Today we’re pleased to announced four more of our speakers taking the stage at TEDxBuffalo 2013 on Oct. 15, 2013.

Like what you see? Apply to attend the event, or make plans to be at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Public Library (or other live-stream sites we’ll be announcing soon) that day!

Matt Petroski


The Two Lines to Live Theory

About: Matt Petroski is a native to the Western New York community, having spent over 25 years in business, including the start up of three separate companies, developing rocket control systems and training executive and sales management teams in mental toughness. The basis for which Matt contributes his success is encompassed in his education, which ranges from his BS and MS degrees in engineering to his Masters in business, as well as his upbringing with 17 siblings to develop his mental toughness. Ideas flourish when you can communicate them with people who can love you AND “hate” you. Just ask one of my 16 brothers and sisters!

Dan Behrens (Danimal/Armcannon)


Pushing The Limits Using Constraints

About: Dan Behrens is a musician, producer, composer and recording engineer that releases music under the name Danimal Cannon. He composes music for video games and commercials, and his album releases has received accolades from the rock, electronic and even classical music scenes. Danimal Cannon has performed for audiences all across the world in venues as grandiose as orchestra halls to punk rock shows in a sweaty basement. His diversity and creativity is only surpassed by the intensity of his arrangements and performances.

Web: Danimal Cannon

Karen Forster


Stop Worrying About Your Hubcaps!

About: Karen Forster coordinates the Priscilla Project of Buffalo, a prenatal mentoring program for refugee women. Karen has always been interested in the welfare of women and children and believes that positive, supportive relationships between women make the difference in a successful pregnancy and birth experience. Each year, over 200 women are served by the Priscilla Project, and as a trained doula, Karen has personally attended three births, over 25 glucola tests, five ultrasounds and numerous baby showers. She has served women from 20 countries, speaking 20 languages, and she connects with each as one woman to another woman, one mom to another mom. Karen is a mom to son, Matthew, and daughter, Elizabeth. By educating and encouraging refugee women to empower themselves, it is Karen’s belief they will become positive role models for their children and others within their community. Karen and her team at the Priscilla Project are committed to helping women be Healthy Moms who have Healthy Babies.

Web: The Priscilla Project

Jeremy Speed Schwartz (The League of Imaginary Scientists)


Imaginary Science: Experiments and Collaborations in Science/Art

About: Jeremy Speed Schwartz is an animator and artisan programmer focused on crossovers between science and art. As a founding member of The League of Imaginary Scientists, he has traversed wormholes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, discovered the surface of Mars in Ireland with NASA geologists and dived into the Aquifer with the Memphis Ground Water Institute. Jeremy resides in Hornell, N.Y. and is a professor of Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College.

Web: The League of Imaginary Scientists