Zeitgeist is a concept that, translated from the German, means "spirit of an era"--the intellectual, moral, cultural climate of any given moment in time. We live in a world today that is fraught and increasingly complex.  Have we lost our grasp on this world or can we still shape it?  Who or what is shaping world?  How will we define ourselves, as individuals and as a society?  What is the zeitgeist of our day?  Student and guest speakers will broach these questions as they examine the state of the world today in science, humanities, technology and the arts at this year's TEDxPineCrestSchool.  


SEGMENT I | Periods 2 & 3 | 9:00AM - 10:35AM

Official TEDx Introduction Video 

Emcee Welcome

1.  Sebastian Bell | "Embracing global citizenship" 

2.  Dani Swords & Brooke Siegal | "The meme generation"

3.  Shaina Pearl | "Taking the ill out of illiteracy"

4.  [TED Video] Rochelle Garnier  | "La vie en rose"

5.  Peter Kos | "Information at someone else's fingertips"

6.  Jordan Schulefand | "Amateurism in sports"

7.  Ava Goldstone & Hannah Saunders | "Expanding the reach of museums"

8.  [TED Video] | Amit Sood | "A museum of museums on the web"

9.  Connor Cranston | "Unconventional wisdom"


Break | Period 4 | 10:40 - 11:25AM


SEGMENT II | Periods 5 & 6 | 11:30AM - 1:05PM

Official TEDx Introduction Video 

Emcee Welcome

10.  Ryan Mahatme | "Yes, you know I'm right"

11.  Joseph Murciano | "Your network is your net worth" 

12.  Mikey Mattone | "Pint-sized sumo"

13.  [TED Video] Rives | "A story of mixed emoticons"

14.  Olamide Oyadiran | "Surround yourself with affirmations"

15.  Andrew Bell & Matthew Asnis | "There's an emoji for that"

16.  Jason Meisel | "There is a pattern to everything."

17.  [TED Video] Anthony Goldbloom | "The jobs we'll lose to machines"

18.  Brandon Mitchell | "The future of millennial leadership"                                          


Break | Period 7 | 1:10PM - 1:55PM


SEGMENT III | Periods 8 & 9 | 2:00PM - 3:38PM 

Official TEDx Introduction Video  

Emcee Welcome

19.  Zachary Berman | "There's no off-button"

20.  Ronni Isenberg | "The disposable generation"

21.  Nick Child | "Don't hesitate to meditate" 

22.  [TED Video] Laura Boushnak | "For these women, reading is a daring act"

23.  Devyn Simon | "Rebel with a cause"

24.  Cameron Brody | "Maker space: a home for people like me"

25.  Kaylee Blanchard | "Post-truthiness"

26.  [TED Video] Marco Tempest | "Augmented reality, techno-magic" 

27.  Alexa Carlin | "Your past does not define you"


Alexa Carlin | Your Past Does Not Define You

Alexa Carlin is a nationally renowned speaker, writer and Founder of the Women Empower Expo. A near-death experience in college left Alexa with a 1% chance of living. Today, as the Founder of multiple companies making a positive impact, Alexa shares her story of turning tragedy into triumph with audiences all over the world. Alexa has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Mashable, and The Sun-Sentinel among others. Learn more about Alexa at

Connor Cranston | Unconventional Wisdom

 Connor Cranston is a Marine Corp veteran turned entrepreneur, high performance coach, and speaker. He is the author of the book The Big Revelation: Live With New Passion, Overcome Adversity, and Intensify Self-Worth. He hosts a popular Self-Help podcast called "The Big Revelation." Connor works with many non-profit organizations and has been featured in major media outlets such NBC News, U.S. News & World Report, and others.

Brandon Mitchell | The Future of Millennial Leadership

Brandon Mitchell is a passionate advocate for common sense leadership and millennial advocacy. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he moved to Miami, FL for college studying at the University of Miami. In 2011, the student body elected him President of the Student Government. During his time at the University, Mitchell was tapped into the University's Iron Arrow Honor Society and received the Key to the City of Coral Gables in 2012. Following his graduation he worked for technology startups in Philadelphia and recently moved back to South Florida to work for the University of Miami, begin his master’s degree and start pursuing his passion advocating for the next generation of leaders. He is currently authoring a book on the future of millennial leadership to be released in the Summer of 2017.