2018 Speakers and Performers

Speakers

 

Daryle Hawkins

Daryle Hawkins is an Apparel Graphic Designer for Nike. He currently designs NCAA and NFL football uniforms. Originally from Omaha, NE Daryle has had a riveting journey to his life on the West Coast. He was formerly a Wide Receiver for the University of Oregon during one of the most successful eras. Being a part of innovation both on and off the field, Daryle developed a talent for decisiveness and perseverance. He became the first athlete at the University of Oregon to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Product Design. Daryle is using his experiences to create a business and creative direct his first fashion label, Touch of Midas. Daryle is an advocate for young athletes to go into creative fields. Daryle is passionate about bringing new voice to design.

 

Eshika Saxena 

Eshika is a rising senior at Interlake High School. She developed an early interest in technology as a regular participant in FLL robotics competitions and expanded her knowledge by taking several software and microprocessor programming courses. The deep interest in math and software fueled her passion for solving real world problems with the magic of technology. Summer internships at the University of Washington’s Ubiquitous Computing Lab, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program, Apple Engineering Technology Camp and Research Sciences Institute at MIT provided hands on experience and a deep foundation in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML). Eshika is interested in the application of AI & ML technology to making telemedicine a reality. She has developed several innovative solutions that have been recognized nationally/internationally with multiple awards from Intel International science and Engineering Fairs (ISEF), National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, Cisco’s IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge, Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Summit, Davidson Fellows Honorable mention. In her high school, Eshika is the Founder & President of the AI & Machine Learning club, President of Science National Honor Society and Vice president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society club. To share her passion for technology, Eshika mentors local FLL teams and has co-founded a 501c(3), not-for-profit organization, TakeKnowledGe, to encourage children, girls in particular, to experience STEM through fun and engaging activities. Eshika is a blackbelt in Taekwondo, National Music Level 8 certified in Piano, and loves to travel, dance, and read in her spare time.

 

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Roshan Nair

Roshan A. Nair is a Senior at Tesla STEM High School. He is passionate about youth involvement in climate action and international policy. Roshan has spoken on multiple occasions in order to elicit cognizance among the future generation about the importance of climate action as well as environmental sustainability. Roshan has served as the Director of Communications for the student-led organization Schools Under 2°C, which aims to educate students on environmental issues and stewardship. Moreover, he has advocated for climate change education through the Washington State STEM Education and Innovation Alliance as well as through teaching environmental and earth science at Science Infinity to middle school students. Roshan furthers his interest in global policy through his leadership roles on the Secretariat of various Model United Nations conferences in the Pacific Northwest. He sits as Secretary General for King County Model United Nations and as Under Secretary General of Committees for both Seattle Model United Nations and Pacific Model United Nations. In his free time, Roshan is a geography buff, an avid scuba diver, and loves to spend time with his chickens and garden. Roshan is ecstatic to present at TEDxRedmond and looks forward to the discourse that will emerge from escaping the echo chamber.

 

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Diana Voronin

Diana Voronin is a freshman studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is passionate about using electrical engineering and computer science to create innovative medical devices that dismantle healthcare inequalities. Inspired by her grandfather’s struggle with stroke rehabilitation, she invented MotivateMe, a smart wristband that gives stroke patients real-time, motivational feedback on their rehabilitation exercise performance. She has presented her research as the youngest competitor on Intel’s America’s Greatest Makers TV show, to President Obama at the 2016 White House Science Fair, at the Intel Developer Forum Conference, the World/National/Bay Area Maker Faires, and the MIT IEEE Undergraduate Research Technology Conference. Diana also interned at Intel, where she developed the first speech recognition neural network to be implemented on the Movidius Neural Compute Stick. Additionally, she is the founder of STEAM Ahead, a community service project that hosts camps and workshops to encourage and equip other students to tackle the social issues close to their hearts. For her outreach work she has been named a 2018 Stanford she++ #include Fellow, a 2017 HERlead Fellow, and a 2017 FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Finalist.

 

 

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Bella Chang

Bella Chang, 16, is a junior at Bellevue High School. She has always been passionate about literature, and has continued to grow as a writer through speeches in school leadership and through her personal poetry endeavors. Additionally, as an advocate for change in the community, Bella has volunteered in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic as a part of the Global Health Organization, which helps to provide medical care to local families. Bella is also the founder and president of her school’s rising UNICEF club, where she hopes to continue making an impact outside of her own community. As vice president at her school in freshman and sophomore years, she has also developed a love for leadership and power in unity. In her free time, you can find Bella playing her flute, working on a new arts and crafts project, or playing badminton at her local club.

 

Anshul Ahluwalia

Anshul Ahluwalia is a senior at Redmond High School. He’s passionate about Computer Science and Virtual Reality and its applications. He’s worked on many Virtual Reality objects, with most of them being on the Microsoft HoloLens, which is a Mixed Reality headset, meaning it combines aspects of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He worked on Project METEOR with a team of 3 other people, and along with those people demoed it at Microsoft’s Hunt the Wumpus 2018. Other HoloLens projects he’s worked on include HoloGallery, which allows users to see virtual paintings in their living spaces, and a giant octopus game at a hackathon last year which was a cross-platform game on the HoloLens, the Vive, and Android’s ARCore. He’s excited to present at TedXRedmond and hopes to foster interest in Virtual Reality development.

 

 

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Christina Dias

Christina is a graduate of Tesla STEM High School in Redmond and is currently a senior at Whitman College. She is a Politics major. Christina previously assisted with research at Professor Banaji’s lab at Harvard University which created the Implicit Association Test (IAT) that examines implicit biases. She serves as a Vice President as part of her college’s student government and is interested in policies that champion equality. In addition, Christina is interested in understanding colonialism. This year, at her college’s Power & Privilege Symposium, Christina gave a talk titled “Unpacking the Complexity of an Identity Founded on Colonization.”  Aside from her passion for social justice, Christina is also passionate about mental health. She has assisted in research on neuropsychiatric disorders at UCSF and is particularly passionate about accessibility to healthcare within marginalized populations.

 

Bitanyia Giday 

Bitaniya Giday is a rising sophomore at Newport Highschool. As an Immigrant from Ethiopia, she spends her time writing poetry speaking out for more inclusive political spheres, and performs her pieces at leadership conferences, youth empowerment events throughout Washington and also Slams on stages in Seattle. Within her own school, she has been elected President of her class for three years now and spends most of her time debating and learning postmodern philosophy to better understand the world around her. Throughout her summers, Bitaniya has spent time volunteering and working on her poetry book in her home country, and this year is organizing a Color Run for the international rescue committee. Lastly, she is working on launching a nonprofit called “linkAGE” in order to better connect orphanages in East Africa to students in the states, in order to bridge the connection of the alienated relationship between donors and receivers and form bonds that can surpass physical barriers. The nonprofit will feature youth as board members in order to reflect a message of our generations ability to make a difference in the world.

Shravya Kakulamarri

Shravya Kakulamarri is a junior studying Health Sciences, Global Health Technologies, and Biochemistry at Rice University. From researching and creating global health solutions at Hospital de Câncer de Barretos in Brazil, to establishing a Medical Reserve Corps chapter in the city of Redmond, she has immersed herself in the field of global and public health to better gain an understanding of medical issues within the US, as well as all over the world. Her current goal is to decrease incidence of diabetes in Hispanic and Latino populations and eliminate this health disparity in Brownsville, Texas. Apart from global health, Shravya’s interests include playing basketball, mentoring high school students, and skiing. Shravya is looking forward to presenting at this year’s TEDx Conference and hopes to inspire others with her passion.

 

 

Performers

 

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RHS Dance Club

Ever since its founding in 2016, RHS Dance Club has been bringing together students with a passion for dance but who might not have had the opportunity or courage to pursue that interest publicly. Every week, the club hosts meetings where students have a chance to learn new urban/pop choreography. Dance Club has performed on numerous occasions within the community, including at the Old Redmond Firehouse, Redmond High School talent shows, and last year’s TedxYouth@Redmond event. This year, the performers will include Martin Shi (President, rising senior), Jason Fu (Secretary/Treasurer, rising senior), and Joan Munoz (PR, rising senior).

 

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Claire Maurer

Claire is a senior at Tesla STEM High School. She has been enjoying the stage lights for over 10 years, whether through dance, music, or backstage running lights and sound. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, going to concerts, reading 19th century romance novels, and playing the ukulele. She is passionate about making art inclusive and accessible to all and hopes that she can leave an impression on people with her music, no matter how small that impression may be. In the past she has performed at TEDxSTEM, several Relay for Life events, and at the Old Redmond Firehouse. She will be placing an “island spin” on some of her favorite nontraditional ukulele songs and is so excited to share the stage with so many talented speakers and performers!