TEDxPiscataquaRiver Blog

Gail Knowles
TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2016 Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo

TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2016 Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo

After selling out of tickets for our event in less than two hours last Monday, we are in the final stages of confirming our volunteer team for our 5th annual event, set to take place at 3S Artspace on Friday, September 8th.

As a completely volunteer-run and volunteer-organized event, we can't do it without our fantastic volunteer team. Duties for the day of the event include greeting attendees and registration, ushering Partners and attendees to seats, helping with break-time interactive activities, helping with crowd management and more.

If you're getting this email, you have applied to be a volunteer this year, or have checked "Volunteer Updates" as a kind of update you want to receive — so here's the deal with volunteer opportunities for our 2017 event:

Volunteering for TEDx on the day of the event will be given priority in order of amount of time spent volunteering for the event, including the team who has been working on this since January, right up to those who can make it for Set-Up Day and/or Breakdown. After that, we will see what spots we have left for day-of only volunteers.

So, if you're not already on the TEDx organizing team, you can sign up for TEDxPiscataquaRiver Set-up Day, which is Thursday, September 7th from 9am – 8pm, or Break-down, which is Friday, September 8th from 5 – 8pm. Set-Up Day duties will include assembling name badges, setting up tables and chairs, setting up interactive breakout activities, setting up staging installation and lighting, organizing catering area, etc. Break-down duties are all that in reverse.

Sign up to volunteer on Set-Up Day & Break-down here:
Signup for TEDXPiscataquaRiver

If you would like to help set up and/or break down but cannot attend TEDx day-of, please let us know that as well.

Note that we have a deadline of this Thursday (August 31st) for printed name badges for the event, so we'd love to confirm all volunteers by then.

If you have any questions, contact us!

—2017 TEDxPiscataquaRiver Organizing Team

More about 2017 TEDxPiscataquaRiver:
TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017 is Friday, September 8, at Portsmouth's 3S Artspace. Doors open at 8:30 for attendees, and the program runs 9:30am–4:30pm, with post-event reception until 6pm.

Speakers will address "On Your Own Terms" directly or indirectly through topics including ambassadorship, heroes, education, conservation, patriotism, stress, technology, ethics, gender identity, city planning and aging. We'll explore the many ways we can approach various aspects of our life and the world on our terms, and how that concept applies to our communities and others.

Our speakers include business, faith and education leaders, innovators and philanthropists, world-class athletes and musicians, artists and advocates. Speakers are a mix of local, regional and national experts across a wide range of disciplines. Full bios can be found at http://tedxpiscataquariver.com/speakers.

NEW this year: Play with us! Interact with us during the day through a series of immersive art-making experiences created by Circulus Arts that will poke at your perspectives and tickle your terms. Some are collaborative, some are created for the individual - it’s all about exploring the question “what are my terms?"

Our 2017 hosts are Monte Bohanan, director of marketing and communications at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, and Seacoast author, performer and teacher Stephanie Lazenby, director of education at Patrick Dorow Productions.

Gail Knowles

Clark Knowles


Perhaps you’ve heard about TED Talks and TEDx Talks or seen some of the VIDEOS on YouTube or elsewhere on the web. Perhaps you’ve found the videos and the speakers engaging enough to regularly visit the TED website or have subscribed to the TEDx channel. The crowds in the videos seem to be energetic, laughing and learning as they listen to the array of speakers on all sorts of subjects, but if you’re like most people, you probably aren’t sure how one might attend a TED or TEDx event, or what the difference between the two types of events are. While TED events are held twice a year under the TED banner, a TEDx event is independently organized, but in the TED universe.

This year, the fifth annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver is being held at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on September 8th. We decided to ask local participants in the TEDx experience to ponder their experiences and help us answer the question “Why TEDxPiscataquaRiver?” This week, we’ve asked a former presenting speaker, a former participant, and a current volunteer to give us their thoughts.

Former presenter Sara Curry 

Sara Curry - Bikram Yoga Portsmouth

Sara Curry is the owner of Bikram Yoga Portsmouth and Vice-President of SATYA —Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action. Her TEDx Talk, “On the Mat to Recovery” (viewed nearly 13,000 times!) can be found HERE. When we asked Sara about her experiences, here’s what she had to say:

"My first experience at TEDxPiscataquaRiver was as a spectator. It was an inspiring, exciting community event. The presenters exposed me to people and ideas outside my social bubble and field of expertise. I still quote speakers and ideas from that day.

"As a participant, I had an amazing experience working with the staff at TEDxPiscataquaRiver. They were thorough and helpful and have forever impacted the way that I present and speak.

"Beyond all of that, my favorite part of TEDx each year is getting to listen to my neighbors' quirky stories and specialties. Last year, listening to the secret life of native bees, I was blown away by how much there is to know about the natural world beyond my limited perspective. Listening to the talk on Dungeons and Dragons, I got a glimpse into a world I was never a part of before and gained a new understanding of another's life experience and the deep value of a "child's game." Last year, I completely understood why a third presenter became a part of a cult.

"The nerd in me loves to know what others know and to look at the world through another's eyes. I look forward to the experience every year.”

Audience Participant Trevor Barlett

Trevor Bartlett

Trevor has been involved in the arts community in Portsmouth for over two decades, including long stints at the regions oldest surviving historic theaters, The Music Hall and the IOKA Theater in Exeter, and many days organizing for and participating in the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, an independently organized Halloween parade that ranks as one of the liveliest and best in the country. He’s currently curating the movie series at The Prescott Park Arts Festival

Trevor says:

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour…” —William Blake

"All great journeys start with a spark of inspiration. TEDx Piscataqua is the hearth around which we, as a community, as a village, may circle to see that spark turn to fire. It's a hell of a thing. It's the light of global concerns shone through a prism of local attention. A gathering of the motivated and the mindful, people who make an art of taking action. You can feel a quickening, a crackling in the air, in yourself, when you're in a room with them. Speakers and attendees alike, these are all people defined by intelligence, dedication, and boundless curiosity. A day spent in their proximity is nothing less than an affirmation of the profound wake we can leave as we move through the world. Listening to their stories, hearing first hand what they are thinking about and what they are doing, becomes through the course of the day a provocation to find your own voice, to tell your own story. To discover how, as part of a greater whole, you personally, with whatever your own talents, tools, field, or focus may be, can seek make a real difference. And to do just that.

"Also, there's free sandwiches.”

Returning Volunteer Gail Knowles

Gail Knowles

Gail has been volunteering at Seacoast Area Organizations since she moved to Portsmouth in 1989. Among other volunteer activities, she’s wrangled Girl Scouts, re-caned chairs on Star Island with ISHRA —The Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association, designed logos, coached, and kept the “book” for many of softball games with PGSA —the Portsmouth Girls Softball Association, and been a youth group facilitator and PRIDE volunteer with Seacoast Outright.

She says: "I first came to TEDxPiscataquaRiver as an audience member in 2015. I was lucky enough to win a ticket through the lottery and was really impressed with the speakers and the way the audience came together as a mini-community throughout the day. Since the space is small, and the audience is a mix of curated guests and tickets holders, I figured the best way to stay in the loop was to get involved.

"In 2016, I did some graphics work, like this word cloud above and I volunteered during set up, helping with whatever needed doing (a picture above shows Gail using a blow-torch to heat seal the cords for participant lanyards), but this year I’ve taken on a bit more in terms of volunteering duties. I’ve been working to keep the website up to date, to make sure our sponsors information is easy to find and explore, and I’ll be back again on the set up and event days to move boxes, chairs, and help things go as smoothly as they can. I love this town and our local community and by volunteering with TEDx, I can see people I don’t normally get to see, listen to speakers that have ideas I’ve never even thought about, and I get to remain involved with people that are helping shape the art, tech, and business worlds of my community. When you get to know me, I’m helpful, but I’m kind of nosey, and I’d rather be a part of this, than on the outside looking in, wondering what all the fuss is about. Volunteering here helps keep me up to date!"

Join us in our next “Why TEDxPiscataquaRiver?” when we’ll talk with another group of people from previous and current TEDxPiscataquaRiver events to see why you too should be excited to become a part of this vital local resource. Click HERE for more information about tickets and how to get involved. Click HERE to see who will be speaking this year.

Crystal Paradis

The fifth annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver returns Friday, September 8, 2017, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year’s event theme is “On Your Own Terms.” Ticket sales to the public will open Monday, August 21st and are expected to sell out quickly.

The day-long event will feature local, regional and national presenters from the worlds of business, faith, education, innovation, philanthropy, athletics, music, art, and advocacy. The audience will learn how the speakers forged their paths “on their own terms” and will have a chance to explore the theme in a personal way during breakout sessions throughout the day.

Speakers, announced on Friday, will include:

  • Adam Roberts — nonprofits arts manager, founder of Arts in America
  • Alex Myers — writer, teacher, and speaker.
  • Alyssa Wright — social change artist, movement builder and philanthropic advisor
  • Bob Fernald — open water marathon swimmer, Top 10 in open water swimming history
  • Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie — ecologist and alpine zone enthusiast
  • Cathleen Toomey — branding professional, VP of Marketing for RiverWoods
  • Celia Woodsmith — GRAMMY-Nominated performer and songwriter, former US State Department cultural diplomat
  • Christine Kelly — master hypnotist and trainer of neuro-linguistic programming
  • Elissa Margolin —nonprofit consultant with a focus on public policy
  • Jacquelyn Benson — writer, anthropologist and adventurer 
  • Jeff Stern — filmmaker, professor and Digital Fast advocate
  • John Shea’s — educator, former teacher, principal and counselor
  • Kirsten Hunter — Director of Religious Education at South Church Unitarian Universalist
  • Lidia Balanovich — STEM enthusiast, Ranked #1, Class of 2018 at Nashua High School North
  • Russell Preston — designer and urbanist, founder of Principle Group,
  • Steve De Neef — photo and video journalist specializing in conservation photography

Full bios of all speakers can be found here: http://tedxpiscataquariver.com/speakers

The TEDxPiscataquaRiver audience is a mix of curated attendees (i.e. student delegates, nonprofit, and community leaders) and general ticketholders from business, arts, tech, and creative industries.

Learn about the Partners who help us bring this event to life and keep spreading these ideas.

Gail Knowles
TEDxPiscataquaRiver Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo

TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2016 Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo
Tamara Collins

It is easy to stay in one’s comfort zone and within the social network of the friends and family we’ve known for ages or met through the safe walls of a church, sports, school, work, or other friends and family. However, if you live your life like a first-week college or prep school freshman, attached at the hip of your new dorm mate then you will miss out on a world of learning and opportunity to help yourself and others.

If I told you that you could improve your happiness by helping others and it wouldn’t cost you a cent what would you think? You won’t be taking away money from your rent, groceries, car, or student loan payments by volunteering and depending on where you volunteer you may get some perks such as free meals here and there which means you are saving money while bonding with the other strangers as brave as you. You can put in as much or as little time as you like that’s one of the beautiful parts of being a volunteer.

Working without pay may sound unappealing and for some sound like a deal breaker on the surface. But, allow me to explain some of the hidden perks:


a. Activity – any movement is good because it helps us deal with stress which helps us live longer.
b. Social – meet new people, connect with shared goals, positive social interactions (touch, smiles, eye contact) help us bond and care for others, and manage stress better.
c. Feeling – doing something for others makes us feel better about ourselves it improves our self-esteem and happiness which leads to living longer.
d. Community – if you are new to an area or your friends have moved away volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community to meet people


a. Networking – if you are unemployed, volunteering is a great way to collaborate on a project and show others your skills, personality and build connections that could lead to employment outside of the charity project you are helping on.
b. Honing – Volunteering allows us to keep our skills sharp. Sometimes we don’t get to do things we love during our work days that we used to do at prior jobs or while in school.
c. Learning – Volunteering allows us to learn new skills for free.
d. Transferable – The skills you learn and use volunteering can be put on your LinkedIn or resume because even though you were not paid experience is experience and volunteering always looks good on the resume.

In today’s fast paced techno consumer world, we can sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses, to play with our pets, to get out in nature and leave our laptops, tablets, and phones at home. For some of us, we can easily fall into the just one more thing Portlandia like-loop, and unless we are snapped out of it. Then we become less productive, exhausted, and unhappy and even downright miserable without even being aware that it's happening. It can make a drastic change like #VanLife seem less romantic and more ideal because we have become used to the rut but don’t know how to change. If you need a sign this sentence is it. You, yes you. What were you passionate about when you were eleven years old? Do you still make time for your hobbies and passions? What is stopping you? Is it money? If it's money then is there an organization that you can volunteer with so you can do what you love for free? For years, I wanted to take surfing lessons and return to the slopes on a snowboard what was holding me back was my massive student loan debts and high rent and other debts and bills. Finally, a friend suggested getting involved with a new organization where I could donate some of my time to help others while also getting to go surfing and snowboarding for 20-25% of the normal prices. This has made a world of difference in my life.

More and more recent studies are showing that the people who live the longest and are the happiest are not the richest. They are the ones that mediate, laugh, and are involved in their communities, they place family and or friends over wealth and stuff. They care for other people. So, why not gather your friends and family to volunteer with you in your community and reap the benefits together or join solely and meet strangers who may become good friends in time?
Watch the talks below and get inspired:

How Volunteerism Can Change Your World – Joyce Bertram

What Volunteering Taught Me – Hajira Khan

Volunteerism: Best Platform for Personal and Professional Development – Tuan Nguyen

Micro-Volunteering – Giving Back for Busy People – Ben Rigby

Some good places to start volunteering:


Volunteer Match

Great Nonprofits


Hands on Network

Your Local TEDx

Volunteering with Seniors

Volunteers of America

Gail Knowles
3S Artspace hosts TEDx

by Clark Knowles

The 3S Artspace in Portsmouth NH, is nestled between the town’s historic district, working port, and the newer construction of the changing North End. The building is a multi-use facility that each month hosts a wide variety of entertainment for its Seacoast audiences. With it’s modern aesthetic built into and around the bones of an old industrial building, 3S is a nexus for Portsmouth’s vibrant artistic, musical, and foodie communities. Here, old-school working class Portsmouth meets new tourist-friendly Portsmouth; traditional and modern art; acoustic and electric music; spoken word, theater, comedy, dance-parties, and gamer-nights. It are these qualities that make it the perfect spot to host TEDxPiscataquaRiver and the eclectic mix of speakers that the event offers to the community each year.

TEDxPiscataquaRiver, part of the larger TED and TEDx movements all over the world, draws local, regional, and national speakers to Portsmouth each year. With the goal of provoking in-depth conversations about community issues and solutions, the day-long event compels its audience to view old problems through new lenses. The TEDx goal of innovation and action allows the organizers to blend vital local experience, knowledge, and insight across a wide range of subjects linked by a common theme. The theme for this year’s event is “On Your Own Terms.” The team of organizers is busy assembling their group of speakers, corralling an army of volunteers, and marshaling the materials and pixels that will shape the 5th annual event held, for the fourth year, at 3S Artspace, a building and organization that has made itself a part of the local community on its own terms.

3S Artspace hosts TEDx

All over the country, in towns like Portsmouth, NH, one might hear a longtime local resident saying something along the lines of “this town has changed.” Wander into any coffee shop in Portsmouth and you’re likely to hear discussions about how those changes have affected Portsmouth. With one foot in the industrial, working-class city of the 20th century, and the other foot in the boutique, luxury-apartment, service-oriented economy of this century, Portsmouth is doing what it has done since it was incorporated in 1653: change.

The citizenry of Portsmouth and the surrounding Seacoast towns and communities, exist in a sort of consistent act of revision. The word revision is tricky. Often it’s employed in such a way to infer that the original “work” isn’t yet finished. But broken down, the word RE (again) and VISION (to see), simply implies that one needs see something again. In blending its new economies with the old, natural spaces with manmade, historic buildings with new construction, Portsmouth is undergoing constant revision. And each time a piece of the puzzle is refined, changed, torn down, or rearranged, the local community is asked to adapt and change too. The city and its people create the terms and live with the outcomes.

Organizations like 3S Artspace are born of these sorts of ever-colliding forces of the old and new. The founders looked at the old, run-down industrial space wedged between train tracks and a cemetery, bordered by an Auto-parts store, suites of offices, and a Dry Cleaners, and saw their revision: a quirky hub of arts and commerce, classical and punk, local and national. They forged a new identity on their own terms and invited the community to enjoy the results. This year, TEDxPiscataquaRiver will bring its speakers to the 3S stage and fill the performance and gallery spaces with an audience ready to be challenged, changed, and inspired as they go about their individual acts of revision. The larger TED community is devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and on September 8th, 2017, TEDxPiscataquaRiver at 3S Artspace, will be the place where many of those new ideas are forged.

Crystal Paradis

We are thrilled to officially announce the 5th annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver!

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Location: 3S Artspace

Theme: On Your Own Terms

Facebook Event: TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017: On Your Own Terms

About the theme: On Your Own Terms

This theme will tie together our talks, performances and audience experiences for our 5th event. The talk topics will range in discipline from science, social issues, education, arts, technology and business. The performances will span and intersect different artistic expressions. Our arts and technology audience experiences will also demonstrate this theme. On Your Own Terms is a theme that we explore in all of these ways, answering questions like: how can you live, work, play and make decisions on your terms? How will you meet and interact with your community on your own terms? How have we seen this concept expressed in nature? What terms are important to help us understand our relationship to the world?

Many thanks to Liz Favini for this year's theme design!

For more information on the event, visit our Attend page.

Be sure to subscribe to our email list for breaking announcements, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Crystal Paradis


It’s come to be expected that your local TEDx event will feature a mix of local voices and nationally-acclaimed leaders from a variety of fields. But this year’s TEDxPiscataquaRiver was treated with an international guest in one 16-year-old Muskan Kumari, who presented her TEDx talk entitled “Looking for a Different Side.” Muskan had much to tell the Portsmouth, New Hampshire crowd, about her own misconceptions about the United States before she arrived, and the misconceptions that greeted her when she first arrived at a small New Hampshire high school.


Muskan’s father, Vinod Kumar, travelled from Pakistan to Portsmouth to see her talk and arrived at 3S Artspace Friday morning, May 6th, with Muskan’s uncle from Connecticut. They joined over 200 people who sat with rapt attention as Muskan took the stage shortly before lunch during the full-day TEDx conference. “Little I’ve been in the United States and little I know about the real story of the common American citizens,” she started, explaining her journey to the US.


Muskan arrived in Goffstown, New Hampshire in August 2015 after being one of only a handful of students selected from Pakistan to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Though she is only 16 years old, she is set to graduate US high school in two weeks, before returning to Pakistan in June to finish high school in her hometown and then returning the US for college.


“I chose to participate in this exchange program to diminish single stories and labels regarding my religion, my country and my own self,” Muskan said. “I always found America as one of those powerful nations who have nothing else but hatred towards predominantly Muslim nations. But, after coming to the United States, this false image has been diminished. No wonder, why a dialogue from To Kill a Mockingbird feels so true: ‘Atticus, he was real nice.’ ‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.’”


After talk, Muskan was approached by attendee after attendee, all telling her how her talk affected them, and how happy they were to have heard her message. Muskan said that she found TED Talks when she was 11 years old, and ever since then it had been her dream to someday give one, herself.


Amidst well-known authors, scientists and CEOs, this brave young woman from Pakistan was a highlight of the day for many. Her message to all resounded.


“I can change the world. You can change the world.”

Watch Muskan's talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtmqcFZ88mI


Photo by Michael Sterling Photography


Crystal Paradis

A message from #TEDx03801 organizers from the On the Edge event program

Team photo by David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com 

Welcome to TEDxPiscataquaRiver: On the Edge
We’re so excited to share Portsmouth’s fourth annual TEDx event with you!

We have an incredible lineup of speakers, performers, TED Talk videos, special events and experiences to share with you today. This year’s event has grown in many ways since our very first TEDx in 2013 — right here in the same building, back when 319 Vaughan Street was the yet-to-be-realized future home of 3S Artspace.

This year we made it possible for more people than ever to attend by doubling our audience size to 200 (and making tickets available for purchase for the first time, which sold out in 24 hours). We also incorporated two new event elements, both reflecting our theme of On the Edge: a tech playground filled with cutting-edge technologies, and a story and art exhibit exploring people, and a world, On the Edge.

Part of the reason we’re able to grow this year is our upgraded TEDx license eligibility, accomplished by my trip as our event’s lead organizer to TED Global>Geneva for the official TEDx training from TED. Alongside 500 TEDx event organizers from around the world, I was able to hear from TED how they make their official TED Conferences so special. More importantly, I was able to learn from other TEDx organizers how they adapt the global format to fit their local communities. I hope the massive amount of inspiration and expertise gained from TED Global is evidenced in this year’s TEDxPiscataquaRiver.

This event is the result of about 10 months of hard work and planning by a large group of people from all over the Seacoast region. We hope this event feels like Portsmouth. We also hope this event feels nothing like Portsmouth. We hope it exists on the edge between our very unique local identity and the braintrust of ideas from around the globe. We hope it brings you on the edge of a breakthrough, of accepting a new challenge or adopting a new perspective. We hope it pushes you over the edge to greater community involvement, a better understanding of your neighbors or greater empathy for strangers.

Whatever you’re on the edge of, we’re so glad you’re here today. We can’t wait to see where this day takes you.

Crystal Paradis
& the TEDxPiscataquaRiver Team

Crystal Paradis

In keeping with our 2016 theme of "On the Edge" the TEDxPiscataquaRiver team will be presenting a Story & Art Exhibit and a Film Collaboration of the same name.

Attendees of TEDxPiscataquaRiver can see this exhibit all day during the TEDx event on Friday, May 6th at 3S Artspace. This exhibit will also be open to the public from 4:30pm – 7:00pm on Friday, May 6th.

On the Edge Story & Art Exhibit

Written by Elissa Margolin, these stories highlight people in our own community who are on the edge — of money, of community, of ordinary, of home and of power — and ties them together with themes from TED and TEDx talks that address the theme of each person's story.

The stories feature:

  • Jen Seabrooke (On the Edge of Money)
  • Leigh Ober (On the Edge of Community)
  • Ryan Louney (On the Edge of Ordinary)
  • Nate Sanborn (On the Edge of Home)
  • Debbie Verdicchio (On the Edge of Power)

with thanks to Cross Roads House, Bikram Yoga Portmouth, Friends in Action and Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth for working with our community members on the edge.

These stories will be accompanied by photo portraits of each interviewee, shot by photographer Cheryle St. Onge, along with artwork from local artists, including:

  • Anna Nuttall
  • Nicholas Daly
  • Katherine Doyle
  • Brenna Anderson
  • Students from Continuum Arts Collective, with support from Chase’s Garage

Students from Continuum Arts Collective (a non-profit organization which seeks to foster growth for support-challenged, aspiring 8 – 12 grade artists) are participating in a workshop at Chases Garage, to create artist trading cards that express the theme On the Edge in their own ways. This student art workshop is taking place the week of the TEDx event and the art created will be showcased in the exhibit.

Stay tuned for photos from this exhibit and from the student art workshop.

On the Edge Collaborative Film Project

In addition to the Story & Art Exhibit, which will be in the gallery at 3S Artspace with TEDx's Tech Playground, a film collaboration will also be shown during the TEDx program.

The film is created by Catherine Stewart and CJ Lewis, with Michael Rodriguez Torrent, is a collaboration of many local artists, actors, filmmakers and other creative community members. Inspired and adapted from the On the Stories mentioned above, this film project will reinterpret them to show that we can all be on the edge. The films will feature music composed by Jonny Peiffer. 

Stay for a full list of credits, which is ever-growing to include many artistic voices from around the Seacoast. 

  • Created by Catherine Stewart & CJ Lewis
  • With Michael Rodriguez Torrent
  • Inspired by stories compiled and written by Elissa Margolin
  • Music Composed by Jonny Peiffer

We will also be sharing the film online after the event for those not in attendance for the full TEDxPiscataquaRiver program.

Devan Meserve

Who said play was only for the weekend? For TEDxPiscataquaRiver, we're transforming the gallery space at 3S Artspace into a Tech Playground, offering several experiences on the cutting edge of technology — TiltBrush, 3D 360 video and 3D printing!

TEDx attendees can enjoy the Tech Playground throughout the day on Friday, May 6th, and it will be open to the public for our TEDxPiscataquaRiver After Party, from 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

Tilt Brush

We're thrilled to announce that local company Game Assembly is bringing a demo of Tilt Brush to TEDxPiscatauqaRiver!

Developed by Google for the HTC Vive, which is not yet released in the US.

What exactly IS Tilt Brush? It's pretty hard to explain, so here's a video from Google that shows what the experience is like:

Tilt Brush: Painting from a new perspective


Image from YouTube.com/Google

Part Virtual Reality (VR) and part Augmented Reality (AR), "Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless."

Read more about Tilt Brush on Polygon.

3D 360 Video


Image from EmotiveVR.com

Locally-based EmotiveVR will be showcasing innovative technologies that our guests can get their hands on at this week's TEDx event.

A virtual reality content production company, EmotiveVR creates 360-degree, 3D, immersive video content for a variety of industries and clients. 

EmotiveVR has developed an innovative capture and workflow process for 3D 360 VR content. This is unique in that most 360 video content is only 2D. The 3D 360 video content shot with a unique custom camera setup is as close to reality as any technology out there. On Friday, TEDx attendees will be able to visit Tuscany, soar over the Grand Canyon, or get a glimpse into the life of the creator’s granddaughter--all while sitting in our Tech Playground at 3S Artspace. 

3D Printing


Image from seacoastonline.com

And our own Portsmouth Public Library has brought their 3D printer. Watch the 3D printer in action and learn about their 3D printing service, available to all with a library card! You can even charge your phone with power generated by your own energy at the Portsmouth Public Library pedal powered charger!


They'll also have books by TEDx speakers and some popular titles available for checkout.

TEDx attendees are encouraged to visit and play with the TiltBrush and 3D 360 Video equipment throughout the day on May 6. 

The equipment will also be available for play during the post-event reception and after party (open to the public) 4:30 - 7:00pm.  

Prepare for your upcoming experience with technology — adventure awaits!