And Justice For All – the final four words of the Pledge of Allegiance – embodied the powerful theme of the annual TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 conference. The daylong multidisciplinary conference brought together 14 engaging speakers, performers, and participants to explore issues of access and equity, spark conversations that matter, and showcase great ideas for building more just cities.

Our interest in this phrase is not motivated by politics or blind patriotism, but by a deep belief in the directness and simplicity of its sentiment – the ideal of equality, social equity, and economic justice which is at the root of this country’s founding and its enduring and evolving identity and value. Liberty and justice, after all, touch on such important notions as access, fairness, opportunity and democracy as well as their ever-present threats.

In this sense, the pledge is not just a piece of sentimental Americana, but a lens through which we may begin to refocus, sharpen, clarify, and reinvigorate the meanings of these fundamental ideals for Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation and its democratic ideals.

TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 was held at Temple Performing Arts Center, one of our city’s premiere venues, located at 1837 North Broad Street on Temple University’s campus.

Our Speakers

Speaker talk topics run the gamut, from exposing the threat of modern surveillance systems, to new ideas for community policing, social-impact real estate, advancements in the fight to protect the legal rights and interests of children at risk, and the accessibility and affordability of rehabilitation robots.

The TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 speaker roster includes: Brigitte Daniel, Gregory Heller, Stacy Holland, Jesse Krimes, Marsha Levick, David Norse, Ronnie Polaneczky, Michelle Johnson, Yasmine Mustafa, Charles H. Ramsey, Jeffrey Rosen, Fabricio Rodriguez, Rosa Sheng, and Antonio (Tony) Valdés. Full bios are available below.

Our Host

Erica Atwood, Director of Black Male Engagement for the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia, will emcee the conference.

Musical Performances

Chill Moody
one of the most dynamic lyricists & performers to hit Philadelphia in years

Worldtown Street Music
live house music band that fuses musical elements from around the world

Event Speakers: TEDxPhiladelphia 2015: And Justice For All


The daylong TEDxPhiladelphia conference will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The live conference is followed by a reception at the venue immediately after the last talk of the day.

Here is the detailed structure of the day:

7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. TEDx SuperFan Early Registration
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Showtime!

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Meet our Emcee: Erica Atwood
Speaker 1: Brigitte Daniel
Speaker 2: Ronnie Polaneczky
Speaker 3: Antonio Valdés
Speaker 4: Michelle Johnson
Special Guest: Flo the Robot

10:30 a.m. to 11:10 p.m. (40 min)

11:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Speaker 5: Rosa Sheng
Speaker 6: Gregory Heller
Speaker 7: Stacy Holland

12:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. (90 min)

1:50 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Speaker 8: Marsha Levick
Speaker 9: Jesse Krimes
Speaker 10: Charles H. Ramsey
Performance: Chill Moody

2:55 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. (40 min)

3:35 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.
Speaker 11: Jeffrey Rosen
Speaker 12: Yasmine Mustafa
Speaker 13: Fabricio Rodriguez
Speaker 14: David Norse
Performance: Worldtown Street Music

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (2 hours)


Come As You Are» Dress casual. Comfort and informality help define the TEDx experience. No suit, no problem.
Unplug » Sounds crazy to us, too, but the best way to absorb TEDx talks is uninterrupted. The speakers on stage merit your full attention, and laptops, iPads and cell phones are a big distraction – not just for you, but for everyone around you. If you’re a notetaker, bring a paper notepad instead.

The use of digital devices in the theater will be restricted to mezzanine seating only. Photography and video in the main theater is not permitted.

Pack light » Due to the volume of attendees, there will be no coat check or designated space for personal belongings at the venue, so we advise you to pack lightly and bring only what you can comfortably keep on your person for the day.


We’ve got a lot in store for conference attendees.

– Make a screen-print with Spiral Q
– Get official TEDx gear at the Duke & Winston pop-up shop
– Go on record at PhillyCAM‘s Storytelling Booth
– Meet “Flo” the Robot with UPENN’s Rehabilitation Robotics Lab
– Talk 1-on-1 with Comcast NBCUniversal + get the inside scoop on the latest Philly initiatives
– Snap your photo with Poseybooth
– Experience “The Hea(art) of Listening” with Speaker Ronnie Polaneczky
– Toast the day with Victory Beer
– And more!


Ride SEPTA » Temple Arts Performing Arts Center is easily accessible by public transportation.

All local trains on the Broad St. Line subway stop at Cecil B. Moore station.

Regional Rail service stops at Temple University Station on Berks St. between 9th & 10th sts.

Bus Route #23S stops at 12th St. & Polett Walk and #23N stops at 11th St. & Berks St.

Bus Routes #4 and #16 stop along Broad St. at Montgomery Ave., Polett Walk & Norris St.

Visit for more information.

Drive + Park » If you are driving to the venue, please carpool with friends and colleagues if possible. Plot your directions via Google Maps.

Parking is available at The Liacouras Center Garage, which also has its entrance on 15th St.

Note that the 15th St. Lot across from the venue is closed for the summer.

Find additional Temple University parking garages and information.

Catch A Ride » If you choose to use a taxi or car service, try using the mobile apps: 215GetACab, Uber or Lyft.



General admission tickets are $75.

TEDx SuperFan tickets, created especially for our growing TEDx community and loyal supporters, are $100. SOLD OUT!

‘Pay It Forward’ tickets are $150 and include the option to purchase two general admission tickets – one for you and one for a scholarship recipient. SOLD OUT!

TEDxPhiladelphia will issue 100+ free and reduced rate tickets to this year’s conference. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Sunday, May 3, 2015. Apply for a scholarship ticket » And if you do not need a scholarship, but know someone who does, please share this opportunity!

Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122




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