All of our speakers for the 2018 year of VANtalks shared one common theme; the drive to ignite something within themselves and others. Igniting passion for change, motivation for growth, and the courage to grab life by the horns and run with it. From local technology experts, to creatives, to self-driving car enthusiasts – 2018’s line up had a talk for everyone.

Ryan Harter
How Long Should A Video Be? (And Other Stupid Questions About Communication)
Using the length of a video as a case study, this commercial filmmaker will share what he has learned about conveying powerful ideas, professionally and personally.   [vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjIxMDAlMjUlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGQUFOVk9HVHVJaHMlM0ZyZWwlM0QwJTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwYWxsb3clM0QlMjJhdXRvcGxheSUzQiUyMGVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html]
Cosette “CoCo” Leary
I’m just pulling my Little Red Wagon… A story from Welfare to the White House
I remember the day I yelled at my children. It was a hot day I was pulling two huge loads of laundry with my two youngest children sitting on top Read More
Hazar Jaber
Don’t Despair, Keep Hope Alive
It is easy to fall into despair after watching people flee for their lives and children washing onto shores, the Syrian refugees’ crisis is the largest since World War II, Read More
Michael v. Ivanov
Creatures of Love: The battle for the hearts and minds of our youth
In certain times, the world can seem like a dark place, divided by war, hate, and isolation. In these moments, we can make one of two choices; shake our heads Read More
Dene Grigar
We are 1 and We are 0: What Virtual Reality May Mean for Ourselves and Our Future
You don a headset and enter a Virtual Reality environment to play a game. The system tracks your body––your head wearing the headset and your hands manipulating the controllers––as you Read More
Scott Erickson
How We Become Us
A story about togetherness, bursting hearts, and the hidden secrets of caterpillars.   [vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjIxMDAlMjUlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGTE9VZTVzZ21YQ3MlM0ZyZWwlM0QwJTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwYWxsb3clM0QlMjJhdXRvcGxheSUzQiUyMGVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html]
Bill Huseby
It’s All about People
In a world where technology might seem to be everywhere, Bill Huseby believes it’s still all about people. Alongside hi-tech equipment, machinery, and computers are the most important asset of an Read More
Roni Sasaki
A Leg Up On The Competition
It was the first day I’d ever been skiing and I was laying on the snow struggling to get back up. I was tired because all I did all day Read More

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