TEDxAkron 2012 was held on October 26th 2012 at University of Akron's Student Union Theatre.

Harmonica for the people: Hal Walker 

Northeastern Ohio's musical treasure Hal Walker is truly one of a kind. He's a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Kent who specializes in musical instruments that you've never seen before. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings original songs that celebrate community, creativity and the state of Ohio.


Is Testing the Friend or Foe of Education?: Dr. Katherine Rawson

Dr.Katherine Rawson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kent State University, she obtained her Ph.D. at University of Colorado in 2004. Her areas of expertise include reading comprehension, skill acquisition, and strategies for enhancing student learning.


Regaining Balance: Unexpected Blessings: Dominique Moceanu

Largely considered one of the greatest and most accomplished gymnasts of the modern era, Dominique Moceanu, born in 1981, is the youngest American gymnast, male or female, to win an Olympic gold medal (she did it at age 14), and the youngest to win a Senior National All-Around Title (at age 13!). She was also the youngest gymnast to compete at the World Championships, to earn a spot on the U.S. National

Defying Gravity: How people & passion make an Airport takeoff: Kristie VanAuken

Promoted to Senior Vice President in 2008, Kristie manages and directs all airport marketing and communication programs including: air service development, branding, advertising, media relations, social media, and internal and external communications.

Travel light: Ted Senf

The early part of Ted's life was shaped by the amount of moving his family did while he was growing up. He attended 27 schools in 17 states before he graduated high school. Ted's professional career continued to be transient until coming to Allstate Insurance in 1994 through a temporary employment agency.