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TEDxPXV Speakers Announced

The theme of TEDxPhoenixville is Joy Ride and the organizing committee has invited individuals with diverse disciplines and backgrounds to speak during the engaging, day-long event. As a metaphor for life, the ride theme allows open interpretation to an interesting format of speakers and performers that include adventurers, inventors, virtuosos and entrepreneurs, A diverse collection of individuals whose common denominator is attacking their passion with joy. (Read the full press release here.)

West Chester University Laptop Arts Ensemble

Defining a new genre of interactive computer music, the Laptop Arts Ensemble brings together talented students from a variety of academic programs.

Emma Resmini

An accomplished flutist at just 10 years old, Emma has been called a “bright young prodigy” by the New York Times and has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her “dazzling technique.”

Paul Deegan

An adventurer, explorer, award-winning author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Paul is an ebullient speaker who has climbed many of the world’s most popular – and also some of its more esoteric – mountain regions.

Christopher McDougall

Author of the New York Times Bestseller, Born to Run, Chris shares his conviction that the secret to happiness is right at your feet with sharp wit and wild exuberance.

Simon Hauger

Simon is a physics teacher and director of the West Philly Hybrid X Team that builds and races alternative fuel vehicles. The team includes students from an after school program of the Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering based in West Philadelphia High School.

Ben Gulak

Ben is a twenty-one year old MIT student and inventor of the Uno, a one-wheeled, electric motorcycle, that is a marvel of technology and design.

Jennifer Levonian

Artist Jennifer Levonian creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life. Her work transforms things previously unnoticed into something bizarre, uncanny and wonderful.

Hosts for the TEDxPhoenixville day, most of which will take place on the Colonial Theatre’s main stage, are:

Kelly Stoetzel

Content Director for the TED conference in Palm Springs, California, co-host of the TEDActive and member of our TEDxPhoenixville committee.


Storyteller, poet, regular on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, co-host of Ironic, Iconic America on Bravo and the co-host of the TEDActive simulcast event in Palm Springs, California.


Tickets are $20 per person and are available online. Don’t forget to pre-order your box lunch made by local caterer Julie Zlogar for an additional $5 during the check out process.