that are far more comfortable than traditional models. These sockets can be produced cheaply and quickly, making them far more likely to help amputees across the globe.
As TED's Content Director, Kelly spends most of the year assembling speaker programming for TED and working with the speakers as they develop their talks. Kelly also serves as a member of TED's leadership team, and manages the super-talented content team.