Hamilton's second TEDx event, TEDx Hieronymus Park "Ideas in Flux" satisfied the three words that make up the TED acronym - Technology, Entertainment and Design. The twelve speakers provided an eclectic day of presentations, each taking less than 18 minutes under the TED organizational guidelines. The audience at Hamilton's Bitterroot River Inn were joined by a live streaming audience at Bitterroot College, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, and Corvallis, Darby, and Florence schools. Organizer Naomi Gary said the selection of the speakers was intense last year and the TED-approved setup of the day required exacting work from local professionals and volunteers. She was happy with the results and smiled when asked about a third event next year. Below are photos and brief descriptions of some of the presenters January 17th. The talks were recorded and uploaded to the TED website and will be shared later.

Artist KJ Kahnle explained how she became comfortable with unexpected results as she began creating images from burning gunpowder. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
Bryan Dufresne is seeing a lack of understanding from parents on the commitment of volunteers who are helping their kids. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
Brit Arnesen brought her guitar and original songs for the audience. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
Dr. Andrea Marzi reported from her time on the front lines of viral diseases and how vaccines are critical to the fight. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
Seth GaleWyrick spoke of the continuing successes of biomimicry in the world and how the practices can be expanded. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
Musician Eden Kash with his Ugandan rhythms brought the crowd to its feet to dance. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)

Other speakers included Mark Albert, Tara Walker Lyons, Sam Kern, Megan Oldenstadt, Ryan Wetzel, Kirsten Tynan and Frank Felice. Mara Luther was Emcee for the day. The TEDx committee included Naomi Gary, Robin Pruitt, Stacy Ricklefs, Kristie Ruttenbur, April Sommers, Val Widmer, Austin Athman and Bea Paxson, with expert help from Robert Parr and a host of volunteers.

The tech nerve center of TEDx Hieronymus Park. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)