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TEDxBuffalo unveils 2016 speakers lineup

The organizers of TEDxBuffalo have unveiled a diverse set of speakers for this year’s conference on Oct. 20.

The theme of TEDxBuffalo 2016 is “Perceptions,” how they affect and change people’s beliefs and how they can be reshaped, according to the volunteers who pull the event together.

Speakers will address topics including the internet of things, virtual reality and how members of the public consume data.

About 60 people applied to speak at the 2016 conference, which will take place at Asbury Hall at Babeville.

The full list is:

• Jason P. Briner, an associate professor of geology at the University at Buffalo who researches glaciers and climate conditions in Arctic regions.

• William Capozzi, a digital and traditional artist, musician, and woodworker. He will talk about visualizing and revisiting notable places using virtual reality.

• Jim Cielencki, a former professional BMX bike rider, who is now a runner, and will give a talk titled, “Discovering I Knew Nothing About My City.”

• Fotini Galanes, an illustrator, muralist, lecturer and teacher, who will talk on beauty and deformity.

• John H. Johnson and Mike Gluck, the co-authors of “Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day.”

• Mark Montgomery, coordinator of student success initiatives at Alfred State College and founder of The Montgomery Experience, which evolved into Joseph’s Experience, a nonprofit that helps people who have cancer, leukemia or a similar disease.

• Jonathan Rajewski, director of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vt., talking about the internet of things.

• Allison Sagraves, chief data officer for M&T Bank, who will talk about how to become a citizen data scientist.

This is the sixth edition of TEDxBuffalo. The conference holds a license under the TEDx brand from TED – short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – a nonprofit committed to “Ideas Worth Sharing.” The group records the speakers at its popular conferences and shares those TEDTalks through its website, YouTube and iTunes podcasts.

For the first time, organizers are selling tickets to attend TEDxBuffalo. In previous years, there was no cost to attend but prospective audience members were hand-selected through an application process.

More information on ticket price and availability should be released next week and tickets are expected to go on sale by early September, said Pete Herr, the TEDxBuffalo 2016 director.

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