Ian Rosenberger.

TEDxGrandviewAve is back, with some some of the hottest names in Pittsburgh taking the stage for a fast-talking, mind-bending idea fest. Tickets went fast and sold out March 25th.

This marks the second year for the GrandviewAve version of TEDx. The lineup for 2014 features a slate of speakers, all from Pittsburgh, each addressing the theme “Dare to Create.” The onstage host will be Larkin Page-Jacobs of WESA.

“What I love about the speakers this time is they are all over the board, from many different industries and fields,” says Kacey Wherley, founder and director. “Some will talk on personal creation; others about changing the world and education.”

Among those stepping up to the mike:

Ian Rosenberger, former Survivor TV challenger, is the driving force behind Thread Inc. and Team Tassy, both founded in 2010 in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti. Rosenberger wants to end global poverty. Thread takes trash from the island’s poorest neighborhoods and weaves it into useful products.

Christopher Valasek is director of security intelligence at IOActive, a computer security service in Pittsburgh that specializes in what it calls “offensive research methods, reserve engineering and exploitation.” He is also the chairman of SummerCon, the oldest hacker conference in the country.

Nina Marie Barbuto’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for art+tech in Garfield. She also works at the Carnegie Science Center with the girls programs in the STEM Center and co-founded the I Made It! Market in 2007.

Susie Meister, born and raised in Pittsburgh, joined MTV’s team after high school and worked on several “Road Rules” episodes. She has been an on-air contributor for PBS/WQED’s “OnQ,” editor of MANIAC Magazine and featured in local and national ad campaigns.

Leah Lizarondo is the chef blogger and recipe queen behind “The Brazen Kitchen” where she shares her best recipes and thoughts on food and food policy. She also writes regularly for NEXTpittsburgh and Pittsburgh Magazine and is a Forbes Travel correspondent for Pittsburgh.

The event, independently organized and operated under license from TEDx, will be held on on April 26th at the New Hazlett Theatre from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The after-party will be at The National Aviary. Tickets are available to the general public.

Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...