April 17, 2014

TEDx Portland Recap

On Saturday, April 12th, almost 3,000 people, including 25 Arnerich Massena clients and staff, descended upon the Keller Auditorium for the 4th annual TEDxPortland event. Tripled in size from last year’s event at the Portland Art Museum, TEDxPortland has grown into one of the largest and most well-respected TEDx events in the world.

Overall, it was a tremendous occasion; Arnerich Massena is so happy to be part of “spreading ideas throughout the Rose City.” This is our second year of being a platinum-level partner and we look forward to many more years to come. Following is a brief recap of all the things we saw and heard at this exciting event.

The audience listened to TED talks from 14 speakers including Zalika Gardner, who discussed the importance of listening; Aaron Draplin, owner of a Portland design firm who discussed his idea to offer “Free Fridays” for those who needed design assistance for start-ups and non-profits; Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, about bringing wireless electricity to the market; Zach King, an internet sensation who talked about the power of technology and created a Vine Video during his talk and uploaded it; Frank Moore, a 91-year-old WWII vet, who discussed the power of love and how it allowed him to feel secure enough to try anything in life; and Ben Haggerty — aka “Macklemore” — a rapper from Seattle who won four Grammies this year, who discussed not allowing perfection to get in the way of creativity.

In addition, the audience was entertained by five performances from the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Al James, Rose City Trombones, Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners, and Blitzen Trapper.

All of the talks will be posted to YouTube sometime in the next month – we will keep you posted.