TEDxWesternNewEnglandUniversity is an organization that seeks to inspire the community through educational experiences that will expand horizons and embrace fresh ways of thinking. With an emphasis on innovative ideas and forward-thinking solutions, TEDxWNEU is perfect for individuals and organizations looking to break out of old habits and embrace new ways of approaching their work and lives. That is why our theme will be A New Perspective. Throughout the event, attendees will be exposed to a variety of thought-provoking presentations and interactive workshops led by experts in their respective fields.
These sessions will cover a wide range of topics, from cutting-edge technologies and scientific breakthroughs to emerging trends and cultural shifts. A New Perspective offers ample opportunities for attendees to network and connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for exploring new ideas and perspectives. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a creative professional, or simply someone with a thirst for knowledge, this event is the perfect opportunity to expand your mind and broaden your horizons.
& WNE Alumna
Robyn Stanco has been a professional Software Engineer for the last seven years with multiple companies in industries such as fintech, media, ad sales, gaming, and medtech. Her expertise in software revolves around areas such as Full Stack Web Development, Automation & Unit Testing, Integrations, Azure Cloud, Agile & Scrum Methodology, and DevOps.
She is an alumna of Western New England University, graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2016. Robyn spent three years on the Improvisational Comedy Troupe on campus and was Vice President senior year. Currently, Robyn has been working as a Senior Software Engineer with an innovative startup named OssoVR. This company is the leading virtual reality surgical training & assessment platform. OssoVR provides these services to medical device companies & healthcare professionals. Robyn spends her days working on the Platform Team. She creates full stack web applications hosted on the Azure Cloud that can be viewed directly in the Oculus headset via the flagship VR application. OssoVR has a proven track record with scholarly peer reviewed data of the positive impact the training has for its users.
CEO of Link To VR
& WNE Alumna
Edward Zemba is the cofounder, president, and CEO of Link to VR - an XR agency that over the past decade has aided a growing number of Fortune 500 companies in leveraging the transformative power of spatial computing. Zemba is a visionary, leader, communicator, and educator in Spatial Computing.
As former president of Robert Charles Media, Zemba holds wide breadth of knowledge in variety of visual mediums. His commitments to visual media, community outreach, and leadership were recognized at the inaugural launch of BusinessWest’s 40 Under 40. He has also served as the Board Chair of the East of the River Chamber of Commerce (ERC5).
An alumnus of Western New England University, he recognizes the value in molding the future of the ecosystem; serving on the national educational curriculum committee for the Professional Photographers Association, participating in the enterprise committee for the VR/AR Association, and previously sitting on the Board of Directors for the ERC5 and Unify Against Bullying (UAB).
Zemba’s stewardship in philanthropy led to co-founding and presiding over the 501C3 charity, Unify Against Bullying (UAB). Zemba has also directed many campaigns for Baystate Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital, Women’s Fund of Western Mass, Ronald McDonald House, March for Dimes, Against All Odds, and the Girl Scouts of America.
A frequent public speaker, he has presented for organizations including MassMutual, MGM, Dell Technologies, Mercy Ships, VMware, Boston VR, Live Worx, VRAR association (VRARA), Intel, and now, Western New England University.
How Disruptive Technologies Can Make Us More Human
The world is changing faster today than ever before. Jobs, relationships, and industries are being redefined, reimagined, and at times replaced all together. At the same moment, new exciting technologies are coming into existence which were once considered only possible in science fiction.
Edward Zemba, CEO of Link TO VR, an XR Media Agency working with some of the largest technology brands in the world, will take us on a journey discussing the one constant of today – change. Learn how you can position yourself to benefit from the fast-paced transformative shifts taking place across all industries. His talk will cover topics spanning the fields of eXtended Reality, Artificial General Intelligence, (AGI), as well as web 3.0 and the metaverse. He will reveal how these technologies hold the power of bringing us all closer together or driving us further apart from one another. Much will be determined by how we choose to prioritize human compassion, interconnectivity, and empathy as these technologies become further integrated into our lives. Join Edward Zemba as we reimagine the art of the possible – together.
Brace For Impact
Innovative technology has the potential to significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing access to new forms of communication, mobility, and independence.
Robyn Stanco, Senior Software Engineer of Osso VR, will share her personal journey of embracing her own disability and discovering the potential that technologies such as Virtual Reality, have to enhance the world of disabilities. She will explain how Osso VR, the leading virtual reality surgical training and assessment platform, will innovate an Osso-some future for people with disabilities. Through Robin’s talk, we will gain a greater understanding of how the potential of new technology will improve the lives of people with disabilities, and how innovative solutions like Osso VR are paving the way for a more inclusive future. Her personal journey of embracing disability and passion for technology will inspire and encourage others to explore new ways to create positive change in the world.