In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUbridgeport, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUbridgeport event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
The University of Bridgeport's first-ever TEDx conference aims to highlight the historical heritage of the City of Bridgeport by presenting its central role in the evolution of academic fields and its robust relationship with figures of eminence. The speakers will also explore how Bridgeport may serve as a model for other communities as humanity confronts a changeful future.
TEDxUBridgeport Live Stream
Master of Ceremonies
University Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Bridgeport
Craig Lennon is an educator, speaker, motivator, Student Affairs professional and Connecticut native. He has lived in Gorlovka, Ukraine, Lincoln, Nebraska, and eastern Massachusetts. He currently serves as the Dean of Students at the University of Bridgeport. He loves spending time with his young sons and is a fan of language, sport, culture and the deep connections between people. His father is his hero and his purpose is to help people.
Natalie Pryce is a dynamic, socially driven business strategist who offers one-on-one training, workshops, and tools to help people and teams recognize their unique strengths, create action plans, and blaze new trails. As an inspirational speaker and authority on workforce development in a disruptive economy and business strategy execution, Natalie partners with organizations, institutions, and colleges to inspire audiences to live and work with passion, and to share strategies for unleashing talent. She is a powerful connective force, bringing together people, teams, and organizations to realize their vision of a bright and vibrant future.
Computer Science & Engineering
Executive Vice President | Founding Dean - College of Engineering, Business, and Education | Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science | University of Bridgeport | Fellow, African Academy of Sciences | Member, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Crypto-Evangelist, Speaker and Investor
Nithin is the founder of the Belpointe Crypto Index (Bloomberg Ticker: CRYPTO) and holds a degree in engineering from The Wright State University in Ohio as well as a Master’s in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago. He founded and bootstrapped ChanceRiver a multi-million boutique technology services provider. Prior to ChanceRiver, Nithin was the Chief Investment Officer for a Crypto Venture Fund, an Investment Banker/Trader and a Technologist. Besides taking care of the family office crypto portfolio, he is a mentor to multiple startups. Besides completing an MS in Financial Mathematics Degree from the University of Chicago while doing a full-time job his life stories go beyond an interesting path to entrepreneurship from being a market-maker on wall street, a poker player, a trivia-of-all-kinds fan and an avid squash player. Originally from Kerala, he now lives in Connecticut with his wife and five children.
Organizer & Chairman
Student Body President, mathematician, negotiator, risk-taker, constitutionalist, financial researcher.
Milton de Castro Mondlane
Pan-African Political Science student, aspirant politician, entrepreneur.
Junior Graphic design major. Designer of directional signage, posters, handouts, stage design, and other accessories. Passionate about facilitating the theme of Bridgeport: History and Destiny to the students, staff, and faculty of the University through the use of design.
Junior graphic design major, passionate about visually communicating in order to express ideas. Responsible for producing interactive design, along with a variety of printed material. Work and effort that is put into this event are carefully thought through and designed to meet the standards of TEDx.
Matheus Moreira Lima
M.S. Electrical Engineering candidate, 2019 Academic Achievement Award in M.S Electrical Engineering recipient, history working with green energy and energy efficiency.
Neeta Devilal Parashar
Minimalist, entrepreneur, risk-seeker, spiritual, student, listener, stock market trader, job-seeker.